As we trudge through October, reading about the Great Depression and the Dow, layoffs and 401Ks, we also listen to the Presidential candidates promise that their way will be the way out of the slump we are in. So who are we to believe?
McCain makes promises and slams George W. and his own party for many decisions they have made. Is he part of the problem and now washing his hands of it now that it’s convenient and opportunistic for him? What can John McCain do to get us out of our slump?
In the same vein, Obama has no problem pointing out the mistakes of a Republican President and how things would be different with a Democratic President such as himself in the White House. But can Obama really make changes that will last and get us out of Great Depression, the Sequel?
And how do we cut through the noise to get to the truth about the candidates? There are so many opinions, lies, and exaggerations that, as in many elections, it is hard to see who is better for our country. Sometimes things get too convoluted and complicated to see through.
I was talking to a little cousin the other day and asked him if he was learning about the Presidential Election in school. He said they talked about the two candidates running for office but not much beyond that. But then he said “his friend Johnny” (we know friends seems to be the ultimate authority when it comes to kids) said that the difference between the two people, Obama and McCain, is that “If you had $50 and another person had $10, that John McCain would take the $10 and give it to the person with $50.” I asked him if he thought that was fair and he said no. Then I asked him what Obama would do, and he said, “Probably give some of the $50 to the person with $10.”
Sometimes things make more sense through the eyes of a kid. So maybe they should write the advertisements and convention speeches. Maybe things would become more clear.
I repeated the story above to an ultra Republican and conservative man in his 60s and he said, “He has it right. I want that $10!”
Sometimes knowing who to believe just boils down to first making sense of it all.