Thursday, October 30, 2008

Promises to the American people

It seems that daily we are inundated by the presidential candidates and their promises to the American people.  This election isn’t really any different than previous elections.  Although more money has been spent during this election it really is like others and both candidates make promises to help.  On July 28, 1988 former President Ronald Regan said,”The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

The older I get the more his statement means to me.  In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina President Bush said 3 years ago that, "We will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives"  He also said, "Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government."  President Bill Clinton said some 15 years ago that, "Under our health care system, all Americans will have access to quality and affordable health care through coverage from their employer, or if they're unemployed, through their government.”  President George H.W. Bush said during his campaign for president, "Read my lips, no new taxes."  President Jimmy Carter promised, ''I'll never lie to you''
During this election we have been promised lower taxes again.  Mr. Obama promised to “spread the wealth around."  Similarly Mr. McCain said, "I believe the role of government is to help the needy and to give people a level playing field."  We are getting spoon fed the same promises as before. Change?  The only real change has been the names on the ballots.  Other than that these Presidential candidates are likely to put the American people farther in debt and maybe spread the wealth around a little.

1972 Nixon won having 97% of the electorial college votes.
1976 Carter won with 56%
1980 Regan won with 91%
1984 Regan won with 98%
1988 Bush I won with 79%
1992 Clinton won with 69%
1996 Clinton won with 70%
2000 Bush II won with 50.3%
2004 Bush II won with 53%

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