I hate to sound like a broken record but this needs to be repeated again and again because the McCain campaign sure as hell isn’t doing enough to get the word out, and of course we know the media could care less about the background of the current financial/economic crisis. Watch the following two videos, which are clips of Fox News segments dealing with what Republicans in Congress – including Bush – tried to do to head this crisis off at the pass, and how Democrats like Senators Barack Obama and Chris Dodd, and Rep. Barney Frank blocked their efforts by burying their heads in the sand, both in the name of political correctness – and campaign $$$.
Here’s the first segment, done by correspondent Jim Angle:
I’ve also written about McCain versus Obama on the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae issue, which you can read here. Essentially, McCain acted while Obama continued to take money from the FMs, alongside Senator Chris Dodd (D), who today is trying to act like a damned hero in spite of his role in the enabling of this crisis in the first place. Barack Obama himself praised McCain on his over all reform record back in early 2006 – but that was before he started running for president. As the videos noted, not only did McCain co-sponsor a bill in 2005 that might have helped prevent the situation we find ourselves in now, but the Bush administration led the way on the issue as well – as early as 2001.
All of these efforts were stymied by Democrats.
With all that in mind, it is mindboggling to me that during the course of the last week and a half that Barack Obama’s poll numbers have risen. But I’m not exactly astonished, because he is being portrayed by the mainstream mediots as someone who can better handle the economic issues and challenges in front of us. Their belief, and portrayal of him in such a light, in turn influences the average Joe Citizen who doesn’t follow this stuff closely to believe Obama and the Democrats have the answers needed to pull us through the murky waters … yet the politicos who are portrayed and viewed as the heroes and potential “saviors” of our economy are many of the same politicos who helped put us in this situation in the first place.
In times like these, I lose a little faith in the American electorate on a general level. Heck, I don’t know everything but when it comes to this issue I know enough to be able to assert confidently that Barack Obama and the other Democrats who are attempting to “lead” on this issue are the last people in DC who I want to see get credit for “fixing it” – damnit, they need to be held responsible via intense media scrutiny and questioning for turning a blind eye years ago to the problems many others on the Republican side saw coming miles away and tried to warn their colleagues on the left about. But no, outside of Fox and maybe ABC News, most of the major nets and news outlets are not going to devote any significant amount of time investigating the background on this crisis because it would involve painting The One and his surrogates and many of his prominent Congressional supporters in an unfavorable, unleaderlike light and with less than 40 days before the election, hell will freeze over before they pin any aspect of this crisis on him – or them.
Please, do what you can to get the word out. Email this post to friends and family. Spread the word. People need to know about this.