Skip to comments.Why did McCain score high on the economy after the convention?
Posted on 09/08/2008 6:55:36 PM PDT by ari-freedom
"We believe in a government that unleashes the creativity and initiative of Americans. Government that doesn't make your choices for you, but works to make sure you have more choices to make for yourself.
I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them. I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them. I will cut government spending. He will increase it.
My tax cuts will create jobs. His tax increases will eliminate them. 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.
Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs. Cutting the second highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from moving overseas. Doubling the child tax exemption from $3500 to $7000 will improve the lives of millions of American families. Reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs will let you keep more of your own money to save, spend and invest as you see fit. 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 your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch. 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 retraining that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage.
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, 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 that choice and their children will have that opportunity.
Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies. I want schools to answer to parents and students. And when I'm President, they will.
My fellow Americans, when I'm President, we're going to embark on the most ambitious national project in decades. We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much. We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we'll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.
Senator Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that. We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and to restore the health of our planet. It's an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature, and we have faced greater challenges. It's time for us to show the world again how Americans lead.
This great national cause will create millions of new jobs, many in industries that will be the engine of our future prosperity; jobs that will be there when your children enter the workforce.
What about the RINOs who wanted to compromise on drilling strategy with the dems--are they gone, or what?
Because of his position on oil drilling and taxes.
I agree. He should listen to the speech. Being good on the economy isn’t planing big give aways, the American people respond to someone who will be a good steward of the economy.
Most people know in their hearts that bigger government is not a solution it is a big part of the problem. Freedom is about choices, McCain understands this and so do the American people. A choice isn’t to give up your right to say no to a government program that once you opt in that you can never opt out.
Which polls did he score high on the economy on? I didn’t see that broken out?
I have to say as I have said on another thread. The analysis of speechmaking has gotten so bad within the media.
For both dems and republicans I hear journalists say, “well they said nothing about X”
in point of fact, they typically said 3-5 things about X
Do the journalists read the advance copies or listen to the speeches?
The analyses are way off target. I expect the partisan spinners to do this but the idea that journalists do it is infuriating. Even though Fox is better than most, they also did not do a good job of analyzing the speeches.
Numbers, enthusiasm, rose across the board—led by Sarah Palin.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
You like Palin? Now you like McCain.
Like McCain/Palin? Now you like McCain economics.
Both sides are probably eager to pass something, anything. The republicans must be even more eager because they have by far the most seats up for grabs in the Senate this year.
Much like most of what has been passed the last ten years it will be a bloated, unwieldy monster tome of legislation so that each side can point to some part or the other and say “we passed this for (insert special interest group here)”.
In reality they will open up some areas for drilling, let other leases expire and close, add more environmental impact regulations and pledge even more subsidies for alternative energies that aren’t efficient enough to be profitable on their own.
Business as usual in the beltway, a trillion dollar monopoly game with an unlimited bank . . . us.
Even hussein lately basically said higher taxes aren’t good for the economy.
Even hussein lately basically said higher taxes aren’t good for the economy.
EXACTY!!Lowering taxes if he can, not raising them at all, and also DRILL HERE DRILL NOW.
Everybody knows their pocket book has been pinched from high energy costs.
it was on Fox news today. Kraut thought that it was ‘inexplicable’ how mcCain could jump so much on that issue.
Probably all true, but don’t underestimate the “Palin Factor” - a person who walks in the same shoes as most middle-class Americans and who they can relate to. Having a “real person” as VP will have a lot more appeal to the average voter than the number of letters after his/her name.
I often like Krauthammer, but on this, his elitism is showing.
It’s interesting the way he said it. He said that he would possibly not increase taxes if we are in a recession. I take that as an admission that we are not in a recession, which seems like another of his flip-flops.
He also said this...he doesn’t pull a hannity and defend the economy:
I fight for Americans. I fight for you. I fight for Bill and Sue Nebe from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who lost their real estate investments in the bad housing market. Bill got a temporary job after he was out of work for seven months. Sue works three jobs to help pay the bills.
I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Jake works on a loading dock; coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a schoolteacher, working toward her Master’s Degree. They have two sons, the youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. They matter to me.
I fight for the family of Matthew Stanley of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, who died serving our country in Iraq. I wear his bracelet and think of him every day. I intend to honor their sacrifice by making sure the country their son loved so well and never returned to, remains safe from its enemies.
I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust, when we valued our power over our principles.
We’re going to change that. We’re going to recover the people’s trust by standing up again for the values Americans admire. The party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan is going to get back to basics.
We believe everyone has something to contribute and deserves the opportunity to reach their God-given potential from the boy whose descendents arrived on the Mayflower to the Latina daughter of migrant workers. We’re all God’s children and we’re all Americans.
We believe in low taxes; spending discipline, and open markets. We believe in rewarding hard work and risk takers and letting people keep the fruits of their labor.
Your link to this NEWS story isn’t working for me.
I thought Charles missed the mark there as well. Thanks for posting!
Perhaps some simple common sense got through to some people.
There is NO WAY a logical person can think Democrats/Socialists/Marxists can be good for the economy.
Of course, the simpletons think “economy” means “how much stuff am I gonna git?”
there’s no link because it is from what he said on TV.
you have to realize that even though kraut is on the ‘right’ on foreign policy, he along with Mort Kondracke are liberals on other issues. Kraut even called for a carbon tax.
The Dems mantra that drilling will not do any good for 10 years is a crock. It will make immediate job creation--good paying jobs.
If I were a young, healthy, ambitious man, I would head for Alaska. You can still get free land and their jobs are hard but pay well.
I like your home page, I made part of that my tag line as soon as I heard it.
Kraut’s energy plan
Pessimistic but true.
it even touched Kinky Friedman’s heart, the liberal cowboy.
“Maybe he should try to actually listen to the speech?”
Good point. And your quote demonstrated it. Education is the biggest problem this country faces long range and his comments on energy were right on the money.
Instead of “change”, Obama will just give us more of the same when it comes to energy and education.
I hope that things change in Washington when McCain/Palin come to town. I don't think McCain is as naive as President Bush was, having the Kennedy's over for movie night. But they are fighting against a massive entrenched bureaucracy that almost single handedly destroyed the Iraq war. And McCain has poked his finger in the conservative movements eyes enough time to keep me leery.
We've seen the tremendous power that a little hope can give to the conservative cause in the last two weeks. The selection of a little known governor has galvanized conservatives in two weeks, mostly because she has been so viciously attacked by the Washington elites. But that gives us hope. Change will take a lot more work.
McCain still won't support opening ANWAR. Saxby Chamblis, my senator from Georgia, has a very high conservative rating. But he was one of the senators yucking it up with Teddy about the immigration compromise. He is one of the senators pushing for the newest boondoggle energy bill. Not surprisingly, he's running for re election.
‘Trust but Verify’ worked with the Russians. They may have been an evil empire, but we could predict their reactions and they weren’t suicidal. I don't trust Washington one bit. I will hope, just a little. But very, very few of them have earned any trust. McCain has not. I don't know Palin, and the VP doesn't make policy.
I got my ditty at #9 from Krauthammer on Fox this afternoon.
Maybe people figured out that taking water out of only one side of the bucket is a fool’s errand?
That punishing businesses ultimately hurts the workers.
That drilling will create many new jobs.
Add to that the info that we pay the second highest corporate taxes in the industrialized world.
People are beginning to get it! And they get Obama too. He is words, just words.