Thursday, October 30, 2008

Breaking News

Barack Obama just admitted that as a kindergartner he shared his toys and that he also once gave a friend his peanut butter sandwich.

See? Socialist.

Seriously, that line up there was one of the funniest things I've ever heard a politician say.

Here's the thing about the latest (and really weak) attack on Obama: it's really hard to call someone a socialist and make it stick when the government now owns most of the financial institutions and when you yourself were supportive of the government bailout. My political theory classes are hazy but I do seem to recall something about socialism having to do with government controlling the means of goods and services.

But the other reason it is just plain silly (silly in a "Really? Less than a week out and that's honestly the best you've got?" sort of way) is because the only people who are afraid of socialism are as old as John McCain and remember the time when the commies were determined to rule the world and make us all get bad haircuts. Our grandparents are smuggling in prescription drugs from Canada. All of a sudden "socialized medicine" doesn't seem like such a bad thing. But more to the point, when you've got rising unemployment rates, people being tossed out of their homes on a daily basis and the middle class shrinking; when a college education is slipping out of the grasp of many families who once considered themselves pretty well off, "sharing the wealth" all of a sudden doesn't sound like such a bad thing.

Really, Mr. I Have So Many Houses I Lose Count? Really? You have folks on this side struggling on diminished wages and over here are the rich guys on Wall Street who screwed over all our pensions and 401ks and still manage to go on $4 million dollar junkets after a government bailout. And you're going to tell the first group that a little more money in their pockets and a little less in the rich guy's wallet is a bad thing? You know what? In this economy a "redistribution of wealth" sounds like a mighty fine idea to most folks.

McCain likes to accuse Obama of being all rhetoric. But his campaign is nothing but rhetoric at this point. And worse, it's 50 year old rhetoric. Good luck with that, John.



Blogger sageweb opined...

I love the peanut butter sandwich line...of course any reference to peanut butter is awesome.

In Time Magazine they listed the top 10 richest economies. 5 of the top ten where Socialist countries.

I dont see anything wrong with giving money to someone less fortunate than me. I think it is patriotic. I am looking out for my fellow american. What is it with rich people that don't want to help other people? Something has to be wrong with their brain.

October 30, 2008 8:23 AM  
Blogger Caitlin opined...

Well put, Lorraine!

October 30, 2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger LostInColor opined...

Great post! and I think I could go for a peanut butter sandwich about now...

October 30, 2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

I'll be spending my $150,000 clothing allowance on cheap brown liquor,and porn..

October 30, 2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Mom opined...

Amen to that.

October 30, 2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger Miss Healthypants opined...

I loved that line by Obama, too--did you see that on the Daily Show?

The sad thing about McCain is that I don't think he really believes anything he's saying lately. I actually like McCain--the real McCain. But he's nowhere to be found these days.

But Obama is the real thing--I really believe that. He's a man of the people, and I'm going to be proud to vote for him on Tuesday.

October 30, 2008 5:13 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Sage, exactly. That's the other thing that bugs me about the GOP. They talk about "big government" like it's such a bad thing. I read "big government" as "taking care of the less fortunate". Hi, even Jesus would be on board with that. But oddly, the GOP finds nothing "big" about, oh, I dunno, the government spying on average citizens or telling us how to comport ourselves in our bedrooms. They seem just jim dandy with that.

(curtsies toward Caitlin)

Lost, I'll make up a batch...

Dude, for real. And there's another one, right? God forbid we spend money on early education or health care or college grants but need to trick out the fleece-wearing hick from Alaska and there's plenty o' dough. Hypocrites. Pass the brown liquor.

Coffee hour is in the community hall after services, Mom.

MHP, I feel you. I used to like John McCain, too. If he loses, one of the main reasons is going to be how quickly he abandoned principle and independence to suck up to the Right. (Of course, if he wins, it will be because the GOP rigged the election. Again. I'm sure of it).

October 30, 2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha (Note no w)

Five more days. Oh please hurry. LOL



October 30, 2008 9:52 PM  

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