American Elephants

Lies, Misstatements, Obfuscations and Joe-foolery. by The Elephant's Child

  1. Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down without preconditions with Ahmedinijad of Iran.  You would think that in this day and age when whatever you say is recorded, not only in print, but in your own voice  — and often you can watch the offending comment on YouTube — there would be in increase in honesty. But no-oo.
  2. Biden claimed to be for offshore oil drilling, but he has opposed offshore drilling and compared it to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.
  3. Joe Biden claimed that John McCain and Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. McCain opposed a bill that contained a timeline and that the President had already said he would veto, because of the timeline.
  4. According to Biden exaggerated McCain’s record when he claimed that McCain had voted against it 23 times. (He should have voted against it even more)
  5. Biden claimed that McCain would raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage.  They get a tax credit to offset any tax hike.  Independent fact checkers have confirmed this.
  6. Biden claimed that the top military commander in Afghanistan said the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan. But General David McKiernan, NATO commander, said that the principles of the surge strategy, including working with the tribes, could be applied to Afghanistan.
  7. Biden falsely claimed that McCain weakened regulation of the mortgage giants, but McCain introduced legislation to increase control.
  8. Biden claimed that McCain was “dead wrong” on Iraq, but they shared the same vote to authorize the war, and Biden was “dead wrong” on the surge which McCain supported, and “dead wrong” on his proposal to break Iraq up into 3 states.
  9. Biden claimed that the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on September 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package and be “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”
  10. Biden claimed that McCain voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which was accurate, but he forgot to mention that the Supreme Court ruled that much of Biden’s law was an unconstitutional power grab by Congress of rights reserved to the states.  Nobody voted against the act because they favored violence against women.
  11. Biden said “Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie’s Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody in there  whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years.” According to Delaware sites, Katie’s Restaurant hasn’t been there for perhaps 20 or 30 years.
  12. On Pakistani weapons, Biden said that Pakistan already has nuclear weapons that can hit Israel and the Mediterranean.  The distance between Israel and Pakistan is 2,085 miles, websites indicate that the top range of a Pakistani missile than can carry a nuclear warhead is 1000 miles.
  13. Biden said we “kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon” and I said and Barack said “Move NATO forces in there.  Fill the vacuum, because if you don’t know — if you don’t, Hezbollah will control it.” Reuters thinks perhaps he meant to refer to Syria, but it still would be inaccurate because the Lebanese kicked Syria out of Lebanon.
  14. Biden said that the U.S. spends more in Iraq in one month than it has in Afghanistan in six or seven years.  That figure is off by 2000 percent.
  15. Biden said that “Vice President Cheney’s been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.  He has — he has — the idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the executive — he works in the executive branch.  He should understand that.  Everyone should understand that.”  Constitutional scholar Biden might notice that Article I of the Constitution does not, in fact, define the role of the Vice President of the United States.  It defines the role of the legislative branch, the branch where Mr. Biden has served for 36 years. It does describe the vice president’s role in the legislative branch, but that’s not what Senator Biden meant.

There are more, listed here and here and the list keeps growing.  I know candidates often say silly things in the heat of a debate, bit there are limits, aren’t there?

Obama is getting more and more reckless in his claims, and in his denials that he has said what he said or done what he has done.  People don’t pay enough attention, or don’t know the facts, so it is easy to assume that truth doesn’t matter.  But it does.  It really does.

Peggy Noonan on the debate last night. by The Elephant's Child

Democrats, I understand, are incensed because she winked.

House Republicans Get It — McCain Campaign Doesn’t by American Elephant

The dynamics of this election have changed. Democrats get it, Obama and Biden get it, I am relieved to see that House Republicans get it, even Bill O’Reilly gets it — but John McCain and his campaign managers are apparently in serious, campaign-ending denial.

A couple weeks back, the real change Americans were seeking was an end to the poisonous partisanship that has overflowed Washington DC and now affects their personal lives. People across America were (and still are) sick to death, not so much of the war, or Bush policies, but of the venomous, vitriolic politics that have affected their everyday lives and relationships. The bitterness that has defined American politics ever since Democrats saw setbacks in the Iraq war as political opportunity for themselves.

McCain’s message of bi-partisanship served him well in that campaign atmosphere, but because of the financial crisis, things have changed drastically and the McCain campaign still hasn’t caught up.

What McCain doesn’t get, and will cost him the election if he doesn’t wise up, immediately, is that fingers SHOULD be pointed. Names SHOULD be named. Americans are FURIOUS! — reaching for the pitchforks and torches furious — and rightfully so. They know this crisis was avoidable and they want to know who is responsible.  They want to fire those responsible.

Democrats have already circled the wagons, they are already busy telling Americans that its all the fault of Bush, McCain and Republicans. In the absence of the truth that it is Democrat policies and Democrat corruption that caused this crisis, Americans will be left with no alternative but to believe Democrats lies. The shift in the polls towards Obama show that’s exactly what is happening.

I was optimistic yesterday when I saw Ace of Spades had put into words, what I had been cautiously hoping:

…I know what he’s doing.

John McCain is waiting until the bill passes.

And then he will unleash the dogs of war.

And he will say, “I stayed away from making these partisan attacks, even though you lied ridiculously about me and your own attempts at ‘reform.’ I held back, because partisan attacks — even truthful ones — would harm our country and reduce the chances of getting a vital bill passed.

“Well, the bill is now passed. I put country first. You didn’t, and you lied on top of that. And now — only now that this crisis has been dealt with, to the extent we can — I’m going to give you a bit of straight-talk about Fannie, Freddie, my attempts to reform it, and your attempts to block reform on behalf of your big donors and friends in ACORN.”

But US News’ blog Capital Commerce reports today that McCain apparently intends to keep on keeping-on with the same strategy that has resulted in an increasingly large lead for Barack Obama.

Let me put it as plainly as I can: the financial crisis has become THE issue that will decide the election. Americans will decide who is responsible based on the information they are given, and they will punish them by voting them out of office. Right now they are blaming Bush, Republicans and John McCain. If McCain doesn’t work forcefully to change this, he will lose.

I strongly urge everyone to call or email the McCain campaign and tell them they absolutely must fight back hard against Democrat lies, and they absolutely must explain to Americans that it is Democrat policy that foced lenders to make risky loans to people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify, and Democrats running Fannie Mae who encouraged banks to increase the amount of these loans they made while giving themselves millions in bonuses for it and Democrats in congress who blocked President Bush, John McCain and Republicans’ attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie  over a dozen times while using Fannie and Freddie as their personal campaign piggy banks.

Please call and write. The election will be decided on this. The RNCC video is PERFECT. Exactly what McCain needs to be doing every day.

BREAKING NEWS: The fox IS in charge of the henhouse! by The Elephant's Child

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she who is 3rd in line for the presidency, has announced that Chairman Barney Frank will hold hearings to determine just how this financial crisis came about.

I feel faint, or sick, or something.  I will go take some Tylenol, or maybe Tums.

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