Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday pushed for a windfall profits tax to fund $1,000 emergency rebate checks for consumers besieged by high energy costs, a counter to Republican rival John McCain’s call for more offshore drilling in coastal states like Florida.
The pitch for putting some of the economic burden of $4-a-gallon gasoline on the oil industry served a dual purpose for Obama: It allowed him to talk up an economic issue, seen by many as a strength for Democrats and a weakness for Republicans, and at the same time respond to criticism from McCain that Obama’s opposition to offshore drilling leads to higher prices at the pump.
In linking McCain to the unpopular President Bush, Obama struck a theme from Ronald Reagan’s successful 1980 campaign against President Jimmy Carter by asking a town-hall audience in St. Petersburg: “Do you think you are better off than you were four years ago or eight years ago? If you aren’t better off, can you afford another four years?”
I don’t know what the future holds for us citizens of the dear ole USA, but I do know that if our government were to put the kind of money in it’s own people as it has the war in Iraq, we would not be in the shape we are in today. We are over 7 TRILLION dollars in the rears that has gone to the war effort only to cripple the economy of our own country. In my opinion a 12 year old could run our country better than the Bush Administration has.
I don’t know if Obama is the answer for our problems or not, but I do know that another 4 years of a Bush yes man is death to our country, WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!