Based on the end of that video and this article, http://www.mywire.com/a/AFP/Obamas-Kenya-honeymoon-ends-abruptly/1782891?extID=10051
, it's very clear that Obama was critical of President Mwai Kibaki and not Odinga. Obama has never distanced himself from Odinga, aside from “calling for calm” during the violence. Odinga visited Obama on a fundraising tour of the US last year. Odinga says that they speak on a regular basis.
If you believe Corsi, Obama sent Odinga two emails on December 22, 2006 saying:
“Subject: Let's Share a Dream
I will kindly wish that all our correspondence be handled by Mr Mark Lippert. I have already instructed him. This will be for my own security, both for now and in the future.
“Subject: Mark Lippert”
Thank you for contacting me about Mr Lippert through email. Contact him through mark_lippert.obama.senate.gov“
He has even posted scans of these, if you believe they're real.
Guilt by association? The problem is that he's been proven multiple times to have very bad judgement in regards to who he chooses to hang around with. Considering that he's running based on his judgement and not experience, I don't think there can be a bigger problem.
I already stated some of the things I like about McCain, and nobody said there were any lies in there. It's a different topic if you approve of partial birth abortion, full legal benefits for gay couples, and leaving Iraq before we have won (even though it's pretty clear to me that we'll win if we keep it up, partially due to McCain's support of the surge). McCain has 22 years of military service, 21 years of service in the Senate, and four years as a Rep.
The most important thing to me is that I trust him to stop at nothing to keep the United States and our allies, particularly Israel, safe. I trust him on this issue more than I trust anyone else in the country.
Why is cutting taxes for the middle class socialism?
It's not, if you cut taxes for everybody, like Bush did and McCain and Palin have a history of doing.
First of all, I'm very skeptical that Obama will cut taxes for most people and only raise them on the wealthy, Obama defines ”rich" as someone that makes over $250,000. According to his tax plan, that's the point that you start getting a tax raise. It's $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for families. Also, I don't think Obama's and Biden's voting records support their promise to cut taxes for the middle class.
According to the US Small Business Association, small businesses make up to $750,000 in some industries, $2.5 million in others, $4 million in others, $9 million in others, $27 million in others, $33.5 million in others…
Full statistics are here:http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/serv_sstd_tablepdf.pdf
So I don't believe that anywhere near as many people as he says are going to get tax cuts.
The problem with raising taxes on the “wealthy” and “large businesses” is that they will just pass the tax on to us. They'll respond by raising prices and cutting payroll. They will have less opportunity to create new jobs. They will also employ less people to build their mansions, cook their meals, and take care of their houses. They will be less likely to take risks involving new, unproven, innovative products and expanding their businesses. They will buy less cars and extra houses, and everything else that they don't need, which will be bad for the economy. There will be less people wanting to come into the country to do business, and more people wanting to leave.
The biggest problem with socialism is that there is no incentive to work beyond a certain point. If the American Dreams becomes to earn as much money as you can, as long as it's less than $200,000, that will be the point at which people stop working. And of course, working is good for society. It doesn't matter that they don't “need” all that money, they help the economy by having all that money and spending it.
Why would you want to punish success?
The almighty Wikipedia defines socialism as “a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society”
The “state ownership” part was addressed by both of the candidates' support of the wall-street bailout, which I am opposed to, and the “distribution of goods” part was addressed when Obama said to Joe the Plumber, “It's not that I want to punish your success… I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody” and Biden's calls for “fairness” and “being patriotic”.
The second part is also addressed by this: