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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

A Lesson in Political Rhetoric

Posted by iusbvision on August 28, 2008


Barack Obama said in his speech that John McCain has voted with George Bush 90% of the time.

1. George Bush does not vote in the Senate.

2. Most of the votes in the Senate are unanimous. Perhaps over 80%. They are votes such as honoring Albert Einstein, honoring the student who wins the national spelling bee, commemorating Plymouth Rock, or unanimous resolutions etc etc. So by that regard Barack Obama has voted with John McCain over 80% of the time.

3. But on policy votes, those are the votes where there is a difference in policy, Obama is listed as the most partisan and ideologically left of all in the Senate. The bi-partisanship he talks about has never been reflected in his record.

Obama says that he will debate John McCain anywhere anytime or words to that immediate effect. Yet McCain has offered to appear with Obama in debates and a series of townhall meetings and the Obama campaign refused. Obama also refused to appear in front of McCain in front of military vets.

Obama talks of getting rid of government programs that don’t work. Great. Would someone please show me a bill he proposed to eliminate a redundant or failing government program.

Campaign speeches may be stirring, but it is wise to keep mindful about them inspite of the emotionalism they often contain.

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