Early on in Obama’s campaign for the nomination I drew attention to the excellent speeches and the new model of fund raising he was using. I praised both on this site and raised a few eyebrows. I said I thought they were going to be successful.
I went on to say I did not like Obama’s policies, to the extent that he then had any, and doubted they would measure up to the challenges ahead. People ignored that part of the comment. I now feel the same about McCain’s.
Now we have seen most of what both candidates are offering, the thing which comes across is how conventional in their thinking both these “Change” candidates are. They both want to commit more forces to the war in Afghanistan. They both have plans to increase spending and cut taxes at a time of high government budget deficit. They both agree with the Paulson/Bush plan for tackling the banking crisis. Neither have come up with anything new on how to fight recession. Neither have radical plans to slim central governemnt down and make it more responsive to electors.
It is strange that Colin Powell throws his weight behind Obama, offering us just slogans as reasons. He tells us we need change, and we need a new generation to take charge. It is time that he and other heavyweight backers started spelling out what change we need ,and how Obama is going to deliver it. It is obvious we need change, obvious the Bush policies of military intervention and economic management have run their course. The issue is how quickly can you change them, and how funadamentally, to put the West back on the road to freedom and prosperity.