Thursday, October 14, 2004

Debate 3

The third debate was a bit of a letdown. I don't believe either candidate brought their A game. I think they both brought the B- "why isn't this over yet" game. They covered a lot of the same ground as the second, and didn't say many new things. Nobody's even sure who won. We have this liberal blogger who thinks Kerry took it to the house, and this conservative one who thinks Bush laid the smackdown. It's a tough call as far as I'm concerned.

The only major hole I saw in either candidate's case (other than ideological ones, which I'll leave out) is that Kerry never answered how he was going to pay for all these programs he keeps promising. He has promised to spend more money on: education, health care, homeland security, and other things. Where does he plan to get the money? By rolling back the Bush tax cuts on those making over 200K a year. Democrats estimate this at 800 billion dollars in revenue. His health care plan is estimated to cost 2.2 trillion. When asked "where are you going to get the money?" by Schieffer in the third debate, he dodged. He talked lots about what Kerry-Care will do for you, and not about who pays for it (transcript here). Bush is right. It will be us, the taxpayers of the middle class. Kerry has promised that he would spend that same 800 billion from new taxes (rolling back the Bush cuts) for homeland security, healthcare, social security, education, and other things. As I've seen this debate summarized:

John Kerry: “Whatever you need, it’s yours. Need a job? You got it. Need a higher living wage? Done. Need cheap, universal healthcare? I’m your man. Need a better education? Have at it, paid in full. Relying on social security for your retirement? I’ll put it in a lock box. Tax relief? I can give you that, too. Want to lose your virginity to a teenage Mexicali hooker and a donkey? I’ll print coupons. And the best part is, every single one of my plans comes with free cole slaw and a plate of homestyle biscuits!”

George Bush: “Anybody who believes this guy can deliver on even one percent of his promises deserves four years of John F’n Kerry. God bless, and good night.”

That won't effect the core Democrats and liberals, but it may swing a few voters to the right (pun intended) side.


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