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Tackling the Bogus “Deregulation Argument” II

Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

Today, Biden brought up the totally bogus “Deregulation” argument that it was Republican deregulation that caused the economic mortgage collapse. The McCain campaign has not been effectively nuking this argument.

Bill Clinton said that the Obama campaign is dead wrong about this issue and we wrote about it at this link —>

Tonight in his Analysis Charles Krauthammer said that McCain needs to find a way to handle the deregulation question because it is getting out of hand. IUSB Vision Editor Chuck Norton wrote an article on this very subject on Sept 24th! Once again the IUSB Vision is ahead of nationally respected pundits and analysts. Here is Chuck’s article –>

Here is an excerpt:

Here is what an effective political communications advisor would have advised Palin to say to nuke the deregulation talking point, so turn on your best Sarah Palin voice in your head and read along:

Katie, I have two answers to that question because that question comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of government and conservatism in general, and the problem we are facing right now with these institutions that were the catalyst to this whole mess,  which is why it is no surprise that the other guys are using it as a talking point.

When I first ran for my first political office my city did not have a police department. Now maybe the person who ran against me might say that I am not for small government because I am expanding it by inventing a whole new city department, but that would be silly.

Katie this is no different. Bank regulators and Treasury Agents are like police and need to protect us from theft and fraud. Senator McCain realized that there was a problem with the financial police that oversaw Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because the people who were supervising those police and were taking money from those that they regulated. Those regulators report to the Banking Committees in Congress and not to the Treasury Department. Those politicians in Congress were taking money from them and protecting them. Senator McCain tried to fix that.

Protecting people from fraud and theft is a perfectly proper and expected role of government and just because Republicans tend to favor leaner, more efficient government doesn’t mean that we don’t want good police. And just because we want good police doesn’t mean that we want the government butting into other aspects of our lives.

The other answer is even more simple Katie, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, weren’t private companies as most people understand them, they are government sponsored enterprises and as such the obligation to make sure they are doing right by the people is natural.

This explanation, besides being completely true, destroys the core of Obama’s chief talking point on this issue and would also make her base jump for joy by showing an understanding of what conservatism is all about.

As far as answering Katie’s question on more regulation, stick with the police theme:

Sure Katie that’s easy, crime bills, ethics laws in political campaigns, drug interdiction, anti-terror legislation, Homeland Security, the voting rights bills and again Katie, that is a proper role of government that no conservative would oppose.

If the campaign wanted to get “touchy feely” they could mention McCain’s solution to cover people who have pre-existing conditions and have catastrophic health concerns (preventing them from getting private healthinsurance) by making a government backed GAP plan to help cover those people with health insurance.

In the mean time – lets examine who is really responsible…

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Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

The Debate Fact Check Article is now up and the link is HERE – Editor

Palin was in command and as the debate went on she realized she was winning and her mood got better and better and wow did it show. Palin has that near Reaganesque charm, that people power ability that connects her with the middle class and sends condescending elitists running to their overpriced therapists.

Peggy Noonan – A Palin critic, had this to say…

Sarahcuda kept Biden on the ropes…

When Ronald Reagan debated Fritz Mondale, his staff tried to load him up with a bunch of numbers and Reagan tried to use too many of those numbers in each answer. It came off as clumsy, it didn’t work. After that Reagan told his staffers to stuff it and went out and kicked butt, Reagan style.

We now know that the mistakes that were made with Palin at the beginning of the campaign were the same mistake that Reagan’s staff made with him; a mistake that the McCain campaign has recovered from.

Joe Biden, who has a history of being a solid and sober debater, was classic Joe Biden, but he made three mistakes:

1. All the Bush bashing is getting old, most people know that the first 6 years of the Bush administration went great, after the Democrats took Congress 2 years ago things have gone downhill since, while part of that is coincidence, part of it is not. Palin was able to point out that too many people are not taking responsibility and pointing at others in the past and followed up with a powerful statement that people need to take personal responsibility.

2. Biden for the first half of the debate was kicking out a bunch of numbers that ended up jumbling his message and making peoples eyes glass over. After a while I was hearing a bunch of numbers that I can’t verify till I get a transcript and look them up one by one and his message was lost. Biden made the mistake that Reagan did in the first debate with Mondale. Biden tried to jumble her up with a bunch of numbers to try and lock Palin up. It didn’t work.

3. Biden had to make SURE that he didn’t gaffe like he has almost weekly during the campaign. As a result Biden was too sober and was a bit monotone after a time. However when Biden talked about his sons and got a bit emotional that was clearly Biden’s very finest moment.


Biden was not factually accurate on his coal comments. Biden told people in coal states he was for it and told people in non coal states that he wasn’t. We reported it and posted the youtube video on this very web site. Palin could have pounded this point harder so that was a missed opportunity. I have a feeling that when the transcript is out we will find that Biden was not factually accurate on several other points.

When Biden said over and over that McCain voted to cut funding on the troops – no one bought that. It is well known that McCain often votes against good bills that have too much pork. The Republicans should make Biden eat crow for these comments.

Palin pointed out the times where Biden said that Obama was not ready to be Commander in Chief and brought up the votes that Biden criticized Obama on.  

Frank Luntz Focus Groups says Sarah wins!! Hat Tip for the video link

The spin from the Obama campaign is that Palin did not refute all of Biden’s criticism’s of John McCain. McCain camp should make them eat crow for this as well. When Biden throws out 10 unsubstantiated allegations in 15 seconds it takes longer than a one minute response to set the record straight.

Palin also had several powerful moments. When she said “Never again will we be taken advantage of”, “we need to bring Main Street Wasilla common sense to Washington”, her statements that government needs to take personal responsibility just like regular people do. She puleld the quote from the Daily Show where Biden said that he would be honored to run with McCain.  Palin also pointed out that Obama said that our troops in Afghanistan were “air raiding villages and killing civilians”

August 14, 2007 In Nashua, NH, Monday, Obama said that the U.S. has “gotta get the job done” in Afghanistan which requires us to have enough troops that we’re not just air raiding villages and killing civilians which is causing enormous problems there.


–>UPDATE:Karl Rove has a list of 10 points where Biden is factually wrong and there is no argument about. Rove is listing them against the record. Rove is also listing 6 points where Biden is arguably wrong. A bad one was when Biden said that Article I of the Constitution covered the executive branch when in fact it covers the legislative. Several of the votes Biden said McCain voted on are wrong, McCain voted the other way. It will take a bit of time to get through the transcript and fact check it all.

Here is our post on the coal Flip/Flop complete with video —>


UPDATE II: I have been sitting here going over the debate and I have realized another dimension to this story. Joe Biden was not enjoying himself. I say that because it showed that he did not like what he was asked to do, which was tear down one of his good friends of 30 years John McCain, a man that Biden said he would be honored to join with on a presidential ticket. While Joe Biden was more leftist till about 1994, he grew more moderate in time and Biden never liked strident partisanship for the sake of being partisan; although Biden would do it if really pushed into it. As we have said before, Joe Biden is a nice guy, a nice guy who will play hardball politrics but only when forced into it. His heart really wasn’t in it. I am beginning to think that he accepted the VP nomination to prevent Obama from doing something foolish in office. Biden is the kind of man who would make a decision like that.

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Obama supporters show us their tolerance and intellect….

Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

This guy had a McCain bumper sticker.

Hat Tip

Hat Tip

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Top 20 Industry Money Recipients This Election Cycle – Who is in the back pocket of Wall Street?

Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

Special thanks to and the Center for Responsive Politics

Rank Industry Total Dem Pct GOP Pct Top Recipient
1 Lawyers/Law Firms $98,597,946 77% 23% Barack Obama (D)
2 Retired $87,981,764 54% 46% John McCain (R)
3 Securities/Invest $51,518,351 66% 34% Barack Obama (D)
4 Real Estate $49,157,612 58% 42% Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
5 Health Professionals $40,912,966 59% 41% Barack Obama (D)
6 Business Services $24,315,183 72% 28% Barack Obama (D)
7 Insurance $23,590,145 52% 48% John McCain (R)
8 Education $22,349,149 86% 14% Barack Obama (D)
9 Misc Finance $21,806,405 55% 45% Barack Obama (D)
10 TV/Movies/Music $19,482,429 77% 23% Barack Obama (D)
11 Commercial Banks $18,193,119 52% 48% Barack Obama (D)
12 Lobbyists $17,856,514 56% 44% Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
13 Leadership PACs $17,605,244 43% 57% Susan Collins (R-Maine)
14 Computers/Internet $16,770,408 68% 32% Barack Obama (D)
15 Misc Business $16,515,455 63% 37% Barack Obama (D)
16 Democratic/Liberal $14,047,626 100% 0% Barack Obama (D)
17 Pharm/Health Prod $13,602,297 54% 46% Barack Obama (D)
18 Oil & Gas $12,226,945 28% 72% John McCain (R)
19 Electric Utilities $12,002,662 51% 49% Barack Obama (D)
20 Hospitals/Nurs Homes $11,414,610 67% 33% Barack Obama (D)

Who is in the back pocket of Wall Street?

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The Elite Media Still Not Talking Much About Candidate’s Records

Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

While the elite media is talking about zingers and gotcha’s what about the record?

We do not hera much About Obama at the Woods Foundation or the Chicago Annenberg Challenge or when he worked with ACORN.

We don’t get much about Biden’s record in foriegn policy during the cold war and the first Iraq war.

We don’t get much about McCain’s record trying to fix the mortgage industry before this debacle happened or his efforts for ethics and spending reform in Congress.

The media poopooh’s Obama’s relationship with the mortgage industry.

Of course they don’t talk about Palin’s record as far as her accomplishments are concerned.

Today RMCPac sent me this little reminder:

Governor Sarah Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. As the 11th governor of Alaska, as the first woman to hold that office, she has been a leader:


·         Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans.

·         Created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office

·         Created Climate Change Subcabinet for Alaska.

·         Overhauled the state’s ethics laws

·         Developed a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline [which languished for decades and is the largest state financed infrastructure project in US History].

·         Chaired the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

·         Chaired the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee,

·         Served two terms on the City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla.  

·         Chaired the Alaska Conservation Commission.

·         Presided over the Alaska Conference of Mayors.

We have written stories covering all of these issues. Just use the handy seach feature in the upper left hand corner of this page.

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Reminder: Elite Media Doesn’t Fact-Check Obama’s Statements in Debates

Posted by iusbvision on October 2, 2008

Just a little reminder of how the elite media doesn’t call out Obama on his lies/reversals in the debates.

Without preconditions?

Obama’s “forceful” Condemnation of the Invasion of Georgia?

Here is the reversal on missile defense

Obama says that no soldier dies in vain

…but that is not what he said in his 2002 anti-war speech

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not — we will not — travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

Obama also said that 3000 lives in Iraq were wasted. 

Obama has twice apologized since implying that U.S. troops had died in vain, telling a rally crowd in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday, “We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should never been waged, and on which we have now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”


Obama said that he supports nuclear energy and denied it when McCain said that he was against the storing of nuclear waste and stated that “You cant get there from here”
Well here it is:

On nuclear power, Sen. Obama says he’s open to expanding nuclear energy, which now provides 20% of the nation’s electricity, as part of an effort to increase power sources that emit little or no carbon dioxide. But he also has said there is no future for expanded nuclear energy until the U.S. comes up with a safe, long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. He opposes the Bush administration’s plan for storing waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

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