Thursday, April 17, 2008

Obama and Clinton: Flopping in Philadelphia

I watched the Democrat debate in Philadelphia last night, and consensus is that Obama didn't do a very good job. If I didn't know better, I'd be saying that he had been taking public speaking lessons from George Bush. Senator Obama first said that he would not raise taxes raises, then told of his plan to raise payroll taxes. Charlie Gibson pointed out that this was a tax increase and Obama seemed puzzled. The whole debate has been reduced to a transcript for those who didn't have a chance to see it.

Other than that, there were two quotes from the debate that captured my imagination.

"Now most firefighters, most teachers, you know, they're not making over $100,000 a year. In fact, only 6 percent of the population does." -Obama

"I am absolutely committed to not raising a single tax on middle class Americans, people making less than $250,000 a year." -Clinton

I'm glad that at our house that we are whipped-in for McCain. We are glad that we don't have to catagorize people by how much money they make or what class they belong to.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We are glad that we don't have to catagorize people by how much money they make or what class they belong to."

Somebody with a household income under $100,000 per year would find it very difficult to move into Wilmette these days. At the same time, I was not aware of any variety in class membership within Wilmette. So I guess it is not a problem to relate to people without regard to class or incomes when there is no significant difference among them in class or incomes. Perhaps that is part of the reason you dislike Seals so much -- the wrong "class" of person who wouldn't fit into Wilmette?

Perhaps I am missing something. Just where in Wilmette are all the poor people? the nonwhite people? the working class people?

Apr 20, 2008, 2:28:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Huh?

Open your eyes, my friend, get out and about in Wilmette a little more, and certainly west of Green Bay Road. There is great diversity in Wilmette and many who are economically challenged. Don't fool yourself into assuming that life is easy for everyone here.

And yes, it is easy to relate to people without regard to class or income, it's all about the content of their character. I recommend it.

Wilmette is loaded with ambitious MBS's. How is the Seals family any different?

Apr 21, 2008, 12:40:00 PM  

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