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Archive for the Election 2008 Category

November 12, 2008

Obama and the Middle Class: So Far, So Good

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In a previous post, we questioned whether Obama would really make good on his promise of a middle-class tax cut. After all, during his campaign, Bill Clinton had promised the same thing but quickly reneged once he took office.

A few days ago, Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first appointee for his new administration, stated that “at this juncture” the new administration planned “on giving 95 percent of working Americans a tax cut.”
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October 29, 2008

Will Sarah Palin Lead Middle America Back to the GOP (or Vice Versa)?

It’s the day after Election Day. Barack Obama is now President-Elect. The Republicans are licking their wounds—and already beginning to think about their comeback.

What will that comeback strategy look like? And will Sarah Palin be an important part of it? Quite possibly. Here’s why
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October 17, 2008

Pat Buchanan: “Middle American Radicals” and the Election

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They work hard. They live neither in inner-city slums nor in gated communities. They’re neither rich nor poor, but these days, they’re probably struggling. Their primary goal in life is to provide for their families. They deeply revere American traditions and American values. And because they’ve spent the last few decades watching their standard of living decline and their way of life not only threatened but openly mocked by global elites, they’re hopping mad. They want someone in government, finally, to advocate for them. Call them the Middle American Radicals, or MARs.

They’re wary of the Democratic Party. After all, they are the folks Barack Obama maligned in his “Bittergate” remarks. Since the 1960s, courting them has been a central strategy for Republican presidential candidates.

But once elected, GOP candidates have done little to address the MARs’ real concerns such as mass Third World immigration and the elimination of American manufacturing jobs in favor of outsourcing from overseas. For unfortunately, among elites of both parties, “diversity” and “inclusiveness” trump patriotism, and the profitability of globalization for the few trumps concern for the misery it causes the many.

In a recent commentary, Pat Buchanan—who has always been a stalwart champion of the American middle class—has pointed out that John McCain too is willing to sell out the middle class in order to toe the globalist, elitist line.
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October 10, 2008

Two good Congressional candidates: Tom McClintock (CA) & David Schweikert

TeamAmerica PAC is an organization headed up by Bay Buchanan (Pat Buchanan’s sister), and is dedicated to securing our borders, especially through legislation directed against out-of-control immigration, legal and illegal. I warmly recommend it.

I regularly get their updates. Here is the text of a recent one, which, among other things, recommends two candidates who are standing up for the American worker against the onslaught of cheap Third World labor
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October 8, 2008

Beware “Entitlement Reform”

During the presidential debate last night, the term “entitlement reform” was repeatedly bandied about, but little was said in the way of concrete proposals.

To be sure, something must be done about Social Security and Medicare. Both programs are woefully underfunded in the long run. Either they, or the Federal government, or both, are facing disaster within a few decades if the gap between anticipated revenues and anticipated expenses is allowed to grow.

Both programs are also cornerstones of middle class prosperity. Without Social Security and Medicare, the majority of middle class households will face poverty in their old age. If anyone gets sick, that poverty will quickly turn to utter destitution. These programs must be saved.

The problem is referring to them as “entitlements.” American workers aren’t merely “entitled” to these things, they’ve earned, and paid for them. Check out this editorial about the so-called entitlement spending crisis.

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