I thought the third debate started out boring, but got interesting later.
I'm amused that when pressed by Bob Schieffer, Obama's big budget cut was a $15 Billion dollar subsidy.
In all three debates Obama scoffed at the savings McCain pushed on earmarks because "it's not going to solve the problem
Per Obama, earmark savings amount to $18 Billion.
McCain finally had an excellent comeback to Obama comparing him to President Bush...
"I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago. I'm going to give a new direction to this economy in this country
McCain scored when he painted Obama as the big spender that he is...
"Sen. Obama talks about the budgets I voted for. He voted for the last two budgets that had that $24 billion more in spending than the budget that the Bush administration proposed
He voted for the energy bill that was full of goodies for the oil companies that I opposed. So the fact is, let's look at our records, Sen. Obama. Let's look at it as graded by the National Taxpayers Union and the Citizens Against Government Waste and the other watchdog organizations
Obama had a couple of gaffes when he tried to tie McCain, again, to Bush policies...
"But when it comes to economic policies, essentially what you're proposing is eight more years of the same thing. And it hasn't worked
Presidential terms are four years, with a maximum of eight.
It's not the first time Obama, a Constitutional Scholar?
, made a mistake in front of Bob Schieffer regarding the length of a Presidential term and the scientific community is united in that fact
Obama also erred when he said...
"And 100 percent, John, of your ads -- 100 percent of them have been negative
Obama was not completely truthful about his association with ACORN...
"The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law
Obama served as general counsel for ACORN in Illinois, channeled millions to the organization from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (whose funds he distributed), and has lately spent $800,000 of his campaign money to subsidize the group's activities
Digging deeper you'll find that during Obama's organizing years he taught future leaders identified by ACORN
and was a part of their Project Vote
ACORN and his connections may be Obama's downfall, as the voter fraud ACORN has perpatrated has reached 11 states so far.
Back to the debate.
Some may consider it a gaffe, but I thought John McCain was right on when he referred to Obama as "Senator Government
Obama scared the hell out of me when he proposed his less than strict judicial litmus test...
"the most important thing in any judge is their capacity to provide fairness and justice to the American people
Obama as a lawyer knows the law isn't always fair, it's not a judges role to make it so.
As a Senator, Obama should realize the role of the legislative branch of our government is to write laws.
I was less than moved by Obama's argument regarding equal pay for equal work, namely because Obama and Biden pay the women on their Senate staff's less than John McCain pays his.
Per Scripps-Howard columnist Deroy Murdock
Obama’s 28 male staffers divided among themselves total payroll expenditures of $1,523,120. Thus, Obama’s average male employee earned $54,397. Obama’s 30 female employees split $1,354,580 among themselves, or $45,152, on average … on average, Obama’s female staffers earn just 83 cents for every dollar his male staffers make …
As for Biden, his 14 male staffers split a total payroll outlay of $1,077,128.40. So, Biden’s average male employee earned $76,937.74 per annum.
Biden’s 27 female employees divided $1,517,874.47, or $56,217.57, on average.
Among Biden’s top five highest-paid aides, one was a woman. Among the top 20, 11 were women.
All told, for every dollar that Biden paid his average male staffer, his female equivalent made only 73 cents
McCain’s payment patterns are the stuff of feminist dreams. McCain’s 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878. On average, according to these data, women in McCain’s office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes
The Liter continues with the debate...
I loved how McCain accurately portrayed the left's "Pro Abortion Movement
because that's what pro choice really is.
Don't believe Obama on his Born-Alive Infants Protection Act
stance or Partial Birth Abortion, his own campaign has had to correct him on that.
Watch out when Obama talks about preventing "unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth
Last month Byron York discovered what an Illinois sex-education bill, supported by Obama, was really about
When Schieffer stated the U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education. Yet, by every international measurement, in math and science competence, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, we trail most of the countries of the world
Obama's response was to throw more money at the education system.
McCain was correct when he stated...
"throwing money at the problem is not the answer. You will find that some of the worst school systems in America get the most money per student
McCain has used this solution several times...
we take good teachers and we reward them and promote them and we find bad teachers another line of work
Obama on bad teachers...
And we also agree on the need for making sure that if we have bad teachers that they are swiftly -- after given an opportunity to prove themselves, if they can't hack it, then we need to move on...
If you know they're bad teachers they've already proven they cant hack it.
McCain ended with which candidate you can trust...
to be careful stewards of your tax dollar, to make sure America is safe and secure and prosperous, to make sure we reform the institutions of government.
That's why I've asked you not only to examine my record, but my proposals for the future of this country
I've spent my entire life in the service of this nation and putting my country first. As a long line of McCains that have served our country for a long time in war and in peace, it's been the great honor of my life, and I've been proud to serve
And I hope you'll give me an opportunity to serve again. I'd be honored and humbled