Sunday, August 17, 2008

And the race ends...

At least for the American people, because after reading the New York Times account of Obama's statements at the megachurch Q&A sessionit's clear that 'Hope' and 'Change we can believe in' are pretty damn empty statements. I suggest reading the New York Times' report instead of the different secondary reports on it because the article itself is written in an objective way and not slanted to distort what was said. WIth that out of the way, let me cherry pick some choice Obama statements from that article:

"Asked to name an instance in which his thinking had changed over the past 10 years, Mr. Obama cited the 1996 welfare reform bill signed by former President Clinton. He said he opposed the measure at the time because he believed it would have “disastrous results,” denying millions of women economic support without providing them with job training, child care or health benefits. He said he now believes the law has been largely successful.

“It worked a lot better than a lot of people anticipated,” he said. He then added, speaking more broadly, “I am absolutely convinced that we have to have work as the centerpiece of any social policy."

"The candidate then said that under his tax plans all American families making less than $150,000 a year are considered middle class or poor and would receive a tax break. Families making more than $250,000 a year, the top 3-4 percent of Americans, would would have to pay what he called a “modest” increase in taxes.

“These things are all relative” he said. “I’m not suggesting that everybody making more than $250,000 a year is living on easy street.”"

"Asked to define marriage, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama both said that they believed marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

“For me as a Christian it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama said he opposed a constitutional amendment defining marriage that narrowly, saying the question traditionally had been left to the states. And he also said he supported homosexual civil unions, saying, “For gay partners to visit each other in the hospital I don’t think limits my core beliefs about what marriage is."

As for McCain, for his part he declared that:

"... asked which of the sitting Supreme Court justices he would not have appointed. He named four — two nominated by a Democrat and two by a Republican: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, David Souter, John Paul Stevens. He said that there might be several vacancies soon. “This nomination should be based on the critera on a proven record of strictly adhering to the Constitution and not legislating from the bench,” Mr. McCain said."

In other words, every single liberal to centrist member of the Supreme Court.

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