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Obama-Biden Ticket is Mired in Democrat Rhetoric

Okay…this one is laughable. The Obama-Biden ticket is obviously delusional. Here is the latest whining from Mr. Bidden. I found this quote in an article entitled, “Obama Opens Fire on Palin” from The Australian.

“Senator Biden went after Ms Palin and Senator McCain aggressively yesterday, portraying the Republicans as desperate to make the November election about personalities because they have no capacity to discuss policy.

‘They got great quips,’ he said of his foes’ convention speeches. ‘The silence of the Republican Party was deafening on all the things that really matter.’

He said there was no attempt from the McCain-Palin ticket to discuss employment, healthcare, education or foreign policy because their strategy was simply to try to tear down the Democratic ticket on a personal level.

‘What do you talk about when you cannot explain the last eight years of failure? You talk about the other guy'”

Where were Obama & Biden during the GOP Convention? They must have been watching the football game instead. I know they weren’t watching the convention…or at least paying attention…maybe it was past their bedtime. They are so mired in the Democrat rhetoric that they don’t even know what the truth is anymore.

First, it is not McCain’s job to talk about the “last eight years of failure” as the Democrats refer to President Bush’s administration. That is their nasty tactic…and one they relish to use. They are the party on the outside of the White House. They are the party that insists on blaming President Bush for all the woes in the world and this nation…even when they had a huge hand in it all. It is McCain’s job to look forward…not backward. It is his job to distinguish himself without ridiculing his leader. I think he has done a fairly good job of doing just that.Second, as I showed in my blog entitled “McCain vs Obama: Part IV – Their Promise to America”, McCain detailed his plans for employment, healthcare, education and foreign policy.

McCain on employment: “Opening new markets and preparing workers to compete in the world economy is essential to our future prosperity.I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy, and it often seems that your government hasn’t even noticed. Government assistance for the unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That’s going to change on my watch.Now, my opponent promises to bring back old jobs by wishing away the global economy. We’re going to help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back find a new one that won’t go away.We will prepare them for the jobs of today. We will use our community colleges to help train people for new opportunities in their communities.For workers in industries that have been hard-hit, we’ll help make up part of the difference in wages between their old job and a temporary, lower paid one, while they receive re-training that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage.”

McCain on health care: “My health care plan will make it easier for more Americans to find and keep good health care insurance. His plan will force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, and force families into a government-run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.”

McCain on education: “Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained, but what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice. Let’s remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work. When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them. Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have the choice, and their children will have that opportunity.”

McCain on foreign policy: “We have dealt a serious blow to Al Qaeda in recent years, but they’re not defeated, and they’ll strike us again, if they can. Iran remains the chief state sponsor of terrorism and is on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons. Russia’s leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power. They invaded a small, democratic neighbor to gain more control over the world’s oil supply, intimidate other neighbors, and further their ambitions of re-assembling the Russian empire. And the brave people of Georgia need our solidarity and our prayers. As president, I’ll work to establish good relations with Russia so that we need not fear a return to the Cold War. But we can’t turn a blind eye to aggression and international lawlessness that threatens the peace and stability of the world and the security of the American people.”

Third, let’s compare personal attacks in speeches:

Joe Biden’s speech contained 59 paragraphs – 2 criticized Bush, 1 complimented McCain, 15 criticized McCain, 5 were used to link McCain negatively with Bush, and 1 was an insult levied without naming names. He used 39% of his speech to criticize John McCain or the Bush administration.

Barrack Obama’s speech contained 88 paragraphs – 2 criticized Bush, 16 criticized McCain, 4 were used to link McCain negatively with Bush, and 6 were insults levied without naming names. He used 32% of his speech to criticize John McCain or the Bush administration.

Sarah Palin’s speech contained 109 paragraphs – 17 of them or 16% were used to criticize Obama.

John McCain’s speech contained 66 paragraphs – 1 complimented Obama and 5 criticized Obama. He only used 8% of his speech to criticize Obama.

So let’s see if we understand the numbers. Obama-Biden speeches contained a total of 147 paragraphs and they used 35% of them to criticize either McCain or the Bush administration; while McCain-Palin speeches contained a total of 175 paragraphs and they only used 13% of them to criticize Obama.

I ask you, who is really desperate to make the November election about personalities because they have no capacity to discuss policy? The numbers don’t lie.