Tomorrow night is the last of the Presidential Debates, the OLM will tell you is McCain's "Last Chance" to shift the polls, I of course disagree with their premise. While it is the final debate, if the coverage of the other debates are any indication it will be out of the News cycle by Thursday afternoon, Thursday morning if John McCain really gives it to Barack Obama.
I'm predicting that during the 'pre-game' discussions, the talking heads will say that this debate is Critical for John McCain but it won't matter because it's either too late or because the first debate was the most important. That is just wishful thinking on their part. Let's face it, McCain has about ten different topics he can bury Barack Obama regardless of the question. The question is will he?
I'm handing out unsolicited advice to Sen. McCain, Relax and pay absolutely no attention to what the moderator asks you. The questions will be stacked to play to Obama's strength, so while it may please the pundants when you stick to the script they've written, Americans don't care what they think, they care what you think. So just go to town. Look him in the eye and say "I don't think you're ready to lead, Hillary doesn't trust you, You're own Running Mate said you are unqualified, so why should America trust you?
That would be hot! However the minute he does it, the OLM will say he is speaking down to Obama, thus McCain is being Racist or Erratic depending on which surrogate rushes to the microphone first. Which reminds me, turn off your TV immediately after the debate. You don't have to be told what you just watched. (Feel free however to come onto this site, for my witty insight! ) Don't expect anyone in the media to ever declare McCain the winner of the debate, the best you will hear is that it was a Tie. Generally speaking that's how I know my candidate won the debate. If the Media calls it a Tie, the Republican won. When the hacks at Newsweek said McCain won the last debate, they were quick to add, "but it didn't matter." So why do we have debates if it doesn't matter who wins?
Instead of putting together a specific list for this debate, this time my study guide is focused on themes. Please feel free to refer back to the Original Debate Study Guide think of this as 'supplemental material'. I've got some definitions courtesy of dictionary.com for you to keep in mind as you watch the two candidates discuss their Economic plans for the future of our country.
an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, esp. as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth
a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.
This is what this election comes down to do you support Capitalism or are you interested in Socialism? Please note that the definition of Socialism is the 'transitional' phase between Capitalism and Communism. So while many in the left would prefer to act like we're being irrational for calling Obama and his ilk Socialists, He himself said today, when challenged by a plumber in Ohio, he believes in 'spreading the wealth' around. In other words 'Redistribution of Wealth" a basic socialist principle by it's modern father Karl Marx. Note to Liberals: When we call his ideas Marxist, it's because they are in fact Marxist ideas. Just for the record, Joe, the Plumber recognized it as what it was, "punishment for success" and he doesn't appreciate it.
One of the keystones of developing a true socialist society and ultimately a communist society, is having one Political Power having control of government as is stated in the definitions above. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have already discussed coming back after the election and passing legislation that would increase welfare benefits in preparation for the Coronation of Obama. Can it be long before we revoke term limits on Presidents?
Harry Reid and Steny Hoyer have said they will immediately vote to ban offshore drilling. Hoyer calls it a "priority". So when Senator Obama tries to look at America with a straight face and say he will cut government spending and supports off shore drilling, know that he is lying through his teeth. The Democrats are as John McCain said "already measuring the curtains" and They are figuring out how You can pay for them. Can you imagine what else they are planning if God forbid they were to have control over both houses of Congress and the White House. It will make the Carter years, seem like the gilded age.
McCain's Economic plan is based in practical principles. He has developed a plan that can ease tension in the current market while not destroying future market growth. Tax cuts and growth incentives, they work every time.
Barack Obama's plan by his own admission is about taking some of your pie and giving it to someone else who doesn't have as much pie. But it's my pie!! I bought the ingredients (via student loans, no grants here), made the pie, and baked it myself. I don't want to share my pie, with someone who didn't want to drive to the grocery store!
Obama's alliances with socialists are just part of the picture. It's not that they will influence him in office, Obama doesn't need influenced, He already shares their view. That's why they were drawn to each other in the first place. His socialist agenda reaches way beyond the economy, into his views on education, the environment and the role of the church. McCain should point out all the lies the Obama campaign has promoted over the last two weeks.
This debate is an opportunity for John McCain to outline the differences between his idea of a free America and Obama's idea of an over taxed, government controlled America. It's really just that simple. You don't need an Ivy league education to know that if you punish those that succeed their is no incentive for achievement. Again I am reminded that Americans don't read as much as they should. Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged as a warning about the Socialist movement in the 1957. She creates a world divided by Producers and Looters, the former being those that worked, and the later were those that just lived off the work of others. Ultimately the Producers tired of taking care of the looters and quit working in Revolt, as the world turned into mass poverty and destruction, the Producers sneak away and start their own Society free of Looters. I'm with the Producers.
McCain understand the basic principles of a complex economy, he just needs to say it in a way that everyday Americans will understand. If I were him, I'd just use Obama's own words against him. That should do it. When CNN's Lou Dobbs ran a story on Obama and the plumber, he asked viewers to vote on if they agreed with "sharing the wealth", even with a demographic of 75% democrat, almost 60% disagreed with Obama. Take that for what it's worth, but Americans aren't stupid. Even with the media raving about Obama non-stop for almost two years, and with his campaign outspending McCain's in some cases 10-1, the race is still dead even going into the final debate.
Watch for McCain to make a move in this debate, he has shown himself to be a shrewd politician over the years, and it's possible he realized in this world of high speed news cycles that it was best to save the closing narrative for the last debate. That's all this event really comes down to for McCain, it's a chance to start the conversation not to finish it. He just needs to get those Americans that don't watch Fox News to Stop and Think if only for a moment. After that he's got 19 days to fill them in on the details.