I would like to take a moment to thank the Democrats wholeheartedly for nominating Barack Obama to be President of the
Now before my former Elders’ Quorum president prepares to welcome me into Development Sociology or my parents cry “I have no son!” ( *lol* ;-) ), let me reassure anyone who wants reassuring that this is not an endorsement blog. I made a promise to myself several months ago that if anyone but
So let me take a moment to mention some things that I think are among Senator Obama’s good points without inserting a “but,” a “however,” or otherwise undercutting my sincere appreciation of a fellow who stands a good chance of being the next President. I present these not in any particular order, but just as they come to me.
Of the Democratic plans for health care, Senator Obama's was the only one that did not involve mandating/forcing people to get it. Making it more accessible and bringing it closer within reach of the poor I will grant is a lofty goal, and not forcing it down people's throats is a good thing. On health care, another interesting point worthy of note is that the McCain plan was drawn up by Obama's chief economist. There may actually be less daylight between them than one might suspect.
To the best of my knowledge, he is still married to his first wife. To all appearances, they've been making a success of it. This is an achievment in today's society, and something among the Republican challengers that only Romney managed.
The Obama tax plan calls for larger income tax cuts for middle-income Americans than the McCain plan. If you need to see that graphically, I can try to find the source material for you. I'm not sure how the graph would look if you included additional gasoline or environmental taxes.
Regarding how he reaches decisions, I think Obama presents a very pleasing picture. Like JFK, he surrounds himself with intelligent, experienced, well-trained people who know their own field. By comparison, Clinton airily dissed my profession (that translates as "disregarded insultingly" for Mom and Dad) when we dared say one of her economic plans was bunk; McCain admits to knowing nothing about economics, but has not improved on that admitted ignorance by gaining further education on it or listening when economists commented on some of his less-than-brilliant ideas; and our sitting President has largely surrounded himself with friends from Texas or his dad's staff, who with a few notable exceptions have left much to be desired. I tend to think that aside from the necessary political appointment, an Obama cabinet would be more professional and capable than what we've been treated to or would likely receive with McCain.
On the international side of things, Obama has an unusual good point. While I was in Denmark, I took the opportunity to ask one of my long-stnading questions: When's the last time you Europeans actually LIKED a sitting US President? I've only heard complaints during my lifetime, particularly while I lived in Germany and would regularly be hailed on the street by, "Have you heard what Your Clinton is up to now?" and never with any approval. So I asked a Dutchman if there were any president he liked while he was still in office, and the answer was JFK. I asked if that was because he was a jelly donut (you have to speak German to get that joke, but when he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner," that means "I am a jelly donut." Had he said "Ich bin Berliner" that would have meant he is a citizen of Berlin). No, it was because he talked about hope and human dignity. He had a noble, optimistic, inspiring bearing and could give a good talk. Unsolicited, the European in question then volunteered that Obama does the same thing. We might actually have a chance of electing someone the Europeans might like. That would be interesting to see in my lifetime. *chuckle*
There are others, but I think that's a decent starting list of good things about who he is, and some of the things he stands for and can do that I think are good. Again, this isn't an endorsement. There are many important qualities I look for and there's a lot to complain about on both sides. Today my point isn't to complain, but to praise.