Most national public opinion polls show Senator Barack Obama leading Senator John McCain among voters. However, will that lead hold and will Barack Obama become the next President of the United States? Right now the answer to that question is not known because the full force of the GOP attack machine has yet to be put into action against Senator Obama and also the ever increasing price of gas could change this years election quickly if gas prices do not stabilize and start to go down. In my view, gas prices are going to be the only issues that is going to decide this November's presidential race and when it comes to ideas to help get gas prices under control, Senator McCain has a better plan than Senator Obama. Unfortunately for Senator Obama, he has not moved from primary mode and he still keeps talking about high gas price solutions like he is lecturing a group of college students at Berkley.
I am frankly shocked and a bit dismayed that Senator Obama has not moved his campaign message more toward the center of the political debate when it comes to high gas prices. Of course, we need to search for and develop energy alternatives to fossil fuels, but right now what the United States needs is more crude oil drilling anywhere and everywhere we can find it, so we can cut our dependence on foreign crude oil imports. So far, Senator Obama's biggest idea when it comes to tackling high gas prices is to place a windfall profits tax on major oil companies so he can send that money collect to the poor. Most Americans will rightfully see that there is no solution for high gas prices in a windfall profits tax, but instead more taxes will just make the problems we are facing much worse. Americas energy problems will not be solved by conservative or liberal ideology, but instead the only real long term solution will be found when both sides find a way to compromise in a moderate way.
In many ways, political consultants in both the Republican and Democratic Party's are missing the big picture during this election campaign. Rather than most voters voicing concerns over the War in Iraq or public corruption in the Congress, right now the only issue that is on the minds of American voters is high gas prices and what those high gas prices are doing to our economy and jobs market. Sooner or later, both Senator Obama and McCain will be forced to face this gas crisis head on and start talking about new and better solutions rather than holding onto old liberal and/or conservative ideas surrounding the U.S. energy crisis. Senator Obama may be leading in the polls right now, but his lead will vanish quickly if he does not quit aligning himself too closely with environmental extremist that care more about their own ideology than for the economy of the country.
While there is still time for Senator Obama to do the right thing and move his campaign message to the center, in my view the sooner he does this the better off he will be in this presidential race. All Americans have been lucky over the years because our strong economy has allowed us to not drill for the crude oil we need inside of our own country. Instead, over the past 30 years – the United States has been importing more oil from OPEC and other oil rich nations, in order to not face the risk of polluting our own beaches and wildlife by searching for and drilling for our own oil. Now the U.S. economy is in crisis because our foreign sources of crude oil have been manipulating the price of their product for the past couple of years. Now our own shortsightedness has put our country in a position of weakness and the next President of the United States will need to show real leadership to lead us out of this 'addition to oil' situation we have placed ourselves into.
Title: Will Obama's Lead Over McCain Hold?
Written: June 21 2008
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