Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barack Obama Accepts Nomination

9:23 -- Obama begins: The same party that gave George Bush and Dick Cheney two terms will ask this country for a third. We don't need 4 more years of 8. 8 is enough.

What does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush is right 90% of the time? I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change. Senator McCain has been anything but independent.

Refers to Phil Gramm's statement that we have become a nation of whiners. Tell that to the farmers, to the military families. These are not whiners. They work hard and they give back without complaint.

Says McCain doesn't get it. He subscribes to trickle down. "Ownership society" = "you're on your own." The market will fix it. Pull yourself by your own bootstraps even if you don't have boots. It's time for them to own their failure.

This is good stuff so far.

9:34 -- Says we are responsible for ourselves, but rise and fall as one nation. That's the promise we need to keep. Change means a tax code that rewards workers and small businesses. Stop giving tax breaks to companies that move overseas. Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses. Will cut taxes for 95% of all working families. Will set goal of ending dependence on Middle East oil in 10 years. Import 3xs the amount of oil that we were importing when McCain took office. Natural gas. "Clean" coal. Invest in cleaner cars and renewable energies.

9:40 -- Will make certain insurance companies stop discriminating against the sick and those who need care the most. Help families with sick time and paid family leave. Equal pay for equal day's work because his daughters should have the same opportunities as others' sons.

9:43 -- If McCain wants to have a debate about who has temperament and judgment about who is most qualified, that is a debate Obama is ready to have. While McCain was turning his sights to Iraq, Obama was opposing the war. When McCain was for muddling through in Afghanistan, Obama was calling for taking out bin Laden and his lieutenant. Cave quote. That's a winner. If McCain wants to follow Bush with tough talk and bad strategy that is his choice, but it is not what America needs. We are the party of Roosevelt. We are party of Kennedy. So, don't tell me that Democrats won't defend America or keep it safe.

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