Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Balko's Debate Review

The most depressing part of the night for me was watching CNN’s real-time reaction from undecided Ohio voters. When Obama promised health care for everyone, promised that you could also keep your employer-sponsored health-care, promised to do all of this and bring health care costs down (he really must be Jesus), and capped it all off with a pledge to maintain the current system of employer-sponsored health care, his ratings were off the charts. The Ohio group gave McCain his strongest marks when he promised to buy up all the troubled mortgages. Is there any way to pull off this "democracy" thing without using actual voters?

Note to McCain: Don’t crack jokes in a format where you’ll be the only one laughing at them. It’s creepy.

Note to Obama: It’s great soundbite to say everyone has a "right" to health care. But there is no "right" that can only be recognized by forcing someone else to give up time, labor, and resources.

The choices last night on the economy: Mass government intervention pretending to be tangentially related to the free market versus mass government intervention that makes no illusions about any allegiance to the free market.

The choices last night on foreign policy: Four years of lots more small wars versus four years of a couple more big wars.