Detroit News Endorses McCain, Takes Pause With Palin?

The Detroit news endorsed the Republican candidate.  Not that this created any large buzz, but as Wade over at Wade’s Conservative world puts it: I nearly spewed out my coffee.” LOL  so true! Aside from a little disrespect for the governor of Alaska, they offer up their best opinions to the American hero, John McCain.

The News, choking down its natural impulse to support Obama’s historical bid says:

“In choosing McCain, we do not ignore the profound significance of Sen. Obama’s candidacy. His place atop the Democratic ticket represents a dramatic leap forward for diversity in the national leadership. He has brought an inspiring message of change and hope to American politics and has been unflappable on the campaign trail.

He is a man of tremendous ability who will surely continue to play a vital national role.

But if he wins this election, he will enter the White House as the most inexperienced president since Herbert Hoover in 1928. His proposals reflect the Democratic Party’s big-spending orthodoxy. Conservative estimates place the price tag for his new programs at nearly $350 billion a year, and yet he vows even more middle class tax cuts.

Obama would raise taxes on investors and costs for job creators at a time when America needs more investment and jobs.

By contrast, McCain vows to freeze spending while he scours the budget for areas where it can be cut. Though his opponents deride a spending freeze as a simplistic response, we must take a breather from the Bush-era spending spree that has increased the size of government by 50 percent during the past eight years.

McCain has a well-earned reputation as a spending hawk. Although he now supports making them permanent, he opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 because they were not matched by off-setting spending cuts. Again, had McCain prevailed, the nation would have had the economic growth the tax cuts helped produce without the appalling deficits the spending generated. If elected, we hope he hews to his original stance that tax cuts and spending cuts should go hand-in-hand. “

The Detroit news endorsement, while recognizing the historical perspective of an Obama win continues to belittle Palin’s contribution later in the article.  That’s OK.  Palin has shown she has not only the right kind of spirit needed to bring the party back together, even with the “maverick” himself doing the kind of things that make it hard to separate him from his opponent.  Palin frankly is an incredible weightlifter and worthy of far more respect than what has been given.  There is no pause in my support.  Slanted stories by reporters with an axe to grind or other such agenda will not sway my opinion.

Sarah Palin is the best thing to happen fro this country, and to politics in a very long time.

9 comments for “Detroit News Endorses McCain, Takes Pause With Palin?

  1. Jack McHugh
    October 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Here’s what’s wrong with America: An inbred, self-serving, self-perpetuating, bi-partisan political establishment and class has escaped the people’s control and taken over the government. It is deeply hated by the people. Being on the right side of that divide is the real source of Palin’s popularity. To the extent future political battles are fought on this dimension, our side wins.

    Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Kathleen Parker, Don Young, most Michigan GOP elected officials, etc. have declared by word or deed which side of that divide they’re on. Apparently the News has joined them there (I didn’t read the piece because life is too short already.)

    If Tom Bray were still editor the News would have endorsed Palin and taken issue with McCain.

  2. Jack McHugh
    October 24, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    PS. Despite posting comments on political blogs at 10:22 pm on a Friday evening, I do have a life: Just got back from Guinness and fish & chips at the Claddagh Pub. While there a section of the MSU band came in a serenaded the patrons with fight songs on the eve of the big game. It’s good to live in a Big 10 town. 🙂

  3. John Sherwood
    October 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    The Detroit News and The Freepress are part of an out of state conglomerate. Can we trust there endorsments are the the best thing for Michigan? Consider ther own union busting episode. I for one question there motives.

  4. jgillman
    October 25, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    John, I would have to disagree.

    Also, please feel free to elaborate on the union busting episode you mention?

  5. John Sherwood
    October 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    This is a couple paragraphs from one of the local papers after the strike. It came very close to union busting as you can see.

    “The 2,500 men and women who worked for the Detroit Free Press (one of 35 papers owned by Knight-Ridder) and the Detroit News (owned by Gannett, the largest U.S. chain with 91 dailies) took a big chance on July 13, 1995 when they walked out. The strike lasted 583 days and was one of the most bitterly contested, violent newspaper strikes of recent years.

    On Feb. 14, 1997, the Council of Newspaper Unions made an offer to return to work. The management of the papers accepted it, but on their terms. The 1,400 replacement workers brought in during the strike would keep their jobs, and the strikers would get their jobs back only when vacancies in the current work force occurred. Of the 2,500 workers who struck the papers, fewer than 200 have been recalled.”

  6. jgillman
    October 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Interesting.. Do you have any sources I could look at? oh wait I think you mean this:
    Randolph T. Holhut: http://www.albionmonitor.com/9706b/detroitwin.html and you can find more of his LIBERAL/LEFT slant on things in articles such as this: http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/10275

    If you have read through much of the site, you might suspect I am not overly sympathetic automatically to union issues. As I see them (Unions, not the workers) as a primary cause of Michigan problems. However, I am interested in cause and effect.

    The effect of your leftist journalist reference is that you get a SKEWED view of what really happened. Perhaps if it was an article penned by a respected (unbiased ) source, it might carry water in this argument.

  7. John Sherwood
    October 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I now know your feelings on unions.

    The paragraphs quoted were for legnth and scope of the strike not the writers view point

    I have lived in the Detroit aera for 40 years and have seen the changes to both papers and the effect out state ownership has had.

    I think that the unions did play a part in Michigan’s problems so did EPA regulations, OSHA regulations even health care costs have driven up the cost of manufacturing and NAFTA finished the job.

    I think we are the collateral damage in achieving the global economy.

  8. October 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    John, with all due respect, NAFTA had nothing to do with Michigan’s problems, other than the FACT that most of Michigan’s manufacturers were Big Three and doing a pretty poor job of manufacturing autos, thanks to the unwillingness of the unions to actually make their members earn their keep, AND to the management who thinks that the best way to make a buck is to sell the cheapest garbage for the highest price. That ain’t quality.

    Free Trade has opened up markets to a lot of manufacturers in this country, as well as encouraging job growth by companies outside America to come here. Something like 2.5 million Americans work for foreign companies; including my brother, Bill, who makes really good money working for Nissan. Take a gander some time at all the foreign car plants that are here in the States, and how they are prospering. Makes you wonder why the Big Three are having the problems they are, doesn’t it? The foreign companies have the same management problems that the Big Three have, so what could possibly be the difference…oh, I don’t know…UNIONS?

    Isn’t that special?

  9. John Sherwood
    October 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Bill, I agree with you.
    NAFTA has done a lot of good
    I think the time for unions has come and gone.

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