Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Recall, the McCain Family Defaulted on Home Taxes for Four Years

The McCain camp is going nuclear in response to the Obama ad Dan posted below, but remember this?

When you’re poor, it can be hard to pay the bills. When you’re rich, it’s hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying. It’s a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when NEWSWEEK raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill on a La Jolla, Calif., property owned by a trust that she oversees. Mrs. McCain is a beer heiress with an estimated $100 million fortune and, along with her husband, she owns at least seven properties, including condos in California and Arizona.

San Diego County officials, it turns out, have been sending out tax notices on the La Jolla property, an oceanfront condo, for four years without receiving a response. County records show the bills, which were mailed to a Phoenix address associated with Mrs. McCain’s trust, were returned by the post office. According to a McCain campaign aide, who requested anonymity when discussing a private matter, an elderly aunt of Mrs. McCain’s lives in the condo, and the bank that manages the trust has not been receiving tax bills on the property. Shortly after NEWSWEEK inquired about the matter, the McCain aide e-mailed a receipt dated Friday, June 27, confirming payment by the trust to San Diego County in the amount of $6,744.42. County officials say the trust still owes an additional $1,742 for this year, an amount that is overdue and will go into default July 1. Told of the outstanding $1,742, the aide said: “The trust has paid all bills shown owing as of today and will pay all other bills due.”

The next question the Obama team should ask: “Would you get away with not paying taxes for four years?”


August 21, 2008 - Posted by | Economy, Media Strategy | , , ,


  1. The response I hope to see out of the Obama camp:

    “According to John McCain, a person has to make over $5 million in income to be considered rich. This places Sen. Obama square in the middle class. If John McCain had any handle on what it’s like for the average American, he’d know that one doesn’t have to make $5 million to be rich. Sen. Obama is proud of the life he’s been able to build for himself, because it shows that every American can do the same with hard work and dedication. Sen. Obama believes in giving every American the same oppotunities as he had, and that doesn’t include a floundering economy due to rising energy prices and companies getting tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas.”

    This is my first comment to you guys here at Strat08, but expect to be hearing from us here at OSP in regards to your alternative Obama press campaign. We like it. We’ll talk later.

    Comment by opensourcepundits | August 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. This should be an ad but the REAL ad is the McCain response on that draft, that it is ON THE TABLE. That is the ad that should be NEXT.

    Comment by icebergslim | August 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. The issue is that John McCain is so out of touch with the daily life and typical struggles of ordinary Americans, he can’t appreciate what needs to change in order to turn things around

    … he thinks the economic downturn is “mostly psychological”
    … doesn’t know how to use a computer
    … doesn’t know when he last pumped his own gas (or how much it would cost today)
    … needs cue cards to tell him the price of milk
    … doesn’t remember his position on funding for birth control
    … still thinks privatizing Social Security is a good idea
    … doesn’t realize the consequences of taxing employer contributions to health insurance premiums
    … doesn’t think families & students need help paying for college

    The bottom line is that the president’s economic policy will be focused on those aspects of the economy that require government influence. If you don’t think government has a role, you aren’t going to make it part of your policy.

    The underlying issue is all about a progressive agenda vs a conservative agenda, and which agenda is more likely to attend to the needs of ordinary Americans.

    Conservatives like John McCain don’t believe that government has a role to play in everyday economics. They don’t believe government should be directly involved with stimulating the economy or in creating jobs. They don’t believe taxes should be used to level the playing field (access to health care, education, quality communities, etc) so that all Americans, regardless of personal wealth have an equal footing from which to compete. That is the essential difference between a progressive agenda and a conservative agenda.

    So given the conservatives’ limited view of the government’s role in the daily lives of Americans, why are we surprised that a guy like John McCain is “out of touch” or that he doesn’t have an economic plan that is prepared to deal with the situation on the ground?

    Comment by eliot | August 21, 2008 | Reply

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