Clockface, Selfridges, London, with reflection of Oxford Street.
Just a little over six weeks until the election. SIX WEEKS! So we have to stop worrying about what despicable lies the right-wingers are spreading and help get out the vote. We have to focus on the real issues of the campaign, not the stupid distractions pushed by the McCain-Palin Ticket to Nowhere. We cannot afford four more years of failed Republican policies.
We have to remind our friends and family and colleagues and acquaintances that Barack Obama's tax plan is the only one we can bear. As the New York Times (and McClatchey and numerous media outlets) has reported, John McCain's ads on taxes are just plain false.
"THERE IS a serious debate to be had in this presidential campaign about the fundamentally different tax policies of Barack Obama and John McCain. Then there is the phony, misleading and at times outright dishonest debate that the McCain campaign has been waging..."
"The two candidates have very different positions on taxes. Mr. Obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and cut them substantially for low-and middle-income taxpayers. He would cut taxes for more households and by a larger amount, than Mr. McCain, who would give the greatest benefits to wealthy households and corporations."
That's pretty simple - McCain's tax plan favors the rich; Obama's tax plan helps the middle class and the poor. Many non-partisan economists have evaluated the two plans and agreed that Obama's makes the most economic sense for America. McCain even wants to tax our employment-based health insurance.
To learn more about Obama's positions on important issues that affect us all, visit his website.
To register to vote, go here. Like most Americans abroad, I will vote via absentee ballot.
Yes, we can.
It's up to each and every one of us. What kind of a future do we want for our children and our grandchildren? We can't sit idly by while our country falls apart. We must take action! It's our responsibility, as citizens (even if we happen to live abroad). I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the only candidates who offer any hope of our country getting back on track.
As Anne Lamott writes in Salon:
"Figure out one thing you can do every single day to be a part of the solution, concentrating on swing states. Money, walking precincts, registering voters, whatever. This is the only way miracles ever happen -- left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe. Right foot, left foot, right foot, breathe. The great novelist E.L. Doctorow once said that writing a novel is like driving at night with the headlights on: You can only see a little ways in front of you, but you can make the whole journey this way. It is the truest of all things; the only way to write a book, raise a child, save the world."