Palin Will Be McCain’s Intern

Some people who are thrilled to have a woman on the ticket are a little worried about Sarah Palin.  Not because she doesn’t believe in manmade global warming or because she doesn’t go for this whole evolution thing, but because of her limited experience in foreign policy.  However, that really really shouldn’t be a problem.  According to McCain adviser Charlie Black, “”She’s going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he’ll be around at least that long.”

Presumably, McCain will be like Obi Wan Kenobi to Palin’s Luke Skywalker.  When McCain thinks she is ready he’ll stop trying to keep such a tight control on his temper or something and pass on leaving Palin a clear path to be President.  Until then Palin will basically be a paid intern learning how to govern at the foot of McCain.  Remember, if you take over the Presidency because of succession it doesn’t count against your two terms.  By the time this is all said and done Palin could have a 15 year Presidency.  I really love the idea of a 23 year Republican White House.

Behind Every Good Man…Sarah Palin

This is reposted from my daughter Emily’s site.  The site contains articles by both myself and Emily, but I thought this one deserved the wider readership of my blog:

When Barack Obama named Joe Biden as his vice-president it signaled that Obama did not have much confidence in his own experience or judgement and needed a more seasoned politician to help him out.  By choosing a woman with less experience than Barack Obama, McCain has shown that he is totally confident in his own experience and judgement to lead.  I am too.

At first, it might seem kind of strange to think of a girl in such a high political office, but really being a Vice-President is a lot like being a wife.  Your job mostly is to make excuses for the President, go to functions he doesn’t want to go to, run the senate even though they don’t let you vote, and make sure the President takes his medication.  These are all jobs that are well-suited for a woman.

Palin, like McCain is a maverick.  She won’t even let lobbyists in her office which is probably why she didn’t reallize she was on McCain’s short bus.  Senator Ted Stevens has represented Alaska since the Kennedy administration.  He said of Palin and her running mate for governor, “We have a state that needs new management.  These two people represent a new generation and they represent a new vision, a new energy.  They represent the kind of people who should come along and take our places.”  That’s high praise indeed from Alaska’s senior statesman.

Let’s face it at 72, McCain is an extra order of bacon from having a fatal grabber.  If he does Palin will become the country’s first woman President.  Fortunately, she brings to the job nearly 2 years of experience as governor of a state with a population bigger than all, but 17 cities in this country.  As it was pointed out on Fox News today, Alaska is next to Russia and she has managed to avoid any kind of invasion or undo Russian influence unlike Georgia.  She also brings her expertise at culling the reindeer population to the lower 48.

With McCain’s own daughters nearing the aging of serious romantic relationships, I’m sure that they would be happy to have Aunt Sarah in office to make sure that they never get their heart broken by a federal employee without consequences.

Let’s ride John McCain’s coat tails to history lady.  McCain/Palin ‘08 and one bout of snow shoveling by John McCain could be our path to history.

CNN Finally Gets Obama Right

I waited a very long time, but CNN finally got Barack Obama’s tax “cut” right.  Americans will pay considerably more under Obama’s tax policy than McCain’s if they make as little as $161,000 to see any kind of savings under Obama and that includes McCain’s tax on medical benefits.  If you ignore that tax, Americans making as little as $112,000 will pay more under Obama.  Now Obama supporters will say that the huge savings for people making $66,000 or less make this worthwhile, but people who make that little probably get food stamps already anyway.  I grant it we should worry about those less fortunate than ourselves.  I am always free with a buck when I see those Salvation Army Santas and Christmas time.  However, when it comes to tax policy, we need to protect the gains of us making over $112,000.  A country is only as strong as its middle class.

Our Sister Site

I am very proud of my daughter Emily.  Though I’ve mentioned that she needs to lose some weight, she really has some wonderful other talents.  Her politics are a bit different than mine, but together we have put together a new website that I think is great called Cougars for Clinton.  The site is for Hillary supporters like herself who believe that the best way to honor Hillary is to continue to fight for her no matter how many times she begs them to stop.  My daughter is quite the chip off the old block and her post needed very little editing.  The two of us have decided that the best way to carry on Hillary’s struggle is to support John McCain.

Hillary’s Speech Unconvincing

Hillary Clinton just gave an extremely halfhearted attempt at creating Democratic unity tonight.  I guess acting is yet another thing the ice queen can’t do.  Hopefully, those of you who are Hillary supporters out there will have seen through her thin charade and continue to support John McCain.   A lot of forced smiles but not a lot of real support.  Let’s go Pumas and Cougars, we’ve got a maverick to elect!  Still in Pueblo where the ice machine is way too loud. There is no better way to make the Democratic establishment regret not taking you seriously as a voter than to praise your candidat’es speech while ignoring the mean of that speech and throwing your support 100% behind the campaign of somebody who is the antithesis of what she has been fighting for her whole life. You know a wise man once told this joke, “Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die?” The punch line: “When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, “Where is that marvelous ape?” The moral of the story of course is if you’re going to get raped anyway, you may as well enjoy it.

How Obama and McCain will Affect the Middle Class

I am struck by the stark difference between the two Presidential candidates and the affect their tax plans would have on the average middle class working family.  I think this is one of the funamental issues of the campaign.

Barrack Obama wants to raise the tax rate on the very rich.  This all sounds well and good, but people forget that the wealthiest 10% of this country pay 2/3 of the taxes despite owning barely 90% of the assets in this country.  Estates above $3.5 million dollars would be taxed at 45% under the Obama plan while estates valued above $5,000,000 would only be taxed at a reasonable 15% under the McCain plan.  Our next generation of old money depends on not raising the estate tax.

When it comes to the corporations that drive this country like Walmart, Exxon, and Countrywide Obama would leave the corporate tax rate at 35% while McCain would drop it to 25%.  This means higher dividends for Americans who are shareholders.

Both Obama and McCain would keep Bush’s tax cuts for the middle class, but McCain would also keep the ones for the wealthy.  Obama would include a $500 per worker credit for people making less than $150,000 a year and a $4,000 credit for each child in college.  Seniors making less than $50,000 would be exempt from income tax under Obama.

McCain meanwhile will tax employee contributions to healthcare which are now untaxed.  However, every family would get a $5,000 credit for health care.  That seems an exorbinant ammount for one family’s health care today, but if we have the money I saw go for it.

Obama has a huge tax hike planned for those hard working Americans making $250,000 per year.  Their tax rate would increase from 35% back to the pre-Bush level of 39%.  I don’t think anybody in this economy wants to go back to the upper class poverty of the Clinton administration where Bentleys were often seen abandonned on blocks and the truffle market had severely dried up.

A middle class doctor making $300,000 will find himself severely overtaxed by the Obama system and may be forced to take a second job.  I suppose it may be better for people with smaller incomes, but what about those of us who are middle class?

White Male of Distinction #7: Jacko

Wow! Has it been a week already?  I close for the week with one of the greatest players in Australian Rules Football history, a singer, and an Energizer Spokesperson who etertained America in the late 80s with his famous catch phrase, “Oi!”

Mark “Jacko” Jackson was born August 30, 1959.  He first came to prominence in 1979 as a tough forward for South Fremantle in the West Australia Football League.  He moved to the VFL in 1981 and enjoyed a fruitful career before retiring from Geelong in 1986.   He was an entertaining player, but his colorful antics wore out in many VFL cities.

After his playing career,   he launched a singing career and his song “I’m an Individual” hit number 1 in Australia.  He also came to prominence in the United States as spokesperson for Energizer throughout the late 1980s.  In 1988, Jacko played the role of Jetto in Sam Jones’ shortlived series “The Highwayman.”  For his amazing versatility Jacko has been named a White Male of Distinction

Dark Knight Boycott Overwhelming Success

On July 24th, I called on the readers of the blog to boycott the Dark Knight movie as the piece of liberal propaganda that it was.  Your response has been both overwhelming and humbling for me.  Together we are taking on Hollywood and winning.  What’s more, the big beneficiary of our boycott seems to be The Mummy 3 which is a patriotic movie showing how the American family can stand up to Chinese imperialism and defeat their plan for global superiority.  In the weekend before I announced the boycott, The Dark Knight racked in nearly $160,000,000.  I was worried that I was too late in getting out my boycott appeal on July 24th, but the weekend following the boycott announcement the movie’s gross dropped to only $75,000,0000.  With the boycott in full swing this week the movie has dropped to less than $44,000,000.  I believe with a concerted effort we can drop it to around $30,000,000 this week.  Of course, you don’t hear about this on the mainstream media anywhere.  I guess grassroots movements aren’t flashy enough.  Flashy or not its working and that is all because of you my readers.

Obama vs McCain on Gas Policy

Have you heard about Obama’s solution to the energy crisis?  He says that if we’d all properly inflate our tires that we’d save just as much as the ammount of oil we’d gain by offshore drilling.   ROFLMAO.  I love it!!  This man is a leader for our times.

Let’s see, offshore drilling according to an analysis performed by the Energy Information Administration, an independent statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, found in a report published in 2007 that opening up the outer continental shelf in the Pacific, Atlantic and eastern gulf regions wouldn’t do much now, but in 2030 if we also drilled in ANWR we would eventually drop gas as much as 3 or 4 cents a gallon in today’s money.

“Because oil prices are determined on the international market, however, any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant,” the report concludes, but I don’t find 3 to 4 cents insignificant at all.  That’s nearly $100 for me over the course of a year.

Properly inflated tires show an immediate impact on gas prices and people supposedly can save up to 10% of their fuel costs by properly inflating their tires.  However, that assumes we all don’t have properly inflated tires to begin with.  In the end it seems to me that at best Obama has a wash with his tire inflating strategy.

McCain Calls for Lower Teacher Standards

Real Nobel Laureates Craig Mello (L), Roy Glauber (C) and Dudley Herschbach (R) sample ice cream at the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, 04 October 2007, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan was awarded for developing a way to extract vanillin — vanilla fragrance and flavoring — from cow dung and Toscanini’s Ice Cream of Cambridge created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Yamamoto called “Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist.” The prizes are given by the Harvard-based science humor magazine “Annals of Improbable Research” and honor “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”. Prizes were given for research about a literally-bottomless bowl of soup, a “gay bomb”, a net that drops on bank robbers. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a speech to the Urban League John McCain shocked many hoping for education reform by calling teacher training too rigorous and insisting that in his administration anybody who wants to teach will have a job waiting for them.

“You can be a Nobel Laureate and not qualify to teach in most public schools today because they don’t have all the proper credits in educational theory or methodology,” McCain told his audience who sat so intent on his message that the remained enraptured and silent.

This is an injustice that needs to stop.  If those 10 or so education classes are stopping our Nobel Laureates from moving into the classroom, we need to make those classes easier.  It is well known that in most universities a huge number of students begin as education majors before the rigorous class work eventually weeds out those who can’t hack it who settle in those majors that lead to careers in medicine, business, or the sciences.  Surely, teaching credentials shouldn’t be this hard to come by.

We all want the best teachers for our kids and for that reason we must make it easier to go into teaching.  If Nobel Laureates can’t hack a year of taking education classes what hope do the rest of us have?  Let’s start making this certification easier so we can get more Nobel Laureates and other learned people in front of our kids.