Apr 21, 2008

McCain in Toledo Tomorrow

At the risk of sounding like I am engaging in the politics of class envy, I have to admit that I found it puzzling that Senator John McCain would believe that a visit to the Toledo Club would be an ideal way to learn about the problems in the heartlands of America.

McCain will be addressing attendees shelling out $2,300 apiece for the event. I suspect that those who are in a position to cough up that kind of cash might provide the senator with a much different view of the region's economic woes than would, say, residents of the nearby Cherry Street Mission. Perhaps the senator might take a short walk down the street for some balance to his perspective.

Those of you who wish to communicate your views on the problems in the Rust Belt might want to join a March on McCain demonstration being organized by local Democrats and Progress Ohio. I doubt that you will get to sample some of the Toledo Club's fine cuisine, but the event promises to be worthy of participation if you question Senator McCain's economic policies.


Mad Jack said...

McCain's visit has more to do with fund raising than anything else, which should be obvious from the venue. The thing I object to in your post is your belief that somehow the residents of the Cherry Street Mission have something valuable and insightful to the next President of the United States.

They don't.

There are no closet intellectuals at the mission with an IQ over 150 and a PhD in Economics. There isn't even a reasonable facsimile thereof. Instead you will find homeless people, addicts, hard core unemployables and mentally ill. Not one of them will have any new insights into the local economy. But then, neither will the local government of Toledo. They don't have answers or insightful observations either.

The only thing that might, might have an impact on McCain is the sheer number of people crowded into the Mission, and the number turned away. Other than that, I don't think anything that McCain sees or hears will have the slightest affect on his decision to continue to (rightfully) ignore the rust belt.

Robin said...

Wow! If I had over $2K to drop on something, it certainly would not be a political candidate.

microdot said...

$2,300? That should just about cover his vist to Barney's in NYC last Friday....
That was an item I read a few minutes ago about his shopping trip and the price tag was about $2,500.

I'm not faulting him for spending money on clothes at a good store, it's less than Condi regularly drops in an afternoon of shoe shopping and insulting the sales staff.

Rob R said...

This is something that i think is lost on so many democrats. The people who know best how the economy works and what state it is in are those who are in charge of it, ie buisnessmen, small and large.

A friend who watched one of the democratic debates mentioned that Obama was questioned on capital gains tax. The question noted that every time the tax was raised, revenue dropped so the question was whether he would raise it in light of that. I'm told that Obama said that he would because it's not about raising revenue but about what's fair. If this is true, this is such a grievous and inept understanding of the whole purpose of taxes and the economy. Do we want a better economy or do we want vengeance on the Rich? It's so ridiculous to think that the way we tax itself is a means to social engineering. It's not.

I hope may friend was mistaken about what he thought he heard Obama say considering he might be our next president, that he wouldn't be so confused about such economic issues and tax policy.