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McC’ain’t Visits Wilkes-Barre

24 July, 2008

Luckily, I had to work, so I missed it.  The most surprising item in the local newspaper was the photo on the front page of the Times Leader.  Please go over an take a look at the photo.  It’s right below the video and show’s the presumptive Republican nominee walking down the stairs.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and look closely at his face.  Notice the wide eyes, the drawn mouth.  Notice the look of abject terror on his face.  Notice the confusion.  I have dealt with people suffering from senile dementia (not a professional level, only personal) and the look on his face is eerily similar to an Alzheimer’s patient being thrust into a new and uncomfortable situation.  If he were a Democrat, that photo alone would lose the election but, if you’re a Republican, our ‘liberal’ main stream media will ignore even the most obvious signs of dementia.

Just to show that the look on his face is an accurate assessment of his mental state, take a gander at some of the idiocy dropping from his lips (another article here).  Folks, those are not pearls of wisdom.  He’s losing his marbles.

He claims that Social Security “won’t be there.”  Without some minor adjustments, and looking out 50 to 75 years from now, he has a point.  But if you want to gaurantee it won’t be there? 

“Setting up private funds where people can save their own money rather than pay into a fund is one option that needs to be looked at. We have to discuss all options at the negotiating table, but I don’t want to privatize Social Security.”

We need to set up private funds, but we won’t privatize Social Security.  Whaaaaaaaa!?!?!?!?!

Next, he said:  “This state has a vast supply of coal. I would invest heavily in that as we look for alternative energy sources.”  Ummm, wouldn’t alternative sources of energy cut the use of coal?  And wouldn’t investing heavily in coal add to global warming?  And what the hell does that have to do with Northeastern Pennsylvania which has anthracite, not bituminous, coal which is hellishly expensive to mine, not real useful for power generation, and extremely high in sulfur?

He also ripped into regulation (less regulation means that big business will behave more better), plans to leave Iraq (a flexible plan based on 100 years is better than a flexible plan based on 2 years (and, by implication, Maliki is wrong to try to act like the President of a soveriegn nation)), and (as a sop to the far right fruitcakes), he repeated his flip flop on immigration and immigration reform.

And he said he would be back.  Damn.

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One comment

  1. When I hear McCain (or any politician for that matter) talking about coal mining and ripping into regulation I can’t help thinking of how, this morning, I heard that the company responsible for a massive mine collapse that killed nine miners has been fined a huge amount.
    I don’t know whether McCain was addressing regulation of the coal industry specifically (as you point out he doesn’t seem to know much about the industry anyway) but the event serves as a good example of how companies can’t be trusted to act responsibly without oversight.



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