You know, I wonder sometimes when politicians (or their handlers) make claims that they don’t think about. My eyes went wide-eyed as I read the following from CNN:
Pressed to provide an example of what McCain had accomplished on that committee, Holtz-Eakin said the senator did not have jurisdiction over financial markets, then he held up his Blackberry, telling reporters: “He did this.”
“Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create,” Holtz-Eakin said. “And that’s what he did. He both regulated and deregulated the industry.” — Sourced: CNN.com
Say what?! To make it even more incredulous, McCain can barely use a computer. I almost split a gut laughing so hard at how ridiculous all this was. If he was at least some computer geek, it’d make some sense but no, he was chair of Commerce Committee and thus, this apparently is how he created the Blackberry. I wonder if that is also how he figured that giving tax breaks of $5000 would improve health care? So I get to go broke first dealing with health issues and then perhaps, maybe, get a tax break. I probably wouldn’t need it since I’d be on welfare or worse at that point.
Anyways, the last time something like this happened was when Gore claimed he invented the internet. While McCain might have been part of the committee that made it easier for Blackberry to become persuasive in the US, he sure didn’t invent it. It is no wonder that people cannot trust politicians because they don’t seem able to be clear about the message they want to get across to their constituents. I mean, seriously, how hard is it?
As a Canadian I’m particularly irked about this since RIM (Research in Motion) is the company that actually created and invented the Blackberry. To me, this all smacks of the arrogance of McCain et al. Listening to him this morning, saying how taxing those with incomes over $200,000 isn’t necessary and that “40% of Americans aren’t paying taxes”. Really?! Then what’s coming off my paycheck, Mr. McCain??
Further, McCain went on to say that Obama’s plan would result in greater spending given his health plan and others. So, all that military spending isn’t hurting at over a trillion a year?! And this supports the middle-class and low-income workers? Taxing them more by McCain. Yes, Obama would be doing “income redistrubtion” but is that really bad? Why should only the rich have the right to buy food, health care and dream “the American dream”?
To me, McCain sounds no different than Bush. In fact, I had CNN on this morning while in the shower and as I walked out in the living room I thought it was Bush on TV (I couldn’t see who was on at the time). Quite honestly, McCain still seems to be promoting what Bush has been doing thus far and expanding it even further. To me, that will just destroy the lives of the average person and the average family. Blaming Wall Street for the recent stock market activities isn’t the answer. Helping teh average user out of this situation and given them a safety net to bet on that will be there so they won’t have to take risks let “betting” on the stock market, loans, credit cards and gambling at Hold ‘Em Poker Tournaments would be far better.
The best answer would be to remove the lies of who the average American is and who the average American isn’t. Then perhaps both candidates can really present and institute plans that’d work for all.
Now how’s that for a novel concept?