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The latest in an ongoing series of things I wish John McCain would say on the campaign trail.

No one is better at pointing out America’s problems than a Democrat. They’ve spent most of their convention doing just that. It’s a problem that mills are closing in North Carolina, leaving hard-working Americans unemployed. It’s a serious matter when middle-class families, without losing their jobs, are suddenly faced with foreclosure. When the great social equalizer of a college education is so expensive that it’s off-limits to many and shackles the rest with a lifetime of debt, we should take notice. Oil prices are canceling vacations, raising the cost of food, even making us think hard before driving to the store.

No doubt these are among America’s most pressing concerns. But what have Democrats proposed as the solution to these challenges? “Hope.” “Change.” “No More Bush.”

Democrats talk about punishing companies that send jobs overseas, but they stand against free trade that would open foreign markets to American-made products. Here’s some straight talk — if we can’t sell our products, we can’t keep our jobs. Anyone who tells you otherwise hasn’t owned a business or made a sale in his life.

Yes, we’ve heard the plan to slap windfall taxes on Big Oil. But taxes are always passed right along to the consumer, particularly when they’re imposed on an entire industry. Will we feel better once we’ve soaked ourselves with higher gas prices?

I know the Democrats want to increase Pell Grants and expand federally-subsidized loans for college. But college costs are rising precisely BECAUSE of these programs. The purchaser (your son/daughter) isn’t sensitive to the price because she either doesn’t care (mom/dad/Uncle Sam are paying) or can postpone the pain (subsidized loans).

Sounds like four more years of all the same problems and none of the right solutions.

Instead, how about some real change? Instead of imposing costly one-size fits all health care mandates on average Americans, let’s empower YOU with a tax break that will allow everyone to buy exactly as much insurance as they need. Right now, you’re stuck with whatever your company provides. As your President, I’ll make sure your family has the resources and the choices to care for all its health needs — because I trust you more than Hillary Clinton to know what’s best for your family.

And let’s change the way we look at government. For too long, Congress has considered your tax dollars to be its personal trust fund. And like a trust fund baby on a Hawaiian vacation, they never run out of crazy ways to spend it. I’ve been fighting wasteful spending since the day I first climbed those Capitol steps, and mark my ear — not one bridge to nowhere, not one cow fart study, not one post office named for my own grandmother will survive my veto while I’m President.

And how about some smart changes to our energy policy? Right now, the federal government is denying you, my fellow Americans, access to billions of gallons of oil, while you are asked to pay $70 to fuel up your car. Today, the federal government is ordering you to burn corn in your gas tanks, while food prices skyrocket. Now, the federal government is telling you what kind of lightbulbs you can own, even if they give you a headache. In the McCain Administration, I’ll say enough! The federal government didn’t discover electricity — Benjamin Franklin did. No government scientist invented the lightbulb — Thomas Edison did. No government grant supported Henry Ford as he made the automobile an American birthright. No, my friends, we must let American innovation and hard work do what it has always done — solve our nation’s problems the right way, the smart way. I’ll get the government out of the way, so that YOU can drill. YOU can use solar. YOU can build wind turbines. YOU can harvest biofuels. YOU can mine clean coal. YOU can build nuclear plants. YOU can drive hybrid cars. YOU can take mass transit. YOU – MY FRIENDS, MY FELLOW AMERICANS – you will be the ones transform energy for the next century. And as your President, I’ll defend your freedom to choose the path our nation will take together.

Change on food prices? I’ll end subsidies for big agricultural companies that use your tax dollars to prop up their profits. Change on the economy? I’ll make America a place to do business again by lowering taxes and costly regulations on small businesses. Change on the environment? I’ll take global warming seriously and clear the way for cleaner, safer technologies without costing Americans trillions in top-down mandates. Change on the dollar? The weak dollar is poison for your pocketbook, and I’ll cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit, and restore confidence in the American economy.

My friends, does any of this sound like the last eight years? This election isn’t about whether we have problems — we all know America faces challenges. This election isn’t about whether we will change America — it’s about HOW we change America. I’ve been fighting for American families for all of my life. I know what needs to be done. All I ask is that you let me get to work.

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What I hope to be a regular feature on Marque’s Letters, “Say It, John” is my minor contribution to John McCain’s campaign for President — a phrase, a soundbite, even a small speechy-type thing that would improve his chances of defeating the Obamenon.

This week’s entry falls into the category of welcoming the enemy with open arms — and locking him into a position he can’t quite deny, but he wouldn’t ever say that way. If you question the wisdom of this tactic, think about 1) how you respond if you’re Obama, 2) how you react if you’re a liberal, and 3) how this makes McCain look, compared to his more combative pose of late.

“I’ve got an admission to make. Over the past few weeks, I’ve frankly focused far too much on where Senator Obama and I differ on Iraq. It’s a habit derived from months and months — actually, now years and years — of finding myself steadfastly opposed to the campaign of failure and defeat in Iraq waged by Democrats in Congress. And for much of the war, Senator Obama has been among them — voting against the surge, voting against funding for the troops, and voting in favor of timelines that would have removed all American forces before Super Tuesday.

But today I can say that I am proud to have Senator Obama join me, Senator Lieberman, and countless other fair-minded public servants in favor of a measured, conditions-based withdrawal of troops that acknowledges our victory, maintains security for the Iraqi people, and ensures stability in the region. While we can debate about the size of the remaining force or the duration of the force reduction, those are decisions for presidents, not candidates. We both agree that the time is near — but not at hand — for a victorious withdrawal of most combat troops from Iraq. We both agree that the remaining force must be large enough to meet several key objectives: fight all remaining terrorist elements; provide training to Iraqi troops; and ensure logistical and security support for remaining fighters. We agree, in essence, that our campaign for the freedom and independence of the Iraqi people is near a successful end. And my friends, that should make every American proud.

Of all the tragedies our nation and its soldiers have endured during this five year struggle against terror and mayhem in Iraq, among the most troubling to me has been the reversion of our political debate to lows not seen since the Vietnam War. Craven activists have called our skilled commanders “traitors.” Politicians on both sides have questioned opponents’ character and credibility. In vote after vote, election after election, so-called representatives of the American people used this war to win the next election, rather than fight to defeat America’s enemies. But I didn’t lose hope. George Washington listened from the frozen camp of Valley Forge as the Continental Congress debated whether his troops could have more food. Abraham Lincoln endured five hard years of calls for his impeachment, demands for an end to war, and cries of the denial of civil liberties. Even Franklin Roosevelt had his political enemies question every move he made as he mobilized the nation to free Europe in the defining struggle of the 20th century.

And it was with these lessons in mind that, each night, I prayed to God that our nation’s leaders would be able to join together; that we could govern as one with the common goals of protecting America, extending peace to the Middle East, and ensuring that the Iraqi people’s hopes for democracy in the wake of decades of tyranny would be realized. Now, as Senator Obama joins us in his desire for victory with honor, for service with pride, and for a future with hope for the people of Iraq, I thank God for honoring my prayers. Let this be a new beginning, where Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, can join together — to win this war, honor our soldiers for their service, remember our fallen veterans for their ultimate sacrifice, and move the nation forward in its endless pursuit of peace and freedom.

Now, with these crucial principles decided, it is up to the American people to decide who among us is best prepared to implement them. I obviously have my own opinion on the matter. But at least as to the question of Iraq, my friends, we can put aside the petty debates of yesterday and choose the leader, not the path he should follow.”

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