The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

Wake Up, America!

Posted by vmsalama on September 8, 2008

I was reading a really interesting op-ed by Frank Rich in the New York Times today called the McCain and Palin Shotgun Wedding.  In it, he discusses McCain’s tendency to advocate party reforms but his failure to actually lead them.  He also legitimately questions the identity of Sarah Palin who appeared out of thin air some two weeks ago becoming an overnight sensation despite having proved herself far less than Obama, a point of major contention amongst the Republicans.  Given that McCain is edging slightly ahead in the polls (to my shock and dismay), and given that he is 72 years old and has a history of illnesses, there is a fair chance that this mystery woman could become president…. How can America let this happen?  She’s set on drilling everything in sight (including her own home state); she believes that the government — and not the individual — should decide on the fate of American pregnancies; and she and her party do not support universal health care — something every democracy but America supports.  I won’t even begin to discuss the audacity of the Republican views on gun control (or lack there of).  WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! The country is in a major crisis!!!  The economy is tanking and our troops are dying…. we MUST make a change before it is too late!!!!  


Frank Rich’s column references some inaccurate references about Obama made by McCain during his RNC speech last week.  I think they are important and thought I’d post them below.  I hope you will all share your thoughts on the elections in the coming weeks!


FactChecking McCain
He made some flubs in accepting the nomination.
We checked the accuracy of McCain’s speech accepting the Republican nomination and noted the following:

  • McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would “force small businesses to cut jobs” and would put “a bureaucrat … between you and your doctor.” In fact, the plan exempts small businesses, and those who have insurance now could keep the coverage they have. 

  • McCain attacked Obama for voting for “corporate welfare” for oil companies. In fact, the bill Obama voted for raised taxes on oil companies by $300 million over 11 years while providing $5.8 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.


  • McCain said oil imports send “$700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much.” But the U.S. is on track to import a total of only $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and close to a third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. 

  • He promised to increase use of “wind, tide [and] solar” energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think. 

  • He called for “reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs,” but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce. 

  • He said Obama would “close” markets to trade. In fact, Obama, though he once said he wanted to “renegotiate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, now says he simply wants to try to strengthen environmental and labor provisions in it.

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