The Bush era is down to its last day. It’s been quite a ride. Bush inherited a budget surplus, and turned it into the largest deficit in history. He inherited a weakening economy, it went up for a while under him, but finally crashed to be the worst its been since the great depression.
He led us after 9/11, but then lead us into a war that should have never been. He vowed to make those responsible pay, and yet Osama bin Laden still lives.
His rhetoric was about compassionate conservatism, and yet he let New Orleans suffer after Katrina.
He entered the office with so much promise, only to fail to deliver on that promise.
Now, we’re getting Barack Obama. I’m very optimistic about our future under his leadership, but I don’t expect it to be a future without pain.
I can’t wait to hear his inaugural address. I’m betting that it’s short, and very inspirational with the overall theme being, it’s time to get to work.
From WSJ.com: Economy:
Obama Plans to Keep Estate Tax: Obama and congressional leaders plan to move soon to block the estate tax from disappearing in 2010.
Please, Mr. Obama, don’t do that. It’s just plain wrong for the government to take large parts of peoples’ estates after they die. The money has already been taxed (when it was first earned), and saved for the future generations of that family. My parents worked hard their entire lives, and saved for both their futures and mine. It’s not right that, after they die, the government takes this from them and their heirs.
I must say that for the first time since I first saw Barack Obama, I’m disappointed.
Is it because I think he’s bigoted against gay people because he chose Rick Warren for the invocation at his inauguration? No.
It’s because anyone with even the slightest bit of intelligence could see the current controversy coming a mile away.
This attack is false, but it’s more than that – it’s malicious. It unfairly tars not just Obama, but all the other prominent, well-respected Chicagoans who also volunteered their time to the foundation. They came from all walks of life and all political backgrounds, and there’s ample evidence their mission was nothing more than improving ailing public schools in Chicago. Yet in the heat of a political campaign they have been accused of financing radicalism. That’s Pants on Fire wrong.
I highly recommend reading the whole article. It covers the founding of the foundation (by a republican), and how the majority of the partners in the program were completely non-controversial, and dare I say it, conservative. It’s this fear / smear that makes me blanch at the idea of a McCain victory. He’s not leading, he’s tearing down. It’s not what we need now.
Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama – The Daily Beast:
“Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance.
Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: ‘William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.’ I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of ‘Ron Reagan Jr. to Address Democratic Convention,’ but it’ll have to do.”
Yep. That’s right. Another conservative / libertarian like myself who’s on the Obama bandwagon.
McCain is just not the man that I want in charge of this country. His temperament, age, and yes, his politics just don’t seem like a fit for the times.
For Republicans, you know you’re in trouble when George Will is questioning the abilities of your candidate, John McCain, and essentially arguing that Barack Obama is more suited to the Presidency.
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama….
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
When the conservative columnists start going neutral, or even supporting Obama, I think the race might just be over.