We are in the midst of the silly season as they call it.  Politicians are promising us whatever they think is needed to buy our votes. 

Mr. Obama (or Mr. McCain) is going to raise taxes and give your money to others.  Mr. McCain (or Mr. Obama) is going to end up starting a war with Iran.  Mrs. Palin is not qualified to be President but Mr. Obama is.  Mr. McCain has a better understanding of international relations than Mr. Biden. 

Who do you believe?  What is important 

Historians tell us that history is our best window into the future.  From an understanding of what has happened in the past we can better predict the future.  From a person’s past actions, we can better predict his future moves.

A favorite bromide of mine is, “Your actions speak so loudly, I can hardly hear your words.”  Maybe our best way to evaluate the candidates is to ignore their words and review their actions.  I am troubled by the many promises made by the candidates and the fact that they often drop them in a flash when it appears that such promises might lose them a vote or two.

Two glaring examples: 

In September, 2007, Mr. Obama was asked in a questionnaire from the Midwest Democracy Network, “If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?”  Mr. Obama answered, “Yes.”  In June this year, after discovering he could raise a great deal of money more than would come through the public financing system, Mr. Obama opted out of the public campaign financing system.  For over six months he had used his support of public financing as a change from the old politics and as proof that he was a new kind of politician not controlled by the money and influence of lobbyists and other contributors.  What do his actions tell us?

For almost two years (since February, 2007), Mr. Obama has been running a campaign based on the premise that he would bring needed change to Washington, that he was an outsider who would shake up the Washington Elites.  Mr. Obama’s history is not encouraging if “Change” is your mantra.  He has voted down party lines 96% of the time in the current congress.  He has been supported by the lobbies for Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae more than most anyone and in a shorter time.  He has contributed more money to the campaigns of sitting members of Congress than any other candidate or member of Congress.  That financial support gives more power to incumbency, the biggest barrier to political change.  Do you think he did that to curry favor with Super Delegates when he was still trying to defeat Hillary?

Mr. Obama’s actions speak volumes.