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Barack Obama’srecent flip-flop on the issue of public funding is indicative of the kind of politician he is turning out to be.  Rather than the “new kind of politician,” he is just more of the same.  I think we can all agree that the general perception of politicians is that they will say and do anything to get elected.  But Obama promised to change all of that.  Which makes his hypocrisy all the more disappointing.  (more…)

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Today the Supreme Court determined that the death sentence imposed on a child rapist could not stand “no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.”  (Here)  Let’s avoid for a moment, any discussion regarding the utility of the death penalty in general and focus on the implications of this case.  (more…)

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With several sources and a report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) saying that increased drilling will not have a significant impact on oil prices, what should we do?  I think we need a comprehensive approach to this problem: increase production, decrease consumption, research and develop alternative feul sources and crack down on market manipulation.  We really need a short-term, middle term and long term solution. 

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Obama and Rev. Wright
Obama’s recent comments got me thinking about who really is playing the race card and about how race is going to play a role in this election.  Obama recently stated:
“It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy,” Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

It is interesting how Obama managed to play the race card while arguing that it will be the Republicans who will play the race card.  This is preemptive race baiting and is shameful and unnecessary.  It is also curious that he is trying to lump all of these arguments together.  Is Obama suggesting that they are in the same category?  I would think he’s smarter than that. 

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It was recently reported that Obama stated that “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a nation of non-believers.” While I am certainly not an Obama supporter and welcome legitimate critiques of his politics and policies, I do not believe taking this quote out of context is constructive. I happen to believe that Obama is technically correct in this instance. While our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, we have now become a nation that welcomes people of all faith. To read more into these comments is simply insincere. I think we should go back to debating legitimate issues of policy rather than taking relatively benign comments out of context.

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For weeks now, the left has been attacking McCain for comments that he has made regarding the war — i.e., that we may be in Iraq for years to come and that supposedly he did not care about when the troops were coming home. McCain’s statements have been taken entirely out of context and the left knows it. What McCain actually said was that “We’ve been in South Korea … we’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans … As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That’s fine with me, I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Queada is training and equipping and recruiting and motivating people every single day.” Clearly, McCain did not advocate a war that would last for 100 years. The idea is that we must win the war and then, potentially, stay in Iraq to ensure its stability — as we have done in other volatile places in the world. As we all know, we maintain a presence in Korea, but no one would argue that we are at war with Korea. As I have said before, there are plenty of legitimate issues on which the two sides can debate. There is no reason to take comments out of context. Especially since McCain is right. We must finish what we started in Iraq — whether or not the reasons for going in were legitimate. We all must get over the fact that we went into Iraq and discuss how we are going to finish what we started. McCain was one of the first Republicans to criticize the Bush administration on the way the war was handled and advocated a course of action that has been successful. It is unbelievable to me that Obama has advocated bringing all of our troops home from Iraq before we have finished the job. We should not embolden our enemy by running away with our tail between our legs. At the very least, let’s have an honest debate about the war — rather than distorting McCain’s comments.

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