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The Race Has Turned Ugly but the Burning Issues Remain: the Economy, the Economy, the Economy
Despite the worsening economic forecasts and Senator John McCain’s attempt to redirect the public’s attention away from the crisis, Senator Barack Obama is steadily focusing his message on the economic problems. In addition to parrying the “poison” arrows that are being shot his way by Governor Sarah Palin, McCain, his surrogates and supporters, Obama is distancing himself from the fray while working on all the problems that beset the American people.
In understanding the qualifications that are needed to become president, it is necessary to also understand, there are three fundamental criterion: the individual must be at least 35 years old; a natural born citizen; and must be elected. (President George W. Bush has changed the last criterion to elected or appointed). Both Obama and McCain have two of the three criteria and are working on the third.
Part of the unspoken test for president is the rigorous campaigning that the candidates must be subjected to in order to arrive at the White House. This is particularly significant because in comparing Obama to Palin, there is virtually no comparison. Obama has been rigorously campaigning for almost 24 months continuously—and that is a part of the process of becoming president—and Palin has just gotten in the race; she has not yet been “on the stump” for two months but there are “presidential experts” who dare to put her up against Obama. There is no contest even if she was qualified in other areas, which she is not.
The quality of Obama’s campaign is a testament of his ability to lead the country out of its present woes, and there are many. He has written, “A government that truly represents these Americans—that truly serves these Americans—will require a different kind of politics.” Looking at the non-traditional way that Obama has run his campaign should be the reason to trust his judgment that he can fix what ails America. (Running a campaign is a gauge of the candidate’s abilities). He has stated that the power of the people is generated from the bottom up. If the people feel secured, that in itself is a strong measure of national security. The last eight years have rendered that security non-existent, at home and abroad.
By “handcuffing” McCain and Palin to the policies of the president, Obama has laid out a chilling economic potential if McCain makes it to the White House. Notwithstanding, Palin, in the short time she has been on the national stage, has shown her contempt, like the president, for the rule of law. The people of Alaska have just issued the results of an investigation, which stated that she had abused her power as governor.
Furthermore, the disastrous consequences of the Iraq invasion are abundantly clear in the nation at present; the failing economy, the foreclosures, the crumbling infrastructure, high energy prices and the healthcare crisis are just a few of the unintended consequences that would not have posed a clear and present danger had the country not been spending approximately $12 billion per week on a misguided foreign policy fiasco. Economics have predicted that when the current president leaves office, the nation’s debt will be over $500 billion. These are startling revelations considering that there was a budget surplus when President Bush took office in 2001 and McCain, who is aligned with the president, is now accusing Obama of being a big spender.
These are the realities that have shown why Obama’s lead is now in double digits. The real question is, how can someone who claims not to know much about economics, be expected to lead the country out of its present economic woes that are worsening daily as long as the country keeps spending billions per month on an invasion that McCain is bent on escalating, and has even mentioned 100 years as a possibility. He even drew parallels with Germany and Japan, referencing the continuous U.S. military presence in those countries since the end of World War II in 1945.