Finally, we have only a week to go before the elections. McCain/Palin have pulled close in the polls but still have an uphill fight.
What compounds the problem is that John McCain originally accepted public fundraising limits and stuck to his word, while Barack Obama, just to illustrate another character flaw _ lying _ originally made comments about the same pledge but reneged.
The consequence? Obama has raised more than $600 million, has $134 million on hand and $700,000 in campaign debts.
McCain has been allowed to spend $84 million over the last two months of the campaign. You can bet Obama will be swamping the airwaves with lies and smears about McCain's economic and foreign policy issues.
But maybe help is on the way. Barack hurt his cause when a simple question made by an ordinary citizen exposed his socialist beliefs.
Barack said yes, "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher would pay more taxes if he went ahead and bought a business that generated more than $250,000 a year.
Obama said he really didn't want to punish the rich. He simply wanted to spread the wealth around! If that's not socialism (along with his national health care plan), I don't know what is.
He enforced this strategy when he stated that he is going to lower taxes on 95 percent of taxpayers. That will be a great trick since 38 percent of Americans already don't pay any tax at all. What he really meant was he would expand the welfare state.
Admit it, Obama. You want to take from those who produce and give it to those who don't. Makes you want to run out and work harder, doesn't it? So much for his sound economic policies.
Then, Joe "the gaffer" Biden, the person who is supposed to shore up the foreign policy weaknesses of his running mate, actually told the truth this time.
In his own words he said, "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
He then went on to say, "And he is going to need help ... to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially, it's not going to be apparent that we're right."
That's just great, Joe. You want us to vote for someone who is going to cause an international crisis for the United States and then stand by the same person who, as you say, will fail?
I thought Obama, the miracle worker, could just sit down with the world's most evil people and smooth out all our problems. Why would they want to test us?
If you listen closely, you can hear Putin, the mullahs of Iran, Osama, Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong ll, al-Qaida, Chavez and on and on, laughing and rolling in the aisles. Even Hamas spoke favorably at one time about Obama!
They all are probably some of the mysterious international donors to Obama's campaign. It's an evil world out there, and just as Biden has said, "The presidency isn't the place for on-the-job training."
So, he is going to fail on the economy and put us at risk on the international scene. Only those blind, irrational, Bush-haters will be willing to support these strategies.
Obama is simply a cheap copy of Jimmy Carter. As columnist Amir Taheri points out, the world also perceived Carter as weak and inexperienced, and we had Iran taken over by mullahs, the Soviets brazenly invading Afghanistan, the first oil embargo, double-digit inflation and high unemployment. He seriously weakened our military and we became the laughingstock of most of the world.
Get ready for part two.
With a naive presidential candidate and a phony foreign-policy mentor, the pundits are already starting to make excuses for the failures their team is about to cause.
As expected, all the trouble that will happen in the early days of his presidency (if that happens) will be and already has been blamed on Bush.
Sorry, guys. Don't you remember? Obama is transformational and will bring us change. Whatever happens starting from day one of his potential presidency rests squarely on his shoulders.
One final note. Please vote for Jim Seward this coming Tuesday. He has served this area faithfully for more than 20 years, and his many accomplishments and good deeds have earned him another two years. Also, his length of service has won him important party positions, an advantage that our area would lose should he not be re-elected.
There is not room here to list his many accomplishments, so please go to his campaign website and see that impressive list yourself. He has earned and deserves our support and our vote.
Tom Sears is a professor of accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta. He can be reached at SearsT@hartwick.edu. His column appears every other week.