The Candidates Have Economic Plans, But Only One Is Kid-Approved

  • Barack Obama's economic plan is out and it has: $3,000 tax credit to businesses for hiring new people; penalty-free access to your retirement savings; the elimination of taxes on unemployment benefits; more money for automakers (of course); and a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures. Like Kix, it's kid-tested and mother-approved. [NY Times]
  • McCain's got his plans, too, which include: Obama's no-tax unemployment benefits; a reduction in your capital gains tax as though your stock has gained in value since you bought it; and tax breaks for only old people on tapping their retirement savings. I mean, I guess that is his main constituency, but still. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking of McCain's core constituency, someone else yelled "Kill him!" at a Palin rally today. [Politico]
  • And if we want to talk about who is pallin' around at terrorists, someone should ask why the head of McCain's transition team was pallin' around with Saddam Hussein. Fair's fair, folks. [Washington Independent]
  • Sarah Palin told Rush Limbaugh she was "nothing to lose" these days, so she plans to continue her ill-founded attacks on Obama rather than talking about the issues she keeps mixing up the talking points about. [Huffington Post]
  • Christopher Buckley, conservative son of National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr., announced that he was going to be voting for Barack Obama given John McCain's being a big dick now and not acting like a small government conservative, so the National Review told him to piss off because differing opinions aren't welcome in the GOP these days. Just ask Kathleen Parker. [Daily Beast, Daily Beast]
  • To Buckley's point, McCain's campaign found yet another area of government spending they don't really intend to subject to a freeze when they take office. If you're keeping track, it's now defense spending, homeland security spending, veterans spending and science spending that they're not going to freeze, but there are still 3 weeks until the elections. [The Hill]
  • And, by the way, the bailout plan is no longer voluntary for banks. Nine so far have been told they will be participating in it. Nothing like a little nationalizing power to make a Republican Treasury Secretary forget his free market "principles." [Washington Post]