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					Obama & McCain
   Domestic Policy
                    Ideology
     Democrats                   Republicans
• Greater government role   • Smaller government role
• Emphasis on Equality      • Emphasis on Freedom
   – Increase social           – Decrease social
     spending                    spending
   – More regulation           – Less regulation
• Social Liberals           • Social Conservatives
                         Economy
         Obama                                McCain
Taxes                               Taxes
• Cut taxes for middle class (for   • Make Bush tax cuts permanent
  families earning less than          (for families making $250,000
  $250k/year) and for seniors.        and up)
  Note: the median household        • Cut corporate tax rates,
                                      personal gains taxes, and
  income in 2006 was $48,451          estate taxes
  (U.S. Census Bureau)              • Ban internet and cell phone
• Eliminate Bush tax cuts (for        taxes
  families making over
  $250k/year)
• Tax relief for small businesses
             Economy (continued)
         Obama                            McCain
Jobs                              Jobs
• Give companies incentives to    • Give companies incentives to
   keep jobs in the US
• Raise minimum wage from            keep jobs in the US
   $6.55/hr                       • Reduce trade barriers
• Support fair trade; tax         • Invest in nuclear and clean
   companies that move jobs          coal jobs
   overseas; protect union jobs
• Invest in green energy jobs
            Economy (continued)
         Obama                                 McCain
Spending                             Spending
• Get rid of unnecessary             • Cut spending growth for a year
  government spending
• End earmarks                       • End earmarks
• Provide $50 billion to jumpstart   • Balance budget by 2013
  the economy & invest $250          • Spend $300 billion to buy bad
  million per year in ―business        mortgages at face value
  incubators‖
• Stop foreclosures for 90 days
  Health Care: Current Challenges
• Currently, 45.7 million Americans are without
  healthcare
• U.S. spends 16% of our GDP on healthcare, more than
  most other industrialized countries.
• Since 2000, cost of employer-based healthcare plans
  increased 100 percent.
• The price of healthcare increased two times the rate of
  inflation.
• In 2007, the average healthcare premium per person
  was $4,400 and $12,100 per family.
                       Health Care
          Obama                              McCain
• Require large companies to        • Tax the value of employer-
  offer coverage for workers          provided health benefits
• Create a coverage system          • Health insurance tax credit of
  similar to Federal Employees        $5k for families, $2.5k for
  Health Benefits plan                individuals
• Require that children have        • Money left over from tax credit
  insurance; offer tax credits to     would be put into account
  those who can’t afford it.        • Insurance companies not
• Forbid insurance companies          required to cover preexisting
  from denying coverage because       conditions
  of preexisting conditions.        • Portable health insurance
• Small businesses exempt
                      Education
        Obama                              McCain
• More government involvement    • Less government involvement
• ―Zero to Five‖ plan            • Allocate money for early
• No Child Left Behind             education
• Charter schools                • No Child Left Behind
• Recruit, prepare, retain &     • Vouchers
  reward teachers                • Better pay for teachers; reward
• Funding for higher education     successful teachers
   – Eliminate Federal Family    • Funding for higher education
      Education Loan Program        – Expand Federal Family
• Interventions and support            Education Loan Program
  strategies                     • Interventions and support
   – Focus on the home             strategies
   – Prevent juvenile               – Centers of Excellence
      delinquency                   – After-school tutoring
   – Dropout intervention
              Climate Change/Energy
            Obama                                   McCain
•   Clean energy economy                 •   Clean energy economy
•   ―Green collar jobs‖—investment       •   ―Green collar jobs‖—tax credits
•   Alternative energy (10% from         •   Alternative energy and clean coal
    alternative sources by 2012)
                                         •   Nuclear power: 45 new nuclear
•   Nuclear power: address waste and
    security issues                          plants by 2030
•   Cap and trade                        •   Cap and trade
•   Supports windfall tax                •   Against windfall tax and for tax
•   Reduce greenhouse gas emissions          credits
    80% by 2050                          •   Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
•   Make US a leader in climate              60% by 2050
    change                               •   Make US a leader in climate change
•   Reduce dependency on foreign oil     •   Reduce dependency on foreign oil
     – Domestic oil: supports drilling        – Domestic oil: expand drilling
        on existing fields and
        alternative energy                       and build nuclear power plants
                      Immigration
         Obama                                 McCain
• Secure borders                   • Secure borders
• Supports a path for illegal      • Supports a path for illegal
  immigrants in certain cases        immigrants in certain cases
• Prosecute employers of illegal   • Prosecute employers of illegal
  immigrants
• Increase quotas for families       immigrants
  and meet the demand for jobs     • Eliminate family backlogs
• Temporary worker programs        • Temporary worker programs to
  to meet demand for jobs            meet demand for jobs
• Keep comprehensive worker        • Keep comprehensive worker
  databases                          databases
• Work with Mexico to improve
  its economy
                         Social Issues
           Obama                                      McCain
•   Pro-Choice                          •   Anti-Choice
     – Supports Roe v. Wade                  – Doesn’t support Roe v. Wade
     – Allows partial-birth abortion            (promotes adoption)
        only when the health of the          – ―Pro-life‖ in all cases
        mother is in danger
•   Stem-cells                          •   Stem-cells
     – Supports research on excess           – Supports stem cell research but
        cells                                   opposes ―fetal farming‖
•   Gay Marriage                        •   Gay Marriage
     – Supports civil unions with all        – Supports civil unions/domestic
        the same legal rights                   partnerships
     – Supports gay adoption rights          – Doesn’t support gay adoption
       Vice Presidential Candidate
          Biden                               Palin
• Social liberal                 • Social conservative
• Small town roots               • Female with small town roots
• Experience                     • Executive experience
   – 36 years as senator from
     Delaware                       – 20 months as Governor of
   – Chairman of the Judiciary        Alaska
     Subcommittee on Crime and
     Drugs                          – 6 years as Mayor of
   – Chairman of the Senate           Wasilla, Alaska
     Caucus on International     • ―Maverick‖
     Narcotics Control
―Barack Obama: Change We Need.‖ Obama for America 2008. 16 October 2008. 16 October 2008
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―JohnMcCain.com – McCain-Palin 2008.‖ McCain-Palin 2008. 16 October 2008. 16 October 2008
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Ludden, Jennifer. ―Immigration Issue Doesn’t Divide McCain, Obama.‖ 2008. NPR. 23 Oct. 2008.
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―NCHC – Facts About Healthcare – Health Insurance Costs.‖ National Coalition on Healthcare. 2008. 16
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