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It has recently been brought to my attention that there is another fellow running for president, one whose name is NOT Barack Obama. Has anyone else heard about this ? I heard it mentioned on FoxNews the other day, in between the Obama stories and Obama speeches. His name is John McCain, and he's a Republican, in the mold of Democrat turned Independent, Joe Lieberman. I hear this McCain guy might even have purchased Alan Greenspan's book to learn about the economy, so you know he's a serious candidate. Obama bought Karl Marx's book to learn about the economy. That reminds me, don't forget to buy your tickets for Obamapalooza ! They're selling out fast ! I thought it might be a good idea to check McCain's record, since he could become president if Obama decides to move to Tibet and become a monk prior to november 4th, 2008.
John McCain has over two decades of military experience, over two decades of Congressional experience, and ran for president in 2000 (this is what former general Wesley Clark, an Obama supporter, refers to as "untested and untried", and with a straight face too ! Must be Clark's counterintelligence training).
McCain has a reputation for being a "maverick", which means he often stands against his own party on issues. This garnered much pseudo-love for Johnny Mac from the media throughout his career, but at some point McCain realized he'd have to get Republicans to vote for him if he wanted to become the Republican nominee (who says McCain's not too bright ?), so the maverick started jumping back and forth over a lot of fences to make himself appear more conservative base-friendly. He catered to some evangelicals he formerly disliked, and he decided those Bush tax cuts weren't so bad after all. He referred to himself as a "Reagan footsoldier" a lot during the primaries, and voila, it worked. McCain defeated Huckleberry and the Mormon (the guy the GOP SHOULD have picked as their nominee, who would have beaten Obama), and became the Republican nominee (note - To whom it may concern, Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign is STILL missing. The search has been called off, though Rudy's picture is still on many milk cartons).
In any case, the Republicans are stuck with McCain now, so let's examine his flip-flops on the issues. Tracking McCain's flip-flops is no easy task, since most lists of them are contained on far left websites, and are thus wildly inaccurate. The far left websites are some of the biggest liars on the planet. One of the best website lists of McCain flip-flops is a sweet and rabidly "objective" little site called How Insane Is John McCain ? This site is about half right and half lies, and is also a perfect example of liberal compassion, tolerance, and diversity. It's premise, obviously, is that McCain is mentally unstable. That reminds me, the media wants me to tell you that the Republican attack machine is racist and will smear Barack Obama, so get your tickets to Obamapalooza NOW ! Children under 12 are indoctrinated for free.
Without further ado, here are some of J-Mac's more "nuanced" positions:
Tax cuts flip-flop -
McCain's most famous flip-flop. He was against the Bush tax cuts before he was for them. Now he wants to make them permanent, and is even proposing more tax cuts if he becomes president. Back in 2001, McCain said, "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief."
Hopefully, McCain learned something about economics since 2001, but I doubt it. High taxes are very bad for our country. I call this a flip-flop in the right direction, even if it's for the wrong reasons. Liberals, who have never heard of the principle of scarcity, which underlies all economic theory, disagree. They want to send as much money as possible to Washington D.C. Somehow, they call this "fairness".
Social Security privatization flip-flop -
"I’m not for, quote, privatizing Social Security. I never have been. I never will be” - John McCain, June 2008.
“Without privatization, I don’t see how you can possibly, over time, make sure that young Americans are able to receive Social Security benefits” - John McCain, November 2004
“As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it - along the lines that President Bush proposed” - John McCain, March 2003
This is undoubtedly a flip-flop, right ? Nope. It sounds like one, but it isn't. You must remember, Bush's Social Security plan was NOT a plan to privatize Social Security. It only contained a provision for a SMALL PART of SS funds to be placed into private accounts. Therefore, McCain could support Bush's plan for private accounts, as he did, and still be against a total privatization of Social Security, as he is. Subtract one flip-flop.
Abortion flip-flop -
“In the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade...[overturning Roe would force] women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.” - John McCain, 1999.
McCain in 2006, during an interview with George Stephanopolous:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask one question about abortion...You’re for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with some exceptions for life and rape and incest.
MCCAIN: Rape, incest and the life of the mother. Yes.
We'll call this the flip-flop for the evangelical vote that I mentioned earlier.
McCain flip-flopped on offshore oil drilling once gas reached $4 per gallon. Good ! Now if he'd only flip on ANWR. I guess that won't happen until gas hits $5 per gallon.
And if anyone can tell me what McCain thinks about immigration, please let me know. I can't figure it out. He came out with a plan, then was against his own plan, and now he's saying he's for it again. The Straight Talk Express has me straight confused on this one. I'll call this one a double reverse flip-flop with a half twist ending in a belly flop. I don't even want to hear what McCain has to say on the immigration issue anymore.
Ethanol flip-flop -
"Ethanol is a product that would not exist if Congress didn't create an artificial market for it. No one would be willing to buy it. Yet thanks to agricultural subsidies and ethanol producer subsidies, it is now a very big business - tens of billions of dollars that have enriched a handful of corporate interests - primarily one big corporation, ADM. Ethanol does nothing to reduce fuel consumption, nothing to increase our energy independence, nothing to improve air quality." - John McCain on CNN in 2003.
"I support ethanol and I think it is a vital, a vital alternative energy source not only because of our dependency on foreign oil but its greenhouse gas reduction effects" - John McCain, 2006.
Johnny must have watched Al Gore's movie.
The left-wing websites characterize many other McCain positions as flip-flops that really aren't. These include the estate tax, the 100 years in Iraq comment, FISA, and others. I have purposely left those off the list. In conclusion, let's just say that John McCain doesn't have much room to talk about Obama's many flip-flops. During the GOP primaries, the media made much of Mitt Romney's flip-flops, but they zipped their lips about McCain, who has as many if not more than Romney ever did. Now that Johnny Mac has the GOP nomination, the media suddenly discovered that John McCain has flip-flopped on about every position he ever held. Funny how that works, isn't it ? All the news that fits the agenda.