Why should we believe that McCain would be an honest president? ....and havent we had enough of a dishonest, dissembling president

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    Sep 17, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    "McCain's transgressions, though, are of a different magnitude. His whoppers are bigger; there are more of them. He -- the easy out would be to say "his campaign" -- has been misleading, and at times has outright lied, about his opponent. He has misrepresented -- that's the charitable verb -- his vice presidential nominee's record. Called on these fouls, he has denied and repeated them.

    The most outrageous of McCain's distortions involve Obama on taxes. He asserts that Obama's new taxes could "break your family budget," and that an Obama presidency would inflict "painful tax increases on working American families." Hardly. Obama would lower taxes for most households, and lower them more than McCain would. The only "painful tax increases on working American families" would be on working families making more than $250,000. "


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/16/AR2008091602874.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    Why should we believe he'd be any more honest or dishonest than Obama?
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidWhy should we believe he'd be any more honest or dishonest than Obama?

    I believe the premise of the article is that McC. is making the far more serious breaches in truthfulness in this campaign....and that is why.

    Dont succumb to the Symmetry of Sin.

    Did ya even read the article....or are you skating on just being so cute? .... icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 said
    Timberoo saidWhy should we believe he'd be any more honest or dishonest than Obama?

    I believe the premise of the article is that McC. is making the far more serious breaches in truthfulness in this campaign....and that is why.

    Dont succumb to the Symmetry of Sin.

    Did ya even read the article....or are you skating on just being so cute? .... icon_lol.gif


    It's politics. :shrug:
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    Sep 17, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    "Likewise, the McCain campaign has its story about Sarah Palin, and it's sticking with it -- facts be damned. She said "thanks but no thanks" to that "Bridge to Nowhere," except that she didn't: She backed the bridge until it was unpopular, then scooped up the money and used it for other projects. More than a year after McCain began railing against the bridge, Palin, then a gubernatorial candidate, said the state should build it "now -- while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."

    Palin sold the gubernatorial jet, on eBay and for a profit -- except that she didn't. She didn't take earmarks as governor -- except for the $256 million she sought last year, and the $197 million wish list for 2008.

    Every hard-fought campaign is in some sense a struggle between the id of political consultants driving for a victory and the superego of policy types who worry about having to govern with the consequences of campaign rhetoric. Every campaign calls on the candidate to calibrate, at some point, how far he is willing to go in pursuit of the prize.

    No candidate has felt this tension so keenly, or written about it as movingly, as McCain. In his memoir "Worth the Fighting For," McCain describes the sickening sensation of renouncing his views about the Confederate flag to curry favor with South Carolina voters in 2000 -- "reading it as if I were making a hostage statement."

    He wrote that his "theatrics" were designed to "telegraph reporters that . . . political imperatives required a little evasiveness on my part. I wanted them to think me still an honest man, who simply had to cut a corner a little here and there so that I could go on to be an honest president." "