Obama declared, "The only point I want to make is this, that in order to make the tough decisions we have to know what our values are and who we're fighting for and our priorities, and if ... we are leaving out health care, which is crushing on people all across the country, then I think we have made a bad decision. And I want to make sure we're not shortchanging our long-term priorities."
"Leaving out health care"? It sounds like Obama wants to make another try for federal control over all family health care decisions. McCain made it clear that he opposes any such government interference.
"I want to make sure we're not handing the health care system over to the federal government, which is basically what would ultimately happen with Sen. Obama's health care plan. I want the families to make decisions between themselves and their doctors; not the federal government," McCain explained.
More government control is not the kind of "change" that Americans want, particularly after politicians have so badly mishandled our financial condition. Can you imagine the hardship if hospitals were about to collapse like financial institutions?
The last time the Democrats tried to give the federal government greater control over families' medical decisions was in 1993 and 1994, and then Americans surprised them by voting many of them out of office. McCain showed that he knows that Americans still want to assure a system that families, not government, will make medical decisions.
American voters are not as easily fooled as Obama and his supporters seem to think. The more that voters hear what Obama has in mind for them, the more they will likely say, "No, thanks," to his repackaged proposals for more government control.
Only McCain was honest enough to remind the American people that we "owe China $500 billion." Only McCain said that he has "plans to reduce and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful spending, and if there's anybody here who thinks there aren't agencies of government where spending can be cut and their budgets slashed, they have not spent a lot of time in Washington."
Obama's evasion of specifics and his use of repetitious platitudes made it painfully clear that he does not intend to reduce government control or cut government spending at all. "We have to fix our health care system," he declared, but his "fix" is just more government control and spending.
Obama's performance confirmed that he is full of bitter gripes about something. American voters are left scratching their heads and wondering about Obama's own candidacy: "Where's the beef?"
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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