A Washington Post story published Sunday declared, ‘At the U.N., many hope for an Obama win.’ I assume they are filled with hope for change like so many others who support Sen. Barack Obama. But jaded soul that I am, I also know money talks and the U.N. loves money. One bill Obama managed to sponsor is S. 2433: The Global Poverty Act. If Democrats win all the spoils at the ballot box in November, the act will more than likely get the legs it hasn’t found yet. That act will commit no less than 7 percent of a country’s gross domestic product to the UN for the purpose of reducing by one-half the number of people worldwide who live on less than $1 a day with a target date for completion by 2015. James Pethokoukis wrote at US News and World Report: “What this bill would do, in short, is commit the United States to the U.N. declared goal that industrialized countries should spend 0.7 percent a year of their gross domestic product on foreign aid. Over the next decade or so, that would work out to around $850 billion.”
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David Axelrod is the political strategist behind the success of many Democratic candidates, Sen. Barack Obama foremost among them. Axelrod is a partner in AKP&D Message and Media Firm. In politics, one hand always scratches the other. In March, 2008, BusinessWeek did an article, ‘The Secret Side of David Axelrod.’ Considering the hearts and kisses media has given the Democratic candidate for president, it comes as no surprise Axelrod was once political editor at The Chicago Tribune.
BusinessWeek notes there’s not a lot of hard data on the AKP&D website. But it’s fairly easy to put simple sums together, and here are a few items worthy of consideration.
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Democrats in the US Congress are so excited about Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan to “spread the wealth around” some have agreed to contribute 10 percent of their personal wealth to the U.S. Treasury. These Democrats have also earmarked 5 percent of total donations for ACORN and other community groups. One senator got so excited she gave a developer two acres of land she bought at a distressed auction. Section 8 vouchers can be used to provide low income residents a safe place to live. The senator plans to build a multiplex and will utilize resources available through Freddie Mac. “I can’t wait 'til the people in that little subdivision meet their new neighbors!” she said. Asked if there were plans to build a multiplex in her own neighborhood, the senator explained, "Oh, no--it's a zoning thing. A multiplex would never be allowed in my neighborhood."
Fighting for a place in the voluntary donor line were members listed on Roll Call’s ’50 Richest Members of Congress List.’ An unnamed source said, “John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi almost knocked each other down trying to get to the head of the line.”
It was a comical moment many may have missed in the final presidential debate, and for Sen. John McCain it was a slip of the tongue. But it made a telling point because it spoke to Sen. Barack Obama’s core belief—that government is the solution to everything. If you filter through the rhetoric from both candidates, you emerge with a sharp contrast. McCain wants to reduce spending and Obama wants to increase it. And what about the hatchet vs. scalpel back and forth?
Sen. John McCain’s campaign protested removal of videos by YouTube because of takedown notices even though the videos did not infringe on copyrights. Via a letter dated Oct. 13 to YouTube, the campaign said one of the videos contained less than 10 seconds of video with CBS content. CBS refused comment to TV Week. Comments at news websites often complain about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act that allows copyright holders to submit takedown notices. Really, you’d have to have a hole in your head (the size of the Grand Canyon) to think this has anything to do with copyright.
Howard Stern is nuts, but you can’t not watch him sometimes. It’s sorta like watching a brawl in the parking lot. Stern went to Harlem and asked people who they were voting for. Their responses—voting for Obama based on McCain’s positions—illustrate the power of branding. All major TV networks and most large circulation print journals have the Chris Matthews leg shivers for Obama. All I can say is it works and if Obama’s elected with Democrats at the helm in Congress, I hope you enjoy your tax increase. Note to Obama fans reading this: I'm expressing my opinion. I will guarantee you there will be a tax increase and it won’t just be on the rich. Maybe you better ask Obama how he defines ‘middle class’ in terms of income. And like I always say, a Democrat never met a tax he didn't like. The sole exception is Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) who didn't like his own taxes so much he decided not to pay them. Predictably, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave Rangel a pass and he still serves on the committee that determines your tax laws.
Around the dinner table a few nights ago we did a back and forth on the presidential candidates, and the economy was front and center. I reminded everyone the economy has always been the Democratic platform—whether things were good or bad you could count on that theme. We love to talk about Wall Street greed, but greed is a part of human nature, and especially when it comes to our personal economy. If that weren’t true, there’d be no rich people in Congress. Many liberals wail about corporate greed, but anyone with a 401k probably should cheer Wall Street on. Your personal fortune relies on Wall Street and more importantly, on all those small businesses and corporations that provide jobs. Unless you live in a socialist country where the government owns all the jobs. I searched for a few videos of past presidential campaigns just for fun and I think you'll enjoy what I found.