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McCain (and Bush) tried to fix this mess September 23, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in Economy, McCain.
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I think John McCain and President Bush should be given more credit for trying to stop the current mortgage crisis than they are being given.

Bush tried to fix the impending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mess about 5 years ago, but was rebuffed by lobbyists and Democrats (see 9-11-03 NY Times article by Stephen Labaton at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print).

Further, McCain co-sponsored the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005.  On the floor of the Senate on May 26 2006, McCain said:  “I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.  I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.”  His efforts were ultimately nixed by the Democrats.

McCain should be pounding this down Barack Obama’s and the Democrat’s throats.

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Pin the Mortgage Crisis on the Dems September 22, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in McCain.
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Kevin Hassett of Bloomberg has deftly explained how this mega mortgage mess can be pinned on the economic policies of the Democrats.  See it at  www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0 .  Essentially, the economic break down began with the sub-prime lending of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and when the warning signs arose, Democrats blocked all efforts to fix the problems.  McCain and the Republicans need to make hay about this quick to shift the poll-changing momentum away from Obama.

How McCain should respond to Russia’s aggression August 15, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in Foreign Policy, McCain.
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Just when everyone thought presidential viability would turn on domestic issues like energy and the economy, the conflict between Georgia and Russia painfully reminds us of how important American leadership is in the world.  Russia’s aggression against Georgia and the concern of future aggression against former-Soviet-now-Democratic republics like Ukraine and the Baltics should scare Americans to the core.  Russia’s antagonism to Western democratic ideals has moved from diplomatic annoyance to bellicose crisis overnight, and a strong and allied resolve to prevent future aggression should be undertaken immediately. 

 

How John McCain and/or Barack Obama respond to this crisis could/should impact the November 4 outcome.  McCain should take advantage and fortify his already strong stance … and dare Obama to follow.  McCain should make no bones about how it is time for America to regain its moral authority and to lead the West against tyrannical powers, like FDR in the 40’s, JFK in the 60’s and Reagan in the 80’s.  McCain should use his experience and straight talk to propose a viable comprehensive plan that promises to stop the Bear.  Such a proposal could help pull Americans out of this Iraq war funk and catapult himself into the White House.  To that end, McCain should call for:

 

1.  NATO convening in emergency session to (a) revoke any previous agreement/protection/incentive with Russia, and (b) bestow membership to Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia.  (Membership for Georgia should be given consideration provided it does not become a Putin-puppet.)

2.  The G-8 disbanding and reorganizing as the G-7 without Russia.

3.  Extending the U.S. missile shield to all NATO members which would like such protection (provided they assist with the costs of deployment).

4.  Embargoing trade with Russia.

5.  Suspending all U.S. financial and humanitarian aid to Russia.

 

While some of the above are arguably threatening and risk escalating hostilities, McCain should remind America and the World how appeasement runs the bigger risk of a blitzkrieg-like aggression witnessed in the previous century.  Now is the time to act with punitive action, not the mealy-mouthed negotiating the likes of which has given us a nuclear Iran.  By proposing such a bold new Russian policy, McCain could help secure America’s relevance while helping an electorate shake off its heretofore ambivalence.

Giuliani is best for McCain’s VP June 22, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in McCain, Veepstakes.
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While there are plenty of issues facing the McCain campaign, one near and dear to my heart is the selection of running mate. Unlike most years, the number two slot could play a pivotal role in this election. For Obama, the right choice could help him overcome his significant lack of experience, and for McCain, it could help alleviate concerns that he would be Bush the Third. To help avoid that albratross, McCain must choose a running mate who can attract Republican-weary voters. There are few Republicans today who can attract the middle. One of them is McCain. Other notables are Arnold Schwarzenegger (who is not eligible), Colin Powell, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani. Of this list, only Powell and Giuliani could give McCain the “WOW factor” (to borrow from Dick Morris).

Powell would be a great choice, but his fence-riding actions of late indicate he’s not interested in reentering politics, at least not on behalf of McCain. Without more interest, Powell cannot be a serious consideration.

Giuliani, on the other hand, might be a fantastic choice. While most have already discounted him – either because of the poor strategy of his campaign or because he was too much like McCain – I believe Giuliani is now the right choice, for several reasons:

1. He’s got serious name recognition;

2. He’s youthful enough;

3. He puts New York in play;

4. He is pro-national defense;

5. He carries little baggage of the Bush adminstration, but most of all;

6. He’s popular with moderate voters across the country.

With these important factors, McCain would be a fool to ignore Rudy.

The World’s Most Important Popularity Contest June 21, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in China, Iraq/War on Terrorism, McCain, Oil/Energy, Taxes, Uncategorized, Veepstakes.
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As you might have deduced, Keep 1600 is geared to keep a Republican in the White House this 2008 election cycle. This will be a grassroots outlet for everyday Republicans to brainstorm ideas and strategy in the hope of making a difference on election day, November 4, 2008, the ultimate popularity contest.

Recently, our Republican Party has fractured over where the party should be headed, to the center or the right. This debate has raged during the last several years of the Bush Admistration over Medicare and immigration reform and again reared its head during the presidential primary. Should we remain staunchly principled and go right of W and back to Reagan-like conservatism and risk a place at the table? Or do we move to the center to appease a moderate electorate in order to stay relevant? And as some of the discussion is no doubt healthy, we must quickly form a coherent platform that not only satisfies the party faithful but is also attractive to a majority of independent-minded voters. Because while we are busy beating ourselves senseless, the Democrats gain more and more momentum toward a huge win in November.

And while the pundits have officially declared this election for the Democrats, perhaps such a prediction will prove premature. This race is impossible to call so early, not only for the typical pitfalls of the campaign season, but especially since the Democratic hopeful has plenty of vetting yet to experience. No, the race is on, and it will be close. And we as Republicans need to participate fervently to ensure that our ideas remain relevant. We need to ensure that our ideas are heard. And no matter where you might find yourself on the Republican prism between blue-violet and ruby-red, many of us can agree that losing the White House in 2008 to an ultra-liberal Democrat at a time when the Democrats are not only expected to keep the House and Senate, but also expand their margins, would permit a perfect storm of flawed policies that will put us on a path destined for European-style socialism.

To avoid what would certainly be policy disasters at the hands of liberal hubris, we have to stand up and demand that our party, the Grand Old Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan, the party of ideals, show the American public that we are also the party of ideas. Good ideas. Practical ideas. Worthy ideas. We need to squarely debunk the impression that the GOP is the party for the rich. We must show that we are the party of true prosperity – economic prosperity and social prosperity.

In a political atmosphere charged with good ol’ stand-by issues like taxes and national defense and relative newcomers like Iran and oil prices, we must speak clearly and profoundly. Our alternatives must be fresh and attractive in the face of liberal mainstays like “diplomacy not war” and “lower taxes for the middle class.” Our alternatives must inspire the heart and appease the mind – satisfying our principles while also being pragmatic.

Here we will try to discuss meaningfully and intelligently current questions facing our candidate, our party and our country like:

1. Who is the wisest choice for Vice President?

2. What should a sound energy policy that protects our economy and our environment look like?

3. What economic policies will help us thrive in the current world economy?

4. How do we meaningfully compete with China, India and Europe while also protecting our economy and our workers?

5. How do we address immigration in a way that protects our borders and encourages assimilation?

6. How do we neutralize a belligerant Iran in a manner that does not create World War III?

All of these questions and more face us. We, as Republicans, believe we have the better ideas to protect America. So let’s brainstorm to identify workable, conservative solutions Americans will embrace. There is so much at stake – it’s more than popularity, it’s long-lasting policy. Let’s not let style overcome substance.