Like most political junkies, I recorded tonight’s debate. I record all of them so I can go back and review what each candidate said when I am researching the truth behind their answers.
It was clear, barely halfway through the debate, that I was going to have my work cut out for me this time. Both candidates did pretty well, but there were “issues” for each one of them.
John McCain did an outstanding job tonight calling out Barack Obama by clearly and decisively pointing out the flaws in Mr. Obama’s policies, and more importantly, his character. I was a little shocked when Mr. McCain referred to Sarah Palin’s experience with autism, when I think he meant to say Down Syndrome. I can’t figure out how he confused the two.
Barack Obama seemed to be on the defensive most of the night. He seemed taken aback by some of the facts John McCain threw his way, and looked a little on edge when ‘Joe, The Plumber‘ was discussed. He seemed tired and answered a few questions with nothing but deliberate innuendo and political mumbo jumbo. He even lied about a couple of issues that are very well documented (in the mainstream press as well as blogs).
Mr. Obama claimed that 100% of McCain’s ads have been negative, but that is false. All you have to do is watch the ad that followed Mr. Obama’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention to know that.
When Mr. Obama was confronted with the facts about the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act”, he lied again. Mr. Obama has a long, and miserable, record when it comes to the care of children born alive during abortion procedures.
Mr. Obama’s tax plan calls for increased taxes for any small business owner making over $250,000. During the debate, Mr. Obama claimed that most small business owners make less than $250,000. That simply is not true. Ten years ago, my wife and I ran our own small business. My wife worked a regular 9-5 job as well, but our small business income alone was more than Mr. Obama’s new “limit”. Under his plan, we would have been screwed had we continued to be successful working for ourselves. Thank God we were lucky and sold our company years ago.
There’s no doubt that health care costs are spiraling out of control. We all know that fact is true. Mr. Obama claims that employers would be more likely to drop their company health plans under John McCain’s health care proposal. Truth be told, that’s going to happen with either of their health plans, but for far different reasons.
Why wouldn’t they?
Under Mr. McCain’s health care plan, people would be in control of their own health care insurance choices with his refundable health care tax credit. That choice would bring more competition to the market, making employer plans less lucrative in the market. Mr. Obama’s plan would allow you to keep your current insurance, but provide cheap alternatives for those who need it. Health care experts say he won’t be able to deliver the promises he has made, but if he did, do you really think your employer is going to keep paying out of his/her pocket for your health care when “cheaper alternatives” available from the government are out there for you to depend on? Get real.
If you didn’t know, I am no fan of John McCain, I never have been. You can search any of the posts I have done over the course of 11 years and you won’t find a single endorsement. As an independent conservative, I have not seen eye to eye with John McCain on many issues, especially immigration, but I honestly feel he won the debate tonight. For the first time since he received the Republican nomination for President, I can actually say I support John McCain for President of the United States.
I don’t know why, but it seemed to me that Barack Obama was acting like a schoolkid trying to explain why he was just caught with a cigarette in his hand. Barack Obama has a long history of saying one thing, and doing another and tonight was no different. Many of his statements were totally false, and those falsehoods are verifiable by mainstream media (for those of you who rely solely on mainstream media for truth in politics).
There were a lot of people on Twitter tonight talking about “drinking games” during the debate. I feel sorry for the guys drinking when Mr. Obama said ‘um’. They probably have alcohol poisoning by now.
John McCain acted very Presidential and confident in his responses tonight. I was reassured that he has a grip on the economic crisis and other domestic issues. I can honestly say that I feel he is the best man for the job, right now, and I look forward to watching his inauguration in January.