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The bad news is one of these guys is going to win

Reviewing the first presidential debate of 2008

Well the first debate of the 2008 presidential election is in the books. One thing that we can look at as a positive is the fact that informed citizens with sensible ideas are not possessed of the megalomania required to endure a presidential run. Both campaigns are claiming victory after the candidates spent almost two hours talking in circles. Your humble scribe scored this one a decisive defeat for both candidates. McCain seemed to employ a high risk strategy of giving his answers in hard to interpret generalities. Obama countered with the unconventional tactic of responding to McCain’s questionable ideas with eloquent, decisive, egg headed nonsense. One would think that a prudent strategy would be to offer ideas that have a better chance of succeeding than those offered by McCain but you have to hand it to the young Senator from Illinois for this bold strategy.

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Fine Charlie

The IRS should demand interest and penalties from Ways and Means Committee chairman Charles Rangel.

If you owned a condominium unit in a foreign country and earned income by renting it out and if you didn’t have your employer withhold enough money for taxes or make adequate quarterly payments, you probably owed a tax penalty. That is unless you were the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee responsible for writing US tax law. It seems that paying interest and penalties is optional if you have been in the House since 1970.

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Why can’t Obama shake old man McCain?

Obama should be pulling away as if McCain had been chained to a stump.

After the 2006 elections, the polls showed an unnamed Democrat trouncing an unnamed Republican in the presidential race. Then McCain shut down a field of seriously flawed candidates (including himself) while it took Obama all spring to ice Hilary Clinton. Now that the candidates were known, a funny thing happened. Obama could not pull away from McCain. Poll after poll showed the race tightening until it was neck and neck leaving the conventions. How can this be? How can “The One” not be mopping the floor with “The Maverick”? The obvious answer is that it is attributable to race. I don’t buy it. Do a thought experiment and put Colin Powell in place of Obama. Still think it would be close? Could, the reason it is still close be that the Democratic agenda does not appeal to people that actually vote?

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