The LuLac Edition #595, Oct. 8th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: SENATORS OBAMA AND McCAIN.
Last night's debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was in effect a stalemate. To me it seemed like each candidate made a series of mini stump speeches. The two biggest surprises were McCain saying he get a Treasury Secretary to buy back all the bad home loans and refinance them and Senator Obama's assertion that health care was "a right". McCain's buyback plan is sure to come under scrutiny while Obama's comment on health care will give the right wing talkers fodder and ammunition for a good while. Both men appeared to be at ease with the Town Hall format, known as a strength for McCain. But it also seemed to be a good venue for Obama. To many the advantage went to Obama because he stayed focused on his message to the middle class. He got away unscathed by any comments McCain might have been set to make about Rev. Wright or William Ayers. But the gorilla in the room was the economy and it would be hard to justify an attack on character when Americans want to hear solutions, not brickbats. In a CBS News poll, Obama had the edge among uncommitted voters who were asked who “won” the debate. But a full 72 percent of those surveyed said they remained uncommitted afterwards, while those who said they were decided split about evenly between the two. Round 3 coming soon.
FASHION REPORT: Both wore dark suits, McCain had a red tie that didn't bleed onto the screen like during the last debate, Obama wore the new political hot color along with lime green, a muted sky blue tie that was easy on the eyes.
ELECTION TOP 40
John McCain has a broad and cohesive vision for the future of American innovation. His policies will provide broad pools of capital, low taxes and incentives for research in America, a commitment to a skilled and educated workforce, and a dedication to opening markets around the globe. He’s committed to streamlining burdensome regulations and effectively protecting American intellectual property in the United States and around the globe.
Transformative information and communications technologies permeate every aspect of our daily lives. In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the ways Americans communicate with family, friends, and business partners; shop and connect with global markets; educate themselves; become more engaged politically; and consume and even create entertainment. America has led the world into this technology revolution because we have allowed innovation to take root, grow, and prosper. Nurturing technology and innovation is essential for solving the critical problems facing our country.
Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Barack Obama believes that America should lead the world in broadband penetration and Internet access. As a country, we have ensured that every American has access to telephone service and electricity, regardless of economic status, and Obama will do likewise for broadband Internet access. Obama and Biden believe we can get true broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation’s wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives.
Invest in the Sciences: Barack Obama and Joe Biden support doubling federal funding for basic research over ten years, changing the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology. This will foster home-grown innovation, help ensure the competitiveness of US technology-based businesses, and ensure that 21st century jobs can and will grow in America.