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November 2, 2008

I will vote for John McCain on Tuesday. Stop reading if you don’t care, and no, I don’t want you to vote for him because I am. Vote for the person you believe will best serve us, the American people on Tuesday.

95% of Politicians lives are spent ‘behind closed doors’. We can’t see or hear the things they do and say. We rely on these men and woman to make the right decisions, we rely on them to serve in our best interests at home and abroad.

What do I know about Barack Obama?

Listen I don’t for a second think the links to Bill Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground and known domestic terrorist, who bombed among other things a police station, the Pentagon and other buildings, I don’t think that makes Barack Obama a terrorist, contrary to what some might have you believe.

I don’t think that the links to Rashid Khalidi make him a supporter of the PLO.

I don’t think that his associations and work with ACORN means he was out soliciting and registering ‘fake’ voters.

I don’t think that his associations and ‘spiritual counseling’ from Jeremiah Wright means he hates our country or wishes the country ill will.

Maybe he does, I don’t know, but I don’t believe he does.

I am very concerned about the fact that in the past 7 days the ‘floor’ of his tax plan on Americans has been given as 4 very distinctly different numbers that, depending on which one we are to believe, would affect a much larger % of Americans than we’ve been led to believe.

What I do know about Senator Obama is, I don’t really know what he is going to do other than raise taxes and put in mechanisms to parcel out that money under a ‘plan’, supposedly, we know nothing about.

But none of the points above make me think he’s a ‘bad guy’ or ‘mean person’, however they give me absolute right and I think it would be borderline negligent to NOT question his judgment in a very serious way. And isn’t that important of a President? Aren’t we supposed to vote for someone who, even if they don’t have every single interest of ours as their priority, we trust to have good judgment? Do any of those examples make me think that is the case?

(Anyone wishing to use this as a reason for me to vote against him can zip it, I don’t have a job, I am likely retired, and the tax threshold means squat to me. I am now a small business owner in a start up and there is nothing he’s proposed that is going to help me hire new employees or maintain the best health care coverage in the industry my company is in. I’m going to have to do that despite him if he’s elected)

I am not voting for John McCain for any of the reasons above in and of itself. In fact pretty much every reason I can think of to vote for Senator McCain has to do with the man himself.

I am put off by the fact that Senator Obama has made this campaign about him, and his desire to be the President of the United States, while Senator McCain has made it clear that serving as President would be an honor and privilege following a life spent doing that very thing.

But this is the reason it has all become easier for me. Neither of these men stand on platforms I am in complete agreement with. If you say otherwise, you’re lying. For one reason we don’t know what their platforms are in total, but we have an idea. Obviously my beliefs are more in line with Senator McCain but it’s not some landslide thing where I can say “Wow! That’s stupid! No way I’d vote for that guy”. No. So if I don’t agree with both of them in total, I need to go to the next check mark. Which of these men can I trust to do the “Right Thing” (Sorry Spike!).

In a scenario far beyond anything anyone reading this can imagine, on the most important day of his life, in the most life threatening peril any of us could think to imagine, no cameras, no votes to win, no political favors to gain, this man, John McCain made a decision I don’t think many of us could, or would have made.

Faced with likely death if he stayed, versus living and being nursed back to health AT HOME, IN THE U.S., John McCain stood by the code of Honor, Ethics, Morals, and Integrity we only WISH men running this country had. Broken arms, leg, shoulder, ribs, dysentery like you can’t imagine, after years of torture and beatings, solitary confinement, all of that, he choose to stay in prison, with his brothers in arms, rather than being set free because he was the son of one of the most powerful and influential men in the United States Armed Forces.

He was willing to give his life for something he believed in. Something that to many was nothing more than words on paper, but to men like Senator McCain and all those serving with him, beside him, these were much more, they were something you built a nation out of. A nation of great human beings. He did this for that reason, and that reason alone.

Having every reason in the world to go home to his wife and young child, and health, he didn’t! Why? Please answer that question in your own mind. Answer that and then tell me with a straight face this man is someone you don’t trust with our best interest? Really?

The other big piece to this is that if you have heard him he’s as honest as the day is long. For better or worse this man will be the first to admit he’s made mistakes, he’s screwed up. Show me any other person on the ticket that has been so ‘real’, his warts are out there for all to see and he makes NO EXCUSES, NONE, for his short comings. I can live with someone that’s made mistakes as long as I know those mistakes were made in our best interests, made with the notion of serving the greater good. I worry more about people failing to recognize or admit or own up to screwing up.

The one prime example of this, and you only need to pick up the paper to see it, is the war in the Middle East. 1 year ago it was front page news, every single day. Why not now? Well in addition to the Global Economy being in the tank, the bigger reason is because the ‘Surge’ that was thought to be “Political Suicide” for any politician endorsing it, is working. No one needs to be reminded who voted on which side back then, but it’s horribly convenient that it’s dismissed off hand today. Once again, with everything to lose, Senator McCain said “I’d rather lose this election than lose this war” . Against literally all odds and I would guess advice, he did what he knew to be the right thing FOR THE COUNTRY.

Senator Biden? Where was he? He’s the foreign Policy Expert guy right? The guy with a lifetime of experience and know how? Well he was here and he was wrong. Wrong then, wrong now.

Senator Obama? He was here stating emphatically
“nobody wants to get U.S. troops out of Iraq more than he does, but doing so will require voters to pressure Senate Republicans, including New Hampshire Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu, to break with President Bush”. That was 16 months ago!!. In the past 16 months can ANYONE on the planet not admit the tide has turned, things have changed on an epic scale? Senator Obama still holds to the line saying “It has not worked”.

Can anyone fathom what would have happened if we’d actually followed that course of action? Can you honestly say if he’d has his way, and we’d pulled out, things would be better in this world? How can you? He was wrong, all of them were.

That’s not to say it’s over, it’s not and won’t be in the near future, any rational person knows that and should expect it to be more time and effort and unfortunately lives and least of all money, to get what needs to be done, done. Don’t we owe it to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, NATO forces of the coalition and the men, women and children of Iraq to see it through? That’s not to say it’s been easy or in any way diminish the staggering cost in lives, those things in and of themselves are horrible. But we have a country of men and women willing and able to take on that responsibility and that is a source of pride we should all take comfort in. Stop with the why’s and how’s of it all beginning. None of us can or will deny we were not given the right or proper information at the outset and I won’t disagree for a second that the people responsible will have to bear witness to their involvement and accountability. But memory is a funny thing, because I have trouble finding anyone that was out in the street screaming and hollering at President Bush in the months following 9/11. We were proud as hell to be acting how we acted, and doing what we were doing. The minute the ‘cost’ came into view people started scrambling for life boats and politicians all over this country showed you what they truly believed about us, and their agendas, in the months and years that have followed.

In the last debate Senator McCain emphatically asked us only ONE THING, one, ‘Check the record’ on both he and Senator Obama. In the white noise that has become this political campaign lots of people, me included at times, have lost focus on the people, the men, the women, and who and what they are. Isn’t that what matters?

I am voting for Senator McCain because when the lights are off, and no ones watching, I know for a fact this man is going to ALWAYS vote for and push for and make happen, the thing that is in our best interest; and by “our” I don’t mean my taxes, your salary, his 401K, her Medical, I mean he’ll always take the route that is best for US, as a whole, the country, and that’s what we need in my opinion. We must have someone who understands this job is bigger than he is. Than any one or two people are, and that this job unlike any time in our life, is going to command someone with the life long experience of instituting change, redirecting failed efforts, fighting the establishment and having to ‘go against the grain’ but most of all someone who knows and understands service to country is the most important responsibility we have. Someone who’s done it, someone who’s passed tests few have ever been asked to take, and far fewer could ever pass.

John McCain has spent his life passing tests in service of our country and at no time in my life, or my children, is this country more in need of someone new to take charge and change the very fabric of who we are, and what we are doing.

57 Comments leave one →
  1. chriscorreia permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:20 pm

    Curt,

    Good and valid insights. I’ll be sharing/forwarding this post to some friends and acquaintances.

    CC

  2. Jeff Lloyd permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:28 pm

    Right on Curt!

  3. geekrev permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:41 pm

    Curt,

    Even though I’ve already voted for Obama and would disagree with some of your conclusions above, I really admire you for the tone in which this entry is written. There has been way too much meanness on both sides of this campaign (mainly from each candidates followers rather from the candidates themselves).

    I appreciate your firm convictions and you articulating them in such a way that does not demonize Obama, yet still raises the serious questions you have about him as a president.

    Thanks for this moment of sanity.

  4. rjglassett permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:50 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for posting this, although you’ve made my decision more complicated. To be honest, I have been leaning towards voting for Obama following General Colin Powell’s recent endorsement. I have admired General Powell for many years and would be inclined to trust his judgment. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on his endorsement. Prior to that time, I thought the attacks on Governor Palin’s ability to lead our country if something were to happen to Senator McCain were merely attempts to sway votes to the other side. However, to hear such a distinguished individual as General Powell voice his concerns greatly concerns me.

    RJG

    Colin Powell was one of the main reasons I voted for George Bush. I was confident that Colin Powell would have significant impact on foreign and military policy in the Bush administration. Colin Powell is also the litmus test for me in that there were far more people involved than anyone really knows about in getting this country invested in the war on Iraq due to ‘faulty intelligence’. He was there, he was a significant part of that. I think Colin Powell backed Senator Obama as an Anti-Bush statement as much as anything, but that’s just my opinion and given the scant information anyone outside the inner circle could know of the goings on during his time there, it will have to do. I have always respected Colin Powell, hell I respect a lot of people who I don’t agree with. In the end I need to know for sure the person in the White House will NOT kowtow to special interests or a personal agenda, something Senator McCain, I am absolutely sure of, will not. We need someone that wants to SERVE US, period. Check the record, check the comments all through the campaign, he’s stated as much any time someone would listen, I know him, I know for a fact he can be trusted and is the right person to do this.

  5. fnazeeri permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:51 pm

    McCain’s courage is amazing. Reminds me of MoH recipient Senator Inouye (D-Hawaii) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Inouye).

  6. honze permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:05 am

    Listen. First off, no-one really cares who you vote for and you are lying if you think that you do not influence your fans. The reality is that you do not know anything about Obama or McCain. You have decided to get involved and sit on the stage while McCain speaks, because you want to be seen and heard. That is the mentality of a hard throwing starting pitcher that was one of the best at his prime. You are used to the spotlight and because of your age, your body and decreased skills the spotlight was taken away. You need to let Manny be Manny and let Kobe be Kobe. Everyone has their own style but the bottom line is that they are both professional athletes like you once were and that in itself should be respected by of all people…you. Curt you may choose not to display this entry but I suggest that you try to focus on the beauty in the world. The things that make us as human beings special, diverse and are sacred. By the way, I am embarassed for you to cry any financial blues based on your salary. I have financial struggles that you will never know and I would not want you to have…..mdhonze@yahoo.com

  7. lara2008 permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:05 am

    Curt, I love you. But I have to disagree.
    Palin and McCain are like a “Single A pitcher and Varitek.” Tek can make a mediocre pitcher look good, and a good pitcher great. But I doubt he can make an unqualified light-weight single A pitcher look even adequate. And esp. the catcher’s old and nobody knows how long he’s gonna handle. If I were Tito, I wouldn’t recommend that kind of pair. Change the pitcher! Yeah, but it’s impossible. You probably need a new decent pitcher and a decent catcher (if not distinguished ones.)

    That’s my counterargument.

    Go Obama-Biden.
    Nov. 4, 2008. The day of our liberation!
    Wake up people from false consciousness!

    Nice, not one ounce of content or insight. Like most other things it’s airy and preachy but in the end means zilch. You like Senator Obama, that’s cool, why? Exactly why? Don’t preach to me your perceived ‘shortcomings’ on Senator McCain, tell me EXACTLY what Senator Obama has done, literally, actually, physically done, while holding an elected seat, that makes you believe he’ll change the country. Something with substance, something other than “He’s not Bush”. He’s not, I know, neither is Biden, McCain or Palin.

  8. redlightgreen permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:17 am

    Curt, does it bother you that McCain authorized a grant of almost half a million dollars to Rashid Khalidi? And that the group run by Khalidi received several small grants from the International Republican Institute, of which McCain was the chairman?

    And please, spare us the BS about not believing that the associations you listed of Obama’s make him a bad person or a bad candidate or somehow unsuitable for public office. If you didn’t think they make any difference, you wouldn’t have listed them.

    Believe what you want but don’t tell me what I do and don’t think. I don’t think he’s a bad person, not at all. I am bothered more than a little at what I feel is an extreme lack of judgement, and potentially worse when/if we find out there was more to any of those associations. Which someday, we will one way of the other.

    Am I bothered by the grants? Hell yes. Do I know any more about them than you do? Nope. Here’s the thing, I believe there is something to it, but I don’t for a second think Senator McCain, no I know for a fact, he was not in favor of ‘FUNDING’ the PLO. How it happened, why it happened? Ya, I want to know details the same as I want to know the details of all of this stuff but for some reason we don’t get anything close to that. Why is that? The only thing I know is what I can find on Wikipedia which is:

    “John McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI) during the 1990s which provided grants worth $500,000 to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies for the purpose of polling the views of the Palestinian people. The Center was co-founded by Khalidi.A copy of the IRS filing for the IRI was published online showing the grant and IRI members.”

    So senator McCain was chairman of a group that funded 500k to a group he help found for the mission of polling Palestinians? Is that a horrible thing? Did Senator McCain know this guy? I don’t think so and I am not sure there is a negative involved in funding this group if the purpose was what it says and the funding was beneficial somehow to the U.S. or anyone else involved.

    Senator Obama, and this is using the same Wikipedia reference, for what that is worth.

    During the 2008 election race, some opponents of Barack Obama said a reported relationship between Obama and Khalidi was evidence that Obama would not maintain a pro-Israel foreign policy if elected. Martin Peretz, editor of The New Republic and an advisor to the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, disagreed. “I assume that my Zionist credentials are not in dispute. And I have written more appreciative words about Khalidi than Obama ever uttered…the Israelis are trying to live cooperatively and in peace with Palestinians whose unrelenting positions make Khalidi almost appear like a Zionist.”

    In an appearance at the B’nai Tora synagogue in Florida in May 2008, Obama said Khalidi “is not one of my foreign policy people” and called him “a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policy.” Obama said his own commitment to Israel is “unshakeable.”

    In April 2008, The Los Angeles Times reported on Obama’s attendance at a 2003 farewell dinner for Khalidi at the University of Chicago—while both were professors at the university—citing a video from the party.

    Who the hell knows what this means? I think it means Senator Obama absolutely knew him. Now what does that mean? Anything? I’m not sure it means much to me but is yet another ‘friendship’ I would be interested in understanding more about.

  9. honze permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:18 am

    it’s ok to support a candidate because you feel that he will do the best job that reflects your beliefs. It’s not what Obama has done but what he will do…that’s the key my friend…

    That’s my other rub. What will he do? His tax plan? What salary do you feel you have been told will be the threshold? He said 250 right?

    July 7th Obama
    “The conservative argument (and that of the John McCain campaign) is that Obama’s stated plan to raise taxes on households making $250,000 or more in income is a tax increase on small business. The simple answer to this dilemma can be found in the IRS Statistics of Income Bulletin (Table 1.4, for those who are interested).”

    Nov 1st?
    “There’s no indication that Obama has changed his tax policy, which states that anyone making under $200,000 would get a tax cut under his administration, and nobody making under $250,000 would be hit with a tax increase.”

    Biden?
    “Joe Biden caused headaches for the campaign Monday when he told a Scranton, Pa., TV station that Obama’s tax break “should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.”

    Governor Richardson?
    The latest hiccup in the campaign message came Friday morning on KOA-AM, when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson pegged the middle class as those making $120,000 More..and under.

    “What Obama wants to do is he is basically looking at $120,000 and under among those that are in the middle class, and there is a tax cut for those,” Richardson said in the interview, according to a clip posted on YouTube.

    He’s not even been elected yet and this is where we start? What’s going to happen when he’s left to make up his mind with no repercussions? No votes to win or favors to call?

    No thanks.

  10. rjglassett permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:24 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the quick response. I appreciate your logical insight on all the issues of this campaign and I will certainly take it into consideration in making my decision………..probably not until I have a ballot in my hand Tuesday morning. Thanks again.

    RJG

  11. redlightgreen permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:46 am

    You missed the point. McCain thought it was fine to give Khalidi money on more that one occasion (by the way, no one suggested he was funding the PLO) but he thinks that Obama having any kind of relationship with him is suspect. Doesn’t that seem a little strange? Either Khalidi isn’t as bad as McCain is making him out to be or he is as bad and McCain gave him the money anyway. It’s not as if Khalidi’s views on Israel and Palestine have changed in the past ten years. Obama has explained his relationship with Khalidi but McCain has yet to explain anything about the IRI grants.

    Oh I know no one was suggesting that, but unfortunately that’s where many would have us go. Sad. The IRI grants went to a project that polled Palestinians opinions on ‘things’, of which I have no idea. Do you? Not being sarcastic, but asking seriously. Where’s the issue? Was this group actually funneling arms and supplies to the PLO? Is that even a consideration? If no, and it did what it says, who cares? If it did and I would assume the grant was to allow the them to carry out something that was deemed necessary and useful, where’s the problem? Senator McCain has not ever been associated with this man in any way even remotely personal other than to be on a board that funded a grant to an entity this man founded. For all we know, he founded it and had minimal if any involvement in it’s day to day activity? Does anyone know? Is that not different than openly acknowledging a friendship?

  12. redlightgreen permalink
    November 3, 2008 1:08 am

    It’s definitely different that openly acknowledging a friendship. But let’s look at it from a different angle for the sake of the argument: You (not you specifically) have a charitable foundation that awards millions in grants every year. You receive a grant proposal for a project that would be beneficial to your foundation’s goals and would help a lot of people. The only problem is that the project is run by a convicted felon who has shown no remorse for his previous actions. Wouldn’t that make you hesitate, no matter how beneficial the project could be to both sides?

    The point I’m trying to make is that I think the Khalidi angle was a poor choice on the part of McCain’s campaign. Rev. Wright, Ayers, ACORN? Totally legitimate targets. But Khalidi leaves McCain open to questions about his judgment at well. You can easily see the press asking what has changed about Khalidi in the past ten years that makes him more dangerous than when the IRI gave him the money. It forces him to go on the defense instead of the offense.

    Man, he was great on SNL last night. Vintage McCain.

    Nice response. Here’s the point you make for me though:) You and I both agree Senator McCain could be at fault for heading an organization that funded an organization that was founded by someone with views that we don’t want our President to be espousing right? Look at the degrees of separation there? At best he might have known this mans name right? At worst he may have known his name and a semblance of his history? We’re both reaching to make a true legitimate association are we not? Every SINGLE ONE of the above associations you mentioned in reference to Obama is FAR FROM a loose association. He has, in almost all cases, admitted friendship or intimate involvement working with/for one or more right? At what point do you question his bad judgment?

    Tell me this. Is it far more likely we’ll find out he was LESS involved with some/none/all of them if he gets elected? Or is it far more likely we’ll find out he was much more intimate with some/all of them based on what we know about media, politicians and this sort of story/scandal these days? How many times in the past year have we heard ‘hints’ or overtures that have linked A to B, and then learned it was less? Isn’t the exact opposite almost always true? That does not scare you at all? Scare might be the wrong word, but I can only speak for myself in telling you that even before this I was a McCain supporter and having issue after issue brought up that only made me question the judgment of this man more and more made it simple. I do believe he is as charismatic as anyone I’ve ever seen short of Bill Clinton. He’s a fantastic orator when scripted (two abilities I’d like my President to have but could care less if he doesn’t), short of that he’s never done one thing to make me believe in his ability to carry out the duty and office of President of the United States.

  13. bosoxguill25 permalink
    November 3, 2008 1:28 am

    Curt,

    I caught your interview on Fox News the other night, but I’m glad you decided to also speak up about your views here as well. I’ve already voted for McCain for exactly the reasons you specified (in addition to Obama’s extreme position regarding abortion).

    Anytime politics comes into play, people are going to tell you what they think, and then tell you why you are the one who is wrong. I think we all need to agree to disagree and not forget that we’re all on the same side here….we want a better America.

  14. redlightgreen permalink
    November 3, 2008 1:33 am

    Don’t get me wrong, Obama hasn’t exactly surrounded himself with the Algonquin Round Table. You can only have so many questionable relationships, whether personal or professional, before people start wondering what the hell is wrong with you. It would be like Angelina Jolie deciding to dump Pitt and start dating Andy Dick, Tom Sizemore, Pete Doherty and Joe Francis. You have to question their judgment. Same goes for Obama’s. And I agree with you that I think we’ll learn more about the connections with Ayers and Khalidi instead of less.

    I have so much respect for John McCain. That’s not some mealy-mouthed BS. I think the man is the embodiment of what a true American hero should be. I have my questions about Obama and was still waffling back and forth until Sen. McCain picked Sarah Palin. That was the deal breaker for me. I wish he had picked Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge. I would have been out there knocking on doors for him. But I cannot look the other way on Palin. Just can’t do it.

    All that being said, if Sen. McCain wins on Tuesday, I’ll be proud that a man of his history and character is our next President.

    Certainly disagree with the odd reasoning, but respect the decision regardless. To say the VP is the reason I pick my President makes no sense to me in this regard. Every President to ever serve has been backed by a VP that was one lunatics bullet away from serving. That’s ALWAYS been the case. Now is no different. If you believe, like me, that Senator McCain does things in the best interest of this country then you believe he knows more about Governor Palin than you or I do and trusts her to do the job she’s handed. What do you or anyone else know about her other than what we’ve read in the paper, short of meeting her? Please show me ANYTHING that would give me one ounce more confidence in Joe Biden? He’s hell bent on changing Washington, she’s not shy in her ability to stand up against anyone not deserving of the position of an elected official. Again, do I agree with her entire platform? Nope, who does? And if that logic is what I am using then I need to at least place a little trust in the guy I am voting for to run the Nation right? What stunned me was the incredible energy her announcement created, to about 72 hours later when the media went psycho on her. Things said and done to and about her would have gotten people lynched if they’d been said or done to Obama, no question. She’s definitely got some anti-establishment in her, a lot of it, and we need that badly. That also makes it easier to understand the immense outcry from the far left at her selection. BTW Senator Lieberman and Tom Ridge were with the group at the event tonight. First chance I have had to meet and talk with either in any real meaningful way. Two incredibly passionate Americans. Very cool stuff.

  15. richdreamsteacher permalink
    November 3, 2008 2:22 am

    Hey Curt. First of all, I am a big Philadelphia sports fan. I grew up in the area and have lived and died with the teams. I found myself always cheering for players that left because it seems like that is all we had. I have followed you since ’93 and was very happy to follow your three championships. We finally have our championship and I know that you are happy for us. Thanks for inspiring me on and off the field. Now on to this blog…

    I am a political junkie and I could not agree more with what you said. It seems that a lot of McCain supporters get a bad wrap and get accused of Obama hating and some of them deserve it. I do not hate Obama at all. I do have my opinions on him and I agree that not one of those associations make him a bad person. I will go a step further than you and say that all of those associations lumped together make me question his judgment. There are just too many things about the guy that do not add up. It is amazing to me how the American people can be fooled so easily. To hear democrats say that this election is not about race is absurd. Why is it historic if it is not about race? I also like what Rush Limbaugh said when he learned that Powell stated that his endorsement had nothing to do with race. Rush said (paraphrasing here) that he was going to do some research and see how many very liberal, very inexperienced white candidates that Powell has endorsed in the past. While not only about race, it was a factor.

    It is also funny how Obama says that 95% of people in this country will get a tax cut under this plan. There are two fundamental problems with this. Number one, 40% of Americans do NOT pay income tax. So essentially, they will be getting a check at the end of the year. That is WELFARE. Secondly, everyone is going to get a tax INCREASE since Obama has already stated that he is going to let the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010. John McCain wants to cut everybody’s taxes. Period! Curt, you made a lot of money in baseball and you earned every bit of it and you paid your fair share in taxes. You cannot make the poor rich by making the rich poor. I mean come on……. 10% of taxpayers pay over 70% of the taxes. Is that not enough? What if I want to live the American Dream? It is the newly defined Obama version of the American dream that caps out at 250k a year. What if I want to make millions? I am greedy, right? And as you mentioned, that 250k is not a sure thing either. It could be 120k if you listen to Gov. Richardson.

    These people need to wake up, Curt. It is an easy choice. These people need to stop listening to the media, their teachers, polls, and start trusting that internal voice. To limit oneself to 250k a year is a sad thing. This is America and if you can’t get rich in this country, then where? Being rich is a state of mind, first and foremost. Some people with this entitlement mentality will never get it. Keep up the good fight, good luck, and let’s hope McCain can pull it out.

    Darren

  16. redlightgreen permalink
    November 3, 2008 2:55 am

    I find Gov. Palin’s view on abortion offensive. She supports banning abortion with no exception in cases of rape and incest. In my opinion, that’s barbaric. She’s part of that religious right wing of the Republican party that I don’t want anywhere near the White House. I have confidence that Sen. McCain would not make decisions based on his religious beliefs. I have zero confidence that Gov. Palin would do the same. She said as much in her interview with James Dobson. The last thing this country needs is to go back to the days of the Moral Majority.

  17. November 3, 2008 7:59 am

    Curt, while I disagree with a whole lot of what you had to say… I respect your choice. My family and I will be in line first thing tomorrow morning and will wait as long as it takes to cast our ballots… for Barack Obama. No matter what one’s political persuasion, I hope every single US citizen who can cast a ballot does so.

  18. mschol17 permalink
    November 3, 2008 8:31 am

    Curt,
    This whole “lowering of the Obama tax plan floor” is nothing. Obama has always been very clear that it’s 250k for families and 200k for individuals. Both 150k and 120k are less than those limits, both are certainly in the middle class, and both fall under the proposed tax cuts. To imply that Richardson accidentally let Obama’s true tax plan slip out is ridiculous. I think you’re much more concerned about the tax increase you’re going to receive under Obama, versus the tax cut you’d receive under McCain.

    Can you address how you can morally accept a tax cut when you make so much money (that you’ve worked hard to earn, of course)? We’re in two wars, the deficit is ballooning, and there are citizens in the richest country in the world who cannot afford to get basic health care. I don’t see how the concern for the middle class you show is compatible with accepting the philosophical premise behind McCain’s tax plan.

    What the hell are you talking about? I don’t and am not going to pay taxes, I don’t have an income? I could care less what my taxes are. Would I like to pay less? Sure, will that be a reason to vote for either man? Never has been, never will be.

  19. November 3, 2008 9:11 am

    Curt,

    I’ve been one of the hecklers in the past that’s urged you to stop talking politics. But I do appreciate the tone and content of this post. I don’t agree with your choice or your conclusions, but I definitely like the spirit in which this post seems to have been offered.

    That said, I’m happily and enthusiastically voting for Barack Obama tomorrow because I think his policies are better for me and my family and my country.

  20. rachelciprotti permalink
    November 3, 2008 9:33 am

    I was leaning towards McCain from the get-go (heck I’ve been leaning towards McCain for President 8 years now!).

    I would never vote for a President because of their VP. I would, however, vote against a President because of a VP, and unfortunately I think that will be the case this year, and it has nothing to do with whether or not the President will (God forbid) die in office.

    It breaks my heart to vote against McCain, but I do not…I cannot understand his choice of Governor Palin. The best I can think is that he fell prey to his campaign advisors and chose her based on pressure from them and from the party. I know it is not like John McCain to cave in to pressure, and he probably would not do so again (I think he’s learned his lesson on that score!!), but she is such an egregiously poor choice. There are other choices that he could have made, like Mitt Romney, which would have caused me to become an Obama voter, but I never believed he would choose Romney because I was certain that Senator McCain saw through him.

    I have tried to tolerate Gov. Palin. I enjoyed her speech at the RNC. But absolutely nothing she has done since than has given me any impression that she is remotely prepared for a federal office. Not even a tiny bit.

    I’m uncomfortable in that I am not certain what I am getting with Sen. Obama. His occasionally insane foreign policy comments do not bode well to me. I wanted him to run in the primary this year just to get his name out there, and then over the next 4 or 8 years, I would get to see what he was really made of.

    And I believe that with any reasonably qualified running mate, McCain would have won this race. He may win it yet, and I would not be sad.

    Obama’s lack of experience is a huge point against him…why would you pick a running mate that undercut your ability to make the most valid case against your opponent??? I will never understand.

    I will probably vote for Sen. Obama, and then pray that he rises to the occasion. I am certain that John McCain would. I just don’t think I can vote for that ticket.

  21. texaskid permalink
    November 3, 2008 9:45 am

    Curt,

    I have to say that I agree with you whole heartedly. Obama scares me. He has too many questionable relationships. Offers too much with no plan as how to get there. And he did absolutely nothing as a senator. So, although I’m not sure that Palin was the best choice for a running mate- I already cast my vote for McCain.

    Loved to watch you pitch and will miss seeing you out there!

  22. mschol17 permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:07 am

    My point is that McCain and Obama’s tax philosophies are fundamentally different. One gives a large tax cut to the wealthy and a minimal tax cut to the middle class. The other ends Bush’s tax cuts to the wealthy and uses that revenue to provide tax cuts to the middle class.

    My question is that as a Christian and a wealthy person, how do your beliefs influence your views of these two philosophies? You’ve certainly worked hard at your craft to earn a lot of money, but on the other hand we are called to take care of the “least of these” in our society. I know you’re greatly involved in charity work, but how does giving you or your teammates a tax cut help make this country greater?

    Not sure I can be more emphatic about something than this. I have never complained about paying my taxes. I’d love to pay less but it is what it is, and I pay my taxes with the notion that’s one of the prices we pay to live here and be Americans. As someone that’s paid nearly 40 million in taxes I am ok with that and you’ll never see nor hear of me saying otherwise. Again, I’d like to pay less, but not enough to make me vote one way or another, that is far far down on my list of concerns about policy. As a nation we cannot afford new taxes right now can we? Honestly? Can you tell me based on information brought out in the past week what that ‘number’ is the Senator Obama calls the ‘floor’ for individuals? You cannot honestly do that given that we have now been told at least 3 different amounts ranging from 200 to 120, 000 a year….

  23. syphax permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:22 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for your constructively worded post.

    I submit the following rebuttal:

    (First, to respond to another reader: what’s limiting people to 250k? Raising the highest marginal tax bracket from 36 to 39%, a 3 point increase, is not exactly going to put a cap on income. I’m close to the cutoff and I’m fine with pulling my weight. Also, did you know that the highest marginal income tax rate from 1932 to 1987 was 50% or higher? 90% in the good old 1950’s? Check it out: http://www.truthandpolitics.org/top-rates.php )

    Back to the main event:

    Obama has shown throughout this campaign that he is extremely intelligent and has a calm, steady temperament. And far from being a “socialist”, all he’s looking to do is restore the tax structure to something closer to the 1990’s. Tax cuts for the rich during a time of war didn’t work.

    I have seen two things in McCain that worry me. First, his selection of Sarah Palin, and the underlying decision-making process, shows me that he is capable of making hasty, poorly researched decisions. As Reagan’s chief of staff Ken Duberstein put it, “I think it has very much undermined the whole question of John McCain’s judgment. You know what most Americans I think realized is that you don’t offer a job, let alone the vice presidency, to a person after one job interview. Even at McDonald’s, you’re interviewed three times before you get a job.” Palin, though a captivating figure, is cut from the same “loyalty and ideology first, competency and reason after” playbook that ruined the Bush administration. And her raw ambition frightens me. McCain might mean it when he says “Country First”; Palin is clearly thinking “Palin First” despite anything she says.

    Second, John McCain 2008 is not the same person as John McCain 2000, the person my wife voted for. It 2000, McCain said things like “I don’t think the governor’s [GWB] tax cut is too big — it’s just misplaced. Sixty percent of the benefits from his tax cuts go to the wealthiest 10% of Americans — and that’s not the kind of tax relief that Americans need. … Gov. Bush wants to spend the entire surplus on tax cuts. I don’t believe the wealthiest 10% of Americans should get 60% of the tax breaks. I think the lowest 10% should get the breaks.”

    Quite simply, despite his frequent claims to the contrary, McCain has abandoned his principles to pander to the Republican base. He’s changed several key policy positions and has abandoned his standard for campaign ethics. He didn’t select a qualified candidate like Lieberman as his VP. He’s not the candidate he was eight years ago.

    Though I think he’s run a shabby campaign, I think that John McCain is a good man. He has nobly served his country. But just as I don’t think Curt Shilling would vote for Phillip Butler (a fellow POW of McCain’s who said “I think I can say with authority that the prisoner of war experience is not a good prerequisite for president of the United States”), I won’t vote for someone purely because of their service. Veterans deserve many, many things in exchange for their service, but a leg up for higher political office is not one of them.

    Obama is not perfect. But he has many strengths that would serve a president well, including intelligence, a strong set of advisors (say what you will about his former “associates”, but Obama’s current crop of advisors are top notch), calmness, a steady temperament, and incredible oratory skills. Though many would discount the latter, I would submit that we are at a time, like we were in 1980, where inspirational rhetoric can help to begin to turn this country around. Though I had idealogical diffferences with Reagan, I always had great admiration for his communication skills, and his “morning in America” speech in particular. Clinton was pretty good in this respect, neither GHWB or GWB were.

    Let’s all hope for a high turnout and a clean election on Tuesday, and to working together to improve our nation over the next four years. Either choice is a step up from the present case (this statement does not apply if, God forbid, Palin were to assume the presidency).

  24. bjmartin1 permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:38 am

    After watching George Bush make such a mess of the United States over the past eight years, in my opinion those who supported him so blindly should look very seriously at thier past opinions. I’ve already voted for Obama and feel like he will be an outstanding leader and healer to our world image. The republicans do not deserve to have any rights to the White House after eight years of blind loyality and in some cases, lies.
    On the less important topic of baseball, I would love to see you in a Red Sox uniform for one more season. I truly wish it could happen in 2009 for you. Your time in Boston has been so short, one more year (or 1/2 year) would be great!

  25. bosoxguill25 permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:48 am

    Redlightgreen, I noticed that you said nothing at all about Obama’s views on abortion. You mean that you wouldn’t support a bill that says if a fetus is breathing on its own after the procedure, you would kill it because otherwise it would be considered a person? Who sounds barbaric now?

  26. dustinshowe permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:58 am

    Great post Curt. I agree 100%. You are one of my favorite pitchers of all time, and now you are one of my favorite people of all time.

  27. toocansam permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:08 am

    Like many Americans, I would’ve voted for John McCain in 2000. (in fact, I did vote for him in the primary) Not this version, no way, no how… not after he pandered to Jerry Falwell, not after he changed course on the tax cuts (it wasn’t that along ago he was opposed to them)… I assume you’ve seen the YouTube clip where John McCain 2000 said this:

    “here’s what I really believe, that when you are — reach a
    certain level of comfort, there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat
    more. But at the same time, that shouldn’t be totally out of
    proportion.”

    If that’s not a glowing endorsement for Barack’s tax policies, I don’t know what is.

    Here’s John on Roe vs. Wade in 1999:

    “I’d love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

    Now he wants to overturn it. And you have the audacity to imply that Senator Obama is changing positions?? Please!

    I respect your positions on many things but I think this is a throwaway line that reads like standard Fox News fare:

    “I am put off by the fact that Senator Obama has made this campaign about him, and his desire to be the President of the United States, while Senator McCain has made it clear that serving as President would be an honor and privilege following a life spent doing that very thing.”

    Show me empirical proof or quotes of that… other than that, it’s just partisan ramblings. OF COURSE you think your candidate’s cause is noble and your opponent is self-serving.

    Barack has earned my vote (and my first ever contributions to a campaign). He will do this nation proud and I hope you will support him after he wins tomorrow.

    All fake? http://obamacom.blogspot.com/2008/04/obama-quotes-two-worlds-of-obama_5320.html or is this the mind of Senator Obama? Some? None? All? A little?

  28. mikel123 permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:42 am

    I’m a moderately informed citizen for this election. I have no interest in politics, but I watched the debates. And I am not at all, even remotely, confused about the Obama tax plan.

    More taxes for people > $250,000
    No change for people between $200,000 and 250,000
    Less taxes for people < $200,000

    Honestly, it’s humorous that you’re picking this as a reason not to vote for Obama. You’re the only one confused Curt 😦 But thanks for posting the quotes. Nothing Biden or Richardson said actually contradicts the above. They’re just highlighting a number inside those ranges to emphasize the point. This is another one of those hail mary (football analogy) attempts at throwing something up in the air and seeing what happens.

    I’ll vote for Obama because I think he’s more likely to get us out of Iraq, and because I think we’re ineffective there. I’ll vote for Obama because I think he’ll push harder than McCain to institute equal rights for gay marriages/civil unions. Dudes have been getting married for years in MA, and last I checked, it hasn’t ruined the sanctity of your marriage, my parent’s marriage, or anyone else’s.

    I’ll vote for Obama because I think he ran a more honest campaign. I think McCain in recent years has gone away from his usual behavior of (slightly) bucking party trends. I think, to a greater degree than Obama, he panders to voters (Joe the Plumber, Sarah the VP candidate, acting as though Obama wants to raise everyone’s taxes, etc). McCain’s attempt to paint Obama as wanting to “redistribute the wealth” is absurd. In McCain’s plan too, the wealthy have a higher tax rate than the middle class or poor. Just like it’s been for ages. Guess what? That’s redistributing wealth!

    And speaking of honesty… are you kidding, with the link you posted in 27? Do you have any interest whatsoever in trying to discover the truth? I’ve seen most of those quotes before; they’re taken out of context, meant to inspire fear and hatred. Try linking to snopes.com (the impartial urban legend exploration site) and see if that still backs up your point.

    I’ll vote for Obama because I believe he’s more in touch with the life of a citizen. Not just because of McCain’s many houses and cars, but because he’s spent less time as a politician. And I think being a community organizer is a worthy profession to spend time in.

    I’ll vote for Obama because you’re darn right he’s elite. He’s worked hard his whole life. Not just when he was in the public eye, but in school as well. And when someone who finished at the back of his class in the Navy, and someone who bounced around between 4 or 5 colleges before graduating, has the gumption to actually insult someone else for being smart… well that just reminds me of middle school all over again. And I’d much rather have the elite “nerd” running my country, as opposed to the kids who sat in the back and called the nerd names.

    I think Obama is smarter, more compassionate, and more honest. I think he has a good plan going forward. So it’s a no-brainer for me.

    Good for you and I respect your decision and your vote. Make sure to thank John McCain, and the millions of men and women who spent their lives in service, and the many who gave their lives in service to this country, to allow us the right to pull that lever tomorrow. There will be a new man running the United States of America tomorrow, I pray we realize that person is John McCain, but in the end whomever wins, this country needs to make a concerted effort to come together for the next four years and change the perceptions the world has of us, and change the horrific pattern of electing corrupt and vile people being held to standards no better than a typical felon. We have to change, all of it has to change

  29. empirelady permalink
    November 3, 2008 1:56 pm

    Curt,
    There is one very important issue that I notice you have not mentioned,ever,and I wonder why that is. By the way,I thank you for everything that you have written,both in your original posting and in response to others,because regardless of whether I agree with you or not(some things I agree with and others I do not),I value your opinions,
    always,which have also given me great insight and in some cases,additional knowledge. I have enjoyed reading what you have written and look forward to more of your thoughts. Now,in terms of what you have absolutely totally neglected to mention. I am here in New York City and as everyone knows,my city was horrendously attacked on September 11,2001. Terrorists tried to destroy the city and although the gorgeous twin towers will never stand again(someday you should see our tribute in light each September 11;it is very moving,truly like seeing a ghost)and many lives were lost,the city and the spirit of the people who live here will never be destroyed. You have spoken at great length about the war in Iraq and whether we should be there or not,there is one fact that you have overlooked. The man who attacked the city of New York,masterminded the whole thing,is living and laughing in the mountains of Afghanistan. Why? Because while we went to war in Iraq,a country that while under horrible rule had NEVER done anything to the United States,we have done NOTHING to really go after the horror in Afghanistan who did attack the United States on September 11,2001. Instead of sending all of the troops into Iraq,do you not think that we should have sent troops into the mountains of Afghanistan to go after Osama? We could have had him captured by now but instead,seven years later,he is still iving and laughing in the mountains of Afghanistan(and he sent his oldest son,who is exactly like him,to Lebanon to help in attacks against Israel). I notice that in all of your comments about the war in Iraq,and now that we are there,I am not sure if we should be staying or not,you have not once mentioned Osama or going after him in Afghanistan. Is there a particular reason for this? I can accept if the topic has just not been brought up in your comments,as you obviously cannot mention everything,
    although this is an important subject to discuss. I do hope,however,that your reason for not discussing it is because it lacks importance to you or does not matter to you,because believe me,to the people of New York City,this is a matter of most importance. I do wonder why,in all of your thoughts and opinions about the war in Iraq(which I do want to hear very much,and thank you for sharing)you have neglected to mention going after Osama in the mountains of Afghanistan.

  30. jeremy33 permalink
    November 3, 2008 2:43 pm

    Curt,

    Good anaylsis on Obama and McCain. Obama’s associations are full of uncertainties, which should raise flags. One bad association not a real concern, five or six and it becomes a concern. This is not an issue with any of the other three candidates in this race. Obama’s tax plans make me nervous. On the surface, I would benefit from Obama’s plan, but I’m not sure that this is the correct direction for the country as a whole. Raising the taxes on the “rich” is not the problem, the problem is just handing over these tax dollars to “poor” people through refundable tax credits. Meaning yes the plan will be taking money from the “rich” and just giving it to the “poor.” The 40% of the country with zero tax liability will receive a check. Btw, this will not help the economy, reference Bush’s stimulus checks. I do not like the idea of just giving money blanketly to every “poor” person just because they make 25k a year. No one has entitlement to any form of charity income, which this would be. People bring up the Bible aspect where we christians are to help the poor. This is true but we are supposed to give out of the compassion in our hearts and not because or government says so. God is not impressed by you being taxed more and the money being distributed to the poor. The Bible also says if you are lazy and don’t work you deserve nothing (paraphrasing). If you work hard and are still hurting I would love to help you. However, there are millions of Americans who are lazy and do not work and they deserve nothing and would get something from Obama. You do not have a right to have a house or nice car just because you go to work and punch the clock for 40 hours a week. I would bet that for an overwhelming majority of Americans who can’t afford a house or nice car, the reason can be directly traced to a bad decision he or she personally made in their lives. And I would say no one has an obligation to correct that person’s bad decision.

    All that said McCain is not the answer either. McCain has plenty of problems of his own. I think the only thing that is a positive for McCain is that he will always put our country first and he would great at making decision that will significantly benefit the country as a whole and not just a select group. McCain has a better tax plan as far as the economy goes, but I believe taxes have been cut far enough for everyone. No more tax cuts please. I like the idea of tapping into our domestic oil, but I think McCain will still leave the country relying too much on oil. Development of other fuel sources is critical in the next term for the future of this country. The more I think about it the more I believe Obama does have a better plan for our energy concerns. His plan would be perfect if he would drill domestically for a few years and if he would use his increase in tax on the rich for research instead of giving money to the “poor” just because the are “poor.”

    The real issue with politics in American and although there is nothing that can be done this time around, is we need to get away from the two party system. It is awful that politicians voted and back ideas simply because the party takes a certain line. Shouldn’t the well being of the country trump forming lines on every issue. And its not just that lines are drawn but the fact that each party takes a position 180 degrees from each other. The answer to the energy problem lies in the middle of the party lines. We need to drill now and spend on research for the future, not just one or the other. The answer to the economy and taxes lies between the party lines. Raising taxes on the “rich” and giving it to the “poor” is no better than tax breaks accross the board and vice versa. The answer lies in between. Some people need certain tax breaks and certain people need tax hikes and no one needs redistributed wealth. Significant increases in spending is not the answer and neither is a spending freeze. The parties always take the same lines and the country always suffers. We need another moderate party or two.

    And after all this I have decided to vote McCain for three reasons. The first reason is that I believe McCain will perform better at an executive position than Obama. He will make the proper decisions for the country as a whole and is more prepared and has more experience to be President than Obama. Reason two is that I don’t believe either party should have the upper hand in American politics for reasons discussed above. It looks like the Democrats will gain control Congress, and electing a Democratic President as well would not be good for our country. When the Republicans controled the Presidency and Congress, the country started a downward trend. A democratic sweep would be just as bad. And the final reason is because I think Obama would cause more chaos in an already chaotic time. In other words, I believe the country is ship in really rough seas and yes a change of direction would be beneficial a 180 turn would most likely role the ship and this country and we will all drown (“rich” and “poor”) as a consequence.

  31. mannysps2 permalink
    November 3, 2008 2:49 pm

    “Good for you and I respect your decision and your vote. Make sure to thank John McCain, and the millions of men and women who spent their lives in service, and the many who gave their lives in service to this country, to allow us the right to pull that lever tomorrow. There will be a new man running the United States of America tomorrow, I pray we realize that person is John McCain, but in the end whomever wins, this country needs to make a concerted effort to come together for the next four years and change the perceptions the world has of us, and change the horrific pattern of electing corrupt and vile people being held to standards no better than a typical felon. We have to change, all of it has to change”

    I’m a diehard liberal, political lefty and have already voted for Obama. That said, I appreciate the ratcheting DOWN of the angst filled rhetoric and the observation that this country is getting a change, starting with the vote tomorrow. Yes, that person may not be the person we ALL want in office, but I fully hope that Americans come together and support the next president. That person is inheriting a mess. I’m so sick of the political process and in fact started my career in politics only to become so jaded in the process and the people involved. I’m sick of the partisanship, corruption campaign cycles, polling, cable news – all of it. Both sides lie cheat and steal their way into office. We need serious campaign reform, and quite possibly reform of the way we elect presidents. Why should McCain or Obama spend half their first term campaiging? Is this a waste of time and money or what? How about a 6-year cycle and a “vote of confidence” midway through? How about remving the tags (D) and (R) from a candidate’s name. I realize this is some serious “pie in the sky” thinking, but this process is causing a serious schism in our country and forcing politicians to care more about electibility and cash flow than the problems of their consituency.

    Either way, I’m backing whomever wins, and I hope that whoever it is can help fix some of the damage done over partisan BS, greedy politicians and “corrupting power”.

    Also, don’t retire. My fake website will die!

    Michael in Austin

  32. soxfaninil permalink
    November 3, 2008 3:33 pm

    Curt, great post, and I agree with you very much. I have to say that I am very afraid of where this country is headed however, no matter who wins. I do not know what happened but everywhere, all I hear from people is “what are they going to do for me?” in regards to politicians. Everyone has their hand out wanting more government and to be taken care of. I just want to scream that the government is not your parents, it is not suppose to “take care of you!” I understand that people want things done to help Americans first. That is great. However, the role of government is to keep the citizens safe and provide the ABILITY to acheive a prosperous living. Nothing more. Big government is taking over, and people act like they are powerless to do anything for themselves anymore. This is what scares me the most. Government should stay out of peoples lives and just keep us safe from enemies both foreign and domestic. Anything else is gravy. With all these proposed “programs” there is going to be no economy left.

    Anyway, great post and the Sox had a very good year. On another note, I popped in my DVD of game 6 of the 2004 ALCS the other night. I have to say, wow, that seems like a long time ago. No offense, but man you have aged over the past few years. I guess you have been through a lot over that span. After seeing that game again, I have to say, I would love to see you pitch again for the Red Sox, but maybe family should come first? Again, no offense intended Curt. I am sure that rehabbing would be a rough time as well. My point here is take care of yourself first. You have had a GREAT career, and all of Red Sox nation loves you.

    Thanks, Sean in Illinois

  33. happytobelucky permalink
    November 3, 2008 4:11 pm

    Dear Curt, First, thanks for all you have done for the Red Sox. I have been a fan since the 1967 World Series when I was 6 years old.
    I’ll cut to the chase regarding my choice for President of the United States. I am a liberal for social causes. I believe that the federal courts have been populated by a lot of young conservative judges by Pres. Bush. It’s perhaps the “smartest”* thing he did during his presidency as it assures his legacy for the next 30 – 40 years.
    I say this admittedly with complete bias, but an out of balance Supreme Court or judicial system in either direction is not good for the country. With the 5-4 current court, it’s the closest thing you can have to balance. It is unlikely that the 4 on the left will be able to stay on the court for the next four years as they are old or sick or both – Souter, Breyer, Stevens, Ginsburg. Barack Obama will choose judges who represent my liberal values. I know that you and I don’t share those values, but I am as passionate for my beliefs as you are for yours. I hope you can respect that. To me, all of the other issues are the noise of the campaign.
    Good luck in your retirement.

  34. soxsweepagain permalink
    November 3, 2008 4:24 pm

    I see your points, but the Republican Party needs a good spanking, and tomorrow is a prime day to take care of that.

    Giving us Bush, Cheney and Rove deserves punishment; they need four years to rethink their idiocy.

    The current borrow-and-spend GOP needs to step away from the microphone.

  35. tinisoli permalink
    November 3, 2008 4:37 pm

    I’m genuinely glad to read a pro-McCain platform that doesn’t involve bullshit smears about Senator Obama. On the other hand, a brave POW experience does not a president make, and McCain’s judgment, which you have praised here, is deeply deeply suspect. Here’s why:
    1. Palin Palin Palin. She’s unqualified, she’s incurious, she’s ignorant, she’s a proven liar, and she’d be much closer, statistically speaking, to actually becoming POTUS than any recent VP. McCain’s selection of her was both cynical and impulsive. What happened to the John McCain who rightly lambasted the “agents of intolerance” on the far right (Dobson et al) instead of pandering to them? Pathetic. Or are we supposed to just suck it up and think, “Oh, well, he just did what he had to do to get elected. He’ll find his integrity on January 20.” No thanks.
    2. The “Surge”. While a surge of troops (which, um, happened to coincidence with the Anbar Awakening) certainly has cut down on the violence in Iraq, it hasn’t gotten us closer to leaving behind an Iraq that will not inevitably explode (or smolder) in sectarian conflict. McCain’s glorious vision of Iraq is plainly retarded; he simply wants to stay there until U.S. military personnel are no longer being killed by Iraqis or foreign fighters. That’s his metric. Period. Achieving that same end by leaving Iraq is unacceptable to him because he likens it to “retreat,” and therefore, as Rick Hertzberg put it, “McCain wants to stay in Iraq until no more Americans are getting killed, no matter how long it takes and how many Americans get killed achieving that goal—that is, the goal of not getting any more Americans killed. And once that goal is achieved, we’ll stay.” The notion that you and McCain share, of how we “owe” it to other poor bastards who’ve fought this stupid war to stay and stay and stay, lest we “send the wrong message” by cutting our losses and letting Iraq choose its own course, is embarrassingly juvenile and logically FUBAR. You don’t maintain an occupation that isn’t paying, and cannot pay, dividends in order to save face or send a PR message to Al Qaeda. By the way, that was a nice job diverting effort from Afghanistan and forgetting about Osama Bin Laden. That was wicked smart!
    3. “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” Um, no. McCain did not and does not know anything about the economy. This is a problem.
    4. “Sarah Palin probably knows more about energy than anyone in the country.” Um, no. She doesn’t. And she has repeatedly lied about her and her state’s “energy” policies and achievements.
    5. “I know how to get Bin Laden. I’ll get him. I know how to get him and I will.” Really? If you’re such a genius at finding the leader of Al Qaeda, why have you waited so long to share your insights with the current administration? Are you demanding the job of POTUS before helping to find and kill the mastermind of the greatest attack on U.S. soil in history? Spare me the “smoke ’em out of their holes!” routine and talk specifics.
    6. McCain chose to study, and travel to, Brazil during his war college days after ‘Nam because Brazil would give him the best chance of “getting laid”. Meanwhile, his wife and kids were probably hoping he’d be around more often. I guess he had other priorities. Who’s the source of that info? Oh probably just some asshole, right? Well, actually, it’s a fellow POW. Maybe you can explain to me how some POWs are better than others…
    7. Keating Five.
    8. Ran a godawful campaign helmed by assholes and alumni from the Bush/Rove teams in 2000 and 2004. Wait a second, didn’t McCain himself suffer from the vile tactics that those goons used in 2000? Hmmm…. I guess when you’re so full of integrity and honesty, you get to change your mind at age 72 and just do whatever it takes to win, no matter how vile and hypocritical. Is that what happened, Curt? How did Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis and Michael Goldfarb get on his campaign staff? How does Captain Integrity hire the very same people who smeared his adopted daughter in 2000 in South Carolina? How does he hire the same robocalling firms that f’d him in SC in 2000?

  36. chippacer permalink
    November 3, 2008 4:40 pm

    Curt – Thanks for your insights. Your first entry is just the way that I am thinking – and your follow-up responses have been excellent. I’ve been a McCain supporter since 2000 – and believe that had he been elected in 2000, we’d be in a much better position as a country – economically and ‘on the world stage’ today. Unfortunately – this election is going to be a referendum on Bush and Cheney (ref: entry #34) and not, as you mention above, on what Obama WILL DO.

    I live in the Wash DC area and live this stuff everyday. With a Democratic President and majority in the Congress, I am very worried about the next 4 years. Tomorrow’s result will give us exactly what we ‘collectively/democratically’ have ‘asked for’ and like the Great Society works of the Johnson administration – it’ll take generations to ‘fix’.

    All that I can say is that we have to pray for our leaders – no matter who they are – and for the country as a whole. We all know that there is something/someone greater who is in charge and that this is all for the ‘greater good’.

    Best of luck in your new endeavors.

  37. fezyk permalink
    November 3, 2008 5:03 pm

    Hello Curt,

    First- I sure will miss having you in a Sox uniform next year, just as I did this year. I’ll be telling stories about your tenure in Boston, 30 years from now- to my grandchildren, the way my grandfather told me about Ted Williams & Mickey Mantle.

    As for today’s post, I really agree with just about everything you wrote. I’m not interested in demonizing Obama, though I am concerned about his lack of experience (a first-term senator who hasn’t sponsored a major bill 4 years??), socialist agenda, and the company he has kept.

    I also agree that McCain is much more trustworthy to lead the country. If he falls short tomorrow, I think it’s a combination of (misplaced?) anti-Bush sentiment, and his inability to connect with people during speeches and debates. Too much harping on “talking points”, not enough simple explanations of why his ideas are superior. If only he had a lttle H. Ross Perot in him…those charts might have done the trick!

    Best of luck with the small business. Drop me a line if you’re looking for some online marketing advice from a seasoned vet. 😉

    Stephen

  38. wizzopq permalink
    November 3, 2008 5:12 pm

    Curt,

    While I like John McCain as the person he presents himself as the statements:

    “I am voting for Senator McCain because when the lights are off, and no ones watching, I know for a fact this man is going to ALWAYS vote for and push for and make happen, the thing that is in our best interest; and by “our” I don’t mean my taxes, your salary, his 401K, her Medical, I mean he’ll always take the route that is best for US, as a whole, the country, and that’s what we need in my opinion.”

    are an absolute joke.

    If he honestly had the US as his #1 interest 100% of the time, he would have never taken Palin on as a Vice Presidential candidate. Even factoring in her positives, of which there are few, there are SO MANY better options out there that this pick can only be regarded as the one he at that time thought would be most likely to get him elected.

    It is my opinion that you have fallen under the McCain spell of anti-Obama propaganda. I don’t believe that the candidates are very different, but I know I don’t like how McCain handled his campaign for the presidency, and that is why I will NOT be voting for him. He served this country well, he has stood up for his beliefs, but he has been far from honorable and just in getting the American public to vote for him.

  39. xorakis permalink
    November 3, 2008 5:12 pm

    Curt, thanks for this post. It’s nice to finally see someone in the mmo community speak up for McCain on their blog.

    I’m a simple person and I don’t look too much into things. I support republicans because they support my ideals on how this country should be run.

    I’m also realistic and I think the chances of McCain winning are slim to none. The reason why I feel this way is mainly do to American’s feelings towards Bush how this has hurt the republican party in general. I still have hope for McCain though and we’ll see what happens.

  40. grecoroman permalink
    November 3, 2008 5:26 pm

    Curt:

    You crack me up – you are funny!!!!

    The way I see it and the way its probably going to exist in the end, is that For the last 8 years, independent minded to Liberal minded people in this country have felt tortured, literally mentally tortured, by the unimaginable scale of hypocrisy, lies, nepotism, disgrace, yet ultimately more important, utter incompetence and failure in nearly every aspect of Bush Adm. dealings. It’s takes work to fail a people, never mind the American people so successfully, so consisently, so poignently, as Bush and friends did, while lining their own pockets at the expense of everyday Americans. How pathetic is it now that oil prices have plummeted almost $1.30 or so the last month or so? Just in time for the election huh, or do you delude yourself that its merely coincidence after more RECORD profits from Oil Industry Giants? There’s more examples of your “Country First”. Let’s guess how quickly and how steep oil prices will rise following the election? I would guess over $1.30 and rather quickly. When Obama wins, probably double.

    I admire your admiration for McCain and his heroic past, I really do. I too view him as an American Hero, no doubt, though I think any self respecting, independent minded Republican (meaning the ability to think beyond Rush and Karl Rove talking points), doesn’t agree with your assertion and share your faith in McCains judgement and ability to lead this nation effectively, and for good reason – from sound, tangible, not political reasons. Sure, McCain could lead America, but effectively in and away from this morass of failure? That is the main question. All such self respecting Republicans I know state his pathetic pick of Palin and his non ability to separate himself from Bush as the stark reasons they are either voting for Obama, will not vote at all, or regretfully vote for McCain.

    McCain earned tons of respect in 2000 for his open, honest style with all, including me. Had he stayed true to that model and been honest and critical of Bush for his failures, honest and critical of Bush for style and honest and critical of Bush for his ineptness, or at the least held him accountable, he would have had the ear of the American people. Instead, he spoke nary a negative word abouth the atrociousness chocking Americans of the past 8 years, instead only defending it and propelling its myth of success (ultimate insult to bottom 98% Americans). Where was his individual and political courage then? McCain, despite voting so closely with Bush, at the very least, had every right and duty to trash Bush’s performance and beyond, especially after Bush murdered his 2000 campaign. And yet, McCain instead, turned into Bush’s Bitch, for lack of a better term, and cowered up to his oppressor. McCain is a hero in the military and human sense of the word, but surely, the opposite in the political. Then, had McCain picked a serious running mate like any take your pick of qualified, intelligent, ready and able running mates, like Mitt Romney for one, though McCain despised him, this would be a tight race. McCain, instead choosing the Palin pick, also showed incredible recklessness and lack of judgement for such a vital potential role and America viewed him more, in the end, as a cartoon character than a serious leader able to lead America necessarily from the vices of utter failure.

    Curt, this is not some game you know. The majority of Americans have been hurt dramatically economically and beyond. How many middle class families or friends do you know that struggle? Probably not many, if any. That’s where your disconnect comes in. I don’t think you really get that. We all (the bottom 98%) have our own personal stories of struggle and strain the past several years that truly threaten our livelihood and futures and kids futures. In the face of suffering, people abandon political leanings quickly and look for serious solutions to serious problems, including judgement. Your in a position where this is all a hobby and game for you ultimately. You can lobby for cartoon character leadership, kind of like we just had for eight years, where being last or the bottom of your class is a funny joke and surrounding yourself with other non prepared people is the norm – you have that luxury. However, I am sure if your fortune was eclipsed and you were forced to sweat you and your kids’ futures, weekly and monthly, living paycheck to paycheck, signing balls and hats every day to pay bills or close too it, like many Americans, you would judge this Presidential race less emotionally and more prudently. Again, you don’t have 98%, or cannot come close to relating to 98% of the American’s peoples worries, nor can McCain, so its evident why don’t seem to frustrated at not being able to understand why people would choose Obama.

    I am not convinced he will be a great leader to lead us out of this morass, but I do know, like most Americans and honest Republicans, he gives us a lot better chance than McCain, which is why I will vote for him. Obama may fail terribly and be unable to revive America from from her current weakness – that should be all of our greatest fears! That is a potential reality (though I feel Obama possesses a far, far, far better chance than McCain of reviving America than the status quo or worse). However, all of the frustration and lack of understanding the neo-cons feel about him now is exactly the way independent to liberal minded people suffered exruciatingly the past eight years of Bush and his disgraceful ways. The law of averages generally have a way of evening things out. So I imagine, to even it out appropriately, 8 years of Obama should even it out, which means lots of frustration for you and yours Curt, unfortunately though especially if Obama succeeds, like Clinton. Then once more, sorrily, we will witness new lines of disgraceful, personal sabotage and character assainations in the Republicans pathetic attempt regain power (though philandering appears to be off the table for now – sorry Rove/Limbaugh). If Obama does succeed, like Clinton, or even close, I don’t think Americans will trust Republicans, in their present self-denial, dishonest, failing the American People ways for long beyond that. Maybe then, the better half of the Republican Party will yield, hopefully sooner, and reinvent themselves not on slogans, manipulation and farces, but true substance, intelligence and ability, not to disdain, persecute and ultimately abuse the bottom 98% of hardworking Americans, yet act mindfully, respetfully and responsibly of them/us.

  41. mattkeener77 permalink
    November 3, 2008 5:44 pm

    Very well said Curt! I agree with you totally. Obama is not the racist jerk Jeremiah Wright is, but he’s definitely not ready to be president. His run is one of vanity, and that’s about it. He want to accomplish something major for him, not for us, and that’s the main difference between the two men.

    If he gets elected on Tuesday, may God help us all.

    -Matt

    I’m just hoping there will come a day when we can vote Curt Schilling for president. 🙂

  42. soxoct27 permalink
    November 3, 2008 7:41 pm

    Mr Schilling,

    I will be voting for Obama tomorrow, and though i blindly support no candidate as we have been betrayed by to many of them over the years, i hope that he will prove to be worthy of mine and many others vote in the end. i am voting for him due to his what i believe is his desire to help the poor and the middle class get back on their feet again, the poor and the middle class is what made people come here in search of the American dream . I do question why all of a sudden we hear all these different figures on his tax plans, but until he proves us wrong i have to take the man for his word, bc although Richardson and others may be quoting other figures i have never heard Obama say anything different then 250K. Although i would hate to pay more taxes myself as a man who falls way below the 250K if he did decide to raise taxes though unpleasant esp in times like these could anyone blame him or McCain for that matter, we have one of the largest deficits of any administration ever, this has to get paid off from somewhere does it not. I believe Obama has a better chance to unite the two parties together and finally work together for the good of American people. to his fault or not i also believe McCain will continue the perception of America around the world due to his associations with Bush and his perceived hot headed temperament. i think one thing anybody should be able to agree on regardless of affiliation is Obama has ran one of the most impressive (from a political standpoint) campaign in political history. there has been no infighting amongst his inner ciricle, their voice has been fairly consistent, they have had no financial issues. though running a campaign is obviously much different then running a country, i think it speaks volumes of how he organizes and carries himself and surrounds himself with incredibly intelligent, savy people.
    i have greatly admired McCain for many years, read many of his books and he is one of the first politicians who ever got me interested in politics, due to his compelling story and for always being out in the public supporting America.
    Though like you i admire his courage in the situation he faced and i know its not the only reason you support him, i feel their is a perception because he did this he is qualified to run for office. though we are forever indebted to him for his service this doesn’t mean he deserves the right to hold the highest office in the world. i hate to almost even make arguments against the man because it feels as if your picking apart a man who did great things for our country. though that action certainly showed great integrity, has he not also had many actions that showed something less of integrity (it is well written, and well admitted by Mr McCain that he was a bit of a hell raiser for lack of a better word, with such actions as boisterous behavior as a young soldier, drinking, infidelity, associations (loose ones just as some of Obama’s) with the keating five; and there are more as well. just as their is a long list of his great accomplishments. i just feel that when people make the argument for him its because of his time as a POW and as if that outweighs many questionable decisions he has made as well.
    i also agree that the choice if Palin is ridiculed maybe unfairly (though i am not a fan of hers), but i will disagree when you say the VP is always a bullet from a lunatic away from being in office. In this situation she is also a medical situation away, though we certainly hope and pray that if Mr McCain won tomorrow nothing grave would happen to him, when your dealing with a 72 yr old man the chances are greater then they have been in the past.
    Maybe my greatest concern of Mr McCain is the way he has seemed to change over the campaign. As other posters have said he is not the same man to me anyway as he was in 2000 and 2004 when he would have had my vote. i feel right now because of some bumps in his campaign he is saying what he feels might get him elected due to whatever the hot button issue of the time is. you know the man more then i do so you may say this couldnt be further from the truth, you may be right. or you may also have a strong loyalty to him (which if your friends u cant be blamed for) which doesnt allow you to see these things. who knows whats true. just as every politician has changed their stripes a long the way to get elected i feel Senator McCain has as well, which is obvious in his current stance on taxes. even more concerning to me is his allowing of karl rove and Mr.Schmidt to be heavily involved in the shaping of his campaign recently. nothing says to me more then those two people being involved that he is doing anything he can to get elected. including hiring two people who tried to rip Mr McCain to shreds and rip apart his integrity yrs ago, empowering him to do the same to Senator Obama now.
    I feel we are at a time in our country more then ever where we need to unite as much as possible, and i can only speak for myself but i am sick of the Karl Rove politics of the world. it may be a fairy tale hoping for this change, i know Obama can’t deliver everything he is promising. just as McCain can’t, but i hope he can bring us closer to the promise land then we are now. thank you and god bless

  43. buk06 permalink
    November 3, 2008 9:26 pm

    The only problem with all this is that experience only counts for so much-after things peak then eventually they start to rot. I used to support McCain but he has not run an intelligent campaign. I sat & listened to both candidates & McCain never said anything about what he would do to help our country. All the strengths he supposedly possesses appear to be weaknesses–Foreign policy-he has butchered names, countries, borders, the war & how we’d be greeted. He has run from the economy (Keating 5) and admitted he doesn’t know much about it. His entire campaign has been based around scare tactics. Many prominent Republicans from multiple administrations have come out in support of Obama or to rebuke McCain for being a pretty lousy candidate. If Obama were running McCain’s campaign, this election wouldn’t even be close. As Keith O. showcased on Countdown tonight, McCain has run a horrible campaign–what would make us think he would suddenly turn it around if elected. We’ve seen what happens when athletes stay too long..we don’t need to experiment with the effects of a president who was a bit too ripe.
    Lastly, I’ve seen enough of the D+ student leading the class-let’s try to upgrade to a higher level. Peace & love people-buk

  44. November 3, 2008 10:33 pm

    Thanks for your insight, Curt.

    I also support John McCain wholeheartedly. I can’t vote for him – I’m fifteen- but man, I wish I could. And here’s why:

    My dad is a forensic psychiatrist. He makes a good deal of money per year, yes, but he certainly earns it. He drives an hour to and from work every day of the week and stays from eight till five. Two weekends out of each month he’s on call, so he goes to work then too. And believe me, we are NOT rolling in diamonds. We have a fairly nice house and two cars and plenty to eat, so I consider us very blessed. But we aren’t rich.

    Our taxes, as my mom calculated, are going to go up 8000 dollars under Barack Obama.

    I fail to see how that’s really fair. My dad was not handed a doctor’s coat one day,and he did not have everything he knows simply implanted in his memory. He worked hard to get where he is, and he was poor at one time too. He and my mom couldn’t afford a trashcan the first year of their marriage. But they made it through, and without anyone handing them money.

    Obama has kept saying that he’s trying to help those who are where my parents were seventeen years ago. But, to be honest, I don’t want to hear it. His ideas lean towards communism. He said it himself – he wants to ‘share the wealth’.

    And how does that encourage me to want to succeed? I want to go into veterinary medicine, but I’d like to ask Obama exactly why his ‘plan’ encourages success. If I’m just going to be taxed a billion dollars for doing well, then why should I not just be a lazy bum who lies around all day?

    Sorry for the length of this comment, but as a teen who is going to grow up under the next president, I’m growing quite frustrated.

    Thanks for the post, and God Bless.

  45. keepmikelowell permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:42 pm

    ?? Now, I am only 15 years old and did not take the time to read through all of this post but I completely disagree with the quote from you below….

    “I am put off by the fact that Senator Obama has made this campaign about him, and his desire to be the President of the United States, while Senator McCain has made it clear that serving as President would be an honor and privilege following a life spent doing that very thing.”

    I have listened to basically every Obama speech that has been covered by the news and others that have not. In not one of them have I gotten the idea that his campaign was all about “me, me, me”. I am curious as to where you got this idea from…

  46. jonnyjbones permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:04 pm

    We pay the Sunni fighters $300 a month not to kill our troops. We have walls separating all facets of the city and have security checkpoints everywhere. Those santums have been ethnically cleansed with our tacit approval. That means everyone who was not shiite or sunni in certain areas was driven from there homes or murdered. Our troops do not go into buildings anymore they have them leveled from the air to keep our troop deaths low. All casualties in those building demolitions are reported as enemy insurgents. Do you even hear anything in the news anymore? No? I guess the surge was a success then!

    Here is the violence from Sunday. Just a single day in three major Iraqi cities enjoying the frutis of our “successful” troop surge:

    Baghdad

    – A roadside bomb detonated near a bus station in Mashtal neighborhood (east Baghdad). Two people were injured.

    – A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Bab Al-Muatham neighborhood (downtown Baghdad). No casualties were reported, but a police vehicle was damaged.

    – A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Wihda district of Karrada neighborhood (downtown Baghdad). Two people were injured including a policeman.

    – A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Fudhailiyah neighborhood (east Baghdad). One policeman was killed and three others were wounded.

    – Police found 2 dead bodies in Baghdad neighborhoods today: one was found in Saidiyah in Karkh bank (south Baghdad) and one was found in Zayuna in Rusafa bank (east Baghdad).

    Diyala

    – Gunmen attacked a house in Mansouriyah in the town of Moqdadiyah (northeast of Baquba). The gunmen were wearing the Iraqi army uniform. They killed a woman and two of her daughters. Two other daughters were injured.

    – A roadside bomb targeted a Sahwa leader in Buhriz (3 miles south of Baquba). The leader was killed with five others who were with him in his car (two women and three children).

    Kirkuk

    – A roadside bomb detonated in Hawija district (west of Kirkuk). Three people were injured.

    – Gunmen kidnapped a girl of about to 14 years in Aysalana village in the Hawija district (west of Kirkuk).

    – Gunmen wearing the Iraqi army uniform kidnapped three Kurdish truck drivers near the Sleiman Beck check point (south of Kirkuk).

    – An adhesive bomb detonated under a civilian car in Kirkuk city. The driver of the car, who works in an Iraqi military base, was injured.

    – Two children were killed and two others were injured by a deserted bomb as it detonated when they were playing nearby in Khadhra neighborhood in downtown Kirkuk city.’

  47. jonnyjbones permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:05 pm

    More surge success this from last Saturday:

    Saturday:

    ‘ Baghdad

    A roadside bomb was discovered and later safely defused by the bomb squad in al-Bataween neighbourhood, central Baghdad at noon, Saturday.

    Basra

    A land mine detonated in an open area in al-Shiaiba, 30 km to the west of Basra city, Friday evening, where children get together to play. The explosion killed one boy and severely injured another.

    Kirkuk

    A shepherd accidentally set off an unexploded mortar shell in al-Tarqiyah village, to the west of Kirkuk city, Friday. He was injured and taken for treatment.

    Local police found an IED near the police station in First Qadisiyah neighbourhood, central Kirkuk at 6.30 p.m. and were able to defuse it without damages or casualties.

    Dohuk

    Turkish artillery heavily bombarded villages in Amidi district, to the northeast of Dohuk city, Friday spreading fear amongst the residents without causing any casualties.

    Mosul

    Three gunmen driving a green sedan approached a checkpoint in al-Sukkar neighbourhood and opened fire at the Iraqi security forces manning it, killing two soldiers.

    A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in the industrial neighbourhood of al-Karama, central Mosul injuring two policemen.

    A parked car bomb targeted a police patrol in Baghdad Street, southern Mosul injuring two policemen.

    Diyala

    A roadside bomb exploded in al-Rabea village, Khanaqeen district at 8 a.m. Saturday injuring one civilian.

    Gunmen abducted Omar Owaid Nasir near Himreen bridge, Saadiyah district, in northeastern Diyala late Friday. The gunmen took the man and left his car on the street.

    Anbar

    The observation post at the checkpoint across the main road from Camp Tariq, currently being used as an American military base in Garma, 18 km to the northeast of Fallujah, was blown up with an IED at 10 a.m. Saturday. The two Iraqi soldiers manning the post were killed.

    A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol on the Sbaihat road near Garma this afternoon causing damages to the vehicle.’

  48. jonnyjbones permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:06 pm

    Last Thursday:

    ‘ Baghdad

    – A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Fudhailiyah neighborhood (east Baghdad). Five people were injured including two policemen.

    – A roadside bomb targeted an American patrol in Tobchi (Al-Salam) neighborhood (northwest Baghdad) .One civilian was killed and five others were wounded. No US casualties reported, police said. The U.S. military said that one person suffered minor injuries and no one was killed.

    – Police found one dead body in Ur neighborhood (east Baghdad) today.

    Diyala

    – Gunmen opened fire on Sahwa members in Swghaa village near Buhriz (3 miles south of Baquba). Three Sahwa members were wounded.

    Salahuddin

    – A car bomb targeted a police patrol in Abu Ajeel village (3 miles east of Tikrit). One policeman was injured. ‘

  49. toocansam permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:30 pm

    To reiterate, I think it’s noble of a high-profile figure like yourself to engage in a dialogue with the public… especially given the range of emotions this topic provokes.

    That being said, I think like most McCain supporters you ignore what a blatant panderer he has become (as I said earlier with progressive taxes & abortion, among other things).

    Also… be straightforward. The whole “I’m retired, I’m a small business owner” line is a bunch of nonsense and if you expect anyone to buy that you underestimate the public. You don’t represent small-business America. You don’t know risk… if at anytime in your life, then not anymore. You’ve made over $100,000,000 (according to baseball reference, only 21 players have made more in their careers). Your software company could fail a thousand times over and you wouldn’t worry about what your health care, your mortgage(s), how to get your four kids to college.

    If you want to speak for rich-guy America, that’s your God-given right. I respect that. But don’t pretend to understand where the rest of us are coming from… .

  50. jy45 permalink
    November 4, 2008 3:05 am

    curt, i cannot disagree with you about your points on mccain. he has been through the front line and has made the decisions that all of us would want to make but maybe not all of us would be able to in the same position. however, how do i look upon that and have that sway my vote if war is not one of the options i would choose in similar scenarios? yes mccain has more courage than i when it may come down to staying a pow or going home to my family. sure he has more patriotic blood flowing through his veins than i. but i cannot in good conscience have faith in someone who thinks war is the answer and who believes in having the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. i am in the service industry and it disgusts me how celebrities of all types get more for free when they are the very people who can afford paying for things more than the average person? why should having more money translate into getting more for free? all i want is what is fair for this great country and the more equality there is the better off we will be. too much emphasis is placed on material possession and how much power money can bring. cooperation and unity should drive mankind to reach greater goals rather than rewarding those have more and choose not to own up to equal taxation.

    if you are wealthy and own more land, assets and can afford anything, why shouldn’t you pay more than those that share a one bedroom dwelling with three others and struggle to pay bills because 33% of your earnings go back to the government?

  51. beltark permalink
    November 4, 2008 3:09 am

    Curt,

    I have several things in common with you but also have several views in direct conflict with your own.

    First off, as a former college pitcher, I think you are one of the finest competitors to play the game. I have also been a WoW player for three years though recently retired when my second child was born. I agree with you on gold farming etc. It has destroyed the economy of the game in some respects though I think Blizzard made some mistakes with prices of goods and the time it takes to gather gold in the game to advance your character. I was part of a guild that nearly cleared Sunwell and was first or second to kill all the bosses in Black Temple and other raiding instances. If you have not raided the high end 25 man content it is worth seeing. Though I still argue that Naxx was the best instance ever made. You will see it reincarnated in WOTLK if you haven’t already. My server was firetree though I canceled my account for now to spend more time with my kids!

    But on to the areas where we have a huge fundamental disagreement. I am a supporter of Barack Obama as you might guess. I am also employed in the finance arena and have both my CFA and MBA so I think I can speak with some knowledge on the areas you cited in your blog.

    Many have commented that you are just spewing vitriol and discussing areas where you have no knowledge. I think everyone has the right to their own opinion so I can’t call you out on that. What I will say is that blame can not be thrown at the feet of any one individual, party or corporation (or set of corporations if you choose Fannie and Freddie).

    A crisis of this magnitude (and this is a larger one than many of us could ever imagine) has many at fault. I will list those at fault (in my view) but in no particular order. I will also add a bit of personal commentary.

    1) Consumer – the American consumer has leveraged him or herself massively over the past few decades. While you can blame a company for writing mortgages that individuals can’t afford, you have to blame the individuals to some extent for not taking personal responsibility and doing the math themselves on what they can afford. As a Republican, you of all people should agree with that. Even as a democrat I think the consumer is partly at fault. And you can consider any homebuyer a consumer.

    2) Mortgage underwriters – (e.g. Countrywide) It is the mortgage underwriter who makes or receives the initial contact. It is the mortgage underwriter who collects the initial information on the person borrowing the money. It is the mortgage underwriter who can be aggressive or more consultative in assessing the loan and the candidate’s willingness or ability to pay. In the old days (100 yrs ago….), the local bank officer knew the person in the town applying for the loan and even knew the house he was buying. They shared friends and shared a history. In our society (inevitable), we got away from this and likely can never return. Too difficult. So underwriters share the blame.

    3) Investment Banks – Once Countrywide and other firms wrote the loans, they either A) kept the loans on their books (and they regret this as you recall Countrywide was one of the first firms to fall as it was eventually acquired by Bank of America very early in the crisis) or they sold them to investment banks to be packaged into CDOs etc. The investment banks bought all these crap loans and they packaged them into complex securities, put leverage on them and repackaged them again. This is a complex topic but many of these securities were then sold in tranches that appeared not very risky but in fact were junk all the way through. (see my next contributor to the crisis for more)

    4) Ratings agencies – the ratings agencies (Moody’s, S&P etc) gave these CDOs and other pooled vehicles ratings (e.g. AAA, A+ etc). As we learned later, the ratings agencies did not have a good grasp of the risks involved in the securities. They also received a fee for rating the packaged debt. (imagine if they gave it a low grade…would they get the business to rate that investment bank’s debt in the future? Surely you must understand conflicts of interest…. That is Exhibit A)

    5) Fixed income management firms – In the end someone had to buy these CDOs and unpackaged mortgage debt. Fixed income management firms were guilty in part because they provided the market for this.

    You the consumer get a loan you can’t afford from an underwriter, it is packaged by an investment bank and rated by a rating agency and sold to a fixed income firm. Voilah!! All co-conspirators in this mess.

    Now Freddie and Fannie are certainly guilty in all of this, and the Dems and Reps are guilty in letting FNM and FRE run to freely for sure. An earlier poster only cited the Democrat’s mistakes but I can assure you the right and far right is just as guilty in letting the two firms run free. Both sides were successfully lobbied by these firms. Don’t kid yourself in thinking one party is innocent. It only makes you look like you don’t know what you are talking about.

    So that is my take on this.

    It looks like Barack Obama will win this election. I think this is a wonderful event for our nation on many many levels.

    While I do not think that Obama (or McCain) has the knowledge to deal with this economic mess, I have much more confidence in Obama’s economic team than I do in McCain’s economic team. I think Summers, Rubin, Volcker, Goolsbee, Reich, and Tyson all have the experience and knowledge to lead us through this crisis. So while neither candidate is capable in this area, the key is having the judgement to put the right people into place. On that point, Obama wins while McCain’s team has not proved itself. I think McCain even mentioned Meg Whitman for Treasury Secretary or Fed Chairman at one point. I do not think that would be a good idea. She did a decent job leading Ebay, but Ebay is not the U.S. Treasury.

    I think when we decide on a candidate to vote for, we should really focus on judgement because it is good judgement that allows our candidates to choose the team around them. It is the team around them that ultimately shapes the policies and actions of an administration.

    On judgement I think Obama wins in a blowout. McCain’s selection of Palin shows a bit less judgement and bit more politics in my view. While I am not going to cite her as horribly unqualified to be President, I will say that sheis a surprising choice and her knowledge base must climb significantly (particularly on world affairs/events) for her to match Obama. She could not come close to matching Biden or McCain in that area. So I think any neo con or anyone who just feels that our foreign policy decisisions are important should really step back and think about having her on the ticket and what it might mean if she had to step in as Chairwoman and CEO of America.

    Best of luck with the rest of your baseball career and good luck in WoTLK.

  52. dottiep permalink
    November 4, 2008 7:01 am

    SHAME ON YOU…..

    “(Anyone wishing to use this as a reason for me to vote against him can zip it, I don’t have a job, I am likely retired, and the tax threshold means squat to me. I am now a small business owner in a start up and there is nothing he’s proposed that is going to help me hire new employees or maintain the best health care coverage in the industry my company is in. I’m going to have to do that despite him if he’s elected)”

    I am a small business owner. I am soon to be retired. I do care about the tax threshold. And I struggle (yes… STRUGGLE) with all these issues, as well as finding and paying new employees, and maintain quality health coverage.

    That you would even IMPLY you’re on the same level with those like me, who don’t make in their ENTIRE LIFE what you made in six months last year, is utterly shameful.

    Shut your damned, self-centered mouth and stop insulting the masses, like me, who used to think you were something special.

    Whether you accept it or not, I am. Hiring new employees and keeping the premium health care benefits for my current employees is of major concern to me. How does anything else come into the equation? Are you implying it’s not possible for me to have the same concerns as you?

  53. socalsoxman permalink
    November 4, 2008 12:24 pm

    Curt, this is in response to your concerns detailed about the supposedly shifting ‘floor’ of Obama’s tax plan as illuminated in your response to ‘honze’ in reply # 9.

    Your premise and the quotes you include about Richardson and Biden’s appear to have been taken from the Fox news article “How low can it go…”, which cited from and reaffirmed portions of a speech by Gov. Palin where she complained, as do you, that Obama’s definition of middle class had been downgraded recently by almost half.

    Unfortunately, you and Gov. Palin ( and Fox) are operating under a flawed and illogical perception of the actual facts. All Biden and Richardson did in their remarks was to suggest a subjective level of income that they felt defined where the actual American middle class topped out. The unfortunate and erroneous comparison that you and Palin draw to Obama’s level of $250,000 for implementation of a 3% increase in the tax rate ( back to pre Bush tax cut levels of 39% from 36%) is to the floor benchmark delineating the level of “wealthy” Americans ( such as yourself), not in any way a definition of middle class.

    In point of fact, Obama defines the $250,000 figure as comprising the top 2% of the American wealth hierarchy. Common sense, and definition of terms, show that the “middle class” or median, is not defined as being the 97th percentile. John McCain suggested in his “faith” interview with Pastor Rick that he viewed the definition of wealthy as 5 million dollars and above. Again, common sense and logic tell us that McCain does not consider those Americans earning $4 million, 999 thousand and below as middle class, anymore than Obama considers those earning $249, 999 annually as middle class. Therefore the conflation of Biden and Richardson’s figures to define middle class to Obama’s definition of wealthy is a rehash of the old “apples and oranges” argument…not really in the same ballpark

    One has to consider the validity and partisanship of their sources before using them to buttress an argument, and I maintain pretty much anything offered by Fox News or Fox News.com should be looked at with skepticism and a grain of salt because of their right wing bias.

    Socalsoxman

  54. cpg1 permalink
    November 5, 2008 5:42 pm

    The reason you endorsed McCain is because you’re a shill for the conservative movement. I watched in disgust as you repeatedly endorsed George W. Bush prior to his election in 2004. Bush then went on to continue to serve as perhaps one of the worst two or three presidents in history.

    The simple fact is that you have no idea what it’s like to be a middle-class family guy like me, trying to raise four kids and working hard while you watch executive pay and tax cuts for the rich go through the roof as we struggle to get by month to month. I’m sure you came from humble enough beginnings but your adult life has not been like that of 99% of us.

    You’re not the first rich athlete who only thinks about his own millions, however, so I wouldn’t want to crucify you for it or anything.

    In any case, I applaud you for having the balls to open up your blog for commentary and to take a beating from people like myself. You have your views and I have mine and any guy who’s willing to actually “listen” to opposing views and occasionally even respond to them is better than most.

    P.S. I hope you play Horde or I really will have lost all respect for you.

  55. bruins50 permalink
    November 6, 2008 8:45 am

    Curt,

    I’m a little confused; in an earlier post you state that you can’t trust Bill Clinton because of his affair in the Oval Office and that trust is a big factor in your decision making process. What I’m confused about is the fact that Senator McCain has had multiple affairs and at least one of those ended in a child.

    His first wife stands by his side the whole time he was tortured as a POW and when he gets back he leaves her for Cindy (whom he marries two months later) after she has been in a horrendous car wreck. That’s a man with “family values” a man you can trust?

    I know people make mistakes and I’m all for forgiving those mistakes; but Curt, you can’t possible say you don’t trust Clinton and then turn around and say you trust McCain using the affair as your basis.

    McCain should be respected for the terrible situation he had to endure while in captivity (I will never make light of that), but his actions upon return are nothing to be proud of and should not be overlooked if you’re interested in trusting someone.

    I’m NOT condoning what Clinton did at all, it was wrong for him to do and even worse to go lie about it…but just remember, he is still with Hillary, and Senator McCain left his wife during a time she needed him the most. That is not a trustworthy man of “character” or “honor”. His war record rightfully paints him as both; but his post-war actions tell a whole different story.

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