Saturday, May 10, 2008

Obama vs McCain

Here's a summary of their positions for those of you unsure of who should get the vote in November:

Privatization of social security:
Obama against
McCain for

Free trade:
McCain mostly for
Obama more against

Private school vouchers
Obama against, would undermine public schools
McCain for

Nuclear power:
Obama for
McCain for

Drilling in ANWAR:
Obama against
McCain against

Universal health care:
Obama for
McCain against - would give families portable tax credit, support state Guaranteed Access Plan

Bear Stearns bailout:
McCain for
Obama no opinion

Net neutrality:
Obama for
McCain for

Estate tax cuts:
Obama against raising the exemption to 5 million
McCain for - up to 10 million exempt

Guest worker program:
Obama for
McCain for (he's 'liberal' here)

Iraq war timetable for withdrawal:
Obama for - 16 months
McCain against - stay until the Iraqis can handle themselves

Obama supports sending more troops
McCain supports a larger Army and Marine Corps

Obama keeps all options open
McCain keeps all options open

Obama pro-choice, supports Roe v Wade
McCain pro-life, supports abortion in cases of rape. Would repeal Roe v Wade.

McCain against AMT, would get rid of it, general low tax or cut tax strategy, keep capital gains tax cut, etc.
Obama - raise taxes on the wealthy, cut taxes on middle class, voted No on repealing AMT:

Balanced budget:
both candidates economic policies have been predicted to continue budget deficit spending for some or all of their term.
McCain v Obama

Gun control:
Obama: "I think there is an individual right to bear arms, but it's subject to commonsense regulation." Supports all gun control issues/bans.
McCain against gun control, supports 2nd amendment as it is worded.

Death penalty:
Obama mostly for with more controls
McCain for

Stem cell research:
Obama for
McCain against "federal crime for researchers to use cells or fetal tissue from an embryo created for research purposes."

Obama would decriminalize for small amounts
McCain strict on drugs, more war on drugs

So there's your position summary. We can safely assume that Hilary will fight until there's 0% chance of her winning the nonimation since she cares more about Hilary then about the Democratic party. It will be interesting to see who gets the VP nominations for both parties.

By the way I decided to write this then drive 2 hours for a triathlon.

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