Wed, Sep 24, 2008, 4:48am McCain/Obama Chart
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just wanted to show people this chart if they haven't seen it. For some reason seeing the chart gives a better sense of things that just reading about it. I'm not sure where the image came from, but links to the data it was based on is found here and here.

Seriously. What kind of an asshole owns that many cars, homes and a plane? I'm not saying he has the personality of an ass. I don't know him. But no one needs to own that many vehicles or houses, investments or not. It really has taken my opinion of McCain, which wasn't that bad, down several notches. Being an ass isn't always about personality, but about the life choices one makes.

Do I expect this guy to really protect the environment? He's his own little environmental disaster.

Whose lifestyle seems most like yours? Even if you're a die-hard fiscal and cultural conservative, you may be surprised that it's probably not McCain, unless you're making some serious scratch.

Pardon the outburst. This chart kinda set me off.

  • Janet David (Tue, September 30th, 2008, 8:13am UTC)
    Any middle class person and any women of whatever class are dooming their futures by voting for the McPains.

  • Kelsey Berry (Wed, October 1st, 2008, 11:04am UTC)
    This chart enrages me…..what an asshole

  • Dikaslogos (Wed, October 1st, 2008, 1:06pm UTC)
    The chart speaks for itself. The comments in the venacular detract from the digital image rather than supporting the argument.

  • Sheburns (Thu, October 2nd, 2008, 10:04am UTC)
    The McCain side is what Joe Sixpack dreams of and he admires the man who has achieved it, including the billionairre wife! Obama must be a loser like himself, if he has only 1 house, 1 car, and a wife who speaks her mind.

  • Jeff (on vacation) (Fri, October 3rd, 2008, 12:46pm UTC)
    A fine point, Sheburns, though it mixes oddly with the elitism charge from the McCain camp.

    It like a point that a former Republican congressman of Colorado once made. He mentioned that one reason why Democrat attacks on the upper 1% of income earners always fails to win wider support is partly because about 15% of Americans believe they are in the top 1%, and another 15% believe they will be there in the next 5-10 years, and I'm sure even more aspire and partly identify with those in that bracket.

  • Jordan4Senator (Mon, October 6th, 2008, 3:39pm UTC)
    Obama must in that 15%, because if you look closely at the graphic, he bought the same style of house as the McCain houses.

  • joann r. (Tue, October 14th, 2008, 6:52pm UTC)
    my husband and myself have worked hard for the last 30 years raising two daughters, working two and three jobs at times, to just get by well at this time in our lifes it has paid off, do not get me wrong i am not wealthy/elite but let me tell you something we own 2 truck 3 motorcycle a sports car and an explorer not to add each of my daughters own there own cars. maybe instead of jealousy and anger of what others have work harder for what you want. and by the way i am an independent and neither party has demonstrated any outstanding qualitys as of yet…sad very sad

  • Jeff (Tue, October 21st, 2008, 1:31pm UTC)
    Thanks for your angle, Joann. Always good to get more opinions. Here are my angle:

    I'm definitely not jealous of the excessive possessions of others. I personally don't understand why someone would want 6+ vehicles. I don't even want one, though I do have one. As animals, humans are grossly overpopulated and take up far too many resources and land for the world's good. Working hard, to my mind, is no justification for excess. We shouldn't view it as a reward, we should take pride in responsible living, ideally.

    My main points of substance above is just this:
    1) The change from McCain that Obama is elitist (something he has since stopped talking about) was over the top hypocritical (much like Palin talking about pro-American values while her husband was a secessionist);
    2) Despite McCain talking a good talk about his environmental agenda, I don't feel like I can trust him because of his personal choices.

  • Cynthia (Thu, October 23rd, 2008, 10:14am UTC)
    That is the very reason why Obama is dying so hard to win this election so he can have this line of vehicles and properties that McCain have. He knows very well, when he win to be the President that he can live a luxurious life. I mean let's face it, all of them will be corrupt. But, look on their ability, knowledge and experience before we decide whom to vote. What they owns doesn't explain their ability of being a president.

  • Lisa (Tue, October 28th, 2008, 7:39am UTC)
    Ask yourself what causes conspicuous consumption, and what kind of person consumes more than he could possibly need while knowing quite well how many needy people are out there. Does their charitable giving outweigh their somewhat manic acquisitive tendencies? And furthermore, he touts his service to his country, but after surviving a truly terrible experience in Vietnam, he ditched his wife for a much younger, richer woman. So his methods of consoling himself at others' expense are pretty much clear.

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