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From the get-go, Barack Obama's campaign has been about change, change, change. Of course, we don't know many specifics about these so-called changes other than that he will raise taxes and give away even more of our hard-earned tax dollars to the rest of the world. (Google Senate Bill 2433 to get some facts on the latter.)
But now Obama has selected Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. Biden is a longtime Washington insider, a 36-year veteran of the U.S. Senate. During his tenure he has been a staunch supporter of failed national Democratic candidates such as Fritz Mondale, Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. This is change? I don't think so.
Obama recently had a golden opportunity to visit wounded U.S. soldiers in Landstuhl, Germany, but he decided against the visit when he was told that he could not take his whole entourage with him. No photo-op, no visit. This decision spoke volumes about his character and his true feeling about U.S. military personnel.
Obama's selection of Biden and his numerous flip-flops on important national issues underscores what many Americans already know: It is difficult to know when Barack Obama is telling the truth.
David W. Haughey