Sen. John McCain for President
There are several reasons why the Clearwater Gazette recommends Sen. John McCain for President, those reasons are as follows:
1. McCain is prepared to lead our nation as Commander-In-Chief and his opponent Sen. Barack Obama is not. McCain has years of military experience and has proven by his time spent in the military as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War (and as a POW) that his commitment to the defense of our nation is unquestioned. Sen. Obama has no experience in the military or in any other national security agency. His background of friends and leadership input casts a huge shadow on Sen. Obama's leadership capabilities when dealing with issues of national defense. Clearly, Sen. McCain offers more in leadership experience than his opponent.
2. Our nation's economy is in deep trouble due to greed on Wall Street. Sen. McCain has stated he would go after the top people who supported withholding the truth from investors and innocent homeowners. Sen. Obama has stated he too would like to "clean" Wall Street from greedy leaders by increasing government intervention. It is likely that both candidates would bring more government intervention to Wall Street, the real question is: which candidate would help expand our nation's GDP and which candidate would frustrate business growth? We believe Sen. McCain is more supportive of US business growth through capitalism and job creation than his opponent who supports bigger federal government and more government employees.
3. When it comes to taxes each candidate has views that many media sources have distorted to favor their candidate. Sen. Obama says he will cut taxes for 95% of taxpayers. Of course, what he does not say is that 30-40% of that number currently pay no taxes. Obama now says he will increase taxes for households that earn more than $200,000 a year. Wall Street Journal pegs the number at $150,000. He lowered the number originally from $250,000. Sen. McCain says he will cut taxes for all workers to help stimulate our economy. The question for voters is: Why punish people that have earned more than $150,000 a year? With a national recession it hardly makes any sense to increase taxes on any business or person. If Obama has his way, he plans to increase capital gains taxes and increase death taxes (estate/inheritance taxes.) McCain says he will lower those taxes to help increase small business growth and job creation. If America stands for capitalism, then the clear choice is McCain.
4. The real maverick in Washington is Sen. John McCain. McCain has not walked the line with the Republican Party since he was first elected to the US Congress. He has been more of an "independent" than party-line Republican. That is why many independent voters support McCain--he has a reputation as a maverick in Washington and, quite frankly, many Americans are fed-up with all career political party candidates, Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Obama has the most liberal voting record in the US Senate. He is proud to be a far-left liberal and he will push for change in Washington to reflect his liberal views. Yes, Sen. Obama wants change in Washington and that change means to the far-left of the political center. If America wants someone as President who will change the way things have been done in Washington, then Sen. McCain is the candidate for change.
5. Whoever is elected as President will likely appoint at least two justices to the US Supreme Court. The next generation will be affected by the manner in which the Supreme Court rules on important national issues. Should the Supreme Court be liberal, as Sen. Obama wants, or should the Court be more conservative, as Sen. McCain wants. This is one of the most important things the next President will act upon. Liberal or conservative justices?
Americans will vote for change in Washington, will that change be to the political left of center or to the moderate/conservative center? Can America afford to go back to the liberal days of former President Jimmy Carter (D-Ga.) and high taxes, high unemployment, weak national security and low business output? When Sen. Obama compares Sen. McCain to President Bush it is an unfair comparison, McCain has been a thorn to Bush and other GOP leaders in Washington. Yet, when comparing Sen. Obama to former President Jimmy Carter we notice many political similarities. When Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter our nation's economy was in a huge mess, Reagan said we needed to cut taxes to help growth. Carter said we needed to increase taxes to funnel more money to Washington, Reagan won, Reagan cut taxes and our nation started an economic upturn. Thus, McCain offers the same plan as Ronald Reagan--Obama offers the same plan as Jimmy Carter. America can't afford another tax-and-spend politician in the White House like former president Jimmy Carter. McCain is the better choice
Vote for Sen. John McCain next Tuesday.
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