Monday, September 22, 2008

Trying to scare senior citizens...

Ruth Marcus calls it as she sees it, Closing the Whopper Gap in which she points out that she had no problem calling out McCain, and now it's Obama who is the one who is:
Obama has been furthest out of line, however, on Social Security, stooping to the kind of scare tactics he once derided.

"If my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would have had their Social Security tied up in the stock market this week," Obama said Saturday as he campaigned in that retiree-heavy state. "Millions of families would've been scrambling to figure out how to give their mothers and fathers, their grandmothers and grandfathers, the secure retirement that every American deserves."

Of course those that support Obama will not say anything, they'll find a way to justify it. Anyone who has paid attention to fact check knows both candidates have lied, spun and stretched the truth. The abortion fear factor already having been trotted out is now joined by trying to scare senior citizens matched on the other side by fear of terrorism. Ideas, plans and issues take a back seat to not concentrating on why you should vote for them but what's scary about the other guy...

2 comments:

Alex said...

As I've argued here before, I don't believe Obama is employing the abortion issue as a "scare tactic." It's a perfectly valid argument, in my opinion. However, on this issue, I tend to agree. I'm not certain what McCain's opinion is regarding the privatization of Social Security al la George W. Bush, which, if he agrees with W., Obama's argument has some validity given the absurdity of opening up the fund to Wall Street. However, if he disagrees, Obama's argument is a traditional "scare tactic" in the form of "traditional marriage will die, etc., etc."

Lisa Renee said...

Considering the mailings coming from the Obama campaign, we'll have to agree to disagree on the abortion scare tactic.

I don't disagree with you at all of the laundry list of "fear factors" that the Republican Party uses. It's just unfortunate to see that there is even less difference between a Democratic campaign and a Republican one. If a Republican candidate did that to seniors, it would be all over the media, with the Democrat creating a huge outcry and Senior Citizen groups holding press conferences, etc...