American Elephants

Obama promises wonders that he cannot deliver. by The Elephant's Child

Obama embarrassed himself by claiming in a recent campaign ad that John McCain was behind the times because he didn’t use email.  Technologically inept.  And of course the former bomber pilot and chairman of the Senate Telecommunications subcommittee — who is considered the most technologically informed member of the Senate — wouldn’t know about something like email.  As Obama becomes more desperate, his attack ads are more poorly conceived.

James Taranto calls attention to a new Obama campaign ad in “Best of the Web” in the Wall Street Journal:

A new television ad released Wednesday by Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign highlights the closure of Corning Inc.’s plant in State College, Pa., and accuses Washington with Sen. John McCain’s help of selling out the workers, the Associated Press reports.

So what did Corning make at the plant? The ad does not say,… but the AP story does: “glass tubes for television sets and computer monitors.”

It’s hard to remember now, but in the olden days TV sets and computer monitors used a technology called cathode ray tubes.  A CRT consisted of an electron gun that projects an image onto a fluorescent screen.  In most cases the gun had to be some distance from the screen, with the entire assembly  enclosed in glass, which meant that TVs were bulky and boxy (hence the term “idiot box”).

In modern times, the CRT has given way to superior technologies such as plasma and liquid crystal, which take up less space and provide superior picture quality.  This is an enormous blessing to all Americans who watch TV or use computers.

Now who is behind the times?  As Mr. Taranto says: “It’s hard to imagine a more backward-looking position than mourning the decline of the picture-tube industry.”

It is hard on workers when the advance of technology makes their jobs obsolete. An industrial plant designed to manufacture an obsolete product often has little choice but to close.

There is no question that technological change has speeded up.  The average person will change their job many times in their lifetime, and they must be prepared for it.  Not even the mighty government can prepare each individual for the change that may happen in our world.

Obama has spent a lot of time on the campaign trail claiming that Government should keep plants from closing (obsolete plants?), and prevent industry from outsourcing jobs (that cannot be profitably done in this country?).  He does not explain how he is going to make this populist horse hockey work.  He’s going to have taxpayers underwrite a plant that makes obsolete products? Products that cannot be sold? He’s going to have the government take over the plant? He’s going to order some other manufacturer to take over the plant?  Sounds reminiscent of the Soviet plants that made all left shoes.  And production of goods that cannot be made profitably in the US is going to be forced to be made here by Government?  Are taxpayers going to be forced to underwrite that production or are we going to raise tariffs so high that consumers have no choice but to buy goods that are vastly more expensive than they would be otherwise?  Which is simply a different way for taxpayers to underwrite production.  Of course he doesn’t say.  He offers only “hope”.  “Yes we can.”

Obama is just practicing an old, old socialist trick.  Elect me and I will keep bad things from happening.  Elect me and I will make government (taxpayers) fix things for you.  Empty promises for folks who want to believe. There is neither hope nor change here. He is promising things that he cannot deliver without transforming our economy into a socialist “paradise”, and socialist paradises not only don’t work, but there is one hell of a lot of misery involved.

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Nonsense. The “socialist paradises” in places like Canada seem to be working pretty damned well compared to the United States, which has become a place for the rich to feed off the middle class.

Obama has a well thought out, well supported plan to do EXACTLY WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO, unlike Senator McSame, who just wants to continue another four more years of Bush’s deep failings (he will undoubtedly go down in history as the worst U.S. president).


Comment by Bpb

Obama shouldn’t have to resort to smear ads at all. It’s unfortunate the GOP has dragged him down to their own level, because they will beat him with experience.


Comment by Jeff

“The GOP has dragged him down to their own level”? I know Obama is claiming that everyone is “smearing” him, but it simply isn’t so. Every GOP ad is well-backed by the facts, even though they are presented with great good humor. Obama, unfortunately, has no sense of humor. Barack Obama is not what he claims to be. He is one of the fiercest guardians of the corrupt status quo.

Obama should play it straight, and stick to the issues, but of course, that is where he is weak.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

If you think, Bob, that Canada is working well compared to the US, and that “the rich are feeding off the middle class”, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. You’ve been drinking way too much Kool-aid. I have read Obama’s plans. He does not understand foreign policy, doesn’t understand the economy, and is trying to get elected by promising to give everyone money and goodies, which he is going to get by raising taxes on everyone. Yes I know he claims he is going to raise taxes only on “the rich”, but a very large percentage of “the rich” are small businesses who report their taxes as individuals rather than as corporations. He has a marvelous plan for a Depression. And by the way, Canada has a conservative government now and is trying to fix things.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Sorry Jeff,

Youve got it exactly backwards. A study has shown Obama is putting out far more negative ads than John McCain. 77 percent of Obamas ads have been negative, only 56 percent of McCains have. And the McCain ads that are viewed as “smears” are the ads stating that Obama voted for teaching comprehensive sex ed to kindergarteners and voting against giving medical care to babies born alive. These are not “smears” as ugly as they are, they are the truth — he DID vote for comprehensive sex ed for kindergarteners and he did vote against giving medical aid to babies born alive 4 times, even when an identical bill passed unanimously through the liberals in the US Senate.

Only a liberal could call pointing out Obamas actual voting record a smear!


Comment by American Elephant

And Bpb,

What is it that is well thought out about Obamas proposals? He proposes fiscal, foereign and other policies that history has proven do not work, over and over again. And sorry, but if you think President Bush will rank anywhere near the worst President in history, it only shows your ignorance of history, policy, and the presidency.

Canada has major problems, not the least of which is a failing socialist healthcare system. It is failing DESPITE the fact that Americans are paying for a good part of it, because Canadians refuse to pay full price for prescription drugs and have threatened to steal the drugs our from under the patents and make them themselves if the drug companies wont sell to them at the price they declare. Sounds like American liberal thugs. So Americans pay more because Canadians refuse to pay their fare share. And lets not forget that Canada has virtually no armed forces and mooches their entire defense, one of the biggest costs of government, off of us.

Thats hardly “working well”. Thats failing despite thrusting half their responsibilities on us!


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