Are the times a’changin’? Obama to bring wrong type of change

Alex Entz/Business Manager
Barack Obama promises you change. Wherever he gets up to speak, whether it be on a stage or on your TV screen, he promises to bring change if elected.

Change from what? Obama has already been involved in three scandals (re: Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and William Ayers), but he’s been in office for only two years. Two years! John McCain? He’s had a clean record since the early 1980s, when he assumed office.

Clear away the typical politician’s promises and look at substance. What has Obama offered up to “change” all of America’s problems?

Obama ridiculed McCain when McCain wanted to focus on the biggest economic crisis since 1929, and yet Obama has offered no precise plan to solve the problem. And McCain? He has put forth a comprehensive plan for the economic problem, including a detailed government organization to oversee Wall Street, and, like the surge, he supported the bailout from the beginning.

To quote Obama: “I will cut taxes-cut taxes for 95 percent of all working families.” And then this, from the same acceptance speech: “I’ll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in renewable sources of energy.” And then this: “If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.”

That doesn’t sound like the good kind of change. That sounds like socialized health care and higher taxes.
So how will John McCain bring change? There’s a reason that McCain has been termed a “maverick” in Washington. As a mid-line conservative, he will be able to work with a Democratic Congress. He has never been afraid to fight his own party on things that he does not agree with, and indeed it’s true: McCain was so moderate that John Kerry asked him to be his vice president in 2004.

A moderate official in the White House, instead of Obama, who was rated as the most liberal senator in Congress in 2007. McCain has gained a reputation as a man who fights pork barrel spending, which is quite a change from this year, when shameless congressmen even added pork-barrel projects to the economic bailout bill. McCain, the maverick who has headlined numerous bills, will work with both parties to try to keep the American people in the forefront while he is president.

Barack Obama? He has never authored a major bill. He has never had to deal with anything but his cushy Senatorial job … where he failed to vote anything but present on 143 bills. Sounds like a typical Washington bureaucrat to me, not like change.
One last Obama quote: “So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter; they cling to guns or religion.” That’s not change. That’s just ignorance.

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