Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hillary's Hollow "Holiday"

The Democratic presidential race really comes down to this..... if you want an opportunistic politician then Hillary is for you. If you want a leader who responds to issues based on what's best for the country, then Obama's the one.

This difference is brought forcefully home in "Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized.... Economists Share Obama's View." (WaPo)

"A growing chorus - including a top congressional Democrat - labeled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposal for suspending the federal gasoline tax ineffective and shortsighted yesterday, even as she continued to paint Sen. Barack Obama as insensitive to drivers' woes for not endorsing the plan."

Of course, Hillary doesn't point out that lost revenue from her frivolous "summer tax holiday" would take about $9 billion out of the highway fund.... sidelining 300,000 workers.

Or, that her proposed windfall-profits tax against the oil industry.... that won't be passed by Congress anyway.... would only result in fatter profit margins for oil companies as they pass it on to consumers.

As House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said of Clinton's proposal, the Democratic leadership of Congress has no intention of pursuing Clinton's summer tax suspension, the move "would not be positive.... the oil companies would just raise their prices."

Obama says of Hillary...and John McCain's... gas tax plan: "That's typical of how Washington works. There's a problem, everybody's upset about gas prices - let's find some short-term quick fix, so we can say we did something even though we're not really doing anything. We cannot deliver on a better energy policy unless we change how business is done in Washington.

Voters in Indiana and North Carolina can set the bar next week.... Hillary's vote-currying slick politics, or Obama's problem-solving smarter economics.

A choice between change based sound policies, or continuing the Bush-Cheney-McSame give-them-cake corrupting and bankrupting plunge.... an instant-gratification nation.

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