Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The United States of Anxiety

Check out this website. Analyze the 3rd Debate, and thank any deity you subscribe to, that it's the last one.... Digest one of the features of this website, and analyze it for bias or not. Lastly, leave your comments about the 3rd presidential debate. Missed it? No worries. Use the last few websites that have been useful to us, in class, to break down the debate as it happened.
Looking for at least 10 sentences, and 2 quotes for full credit.
http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/09/mccain_obama_anxiety.html

17 comments:

  1. In the final presidential debate, McCain tried to attack Obama on things he wasn't even planing on doing. It was just a misunderstanding. According Michael Abramowitz, "McCain just mispoke in accusing Democratic running mate of wanting to divide Iraq into "three countries." Biden did propose a plan in 2006 to decentralize power in Iraq by giving control of a major region each to the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. But his plan would maintain Iraq as a single country." Also, McCain mad two incorrect assertions on corporate taxes. In the words of Glenn Kessler, "...one that small businesses pay 50 percent of the taxes and the other that U.S. corporations are among the highest taxed in the world. Both are wrong." I believe it should have been stated that all corporate income taxes account for only about 14 percent of federal revenues raised in the year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Most federal taxes are paid by individuals, while fees and other taxes make up the rest.

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  2. reference: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/10/final_presidential_debate.html

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  3. Obama Won Again - McCain on George W. Bush - MCCAIN’S DEER IN HEADLIGHTS MOMENT - Debate: Barack on Womens’ Health - Obama Leaves McCain Dumbstruck - Debate: On Senator McCain’s Attack Ads - Poll: Obama Scores with Independents!

    http://www.healthlimited.com/

    Once again Obama won. He dicussed how he wanted to get rid of the econmic plan we do not need and make the other ones better. Obama expressed his views about the economy while McCain cleared up his views. Mc Cain has been quoted in the mainstream media that he will address the issue of Obama's alleged association with 60's radical Bill Ayers during the debates. Obama was 8 years old when Ayers broke the law with bombings and radical activities.
    Even though Obama was still young and had know idea about the country and McCain is thinking he has an advantage on it will help it is not. So here we go again. Another presidential debate, another day of ”Obama can win by not losing” analysis. But today’s it’s slightly different. We might actually see a real fight. Which would never happen but McCain says he would destroy Obama but he did not how do you think he will save your issues in the country the right way with out spending billions of our money and saving Wall Street? Over the weekend, Senator McCain promised supporters he would “whip” Senator Obama’s “you know what” during the debate. It’ll be interesting to see how blatantly McCain goes negative and how the worm takes it. And it’ll be even more interesting to see how Obama handles it. The calculation for McCain is - even if the worm hates him going negative, would it hate him talking about the world financial crisis even more?

    http://blogs.news.com.au/starsnsnipes/index.php/news/comments/third_presidential_debate_obama_v_mccain/42858

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  4. I honestly thought that McCain definitely lost this debate, he was very disrespectful to Obama, and he was talking about solving problems, but he did not say how he planned to solve them if he became president. He used Joe the plumber to try to put Obama down, do people would have sympathy for Joe, and dislike Obama. He is using "propaganda" to try to get Obama to lose points in the Poll. McCain is using Joe to his own advantage, because I believe that he has no more ideas on how to run this country. So he is putting others down in order to get ahead. It is silly though because people can see right through his disguise, he is not trying to be nice, he is just trying to get more people if any, to vote for him. McCain said "Joe I hope you can sell your business, and I can help you because I wont be raising taxes." He was twisting Obama's words after McCain finished Obama explained what he actually was planning to do, and while he was doing this McCain was smiling very disrespectful and not looking at Obama, he looked like he was coloring while Obama was talking. He kept bringing up Joe the plumber, this time McCain tried but by disrespecting Obama he lost. McCain does not seem to care about the people, he only cares about the businesses. Obama said that he plans to raise taxes for people who make more than a quarter of a million dollars, and cut taxes for 95% of Americans.


    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=presidntial+debte

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  5. Obama won the latest presidential debate. McCain tried to attack Obama on topics that Obama wasn't even going to address. According to George Stephanopoulos of ABC, this debate "was McCain's best effort, but that Obama was still the victor." Obama "had the ability to stay cool and not grow exasperated during his opponent's attacks." After the debate, CNN conducted a poll in which 58% of people felt Obama won the debate, while 31% felt that McCain won the debate. The poll also shows that the majority of people polled felt Obama would do a better job on the economy, health care, and taxes.
    Steve Holland of Reuters.com reported that McCain was in a quandary, and because of that quandary, he had to attack Obama in the debate. Holland reported that "many Americans thought a recent negative turn taken by McCain had done him more harm than good. Holland also said that "Joe the Plumber" was the big winner of the debate. Each candidate argued that their economic and health care policies would help the plumber. Although Obama's economic plan would call for a slight increase in taxes, it would benefit everyone including "Joe the Plumber" in the long run.

    reference: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE49F0ZQ20081016?pageNumber=3&virtualBrandChannel=10112

    http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/91909

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  6. In the 3rd and final presidential debate, Barrack Obama won again. He discussed all the topics while John McCain kept talking about Joe the Plumber. Obama had good comebacks on McCain's trash talk. Obama said: "100%, John, of your ads - 100% of them have been negative". That quote is true because if we look at the statistics, almost all of Mr. McCain's ads are negative and unsupportive. McCain was in desperation mode, huge desperation mode and he kept trash talking about Obama on any particular subject. For example, McCain said: "If plumber Joe Wurzelbacher does not adopt the healthcare plan that Senator Obama mandates, he's going to fine you". This quote is completely not true because Obama's plan explicity exempts small businesses from the requirement. Senator McCain was just blabbing out anything he could think of in the election. Senator Obama kept talking about important subjects and didn't get nervous when McCain started throwing sucker punches at him. Senator McCain also brought up the issue of William Ayers who was the member of the 1960's era radicial group and McCain associated Obama with Ayers, but Obama had a good comeback and said: "This shows more abour your campagin than it says about me". After that McCain had no answer. As you can see, Senator Obama is going to be our next president and I think he could lead us well into the future and provide change to this disfunctional country.

    Sources

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7673073.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7673097.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7673122.stm

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  7. Once again Obama won the debate... I really don't believe that McCain was trying to offend Obama two debates ago it was just a big misunderstanding. But i think that Obama has this in the bag... "VOTE FOR BETTER CHANGE"... "OBAMA"

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  8. Tito, Good points. I hope your WHS teachers start blogging. Your opinions are valuable. Check out these websites on the blog.

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  9. In the third presidential debate, candidate Barrack Obama won. McCain was negativity speaking about Obama on subjects they weren’t even covering. McCain is trying to put Obama down to make himself look better and get ahead although he does a bad job at it and it is not being successful. Obama is holding steady, whereas McCain's performance rating is down a bit. "Joe wants to buy the business that he's been in for all these years," Mr. McCain said, using Mr. Obama's encounter with the plumber to flay his rival over a tax plan he maintains will shackle small businesses. McCain tried every way possible to put Obama down including Joe the plumber. Although both candidates have great knowledge about all of the issues in the economy, neither candidate really have a clear plan for every issue. In my opinion I feel like Obama cares more about the people and McCain only cares about the businesses. "He seemed more relaxed, and McCain kind of let his anger … he came across more angry," one woman said. Obama seems to handle himself very well and stays calm, yet McCain is all over the place. I rather have a president that can stay calm under pressure and doesn’t put down others to get ahead. McCain may be old but he is still immature and someone who is immature can not run our country.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1113404/the_third_presidential_debate.html
    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24507810-5012748,00.html

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  10. McCain starts off about saying something that Obama said and calling it a bad decision. McCain says "I can balance this budget", "...by elminating spendings" but he doesnt go into detail of how he can eliminate spendings. Obama responds to McCain's comment by talking about what he has done and not by what McCain has done. Obama seems to know what he's talking about and he is hitting it right on. Obama talks about Bush's economic policies that McCain wants to continue and he says that it has not worked and "the Amercian people understands it hasent worked, we need to move in a new direction." Obama sighted out that he will no continue with what does not work and will change to make it work.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7673073.stm

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  11. I think this debate showed who McCain really was. He was verbally attacking Obama and accusing him of things that never happened. McCain was saying what needed to be fixed and everything that was wrong, but he rarely gave a good idea on how to fix all of the problems we have. Yes, we know what is wrong with this country, we don't need to hear that again, we need someone who knows how to take the problem and fix it. McCain kept on trying to put Obama down and criticize him rather than being mature and professional and talking about what we really want to hear. Obama wants whats best for the people and I feel and McCain cares about the money and his business.

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  12. I thought that this debate showed just how desperate McCain really is at this point. I thought that Obama played it very well, while McCain was verbally attacking Obama most of the debate.He kept mentioning "Joe the Plumber" because Obama just mentioned to Joe about "Spreading the wealth." I thought that McCain is using this tactic out of desperation in debate. He was even attacking Obama on issues they were not covering in the debate. Obama just countered that he cares for the middle class and not the wealthy ceos or oil companies of which McCain supports.

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  13. Robertino, I agree with your assessment, but you should include your source. Did you see the BBC report and fact checker on the debate? They clarify why the verbage from McCain is such, and why he attcked Obama on his economic plan...

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  14. I think McCain tried to take some "cheap shots" at Obama on topics that Obama wasn't going to talk about. McCain attempted to make Senator Obama look bad while showing McCain's true colors. Obama came out the victor, again, and proved that McCain can try to rattle Obama but will fail in breaking his strong amount of support. McCain also touched on the problems of our country, but did not have any ideas on how America can get back on its feet again and move forward. I think McCain showed immaturity and was using his last tactic to get more support in the polls. Obama has done extremely well at keeping his cool during the debates and will end up our new President.

    http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/debates/transcripts/third-presidential-debate.html

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  15. Although I did not watch the Presidential debate, I have heard others speak about continuously through classes. At the debate, McCain claimed that, “[he] is not President Bush,” although apparently he sided with Bush 90% of the time. McCain, has been struggling to “draw a distinction between himself and Bush,” which I believe is imperative for his campaign (although I do not support him), because being associated with a president that has a very low approval rating, is not a good aspect to his campaign. I believe that Obama won the debate, because he refuted McCain’s arguments well, while McCain took cheap shots. McCain said that he has “ a long record of reform” , while Obama, never has “stood up on one single major issue,” which I find is a rude jab. Lately the McCain campaign has focused their efforts onto the situation of Obama knowing a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, many years ago, although it has nothing to do with Obama himself. Obama refuted to the claim, “Mr. Ayers is not involved in this campaign, he has never been involved in my campaign, and he will not advise me in the White House.” Obama even reflects that Ayers has become, “the centerpiece” for the republican campaign, even though it has nothing to do with their opposing candidate.
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/15/presidential.debate/index.html
    Regarding energy independence, it has failed. McCain claims that he will be able to “secure strategic independence” from foreign sources by 2025, when it seems like a pipe dream. Obama claims that “effectively replace oil imports from the Middle East within a decade”. Both claims from the candidates recquire money that our country doesn’t have. Although we do want to find other methods of energy, it seems as though we should focus our efforts more on our economy rather than foreign problems, or the still dire problem of energy, because the economy is going down, fast.

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  16. I believe that McCain just was not ready for the debate. He was picking at things that Obama has said or done at one point or another. It seemed as though he did not have anything to say really. He was making some good statments at times, but other times it seemed like he did not know what to say, so he stuck with trying to put down Obama. This caused McCain to look less ready, less prepared.

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  17. After reading the five parts of the "The United States of Anxiety" article, I do not feel like it is biased. I felt that in many ways the articles truly showed how people feel about the big issues such as health care, the War in Iraq, the economy, immigration, and energy. The articles had a combination of quotes from ordinary folks and quotes from professionals. The article also points out mistakes and possible negatives of what the two presidential candidates were saying. For example, "Barack Obama and John McCain are promising voters a Tomorrowland of electric cars and high-speed trains and solar panels, a vision of American life without a drop of imported oil. But their plans to get there look more like Fantasyland." In regards to energy, people are afraid that it won't happen as quickly as McCain and Obama kept promising. People have been worried about the economy for awhile now. The article uses the example of Leadville, a city near the Rocky Mountains where the mines were closed, tourists were down, and people are flocking to Walmart instead of buying from local stores. The article mentions about health care "Polls show voters worry a lot about health care and how much they spend on it. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have responded by peddling plans they claim will help more Americans attain and afford care. But neither candidate has focused publicly on treating the real problem: why American medical care costs too much and isn't as good as it should be." Many people are struggling to pay medical insurance and medical bills. In some cities such as Manassas, Virginia, immigration has become a big problem, with more of them and in some cases taking over jobs. And in some places, like in a small town in Pennslyvania, the Iraq War and the loss of soldiers haunts them daily where in the rest of the country it has become less important. In regards to the third presidential debate, I felt it went well in Obama's favor. This debate stands out from the others because of a new star in the debate, and Mr. Joe the Plumber, who McCain mentioned quite frequently in regards to make his point.




    http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/09/mccain_obama_anxiety.html
    http://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/debate/debate_transcript.pdf

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