Election eve showdown: two senators, two presidential candidates and many promises

The covers from "Presidential Material" biographical comics published by IDW Publishing (comic art by J. Scott Campbell)

The covers from

On the day before the election for the office of the President of the United States of America, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote “end of the campaign” opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Obama’s article was on the left side of the page.  Mr. McCain’s article was on the right side of the page.  It was a kind of contest as to who could promise the most to the voters.

Each article was several hundred words.  Mr. Obama’s article was titled “The Change We Need.”  Mr. McCain’s article was titled “What We’re Fighting For.”  The WSJ editors chose to highlight these words from Mr. Obama’s article: “I’m proud to have the support of businessmen like Warren Buffet.”  For Mr. McCain, the editors chose the words: “Protectionism and taxes hikes are wrong for the economy.” 

The editors chose some irrelevant words to highlight.  Americans do not care whether Mr. Buffet endorsed Mr. Obama.  And protectionism and taxes have nothing to do with

The controversial cover from The Progressive magazine that depicted Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama kissing

The controversial cover from The Progressive magazine that depicted Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama kissing

why the United States economy is in the beginning of a long recession and perhaps at the beginning of a real depression.

The candidate’s promises

Jobs — Mr. Obama promised to “create two million new jobs.”  Mr. McCain promised to “make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back find a new one that won’t go away.”

Health Care — Mr. Obama promised to “make health care affordable and accessible for every American.”  Mr. McCain promised to “bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care with competition and choice, reform the insurance market to be fair, and allow you to keep the same health plan if you change jobs or choose to stay home.”

Taxes — Mr. Obama promised to “give a tax break to 95% of workers and  their families.”  Mr. McCain promised to “cut taxes on families, seniors, savers and businesses.”

Iraq War —Mr. Obama promised to “end the Iraq war responsibly” and “finish the fight against bin Laden and the al Qaeda terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 . . . .”  Mr. McCain promised to not “pull out [of Iraq] prematurely and regardless of the conditions on the ground” and to “expand our armed forces and transform our civil and military agencies to win the struggle against violent Islamic extremism.”

Education — Mr. Obama promised “[t]o give every child a world-class education so they can compete in this global economy for the jobs of the 21st century . . . .”  Mr. McCain did not mention the word “education.”

Free Trade / Fair Trade — Mr. Obama did not mention the words “free trade” or “fair trade.”  Mr. McCain promised to “open new markets to goods made in America and make sure our trade is free and fair.”

Energy — Mr. Obama promised to “invest $15 billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy”  and “help end our dependence on Middle East oil.”  Mr. McCain promised to “end three decades of failed energy policies” and “strengthen incentives for all energy alternatives — nuclear, clean coal, wind, solar and tide.”

Change the World or Get the World Back on Track

Finally, Mr. Obama promised to “change this country and change the world” while Mr. McCain promised “to get our country, and our world, back on track.”

The voters are likely to get exactly what they deserve.

Art credits:

Comic book art of Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain standing are from “Presidential Materials” biographical comics published by IDW Publishing and drawn by American comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, aka Jeff Scott. 

Los Angeles based graphic designer Sako Shaninian painted the image of Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama kissing.


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