Two Articles Worth Your Time and Brain Power
I killed a lunch hour reading this, but it was highly worthwhile:
How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy
I'd love to see a similar piece on McCain. I wonder if that's in the works? This one does a good job of explaining not only what Obama believes (based on the reporter piecing it together himself, not just from posted campaign policy and platform statements), but where his beliefs stand on the traditional Conservative/Liberal measuring stick, how those beliefs compare to McCain in some areas, where they fit in historical context, and how he came to hold them.
Another interesting, although less-detailed, article from the LA Times that compares the McCain and Obama tax plans:
McCain and Obama tax plans diverge on wealth
Be sure to click on the "Who gains, who loses" image at the top for an interesting comparison of potential tax changes broken down by income brackets. It uses numbers also referenced by the NYT article above that include not only income tax rates, but also dividends, capital gains, and, probably most significantly, payroll taxes.
I'd probably take too long if I editorialized these articles, so I'll leave you to make your own judgments.