Saturday, May 10, 2008

Two parts socialism

Since today is cleaning day (ick), here are summaries of two op-eds.

The first, written by an expatriate German (just as my mother used to be), explains what is behind Obama's too-good-to-be-true promises about health care and taxes.

What the author misses:
My grandma, who has worked in a post office all her life, enjoys her pension without having ever observed the stock market. Everyone who travels through the countryside can see thousands of windmills, but never a collapsed bridge. And the best: My mom, my friends and everyone around them have access to first-class medical services.
What Obama promises:
[A] $160 billion program for new green-collar jobs, a higher minimum wage, affordable health care for everybody, a massive investment in infrastructure and tax-free status for pensioners who make less than $50,000....with no tax increase for 95% of Americans.
Which makes me wonder: Who are the unlucky 5%? Here's the kicker: Costs to each individual include a 10%-of-salary pension *contribution* (matched by one's employer), a 7%-of-salary health insurance *contribution* (again, matched), and gasoline in excess of $8 per gallon, at least in Munich or Berlin. Germany chose big government years ago; now many "have learned to live with growth rates far behind and an unemployment rate far above the U.S." Therefore I ask: Do you want safety (provided by a socialist government, for example) or freedom? Which right was asserted in the Declaration of Independence?

The second amounts to a well-explained laundry list of an axis of sorts. Guess which candidate these people are aligning with?

"Ahmed Yousef, a ranking official of the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas..."
"Gleb Pavlovsky, a key adviser to both Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev..."
"Hugo Chávez, the radical socialist president of Venezuela, has...been busy lambasting John McCain..."
"North Korea's state-controlled newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, has [accused] Sen. McCain...of 'a bid to strangle it.'"
"And dictators like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea's Kim Jong Il may believe it will be far easier to deal with an American president like Mr. Obama, who has pledged to talk with them no matter what they say or do."

(sigh) It could go on. I have a hunch that The Stiletto will speak much more on these topics before the election.

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