Posts tagged: McCain

John McCain, Bad For America

I find it hard to believe John McCain said Monday that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Tuesday he explained that when he said “fundamentals of the economy” he really meant the American worker is strong. Huh? When I hear you say “fundamentals of the economy,” I don’t hear “American worker.” Say what you mean. So much for the Straight Talk Express. This is the guy who had Phil Gramm as his economic advisor until he called us a “nation of whiners.” Phil disappeared shortly after that remark. Gramm is high on the list of people responsible for the mess the economy is in now. He did a lot to make sure the markets weren’t regulated. Read this article in the New York Times or this one in The Huffington Post to find out that McCain “doesn’t really know about economics” and got his advice from Phil Gramm. Molly Ivins called Gramm one of the meanest guys ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. It is disgusting that McCain let Gramm come within 1000 yards of him. Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard and a McCain supporter, said recently that neither McCain, Palin, Obama or Biden could run a major corporation. She couldn’t run HP either but she got a nice fat $21 million package when she was dismissed. Do you really want to elect a guy as president that graduated 894 out of 899 in his Naval Academy class? Haven’t you had enough of George Bush, our current “C” student President? Do you want to replace one incompetent fighter pilot with another incompetent fighter pilot and have another four years as disastrous as the last eight? Do you want to elect a guy who can’t remember if Iran is Sunni or Shia and needs smiling Joe Lieberman to remind him?

Smiling Joe Lieberman

I am going to vote for Barack Obama who graduated from Columbia and Harvard Law School and actually knows where the library is at both institutions. I want someone who can actually think.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that he is still undecided about who he will vote for and wants to watch the upcoming debates. Didn’t he watch any of the debates leading up to the conventions? That wasn’t enough? Does he read a newspaper or watch TV? If you don’t know the difference between McCain and Obama by now you are not paying attention. I understand that he is a Republican and may not want the world to know that he is considering voting for Obama, but to say that you are still undecided? Retired General Wesley Clark is voting for Obama and here is a great story explaining why he is a Democrat.

Dr. Phil said on the Larry King Show that he doesn’t know who he is voting for yet either. Wow. This is a “no brainer” people. If you don’t realize yet that Barack Obama is light years ahead of McCain in the “smarts” department, you haven’t been listening.

In the movie “Moonstruck”, Loretta Castorini (Cher), slaps Ronnie Cammareri (Nicholas Cage) in the face twice and yells “Snap out of it.”

For all of you undecided voters out there: SNAP OUT OF IT!

I’m voting for Barack Obama. You should too.

Remembering September 11, 2001

Jeffrey Goldberg wrote an interesting article in The New York Times September 9, 2008 called, On Nov. 4, Remember 9/11. He says the most important thing the next president must do is prevent terrorists from detonating a nuclear device in the United States. It started me thinking about that day. I always thought that unlocked cockpit doors allowed the terrorists to hijack the planes . If we had locked the doors, they would not have been able to kill the cockpit crews and takeover the planes. I didn’t know that the doors probably were locked, but that one or more flight attendants had a key or access to one. The 9/11 Commission Report on page 5 says: ” We do not know exactly how the hijackers gained access to the cockpit; FAA rules required that the doors remain closed and locked during flight. Ong speculated that they had “jammed their way” in. Perhaps the terrorists stabbed the flight attendants to get a cockpit key, to force one of them to open the cockpit door, or to lure the captain or first officer out of the cockpit. Or the flight attendants may just have been in their way.”

An article on the website Edwardjayepstein.com says “To avoid the risk of issuing tens of thousands (of keys) to flight attendants, major airlines, in accordance with the FAA/NTSB recommendation, put cockpit keys for the flight attendants in the first class compartment in containers near cockpit doors. As a “back-up”, also in accordance with another FAA/ NTSB recommendation, they gave flight attendants pre- arranged knocking codes to summon the pilots to open the door.” It sounds like hiding a key under the front door mat to me.

“On El Al flights, bulletproof cockpit doors remain locked from boarding until the last passenger has disembarked. It’s a simple requirement that ensures no terrorist can gain access to the controls”, according to an August 25, 2003 article in BusinessWeek. An El Al plane has not been successfully hijacked since 1968, 40 years ago.  A hijacking was attempted in 1970. El Al security officers on the plane, while in the air, shot and killed one hijacker and took the other into custody. The plane landed safely.

We made it too easy for the hijackers. If the cockpit doors were locked and secure, those evil, misguided, poor excuses for human beings, would not have been able to use the planes as weapons. Their mission would have failed and they would either be in prison or dead.

I’m certain we are not doing enough to inspect all of the cargo containers that come into this country. Every single container coming into this country should be inspected before it enters an American port and at a safe enough distance so that if it does contain a nuclear device, it won’t kill millions of people. Tax each container to pay for its inspection. It should be part of the cost of importing all that stuff from China and it will make American made goods more competitive. Figure out how to do it. Don’t tell me it can’t be done or it’s too expensive. We put a man on the moon, remember? Do it now. It’s already 7 years too late.

That is also why we need to secure our borders. We need to know who and what is coming and going. A secure border is also 7 years too late. We don’t need to build a brick wall around the country. We need to build a wall with our technology.

In his Democratic Convention speech, Barack Obama said, “John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell – but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.” Obama meant that bin Laden has been living in Pakistan for the past 7 years and we haven’t done enough to kill him.  Bush has been playing games with the government of Pakistan instead of going after bin Laden. Read “Right at the Edge“, by Dexter Filkins in the New York Times Magazine. We ignored the Taliban prior to 9/11/01. We attacked them and drove them out of Afghanistan after 9/11, but didn’t follow them into Pakistan and defeat them. We have attacked them there with Predators recently, but they appear to be prospering nicely. They are way too comfortable.

Bush said, shortly after 9/11,”We’re going to find those evildoers, those barbaric people who attacked our country, and we’re going to hold them accountable. We’re going to hold the people who house them accountable. The people who think they can provide them safe havens will be held accountable. The people who feed them will be held accountable. And the Taliban must take my statement seriously.”

Remember “Wanted: Dead or Alive?” Where is Osama bin Laden?

We citizens of the United States are lucky to have so many courageous soldiers and smart, dedicated leaders in our military. We have no right to ask them to sacrifice so much with one hand tied behind their back. If bin Laden is in Pakistan, let’s go get him. I have said, at least a few times over the past 7 years, that I won’t believe we are serious about defeating the Taliban and Al Qaeda until there are so many Predators flying over the Afghan-Pakistani border area that they are stacked up like planes landing at Newark Airport on a snowy day and birds can’t fly.

I’m voting for Barack Obama. You should too.

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