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Who is really going to raise your taxes?


Barack Obama will cut taxes for families making $250,000 or less.  McCain continues to say that Barack Obama will raise taxes.  Why does the media keep saying this and why do the American people keep falling for McCain’s distorted attacks on Barack Obama?

When John McCain says “I am going to put our country first!” Great. But what does that mean?

When John McCain says “We need more reform,” Great. But for 26 years, he has been calling for deregulation “I am a deregulator!” he exclaims, proudly. Now that he sees that Wall street cannot be trusted, he now calls for more regulation, after the fact! Hindsight is 20/20 my friend. Everybody is calling for regulation now.  Why weren’t you able to make that good judgement before the crises!

In defense, the Republicans like to say “Barack Obama has done nothing.” This one is a bold faced lie, but if you keep on saying it, it will become true in the minds of the American voter. So do you want to just keep saying it and win the election on a lie. What has Barack Obama done?

Obama introduced 2006 legislation aimed at ending home loans based on fraud, abuse or excessive risk. He has long warned against financial losses because of insufficient oversight of high-risk areas, particularly those involving sub-prime mortgages and loans that exceed what borrowers are able to bear.

When John McCain says “Barack Obama is going to raise your taxes. I am not.” Nice try, but I know that Barack Obama is not going to raise my taxes, and I am a member of the middle class, or what once was the middle class. I have a mortgage to pay and I live paycheck to paycheck.  We no longer eat at restaurants and every purchase we make needs to be justified.

John McCain will raise my taxes. He will force employees to pay taxes on their health care benefits.  My taxable income will increase.  He plans to give every family something like $2,600 to purchase their own health insurance, which will become the health insurance for the healthy, while the unhealthy will pay higher taxes because they won’t be able to afford private insurance.  So John McCain is introducing a new kind of tax “cut off” that is not based on how much you make, but how healthy you are!

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When you have the opportunity to make a choice


Today, I was listening to a radio talk show when a woman dialed in with a comment. She was sobbing to the point where she could hardly speak, but felt compelled to recount her plight. The show host was patient and gentle, helping the woman tell her story and I found myself listening with sadness and empathy as this terrible story unfolded.

After attending her Evangelical church, as she did regularly, she told us about one horrifying evening that changed her life forever. After church one evening, she had become a victim of rape. To make a terrorizing experience even worse, she became pregnant from this rape. This woman is a pro-life evangelical and she was faced with the most excruciating choice ever to face a woman. The pain was so great, that she had seriously considered suicide, but she had a choice, without which two lives may have been lost.

Yes, she had a choice, and Sarah Palin had a choice to keep her special needs child. Both of these woman are pro-life, and yet, they both made different choices. Our talk show caller terminated the pregnancy because, as she told us while deep in tears, it was the only choice that enabled her to go on living.

Sarah Palin believes that this woman should have been considered a criminal, and yet, she was the victim. When Gov. Palin has her chance to build a supreme court, and she will, she will pick judges that will reverse Roe V. Wade, even in cases of rape or incest.

The idea of criminalizing our talk show caller makes me feel profoundly angry and fear the future of this country. No one can claim to understand how this woman felt and no one should have the right to dictate what this woman must do.

We are all pro-life, and there is no such thing as a pro-abortion movement. All we are asking for in this great free country is the freedom to make the most difficult and personal choice a woman might ever have to make.

Sarah Palin is too extreme for this country. She might make a great leader of a secular nation, but not of this free nation.

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Listen to Sarah Palin debate on the radio


First, you might want to get a little background on the dairy industry bailout that they are discussing
here .

Listen to a conversation between Sarah Palin and Rep. Andrew Halcro. Sarah Palin is discussing the reasons why the Matanuska Maid Dairy should remain open. In this conversation, Matanuska Maid Dairy is referred to as the “Mat Maid Dairy”

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Letter from Anne Kilkenny about Sarah Palin: a Must read before you vote


First, let it be said that John McCain is the oldest man to ever run for President of the United States.

Do you also know that McCain has had at least 5 bouts with Cancer?  That POW’s have a very difficult time in life, and tend to have a shorter life span than others?  (So, in fact, the possibility of Sarah Palin becoming our President is not far fetched, but rather, likely.)   In fact, the pressures of serving as President are so tremendous that people age more quickly…and McCain cannot afford to age more quickly than he already has.

So you loved Sarah Palin’s speech, and now you think she would make a great President should the need arise?

Be very careful. You cannot judge Sarah Palin based on her ability to simply read a speech – especially one she didn’t write herself.  Ask yourself whether a person who presided over a tiny town in the remote state of Alaska before becoming Governor of that state really has the experience necessary to run a country as complex as the United States.  Ask yourself if someone who has approximately 20 months of experience as Governor is ready to assume such an enormous task.  She has little experience outside of Alaska and even less experience with the remaining 49 states that comprise our Union.

Examine the facts thoroughly before you make your decision.  If the ability to read a speech, assuming credit inappropriately, local popularity, serving as Mayor and becoming a hockey mom were enough to qualify someone for President (or Vice President) for the United States, then just about anyone could run for office and we would not be the superpower we are now.

Let’s strive for higher standards this time around.

Read the truth about Sarah Palin from someone who knows her well.
This letter was written by Anne Kilkenny, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska.  She has known Sarah Palin since 1992.

Here are some excerpts from Kilkenny’s letter:

She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out
there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
...
During her mayoral administration [of Wasilla, Alaska] most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator. [There goes her executive experience.]
She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had
gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had
given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million.
...
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
redecorated more than once. [She sold her corporate jet, but not on Ebay
(although she did list it on Ebay). She sold it at a loss, not a profit.]
...
Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
case of pressuring the State’s top cop [Troopergate]
...

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t
like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

I highly encourage you to read this letter in its entirerty now.

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Keith Olbermann Apologizes For RNC’s Graphic 9/11 Tribute (VIDEO)



Great post!
More on Keith Olbermann
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Bridge to Lies


When Sara Palin was introduced to the American People, it didn’t take but a minute or two before she blew out her first lie when she said “thanks but no thanks” on that bridge to nowhere.

She not only supported this bridge, that would have brought only a few dozen people to their homes, but fought hard to secured a $223 million earmark in 2005.

As soon as she realized the entire country was making a mockery of this bridge idea, Palin called off construction midstream, and NEVER RETURNED THE MONEY!

Now how well can we trust a politician who, in her first few minutes of her first national appearance while the entire nation was watching, choses to include an easily verifiable LIE!

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The RNC Convention: They’ll say anything, ANYTHING to get elected


Palin says that “Obama has authored two books but has never authored a bill.” Can they really just make stuff up like that and get away with it?  While Barack Obama was in the State Senate of Illinois, for 8 years,  he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced:

  • 233 for healthcare reform
  • 125 about poverty and public assistance, in a way to get people off of public assistance
  • 112 crime fighting bills that lowered the rate of false imprisionnment while at the same time, actually reduced crime and increased the rate of conviction
  • 97 bills for the economy
  • 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills
  • 21 ethics reform bills
  • 15 gun control
  • 6 veterans affairs

And that’s not all.

When he became a U.S. Senator from Illinois, in only two years, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.

  • Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006, which became law
  • Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, which became law
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, which passed in the Senate
  • 2007 Government Ethics Bill, which is now law
  • Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee,

to name just a few!

In all, since entering the State/U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

Now let’s look at some facts about Palin’s State of Alaska.

She complains about big spending, and boasts about her lean governent, but Alaska is number 1 in the amount paid out in welfare, while Illinois has among the lowest welfare rates in the country:

Alaska: No. 1, paying $3699 per person
Illinois: No. 40 at $1176 per person

This means that Alaska receives 3.15 times the amount of federal aid per person as Illinois!

And how large is their government? Alaska’s government is the second largest in the country, while Illinois has the smallest size government in the entire nation:

State governmental full-time employment per 10,000 residents:

Illlinois: 104, no. 50–The smallest state government in the United States!

Alaska: 370, no. 2! Second largest government in the  in the nation in the size of its government!

Now let’s look at their taxes! The State of Alaska receives more money from its citizens than any other state in the union!

Alaska: Receives $13,446 per person. Number 1 nationally.
Illinois: $4819, no. 37 nationally.

Alaska extracts 2.78 times as much revenue from its citizens as Illinois!

This has got to be exposed. We cannot let them get away with this. Do something!!

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What is the difference between Sarah Palin and George W. Bush?


Lipstick.

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This is no swift boat, this is reality. A must read before you vote McCain


This letter is reproduced here from Brave New Films:

“To see McCain resort to playing the POW card when answering legitimate questions, in my mind, cheapens that experience. And by cheapening his own experience in war, he degrades all of our experiences in war. He turns the horrific incidents we’ve all seen, touched, smelled, and felt into a lame excuse to earn political points. And it dishonors us all.”
— Brandon Friedman, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan

Dear Supporter,

John McCain has been exploiting his prisoner of war experience every chance he gets. He has used this story to justify everything from not knowing how many homes he has to his healthcare plan to his marital infidelities to his taste in music. The McCain campaign is even using his POW story in paid ads. But now a veteran who was a prisoner with McCain in Vietnam is explaining loud and clear that being a POW does not qualify McCain to lead our country.

Dr. Phillip Butler knew McCain as a fellow POW. Watch and listen!

We are sure this video will draw an onslaught of right-wing attacks, but we bring it to you because it is our job to continue to convey the truth together and give these issues national attention. As Dr. Butler has said, McCain does not have the temperament to have his finger near the red button. Get this video to everyone you know: friends, family members, coworkers, and especially those who don’t share your political views. The video is designed to reach them. Get it on your social networking sites like Digg. And get it to every blog, newspaper, and TV station that has ever overplayed McCain’s POW story. It is time to fight back with truth!

The mainstream press has already begun to call out McCain for overusing his POW story. And it’s cut across all political persuasions.

“Whether he’s deflecting criticism over his health-care plan or mocking a tribute to the Woodstock music festival, Senator John McCain has a trump card: the Hanoi Hilton. – Edwin Chen, Bloomberg
“Noun, Verb, POW” – Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Monthly
“The McCain campaign’s constant invocation of the candidate’s POW past is weird bordering on irrational…” – Ana Marie Cox, TIME
“I think they are going to it way too many times.” – Howard Fineman, Newsweek
Remember how Joe Biden got the press to refer to Rudy Giuliani as “A noun, a verb, and 9/11”? Well, let’s actually take Andrew Sullivan’s lead here and get the media to boil McCain down to a similar phrase: “A noun, a verb, and POW.” Considering how often the McCain campaign invokes his POW story, isn’t that what they’re already doing?
Yours,
Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New team


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Letter from Moveon.org says it all!


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This post is directly from an email I received from MoveOn.org. This letter makes things very clear and I would like my visitors to see it as well.

Donate to MoveOn.org here.

Dear MoveOn member,

Today is John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.

Huh?

Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

  • She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage.1
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
  • She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.

We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today.    -Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska.  -Christine B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. -Karen L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position. -Sherry C., Anchorage, AK

She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary.  -Marina L., Juneau, AK

I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position. -Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.

Thanks for all you do.

-Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
http://www.naral.org/elections/election-pr/pr08292008_palin.html

3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/jstreet/350730/sarah_palin_buchananite

4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/story/8347904p-8243554c.html

5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin – ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/palin-buys-climate-denial_b_122428.html

6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
http://yubanet.com/opinions/Sierra-Club-McCain-VP-Pick-Completes-Shift-to-Bush-Energy-Policy.php

“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
http://www.lcv.org/newsroom/press-releases/choice-of-palin-promises-failed-energy-policies-of-the-past.html

“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3987891.ece

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