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O’Reilly Lays Out What McCain Should Say to Obama

Bill O’Reilly presented what John McCain should say to Barrack Obama. The video is up at Fox News, but it will disappear eventually.

I do not expect McCain will ever take this tact, but it would be something.

The idea is that since the economy is so bad, ask Obama what he will do as president. Since government money is needed to bailout Wall Street, there is no money for any of Obama’s social programs. There are no capital gains to tax and will be far fewer folks worth more than $250,000 to hike taxes on. Given that, everything Obama has presented as to a reason to vote for him is out the window.

Why should one vote for Obama now?

Admittedly, McCain will never do this, but it is quite an enlightening basis of thought. What is the rationale for an Obama presidency if the economy is in recession? He will not be able to deliver on anything.

Bailouts, McCain & Being Wrong

It looks like Congress has found a way for the government to spend $700 billion and everyone, at least in D.C., be happy.  The taxpayer feels as though he has visited the proctologist.

The compromise seems to be that the government instead of buying the bad debt will insure it.  The difference?  You got me.  Our money is still being used to prop up bad legislation and bad business.  Nothing changes.  Folks who could not afford the homes they bought will get better terms.  The banks that loaned them the money will have taxpayer government insurance. You and me, dear reader, will continue to pay our mortgages, but have our taxes skyrocket. This money doesn’t just get drawn from the coffers; it has to come from somewhere. And given the latest polls, it sure looks bleak for any taxcutter to make it 1600 Pennsylvania this round.

And the would-be conservative Republican president states:

“This is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with,” said Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. “The option of doing nothing is simply not an acceptable option.”

The option of doing nothing is letting a capitalistic market work without government interference.  It’s what the entire model is built upon.

McCain’s position is not conservative.  Not at all.  I double-downed and let Rep. LoBiondo know in more pointed language today that I expect him to vote against this boondoggle.

This is not the kind of federal government our forefathers envisioned.  This is not the kind of government we have to have.  Dear reader, demand more.

At What Cost?

Michelle Malkin has two must-read posts today.  Before you go over, allow me to state that these issues are the reason you do not have to accept Obama or McCain.  Neither will do his duty (nor Biden, for that matter) this week and vote on the massive bailout Congress is putting together.  Did you know school loans and car debt are now included?  Unbelievable.

Add to that that Mr. Faux-Conservative is thumping Shamnesty again.

Yes, Supreme Court justices are important, but at what cost?

Pandering

When Sarah Palin’s name was first presented to me this morning I immediately was negative.  The first thing I think of when I hear Alaska is Ted Stevens.  The last thing McCain should want to do is put Alaska front and center in this campaign.  Stevens is the poster boy of corruption and easy fuel for Obama et al. to use to blast conservatives as in the pocket of lobbyists.

Admittedly, that is probably not the right take on Palin.  I know little about her.  What has been presented today makes it sound like I would like her.  She sounds like a tough lady with the right attitude.  She is staunchly pro-life and has the credentials to back up her position.  Glory be!  I heard her interview with Glenn Beck from several months ago and Rush speak a little of about her.

So, she’s okay.  Somewhat inexperienced, but certainly no worse off than the Democratic candidate in that regard.

But here’s the thing, it reeks of pandering.

Would McCain have selected her in 2000 had he won the nomination?  Certainly not.  Has Palin done anything remarkable in those eight years to make her the best candidate?

Moreover, had Hillary been the Democratic candidate, would McCain have selected Palin?  It’s hard to fathom he would have.

Palin was selected not for her strong leadership but because she is a woman in a close race against a candidate who narrowly beat bested a woman. A great deal of that woman’s supporters are feeling disenfranchised. All of a sudden there is another reasonable choice for them.

Politically Palin is an excellent choice, from what I can tell. I have nothing against her. Her selection appears tawdry to me. McCain is still wrong on Shamnesty. McCain is still wrong on campaign finance. He is unacceptable on taxes. The lesser of two evils is not a good enough reason for my support. Palin helps McCain politically, but she doesn’t correct his policies.

McCain, The GOP & Me

I am not a fan of John McCain. I will not vote for him in November. He is wrong on too many issues.

Last summer I left the Republican Party. As I stated then,

the Republican president along with a Republican Congress spent my tax dollars silly and showed absolutely no fiscal restraint.

That said, John McCain will visit the Senate next week. While there, he will vote on a series of bills coming up for a vote that are designed to help him politically.

Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air (it’s good to see Captain Ed team up with Michelle Malkin) posted a snippet from a Roll Call column:

According to one senior GOP aide, despite the desire to unite around McCain, his positions on several big-ticket issues likely will mean the Conference will not find common ground with their nominee.

“We’re not going to back him on earmarks, or on climate change, or on immigration,” the aide said. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), who touted McCain’s positions on fiscal responsibility, climate change and immigration as a key to his ability to reach independent voters, acknowledged that those votes will put him in conflict with the GOP.

That is absolutely unbelievable! I don’t care for McCain anymore than the Senate Republican Conference does, but I am not going to sacrifice my principles to spite him. Shutting down earmarks is critical. Turning your back on good legislation just to voice your displeasure with the nominee is not only political, it is bereft of scruples.

Shame on the Senate GOP. Suck it up and vote in favor fiscal responsibility. It’s the reason you were elected.

Biting Himself in the Butt

John McCain, presumptive GOP presidential candidate, is getting a taste of his own medicine. According to the Washington Post, McCain has requested to drop out of federal campaign financing. Thus far his request has been denied.

Why?

Something called McCain-Feingold. McCain’s assault on freedom of speech is coming back to bite him in the butt.

By signing up for matching money, McCain agreed to adhere to strict state-by-state spending limits and an overall limit on spending of $54 million for the primary season, which lasts until the party’s nominating convention in September.

. . .

If the FEC refuses McCain’s request to leave the system, his campaign could be bound by a potentially debilitating spending limit until he formally accepts his party’s nomination. His campaign has already spent $49 million, federal reports show. Knowingly violating the spending limit is a criminal offense that could put McCain at risk of stiff fines and up to five years in prison.

This is one of the things that conservatives have not liked that Sen. McCain has done. Perhaps this is a lesson to McCain as to what is wrong with his law.

I hope he does not receive dispensation. He wrote the law. He accepted matching funds. He should be held accountable to it.

Hat tip to Right Wing News for writing about this.