Bob Barr Moves Presidential Debate into 21st Century
Barr to Participate in Real Time, Virtual Debate With Obama, McCain at BobBarr2008.com/CounterDebate
Using the latest advances in campaign social networking and Internet communication, Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Bob Barr will be participating in a real time, virtual debate during the televised debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. Barr's virtual debate will be streamed live over the Internet at http://www.bobbarr2008.com/counterdebate beginning at 9:00 p.m. [EST].
Senator John McCain attempted to disguise reality by calling the $700 billion Wall Street bailout a “rescue,” but it’s obvious that the only people he and his colleagues were rescuing were the executives who had made bad investment decisions, as well as the politicians who had pushed increased mortgage lending, irrespective of cost, triggering today’s crisis. Now it turns out that the companies getting bailed out will benefit twice.
The presidential and vice-presidential "debates" are awful. The bloviating is excessive; the substance is minimal; and the moderating is bush league.
Virtually no one has been satisfied with the debates so far--except perhaps Barack Obama's campaign staff. The less substantive and contentious the debate is, and the less interesting the discussion--the better it is for the political front-runner, but not for the American people.
Time to Appoint Judges Dedicated to Constitutional Liberty
“The Supreme Court has begun another term, and it again possesses a full docket of critical cases,” observes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. “Judicial appointments are one of the most important issues in choosing the next president, but we don’t need conservative or liberal justices. Rather, we need justices committed to the Constitution, with its stringent limits on government power and strong protections for individual liberty,” Barr explains.
Bush Administration Hypes Danger to Justify Intervention
"The Bush administration once again misled Americans into believing extreme danger was imminent and extraordinary U.S. government intervention was required to save our country," says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. "And, once again, the intervention of the Bush administration has made things much worse."
Economic Chaos Increases After Congress Passes Bailout
Will Sens. Obama and McCain Claim a Piece of this Rotten Fish They Helped Produce?
Congress passed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout on Friday, supported by both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. The U.S. stock market promptly dropped. Over the weekend the financial crisis threatened European banks, and stock prices across Asia and Europe tanked.
So much for the argument that the bailout was necessary to calm the markets.
Senate, White House Pressure Trumped Principle for 58 Members
“It didn’t take much to buy a House vote, only about $130 billion in so-called sweeteners,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, referring to the 58 members of Congress who changed their vote from 'no' to 'yes' in support of the bailout bill. “So now the House has joined the Senate in taking $700 billion-plus worth of Main Street’s money to bail-out Wall Street. Congress spent money it doesn’t have to get reluctant members to vote even more money that they don’t have."
John McCain’s Actions are not Bipartisan, They are Bipolar
"Sen. John McCain claims he can provide leadership, but he panicked in the face of cries that the sky is falling from Wall Street investors who made bad investments, and the taxpayers are going to pay over $700 billion for his lack of leadership," says Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Bob Barr.
"Sen. McCain claims he will change Washington by eliminating 'earmarks', but he just voted for more than $103 billion dollars of bold-faced earmarks," says Barr.
Just one week ago, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was demanding that Congress grant him unprecedented, unreviewable authority to spend $700 billion or more to bail-out Wall Street. But in a major rebuke to the administration and to both the Republican and Democratic congressional leadership, the House voted down the 110-page plan that emerged from last weekend´s frenzied — if not unseemly — effort by Mr. Paulson to salvage a bailout deal.
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