For the last 8 years the Republicans led this nation in the House, the Senate and the White House. They have had the opportunity to prove to the American people and the world that all the policies they believed in, faith based initiatives, economic, military, and political policies and the verdict is in. They have failed miserably!!!!
The policies that were put forth by the Republicans have done what 2 World Wars, The Cold War, Communism and Islamic terrorists and 9/11 have not been able to do. Bring this country to its knees.
McCain has had 26 years in DC and in that 26 years he watched as his economic advisor Senator Phil Graham wrote legislation that comprehensively removed regulation from the markets and opened the doors to unbridled greed. Lets be totally honest here. The greed did not begin and end with Wall Street. It began with the American people wanting to get rich quick. Although there were millions of loans that were written by dishonest loan brokers and banks, some of the people who took out the loans knew damned well they would not be able to afford the payments but they did it anyway thinking that their house would appreciate and they would cash in or refinance their homes and get rich quick. Why not? Everyone else is doing it right? The point is, we all share int he blame for whats going on. Too many of us threw caution to the wind and got greedy.
The thing is that government is supposed to protect us, according to the oath of office they all take, against all enemies, both foreign AND DOMESTIC. In other words they are supposed to protect us from lending predators who reside in this country as well as predators that might fly planes into buildings.
Phil Graham either sponsored or co-sponsored bills that have led to this problem. In December 1999, during the Christmas break, Senator Graham and company slipped a deregulation package into a mandatory spending bill that then President Clinton had to sign before leaving office to ensure the government had funds to operate during the change of power. So when President Clinton signed the bill on December 30, 1999, it became law. No one knew what would happen. Mr. Graham's wife sat on the board of Enron.
The summer of 2000 was the first time we began to see cracks in the system as various counties in California began experiencing history making blackouts. Why? Simple. ENron, via subsidiary companies it controlled, raised electricity rates from about 7.00 per kilowatt hour to up to 250.00 per kilowatt hour. Counties simply could not afford to pay the electric bill and effectively had their power cut off. In late 2001 Arthur Anderson accounting firm began getting investigated for some illegal accounting practices and the scheme began to unravel. The rest is history.
In the 1980's The Keating 5 were on trial for fraud and deception and obstruction of justice because of a similar thing that we are experiencing now. The Savings and Loans crisis was the result of deregulation under Reagan and John McCain along with others were being investigated for fraud and abuse of power. Here we are 20 years later and again John McCain is associated with people who have screwed the American people out of their wealth.
Now I don't believe that John McCain is a thief or a fraud. What I do believe however is that people who are close to John McCain take advantage of his ignorance and get him to back policies they they author themselves and they use him as their mouthpiece to argue why their plans should be implemented. In other words they use John McCain the same way they used Reagan and Bush. The Republican party is notorious for putting mental midgets in positions of power in order that the true thieves and scoundrels may hide behind in the shadows and pull the levers that control the destiny of our nation. History has proven that this has been the case in the recent past.
We the people should push to have a law passed that anyone that writes legislation that maliciously destroys our country and its wealth , for selfish gain or for the gain of their constiruents should be tried for treason. I don't care if they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent. It should be noted that Obama too had on his staff, the former CEO of Fannie Mae. This too should not be allowed.
No more lobbyists or corporate jackasses that take our power from us and use it against us. Its time we hold everyone responsible for destroying our wealth accountable.
I am voting for Obama, but I will do so with this stipulation. If he turns out to be a fraud as Bush has turned out to be I will do everything in my power to remove him and get someone else in the office. I'm not coting for him because he's a Democrat or because he's novelty being the frist black candidate to get this far or none of the other trivial reasons people tend to vote.
I'm voting for him because he has demonstrated through his campaign that he's smart. He has proven that he learns quickly and can adjust to situations even under pressure. He has shown an even temperament and has not allowed anything or anyone to rattle him. McCain on the other hand has demonstrated he ins't smart at all. All of his answers are canned and his pick of Sarah Palin shows that he shoots from the hip when under pressure.
In short McCain exibits the traits of every gambler I ever met.
If anyone allows our leaders to write legislation that destroys us as a people, they should be tried as traitors. I don't care if they were war heros, hockey moms, or community organizers. Enough is ENOUGH!!!!!