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Skaer-Tactics: McCain or Obama? Let's Start the Debate

June 12, 2008
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John McCain or Barrack Obama? Those are the choices. Who are you voting for in the next presidential election and why?

Is one candidate better for the HVACR industry than the other? Or, is your decision based solely on a different issue or issues?

Just as it will be interesting to see how this economy shakes down over the summer months and beyond, it will be interesting to see and hear how these two candidates plan to tackle the current economic conditions, which may get worse before it gets better. My boss may call that being negative, but I see it as being a realist.

Look at the facts. The jobless rate continues to soar. In fact, the unemployment rate shot skyward to 5.5 percent, the biggest leap in 22 years. Meanwhile, over the weekend, we experienced an unprecedented jump in oil prices. Crude oil prices leaped up $10.75 a barrel, sending the stock markets tumbling. The Dow Jones plunged 394.64 points, or 3.13 percent, its sharpest decline since Feb. 27 last year. And, the U.S. dollar continues to be sliding in the world market.

Looking at the very latest statistics from the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps dropped 6 percent in April 2008 from the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, combined shipments totaled 1.8 million, a 7 percent drop compared with the same period in 2007. Meanwhile, heat pump shipments for April totaled 149,287, down 6 percent from the same month a year ago. For year-to-date, heat pump shipments are down 5 percent compared with the same period last year.

Obama says it is time for a change, but can a U.S. president swiftly change the economic train rolling down the track? Because a Republican is in office, does this mean one votes for the other side in 2008? What are McCain’s valid points?

Let’s not be shy. A lot is on the line here. Post your comments and thoughts accordingly.

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McCain or Obama?

Mark
June 23, 2008
Is there any choice? It's Barrack all the way.

McCain All the Way!!

Uncle Sam
June 27, 2008
I can not vote for someone that doesn't respect our flag or refuses to put his hand over his heart during the national atum. I don't understand that. I just feel like Obama is not a true American!

President Debate

Jason Putman
July 8, 2008
Obama was a City Councilman approximatley 10 years ago. He has not served a full term as a US Senator. A significant portion of his term has been spent campaigning. To draw a parallel to the HVAC industry. How many guys have known of a young technician who is a great communicator and is really good with the light commercial and residential field then tackles a heavy commercial service job that is over his head. Yes he is able to shmooze the customers for a while but the truth will tell. Then the young and charming technician with no experience has did more damage than good. The tactics that were great for a homeowner or the strip mall suddenly begin to fail. The damage has been done. Do we really want to hand the reigns of the most powerful nation on the planet to a charming speaker? Obama is charming make no mistake. He can sell the public on "Change" but if the public is looking for "Change" then vote for Ralph Nader. If one is looking for the best candidate to serve our nation it is John McCain. He can work with both sides of the aisle, something our country definitley needs, has overseas respect (see the rescue of hostages as he visited Columbia, notice how the media mentions little of this) his knowledge of the economy is many times greater than the other candidate (he is just honest and says that he needs to learn more) tries to provide solutions to immigration and not just be a complainer, provides solutions to the energy crisis (drill, $300 Million for battery solutions related to energy efficient travel) I could go on and on but in closing anyone that says "I will continue to be tortured for 5 more years" and refuse an early realease because he does not want to dishoner his country is the man I want sitting in the most powerful seat on the planet. Thanks for reading!

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