My wife and I’s very good friend, LJ (queeniemart – sorry, not a clickable link here as is my custom – hers is a private journal) left a comment in my entry A LOOK AT SENATOR MCCAIN giving me an idea for an entry that I had been thinking about anyway. Her comment may have been a reflection of what some people are thinking about in light of the big issue made out of how many houses Senator McCain owns.
When I heard all the hub-bub about a reply to an interview question by Senator McCain from POLITICO on August 20th. The question was how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, owned. Senator McCain’s response was, “I think – I’ll have my staff get back to you.” With this, here came the Democrats, making a big issue out of it. The same old class envy thing that the liberal left has been trying for years and years, and have actually been successful in dividing America this way. I was never jealous of wealthy people. Just for the record, I’m not a wealthy man (unless you use former President Bill Clinton’s definition of “rich”, then anything over about $20,000 a year was rich – my taxes sure went through the roof on this one and that’s about how much I was earning at the time).
Anyway, my first take on this was the desperation of the Democratic party, “snatching at straws”, because they know the Obama campaign is in trouble. Even the acknowledged in an article (the AP logo is a clickable link) on their website on August 22, 2008 there is a “perception” that the Obama campaign has stalled. I have been doing some reading on several sites, including CNN that shows Obama continuing to lose ground. Many Hillary supporters interviewed after the announcement of SENATOR JOE BIDEN as Obama’s running mate yesterday have said they are not voting for Obama. Obama also seems to be losing votes as voters hear more and more of his extreme radical views. Even Senator Biden himself, just last year, said he did not believe that Obama was ready for the Presidency, and it was not a job that lent itself to on-the-job training. Senator Biden continued that he (Senator Biden) would be honored to run with or against Senator McCain, and the country would be better off. Here’s the video:
Getting back to the house non-issue. My question is, what did a question like this have anything in the world to do with running the Presidency? What does how much property or how much wealth ANY President has, Democrat, Republican, or otherwise, have to do with how that President deals with China? Russia? Iran? Do you think Iranian President ManINeedAJob really cares? Absolutely not! It doesn’t have anything to do with anything. I saw an article over the weekend that I wish now I had bookmarked so I could reference it here that was entitled, “McCain’s Rich”. If time had permitted, I would have left a very short comment: “News Flash: SO IS OBAMA!”
This brings me to the point of all of this. Such nitpicking is petty and an obvious move of desperation to try to revive Obama’s campaign. What everyone needs to remember is this: ALL WASHINGTON POLITICIANS ARE VERY WEALTHY PEOPLE. They have to be in order to run for the office in the first place. As we all know, Congress has it’s own “honey tree” complete with a very nice income of $169,300 per year to start, and a SWEET retirement plan they pay NOTHING into – sweet for them that is, not for us taxpayers. So, when Obama points his finger at McCain as being “rich”, Obama ain’t exactly a poor man himself.
The Democrats are in serious trouble overall with what originally was to be a “Democrat sweep” this November. According to the latest ZOGBY POLL, Congress’s approval rating has dropped from a recent 14% to 9%. That is absolutely the lowest approval rating in history for any Congress. Zogby also found that voters are not only angry at Congress, they are angry at THEIR OWN CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN. This is not the norm. Even when America is angry with Congress, people normally still like their own Senators and Representatives.
To close, a couple of quotes to show you how much trouble the Obama campaign is in. LEON PANETTA, former White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, said recently about Obama, “I don’t like the way this is going. He’s gotta get tougher out there.” And there’s JOE KLEIN, with TIME MAGAZINE, a liberal magazine, “Where’s the passion, Obama? Can’t you say something that makes us feel like you care about it?”
One last thought, if I ever run for public office, and somebody asks me a question like that, I don’t think I’ll be as tactful as Senator McCain. My answer, as a common sense middle class candidate, would be this: “That has nothing to do with my ability to run the office, and it’s none of your business. Next question.”
Don't make me come up there!
Thanks LJ for reading and your comments! I really appreciate it!
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