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METAPHORSBWITHU FOR PRESIDENT?


Here are my own off-the-cuff answers to the questions asked at last night's presidential debate:

Shaffer: With the economy on the downturn and retired ed and older citizens and workers losing their incomes, what's the fastest, most positive solution to bail these people out of the economic ruin?

META: I'm sorry. I don't do bailouts. I'm not going to force people who've worked and saved responsively to take care of people who didn't. That would only encourage other people to follow their lead. However, they can go to their family and children for help, ask their churches for assistance. There are social agencies out there to help already and they have to stop pandering to people who are on the gravy train and assist people who really need a hand up.

Clark: Well, Senators, through this economic crisis, most of the people that I know have had a difficult time. And through this bailout package, I was wondering what it is that's going to actually help those people out.

META: Is there an echo in here?

Brokaw: Sen. Obama, time for a discussion. I'm going to begin with you. Are you saying to Mr. Clark (ph) and to the other members of the American television audience that the American economy is going to get much worse before it gets better and they ought to be prepared for that?

META: If we keep taxing and spending like there's no tomorrow, stifle individualism, entrepreneurship, and investment, continue with the good old boy system, you'd better believe it'll get worse.

Finch: How can we trust either of you with our money when both parties got -- got us into this global economic crisis?

META: You can't. Trust us as far as you can throw a manhole cover and make us accountable for everything we do.

Brokaw: We've run out of time. We have this one-minute discussion period going on here.
There are new economic realities out there that everyone in this hall and across this country understands that there are going to have to be some choices made. Health policies, energy policies, and entitlement reform, what are going to be your priorities in what order? Which of those will be your highest priority your first year in office and which will follow in sequence?

META: If we don't keep this country safe, everything else is a moot point. Politicians have promised to improve education, fulfill everyone's Christmas wish list, put a chicken in every pot for decades. I'll make damned sure we do whatever necessary to protect the American people, remove people who are here illegally and don't want to conduct their lives according to the rule of law, get the Hell out of the way of the American people and invite the rest of the world to follow out lead.

Sen. McCain, for you, we have our first question from the Internet tonight. A child of the Depression, 78-year-old Fiorra from Chicago.
Since World War II, we have never been asked to sacrifice anything to help our country, except the blood of our heroic men and women. As president, what sacrifices -- sacrifices will you ask every American to make to help restore the American dream and to get out of the economic morass that we're now in?

META: Donate your time to do good. Visit the sick. Feed the hungry. Encourage the discouraged. Stop thinking so much of yourself and be concerned about you family, your neighbor, and your country.

Brokaw: Sen. Obama, as we begin, very quickly, our discussion period, President Bush, you'll remember, last summer, said that "Wall Street got drunk."
A lot of people now look back and think the federal government got drunk and, in fact, the American consumers got drunk.
How would you, as president, try to break those bad habits of too much debt and too much easy credit, specifically, across the board, for this country, not just at the federal level, but as a model for the rest of the country, as well?

META: I don't have to do a thing. When you're dumb, you'll do dumb things. You get drunk, you get a hangover if you're lucky. If you're not, you destroy your family, yourself, or some innocent. You get drunk and you pay the consequences. Don't come looking for sympathy until you make up your mind to CHANGE. I can't do that for you.

Brokaw: Sen. McCain, two years for a reform of entitlement programs?

META: Tom, don't make me laugh. You don't cure an addict by switching to a different drug. You help people to keep from becoming an addict, by REWARDING good behavior.

Jackson: Sen. McCain, I want to know, we saw that Congress moved pretty fast in the face of an economic crisis. I want to know what you would do within the first two years to make sure that Congress moves fast as far as environmental issues, like climate change and green jobs?

META: The first thing I'd do is conduct hearings on the pros and cons of the theory of "man-made global warming", have a real debate. The global temperature, if there is such a thing, has been dropping since 1998. I am NOT going to commit hundreds of billions of dollars of your money for some pie in the sky. If there's a place for green technology and alternative fuels, let the private sector go at it. Burning food and creating food shortages, and raising prices is not, to me, a very good strategy.

Brokaw: Should we fund a Manhattan-like project that develops a nuclear bomb to deal with global energy and alternative energy or should we fund 100,000 garages across America, the kind of industry and innovation that developed Silicon Valley?

META: We already have nuclear energy available, Tom, and we have to begin doing what countries like France are doing, building more nuclear plants, as well as increasing out domestic use of natural gas and coal. I am not going to trust in a central-plan to be effected by the dinosaur that is government. Necessity is the mother of invention and I believe the American Spirit and freedom to think outside the box is better than any government plan.

Trella: Senator, selling health care coverage in America as the marketable commodity has become a very profitable industry.
Do you believe health care should be treated as a commodity?

META: Or, if I get your drift, should the product of a free profit-driven society be nationalized by Big Brother and distributed to whomever it decides should have it. No. Nothing will destroy the world's greatest and most innovative healthcare system faster than nationalizing healthcare, which would create shortages, result in rationing, and stifle research and development. Should we help those that can't afford medical treatment as much as possible. Yes. There are ways to do that without the specter of Nanny Government looming overhead.

Brokaw: Quick discussion. Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?

META: If you have a family, who is responsible? Me? Your neighbor? There was a time when people were too proud to accept charity. I think you can go too far, but let's call it what it is and try to encourage as many people as possible to educate themselves, work hard, provide for their own needs, and, if necessary, help those less fortunate in their communities. I can help them do that by letting them keep as much of their earnings as possible.

Elliott: Yes. Sen. McCain, how will all the recent economic stress affect our nation's ability to act as a peacemaker in the world?

META: You can't "make peace". You can try to keep the peace and confront aggression. No price is too high to ensure that we continue to live in security and freedom and, when necessary, help others to live in peace as well.

Brokaw: Sen. Obama, let me ask you if -- let's see if we can establish tonight the Obama doctrine and the McCain doctrine for the use of United States combat forces in situations where there's a humanitarian crisis, but it does not affect our national security.
Take the Congo, where 4.5 million people have died since 1998, or take Rwanda in the earlier dreadful days, or Somalia.
What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don't have national security issues at stake?

META: You can't confront humanitarian crises everywhere. You have to pick your spots. Decide what areas are of the most important strategic importance. You have to encourage stable democracies and assist countries in becoming bastions of hope, partners against the spread of evil and terror. There is no easy answer to that. No doctrine, other that in these times, when groups have the potential to detonate nuclear weapons, the spread of worldwide terrorist ideologies like Islamic terrorism must be confronted or at least contained. The history of the world is drenched with the blood of innocents. To think that will change, that people can be talked into coming together and being nice is a fairy tale. I'm sorry. You live your life in freedom, try to do the right thing, help your neighbor all you can. That's not a doctrine, it's a way of life. The American Way. Hopefully, that will never change,

Hamm: Should the United States respect Pakistani sovereignty and not pursue al Qaeda terrorists who maintain bases there, or should we ignore their borders and pursue our enemies like we did in Cambodia during the Vietnam War?

META: I don't discuss military operations, especially hypotheticals. You kill innocents, especially Americans, there is no place you can hide.

Brokaw: Can I get a quick response from the two of you about developments in Afghanistan this week? The senior British military commander, who is now leading there for a second tour, and their senior diplomatic presence there, Sherard Cowper-Coles, who is well known as an expert in the area, both have said that we're failing in Afghanistan.
The commander said we cannot win there. We've got to get it down to a low level insurgency, let the Afghans take it over. Cowper-Coles said what we need is an acceptable dictator.
If either of you becomes president, as one of you will, how do you reorganize Afghanistan's strategy or do you? Briefly, if you can.

META: Let the enemy wonder about that Tom. The American people know what our military is capable of doing if the Goddamn Congress will just get out of its way.

Brokaw: This requires only a yes or a no. Ronald Reagan famously said that the Soviet Union was the evil empire. Do you think that Russia under Vladimir Putin is an evil empire?

META: No.

Shirey: Senator, as a retired Navy chief, my thoughts are often with those who serve our country. I know both candidates, both of you, expressed support for Israel.
If, despite your best diplomatic efforts, Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit U.S. troops in support and defense of Israel? Or would you wait on approval from the U.N. Security Council?

META: Would Iran ask the Security Council for permission to invade? I'd shoot first and ask questions later. I'm not going to have the blood of innocents on my hands because I don't want to offend our friends in the UN.

Peggy in Amherst, New Hampshire. And it has a certain Zen-like quality, I'll give you a fair warning.
She says, "What don't you know and how will you learn it?"

META: I don't know how to win elections but I sure know how not to lose one. Experience is the greatest teacher.

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So, do I have your vote? I am open to changing my mind, listening to opinions and new ideas, but basically I tell it like it is first and then discuss nuance later. Sometimes you have to make a decision and act, not be petrified into inaction, sometimes you have to know when to wait and see how things develop. Leadership is not for sissies.

That's a wrap.

Oh, FINALLY ... some news is leaking out about Obama and his Bill Ayres associations, the Annenberg Challenge, the Woods Foundation, Ayres' radical education inititiatives, Obama's connection to the corrupt ACORN organization. Let's hope someone in the MSM starts digging into his early days in Chicago where he got his start in Saul Alinsky-style tactics with groups like The Gamaliel Foundation. Who his mentors and enablers were.

Will the media finally start doing their jobs? Time's a-wastin' guys. The truth will com e out with you or without you.

The Obama campaign is getting really nervous and increasingly shrill.

Stay tuned.

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