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in response to reader comment: Obama's selling snake oil, and people are buying it by the case.

Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Apr 8, 2008 at 21:52

Well, I never said that Obama was my dream candidate......actually that would be Ralph Nader, but I digress......and I sure hope that if he's elected your predictions are wrong because we definitely don't need to be throwing more money at Third World hell-holes in a vain attempt to civilize them. [Isn't that what we're doing in Iraq, by the way?] You have to remember that a president does not get to unilaterally decide to send hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid anywhere. There must be Congressional involvement in such budgetary matters.

As for Obama's father being a drunk who abandoned his family, well, I would like to point out that in his memoires Ronald Reagan spoke about the alcoholism of his own father and how he'd find him passed out on the front lawn in winter and have to drag him into the house. And Bill Clinton's step-father was known to be a useless drunk, too. I don't hold the sins of the father against the son. In fact, I admire those who have had to grow up in adverse circumstances and overcome adversity.

As for the issue of lies being told by politicians, I don't think Obama or anyone else will ever match the profligate lying and corruption of the Bush administration which claimed that 1) Iraq was bristling with weapons of mass destruction (we couldn't find any), 2) the war would only cost 50 billion dollars (It has already cost ten times that amount), 3) Iraqi oil would pay for our war effort and the reconstruction of Iraq (it hasn't), 4) George Bush would be "a uniter, not a divider" (the country has never been more divided than it is now), 5) Bush would balance the budget (he has increased our federal debt from 3 trillion dollars to 9 trillion dollars), 6) his administration would create employment (we've lost 300,000 jobs since January 1st), 7) Tax cuts would help the working class (they have only helped the rich), 8) he would boost our economy (we're in a recession), 9) Bush promised he would preside over an open and honest administration (there has been one scandal after another and he's given away the whole store to Corporate America, from the 30 billion dollar no-bid contract to Haliburton [Dick Cheney's old employer] to allowing the banks to re-write bankruptcy law to suit their own financial interests)...... and the list goes on.

Obama may turn out to be a liar, but he'll never catch up to George W. Bush in the fraud and waste department.


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