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Is there any reason to vote for John McCain?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Halcyon, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. RedRalph

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    He didnt say it but he did sing it... all jokes aside, what was the quote about Pakistan?
     
  2. Halcyon

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    I've not been reading these forums much, lately. My apologies if this is too much of a rehash, but I'm genuinely curious as to what people see in the guy. It admittedly doesn't help that he and I have pretty different ideologies.


    1 - Okay. What's better, though?

    2 - His health care plan seemed pretty weak to me, being mostly a subsidy for private health insurance, and useless to anyone 'high risk' who'd be denied coverage/have very high premiums/is already sick. Perhaps I don't fully understand it. I'll concede that installing an NHS-style system would be an enormous challenge, but it seems like it would be far better were it to work.

    3 - Both of them came across as pretty hawkish in that debate, and it's not a comforting thing to see. Wandering guns blazing into Waziristan would be pretty reprehensible. There is no justification for invading a sovereign state - and an ally, at that - without cause.

    By extension, outright invading Iran without casus belli or good intention would be abominable and utterly unjustifiable. War is the worst of things at the best of times. That someone was once a soldier does not give them license to start a war without reason. That he once suffered does not give him the right to send others to suffer, or to bring suffering upon those who do not deserve it. That requires a cause, and there isn't one.

    4 - I'm not sure I believe that. It seems to be Reagan's legacy that the Republicans no longer know what fiscal responsibility in government actually means. It'd be nice, though, on that I'm with you. I just don't think it will happen so long as the 'small government' party is run by the people who run ti now.

    Yeah. It just seems too much to hope for.
     
  3. Mowque

    Mowque Hypermodernist

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    well alot of people, tens of millions WILL vote for him. there MUST be a reason other then 'i'm smarter then all of them'.
     
  4. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Drill baby drill! We're saved!
     
  5. Patroklos

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    I don't know if there is one of this flavor specifically, but at a cursory glance there are five "McCain Sucks" threads on the front page alone.

    There is nothing wrong with private health insurance other than it is not affordable to a select few (people willfully not buying it is not the same as not being able to afford it). There are systemic reasons for this that are solvable, its just that those hell bent on nationalization of the industry at any cost use the existance of those problems to push their agenda. Reform of the current system is what is needed, not building another abomination in its place for the hell of it.

    Under McCain's plan virtually anyone who wants health insurance can get it.

    I am not actually against the odd surgical strike into Pakistan. The fact that Obama would or would do that is besides the point. The point is that if he does he has ZERO understanding of what that means to the people who will actually carry out that action or stay around in the area afterward. Obama's understanding of military action and military hardship is no better than any of the joystick generals on this site, probably worse actually.

    That goes for Bush too. Now, I am not saying that is and of itself a no go criteria, there are plenty of things non-military related that a president does, but it is certainly a weakness within an overall candidacy.

    1.) Don't be ridiculous, Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable on multiple levels and would indeed be a casus belli. Amongst other things that actually already give us a casus belli.

    2,) And it has nothing to do with a "license," but rather having someone who fully understands the implications of what he is ordering. McCain knows exactly what I am going through every time I pull away from the pier, Obama has no clue.

    At least they pay lip service, the Dems don't even pretend. McCain's record is clear as far as cutting wasteful spending.

    Which is exactly the point, a well rounded plan utilizing all the options available. Obama's plan amounts to nothing other than "lets all wait around for a super awesome breakthrough in alternative fuels!" McCain's plan includes alternative development as well, but also lists expansion of domestic oil output and nuclear energy NOW in the meantime.

    Obama supports ethanol, need I say more?
     
  6. Murky

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    He doesn't look like chimp. :lol:
     
  7. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    You prefer there to be less total wealth in society than for there to be a bigger pie with slightly fairer shares?
     
  8. Patroklos

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    :lol:

    What about Obama's plan even remotely hints at increasing the size of the pie. His gutting of investment incentives alone refutes this.
     
  9. Narz

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    "well rounded" & "nothing other than" are in the eye of the beholder, you've explained nothing.

    Even Obama supoorts offshore drilling but realizes it's not a viable long term solution to oil dependency.

    Ethanol in itself isn't a bad idea (though it's a bad idea to think we can get completely "energy independent" via it) but getting it from corn is.

    I'm not picking on McCain in particular here (his winning the election is a non-threat) but AFAI'veNoticed him & Palin have bandied around the whole "energy independence" catchphrase more often than Obama. The phrase itself is a complete joke & the idea that a few new offshore rigs & nuke plants (which are hardly sustainable or local, shoot the Indians are going to the friggin' moon for Uranium) is even more of a joke.
     
  10. Patroklos

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    It was just explained to you, I can't help your willful ignorance.

    Obama doesn't support it, he was forced into conceeding to it when the rest of the country disagreed with him. And when did McCain say offshore drilling was a viable long term solution to oil dependancy? The good thing about having a multi faceted approach like McCain is that you are not reliant on any one to solve the problem alone.

    Unless you are insinuating we are capable of growing suger cane across this great nation of ours, domestic ethanal which Obama enthusiastcally supports, is one of the worst ideas ever inflicted on American energy policy (and food policy).

    There are things we can do now, and there are things we can't. Expanding domestic oil production and nuclear energy can be done now, using non existant alternative fuels can't. It is that simple.
     
  11. Halcyon

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    I can't say I'm comfortable with the idea, either. I'm equally uncomfortable with everyone else having nukes, if I'm honest. Consider the list - the US, Russia, China, Israel, arch-enemies Pakistan and India, North Korea of all places. I don't really get why Iran's nuclear ambitions are casus belli when North Korea's are not, given that NK is probably crazy enough to drop one on Seoul, while Iran is not stupid enough to take out Tel Aviv even if they genuinely wanted to, which I doubt.

    Can I ask what the 'other things' are, though? Israel, I presume? It's been a while since Iran attacked anyone, if I recall, although their support for Hezbollah is pretty indefensible. That said, the US has supported worse causes - installing/supporting dictators, terrorists, extremist guerillas, the Shah, etc - so there's a pot-kettle thing going on here.

    I can empathise with that. It's his seeming willingness to start a fight that bothers me. War is not something that should be taken lightly. I suppose it's just that I don't see why attacking Iran would be necessary. For one, the only reason any nation even wants nuclear weapons is to prevent people from invading them, so threatening to invade people for developing nukes seems rather counterproductive in the long run. For two, they're in no way a threat to the US, and they're not stupid enough to mess with Israel (again, if they even wanted to). For three, I'd worry that invading the place would set back the inevitable collapse of the current oppressive and deeply unpopular regime.


    Yeah. Bear in mind that new oil exploitation isn't actually going to solve anything, though. All the output that could be gotten from drilling offshore/the ANWR/etc is not going to significantly increase world output, will take a decade to get there, and all goes on the world market in any case - so the direct benefit to US citizens is minimal at best. Nuclear plants are a decent (if far from perfect) idea, provided they're sensibly engineered modern breeder-type ones and a proper waste storage system is built. Essentially, though, development of wind and solar power is the only long-term solution.

    I'm with you on the ethanol, though. It kinda works with sugarcane if you've the right climate, and cellulosic ethanol might not be a complete waste of time if it ever gets developed, but maize ethanol is so absurdly useless that the only reason anyone takes it seriously is to suck up to Iowa farmers and various sadly influential rich mega-farm companies.
     
  12. fugazi

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    Independence through nuclear energy is a dream. You'd have to import the uranium needed to fuel all those new plants - hello new dependency. Also the off-shore drilling is a farce - it will take 10-20 years before their 1% impact on your oil dependency becomes real. The health care plan doesn't make much sense either. Where's the money coming from when you're gonna reduce taxes? You guys got an enormous debt and it ain't gonna pay for itself.

    .. and while I'm not an Obama-fan, I'd rather die than vote for Palin. The USA surely ain't need her! A hypocritical Christian nutter who does all the things she so disapprove of.

    Though I guess, if you're damn rich McCain is your man.
     
  13. Narz

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    Crap, I've been calling you EcoFarm, my bad. The av messed me up. :blush:

    Anyway...

    Catch phrases are not detailed explinations (though evidently good enough for many Americans).

    It's basically worthless to drill. That oil won't come online in any force during his entire reign (hypothetically). And at best it will make a few pennies of difference. We need to rework the entire system to get off oil altogether.

    It's not a viable long-term solution but ethanol from switchgrass (thanks ElMac) would still be better than more drilling.


    It's not that simple. If you understood our predicament you'd see how nonsenical & flat wrong your argument is.

    New drilling begun now won't yield results for 5 years or more (and the results will be minimal).

    Alternative technology (along with changing our way of life) is the only solution to avoid mass decrease in quality of life of Americans. It also isn't available right now but with R&D it could be in a few years.

    So, there's not magical way of getting more energy "right now". That's the mental trap you've fooled yourself with (wittingly or not). Every "solution" will take time. The only question worth asking is what plan is sustainable (i.e. : won't run dry leaving us in the same predicament as we are now plus more pollution). And of the course the fact that even ripping up every wilderness area in our nation (funny, I considered the amount of land we honored as National Parks was one of the great things about America, setting us apart from most nations in Europe for example) looking for more oil and it still would make only a few cents difference at the pump.
     
  14. Murky

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    To play at devil's advocate a bit, they did make one fairly descent argument for expanding domestic oil production. That basic argument is that when we drill, we try to make every effort to do it an environmentally friendly way. Nations we import from can do it without as many rules for protecting the environment. The Earth is one biosphere and we're just promoting less environmental protections outside the country by importing oil.
     
  15. Narz

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    That's actually a fairly good argument. I still think renewable technology is a better use of our capital though.
     
  16. RedRalph

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    Is the US a world leader when it comes to environmental protection regarding oil drilling?
     
  17. JollyRoger

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    He sang it.

    I would vote for McCain if this was 2000 and he was running against Gore, but see no reason to vote for him today. John McCain is not ready to be President anymore.
     
  18. Murky

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    That's what McCain and Palin are claiming. I'd guess that Saudi Arabia is doing everything they can to protect their cash cow. They're likely doing just about as much as we are. There are other countries that we import from that don't.

    I seem to recall reading about some major environmental catastrophe in Iraq post-invasion, involving polluting the one of the major water sources.
     
  19. Patroklos

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    There are other things to consider when comparing when comparing North Korea and Iran. Specifically, the immediate consequences of conventional war with NK may well be worse than one or two low yield nuke explosions. Also, as realpolitic as it is, NK is in no position to dominate the life blood of the world economy.

    Their overt support of Iraqi insurgents, leading directly to the deaths of US soldiers. It would help if they put a leash on the IRCGN in the Gulf/SoH as well.

    And McCain agrees with you. There is only one candidate who has all but garaunteed we will attack another nation, and it isn't McCain. In fact there is nothing that indicates McCain would be more hawkish than Obama, but rather several that suggest less hawkish.

    You are correct. It would keep us from invading them if they say...closed the SoH. It would prevent us from invading them if they say...overthrew the democratic government in Iraq. It would prevent us from invading them if they say...openly supported Hezzbolah.

    Nukes are not just for benign deterence, they are also fore detering legitimate responses to your conventinal offensive actions.

    You need to abandon this notion that Iran has to physically attack us in order to be a threat. If Iran closed th SoH for instance, the US gets very little physical oil from there but the worldwide price for everyone still skyrockets. If they destabilize the Kurdish regions it won't physically affect the US, but it will affect our military ally Turkey. There are all sorts of things states can do to severly hurt US interests without directly attacking us.

    Yes, the oil will still be priced at worldwide market levels, but that money will be going into the pockets of domestic firms vice the ME and while it will only make up 1% of the world supply, it will make up a far larger portion of US physical supply.

    There are two birds to kill here.

    1.) Our dependance on foriegn oil.
    2.) Our dependance on oil period.

    Solar and wind are not the answer and never will be. They have their roles on the perephery of energy production but will never be a prime mover. Nuclear energy has the ability to fill the primary source role, supplemented where it makes sense by wind/solar/geo/tidal.

    I don't particularly mind being dependant on Canada. Nice blokes.

    I knew what you meant, np.

    An explanation was provided. McCain = alternative investment, domestic oil expansion, dramatic nuclear expansion. Obama = alnertative investment.

    1.) Isn't that exactly what they said in the 90s, which is why we don't have that oil now? :rolleyes: The sooner we start, the sooner it happens. Hell, lets just use the same damn arguement about alternative energies, they are 10-20 years out, why bother.

    2.) Again, there are two birds to kill here; being less dependant on foreign oil, and being less dependant on oil period. There is no reason why we can't work on both, as they are mutually complimentary.

    But they are results, which will help. Simple math wins again. And your time frame arguement is absurd, as every single alternative as a similar or far greater lead time.

    Few years? :lol:

    It is all experimental. Assuming that they had a breakthrough right now, it would be decades before anything other than a token portion of our transport fleet would be utilizing the tech. But there isn't a breakthrough right now, no matter how much you and Obama wish for it. Life style change? Sure, but in conjuction with domestic oil discover and nuclear power. If we increase domestic oil prodution to cover 5% of our demand that would be awesome. If we reduce our our usave by 5% by lifestyle changes that would be awesome. Put both of those together and do the math and that is AWESOME!

    :rolleyes: We can start drilling and nuke power plant constuction right now. Again, your timeline fallacy is bordering on ********. Alternative fuels don't exist, nuke power and drilling tech do. Are you really oblivious to the implication of those facts?

    Yes, we have already established that you and Obama plan on praying for a solution to fall from the sky instead of pursuing every avenue available.
     
  20. RedRalph

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    Patroklos can you please explain this?
     

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