As my friend Tom likes to point out when comparing McCain and Obama: Obama’s 143 days in office doesn’t compare to McCain’s 22 years of military and 26 years of congressional experience. Tom feels, and I quote, The only way Obama should be in the White House is if McCain invites him over for dinner.
When you look at that way, it seems crazy not to vote for McCain so I truly believe that it is a fair question to ask: Why would I, or anyone for that matter, vote for Obama? I have a lot of reasons actually, none of which I feel will change the mind of a stanch supporter of John McCain. However, I’m going to put them out there in a series of posts over the next few weeks. Let’s start with the obvious. We don’t need another Maverick. One has been sitting in the Oval Office for 8 years now and I’m not impressed with how a Maverick runs things. Besides, mavericks aren’t known for heeding the advice of pencil pushing, accounting types.
The following excerpt was taking from an article written by Jeremy Grant and posted on the Financial Times web site. In it he speaks with David Walker, the former Comptroller of the Government Accountability Office. He worked for 8 years in that top position under both Clinton and Bush. His outlook for our country isn’t pretty:
The US government is on a “burning platform” of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned.
David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations”.
These include “dramatic” tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt.
Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned there were “striking similarities” between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government”.
The fall of Rome? Wow. That sounds dramatic. How big was Rome before it fell, anyway? Interestingly enough, when my husband and I traveled to Rome a few years ago, we came across a set of maps outside the subway station near the Colosseum and I took some pictures.
And then it all went to hell in a hand basket. All that hard work, innovation, dominance, and power reduced back down to the minuscule spot on the map where it all started.
We are overextended and underfunded with an aging population of baby boomers that we can’t support. The perfect storm, if you will, for complete financial ruin. This will be an unprecedented position for a US President to face. Similar to the unprecedented position President Bush was in after 9/11. You remember Bush, right? That other “Maverick” that was going to shake up DC just as soon as he lowered his golf handicap and got some home improvement projects done at his Crawford ranch.
Mavericks are not know for being smart or reasonable. They’re known for being loose canons. They take big risks, because hey, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE! Well, guess what? WAR ISN’T FREE either. You can’t just charge it to your China Visa and worry about paying for it later.
Digging ourselves out of debt will NOT BE FREE. If you think that you’re not going to pay for a balanced budget out of your own pocket then you’re not paying attention. You cannot merely cut services to get in the black. How do I know this? Because in every area of my functional day to day life I’m seeing prices go up to cover the increased cost of doing business. Yet McCain the McMaverick is going to do the fiscally impossible feat of not passing the increased cost of running the government onto us. I find that hard to believe.
We the people will be paying for the mistakes of the Bush Administration for decades, so we need a leader than can rally us. All of us. McCain couldn’t rally the people that attended his own pep rally. How the hell is he going to inspire the rest of us to sacrifice for the greater good of this country?
Obama doesn’t have all of the answers and he certainly can’t make good on all of his promises, either. But he’s smart. He’s reasonable. He’s healthy for God’s sake. He’s calm. He inspires people. People from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as from other countries that used to hate us.
They say that the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing but expect a different outcome. Therefore why would I put John McMaverick in charge and expect things to change? I’d rather take a chance on the new guy and hope that he does right by this country and fast – before it gets reduced to a tiny little dot on the map called Jamestown.
I.O.U.S.A. is a new movie that examines our national debt and its consequences for the US. I know I’m going to see it before election day this November. Here’s hoping (there’s that word again) that the guys running for President will heed its warning.