If you are among those who have been frightened senseless by the relentless Republican fear machine, convinced that Barack Obama is a Muslim, a socialist, and the best friend a terrorist could have, go ahead and vote for McCain. If, on the other hand, you are planning to vote for John McCain because you agree with his positions on the issues, a realistic look at what is likely to happen should McCain win makes a pretty good argument for giving Obama a chance.
Let’s take a look, issue by issue. Solving the present economic crisis is job one. Job growth is the key to avoiding a deep and lengthy recession. (See my post from October 28th.) Obama has a solid plan for creating jobs by putting people to work on public works and renewable energy projects. McCain is still pushing the trickle down approach and his main vehicle for accomplishing job creation is to keep the Bush tax cuts (which he initially opposed) in place. The Bush tax cuts were passed with an expiration date (2010). Congress would have to act to keep the cuts beyond the expiration date - they won’t. Even if you believe in the magic of voodoo economics (I don’t) McCain’s trickle down approach is dead in the water. (Sorry rich people.)
Reducing health care costs is another urgent need. Obama’s inclusion of an option to buy into the health plan that covers government workers offers a reasonable alternative for people who are uninsured or unhappy with their current plan. It does not force anyone to sign on for a government run plan. It will reduce the number of uninsured. It’s not as good as my plan, but it’s an improvement to the present system. McCain says this is not the time to raise anyone’s taxes, then proposes that we tax health insurance benefits as income for the first time ever. That sounds like a tax increase to me. It doesn’t matter. Again, even if McCain is elected, the Democrats are not going to pass his plan. (At the risk of ruining their alleged fondness for increasing taxes.)