Janus McCain

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Sen. John McCain is the most conflicted candidate I have seen since Richard Nixon. It is as if the left mouth Of Janus McCain doesn't know what the right mouth is saying, thus they contradict each other before the same public. Let's look at some examples.

Yesterday, in an obvious bid to pander for votes, McCain proposed a gasoline tax holiday for the summer. This is the same McCain who said in a GOP debate: "we can reduce these greenhouse gas emissions." The man's gratuitous ignorance of economic behavior is on display here. Lowering the cost of gasoline drives up demand and usage, thus increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Raising the cost of gasoline, decreases demand for gasoline and thus reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Janus McCain is conflicted.

Referencing the 2005 Roads and Infrastructure Spending Bill, McCain said:

Maybe if we had done it right, maybe some of that money would have gone to inspect those bridges and other bridges around the country. Maybe the 200,000 people who cross that bridge every day would have been safer ...
Now, McCain wants to divert 10 billion dollars from roads and bridges to pander for votes for his presidential bid. Which is it, Janus McCain? Are you for shoring up American infrastructure upon which so much of your corporate sponsor buddies and the rest of us depend, or, are you for redirecting 10 Billion for that purpose to your election campaign in the form of pandering to voter's constricted pocketbooks months before your presidential election?

Many a blogger elsewhere has commented on McCain's disposition to build infrastructure for Iraqis at a cost of 10's of billions to American tax payers. But where is his fidelity to Americans and their infrastructure? There is a clear answer to that question and you can find it in the oratory of Grover Norquist. Sen. John McCain does have one consistent theme miming Norquist, however, and that is to bankrupt federal government as a means of forcing it to cut back spending. Thus, any measure that will cut federal revenues like extending the Bush tax cuts permanently, deepening deficits and increasing national debt as a way of getting to entitlement spending is OK with Sen. John McCain.

Yes, the logical conclusion to McCain's budgetary and economic policies is to privatize Social Security and end Medicare spending for the poor and uninsured. Fits right in with Bush's and Republicans insistence on fashioning the Medicare Rx drug entitlement expansion in the most costly way possible to tax payers; no competitive bidding for prescriptions. Fits right in with Grover Norquist's plan to give the economy and plight of workers completely over to the corporations, removing federal government from interceding on behalf of those crushed by the excesses of free market capitalism, oligopolies, foreign trade policies, and immigration policies which throw millions of people out of work, out of income, and out of hope.

McCain wants smaller federal government. He wants to freeze all federal spending for two years except for military benefits and defense spending. This clearly signifies McCain's priority system. War and military first, and everything else and everyone else takes a back seat. This also reveals yet again Sen. McCain's incapacity to retain more than one priority at a time in his head. His this or that approach to issues precludes the kind of holistic multi-faceted solutions so many of our challenges require of our leaders, like climate change and energy policy.

McCain's vision of energy policy is Nuclear Power, with a mere mention of the generic category of other alternatives. Never mind that this approach replaces one byproduct crisis (greenhouse gas emissions) for another (nuclear waste disposal) and both with monumental costs associated with their respective byproducts.

Sen. McCain was for the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, before it applied to him. Now that it applies to him, he insists it should not apply to him. Janus McCain speaking out both sides of his face, yet again as he is sued for violating his own law. This does not compare to Obama's voluntary statement that he would enter the general election using public funding but changing his mind after recognizing a windfall through internet donations. Obama's action violates no laws. McCain's action allegedly violates the law that made his name a household word.

McCain's capacity to contradict himself in public however, is nowhere so evidenced as in February when accused of catering to lobbyists: "the McCain campaign issued a point-by-point response...and insisted that McCain had never even spoken with anybody from Paxson or Alcalde & Fay about the matter." Yet, Sen. McCain said in Sept. of 2002 in sworn depositions:

"I was contacted by Mr. [Lowell] Paxson on this issue,"
NewsWeek writes: "McCain agreed that his letters on behalf of Paxson, a campaign contributor, could "possibly be an appearance of corruption" - even though McCain denied doing anything improper."

One final note. In McCain's interview with Chris Matthews yesterday (MSNBC), Sen. McCain said he wanted to give young people a vision of the future. Of course, this is an upside down statement in an election year, though one commonly made by politicians. It is the people and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence that have always provided the vision of the future, and it is up to voters to find a candidate that best reflects that vision. It is not for candidates to give the voters the vision the candidate wants them to have. That is best left to authoritarians and dictators.

When it comes to integrity, McCain hasn't got it. Sen. John McCain is about as disintegrated a candidate as one could find for the 2008 elections, barring schizophrenics in oscillating fits of paranoia and omnipotence.

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on April 16, 2008 4:02 PM.

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