Country First

To all my American readers you know what you have to do…

Why you should vote for me

What has been called the longest presidential campaign in history will be decided today. Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama make their closing arguments.

By John McCain

Axxmccainforum These are tough times for many Americans. They are worried about keeping a job or finding a new one. Some are struggling to put food on the table and stay in their home. Sarah Palin and I will run a government that stands by your side through these troubled times. And we will do it by supporting the American dream to own a small business that will create new jobs. Those small businesses employ 84% of Americans.

We need to support small businesses, not tax them. As Fred Thompson said so well, “Now, our opponents tell us not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they’re not going to tax your family. No, they’re just going to tax ‘businesses.’ So, unless you buy something from a business, like groceries or clothes or gasoline or unless you get a paycheck from a business, a big business or a small business, don’t worry, it’s not going to affect you!”

The McCain-Palin tax cut will double the child deduction for every family. We will cut the capital gains tax. And we will support new job growth by cutting business taxes to keep American businesses in America.

A direct question from a gentleman now known as “Joe the plumber” revealed Sen. Obama’s economic goal: “Spread the wealth around.” He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies to create jobs and opportunities. He promises to cut taxes for 95% of Americans even though more than 40% pay no income taxes. Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it’s just another government giveaway.

If I’m elected president, I won’t spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money. Sen. Obama will. And he can’t do that without raising your taxes or digging us further into debt. I will freeze government spending on all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, Social Security and health care until we scrub every single government program and get rid of the ones that aren’t working for the American people.

If I’m elected president, I will not impose “one size fits all” health care coverage on families and small businesses through expensive mandates and fines. Sen. Obama will force millions of families into a new huge government-run health care program. I will bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care with competition and choice to lower your premiums, and make it available to more Americans. I’ll make sure you can keep the same health plan if you change jobs or leave a job to stay home. I will reform the tax code to be more fair and give a $5,000 refundable tax credit for every family regardless of their income and source of insurance.

And, I’m not going to spend $700 billion of your money bailing out Wall Street bankers and brokers. I’m going to make sure we take care of the people who were devastated by the excesses of Wall Street and Washington. I have a plan to protect the value of your home and get it rising again by buying up bad mortgages and refinancing them so if your neighbor defaults, he doesn’t bring down the value of your house with him. I have a plan to let retirees and people nearing retirement keep their money in their retirement accounts longer so they can rebuild their savings.

If I’m elected president, I won’t make it harder to sell our goods overseas and kill more jobs. Sen. Obama will. I will open new markets to goods made in America and make sure our trade is free and fair. And I’ll make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back find a new one that won’t go away. Sen. Obama wants to raise taxes and restrict trade. The last time America did that in a bad economy, it led to the Great Depression.

If I’m elected president, we’re going to stop sending $700 billion to countries that don’t like us very much. Sen. Obama will delay drilling for more oil and gas, close coal-fired electricity generation, and oppose building nuclear power plants. As president, I will start new drilling now. We will invest in all energy alternatives nuclear, wind, solar and tide. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles. We will invest in clean coal technology. We will lower the cost of energy, and more important, create millions of new jobs.

I ask you: Will we continue to lead the world’s economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren’s future be brighter than ours?

My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer. Yes, we will pass on to our children a stronger, better country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage and wisdom. We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. We have to act immediately. We have to fight for it.

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