Friday, February 15, 2008

TBWA's Choice: Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

As the race for the Democratic nomination for president gets further along (even though we still have 8 months left of this), and with Sen. Clinton’s continued misfires and inane campaign strategies (Mark Penn is a putz), Scott and I have decided to officially disclose our choice for the nomination and the presidency; Sen. Barack Obama.

Yes, Obama may not have the eons of experience as Clinton, but that’s part of the attraction to his candidacy.

After 8 years of Bush and his cronies, the US is in a sad state… loathed around the world… citizens dying for an unjust war… the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attacks against us still free… the economy circling the drain… and the Constitution in peril of being destroyed, we need someone who will strike a chord with the nation while striving to put the US back into balance.

Sen. Obama fits that description… Sen. Clinton does NOT.

Obama has opposed the Iraq war from the start and would start to bring one or two combat brigades home per month until all troops are out of Iraq within 16 months.

He wants to create a new national health plan that would allow individuals without access to affordable insurance coverage to buy coverage similar to that available to members of Congress.

He wants to increase the number of working parents eligible for Earned Income Tax Credits while increasing the benefit available to parents who support their children through child support payments.

He supports implementing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists.

He supports abortion rights and urges efforts to reduce teen pregnancy.

He wants to use $75 billion in tax cuts and direct spending to stimulate the economy while providing an immediate $250 tax cut to workers and their families, along with an immediate, temporary $250 bonus to seniors in their Social Security checks.

He would encourage, but not require, universal Pre-Kindergarten while rewarding teachers with higher salaries that wouldn’t be tied to standardized test scores.

Ms. Clinton and her campaign on the other hand, over the last few days, has shown her desperation with acts of…well, desperation.

You have her campaign laying out a plan to use super delegates to subvert the will of the Democratic Party electorate… show in a span of days her campaign has gone from saying certain states don’t matter… to saying certain voters don’t matter… to saying the electorate of the Democratic party doesn’t matter and only super-delegates matter… screw the American people.

Good luck Sen. Obama… we’re behind you.


Becky said...

"Obama has opposed the Iraq war from the start and would start to bring one or two combat brigades home per month until all troops are out of Iraq within 16 months."

Hmm. He also said before elections in 2006 that we'd have a timetable for withdrawal, that the war would end. When that didn't happen, things were phrased (not just by Obama) as, "WHEN I am president, I will end this war ..."

But in a Democratic debate in September 2007, neither Obama nor Clinton could say they would actually have all troops home by 2013 ... then end of the next presidential term.

Kemp said...

Obama has given some clues to a timeline, where as Clinton has downright said she will not offer a timeline.

Having said that, elections should not be about a singular topic, but the package as a whole. That's why we think Obama is a better choice.

And please remember, this is two guys opinions...

Becky said...

Yeah, I get that. I just seriously doubt we'll get anything new from anyone running.

And, yes, there are lots of topics out there. But the war affects each and every one of them. I don't think anything else can be "changed" until that topic is changed.

Just my opinion.

Kemp said...

I agree... Iraq does filter through to everything else... the economy, our standing in the world and so on...