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Weekly Opinion Roundup: August 3-10, 2008

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This is a weekly round-up of different opinions from various sources around the Web.  I hope you will use these are tools to gather your own information, knowledge of what others are thinking…..

  • Obama- A Knight on a Gray Horse

MWC, Media With Conscience

OH DEAR, what has happened to the knight on the white horse?

This week, many of Barack Obama’s admirers were shocked. Up to now, it had been believed that the huge sums of money flowing into the coffers of his campaign came from anonymous citizens, each sending a check for 100 or 200 dollars.

Now, alas, it has been disclosed that a large part of those millions actually came from big donors – the very same huge corporations, their CEOs and lobbyists, who have corrupted the democratic process in previous contests. They spread their largesse generously and simultaneously among all the candidates from left to right, so as to be on the winning side whatever happens.

Obama had promised to put an end to the old, dirty corporate funding-for-influence system. Now it appears that he participates in this corrupt system himself.

What a disappointment.

FOR ANYONE living in the real world, the disappointment cannot be that big.

The modern election campaign is an insatiable monster. It devours huge sums of money. Those who innocently believe that such sums can be raised from small and anonymous contributors are deluding themselves. That is quite impossible.

Obama did indeed receive many donations from ordinary citizens, and that is a positive sign. But if he had refused to accept contribution from the large donors, who are necessarily self-interested donors, he might as well have given up his candidacy.

  • Wisconsin voters speak their minds about McCain, Obama

Mark Treichel understands that young people like him are excited about Democrat Barack Obama and his promises to bring change to the political status quo.

But the 23-year-old Milwaukee man is still voting for John McCain.

Sandra Herian, a 29-year-old health care worker, really wanted Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the Democratic primary. And while she intends to vote for Obama, she won’t be heartbroken if he loses.

Angela Modra said that things have gotten so bad under President Bush that she doesn’t really care who wins.

All across Wisconsin, as the long days of summer start to shorten and the presidential race slowly comes into focus, voters are looking ahead to the fall and figuring out who they will support.

Both campaigns are once again focusing on the key Upper Midwest state, pouring millions into television advertising and making stops to win over voters. Wisconsin is seen as winnable by both sides because Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry barely carried it the past two elections.

Over one week in late July The Associated Press traveled the state talking to voters encountered at random from the heart of downtown Milwaukee over the lunch hour to a food court in an Eau Claire mall. From those getting an early start to the weekend on a sunny Friday afternoon on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to sports fans in Wausau and Green Bay.

All but one of the 19 people interviewed said they intend to vote. Twelve say they are for Obama, while four are for McCain. Two were undecided.

But the race is definitely on people’s minds.

McCain is calling himself the underdog in Wisconsin. During a recent campaign stop in Racine, he admitted to having to play catch-up to Obama in the state. But McCain said he still believes Wisconsin will be one of the closest on election night.

There are some voters McCain can go after. People like Modra, a 27-year-old who voted for Bush in 2000 but not in 2004. She was raised as a Republican but said she made many Democratic friends while in college at UW-Madison before graduating in 2005.

Treichel, the 23-year-old Republican who works for a Milwaukee marketing firm, admitted that he’s not all that excited about McCain. But he said he’s less excited about Obama.

Treichel said he doesn’t believe the 47-year-old Obama has enough experience. He supports McCain primarily because he’s a Republican, but he also thinks he’s the better candidate to address his top issues: the Iraq war and the economy.  He does think Obama is inspiring a lot of young people to get involved in politics.

Bob Motz, 60, and Noel Bushor, 39, both of Merrill said they likely will vote for McCain mainly because they are Republicans and can’t imagine voting for a Democrat. Both men were among hundreds in line for a Monday night game of the Wisconsin Woodchucks, an independent baseball team that plays in Wausau.

Even though both said they were going to vote for McCain, they also said they wanted to see both candidates go head to head to show how they differ on the issues.

Bushor, who owns a furniture store, said the biggest issues for him are what the candidates will do for small businesses, taxes and bringing the troops home. Motz said health care is the biggest issue for him.

The Iraq war is of most concern to Angie Coffield, a 21-year-old from Altoona who was sitting outside the Eau Claire mall. And even though Coffield said she wants to see the troops come home as soon as possible, she’s not excited about Obama or McCain.

She said she’s not going to vote at all.

“I just think they’re all out for publicity or money,” Coffield said.

“He may not be the best fit as president,” Treichel said.



Written by Ridgeliner7

Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 8:49:34 PM

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