Friday, May 02, 2008

It's sick but the more McCain distances himself from Bush the more like him he gets!

The other day I noted President Bush, hoping to inoculate his party and his presidential legacy from election-year anger over the economy, heaped criticism on the Democratic-led Congress on Tuesday for "letting the American people down." He said he'd consider a summer suspension of federal gasoline taxes. But he offered no new ideas for a range of economic worries now facing the country, from record gas prices and soaring food costs to rising inflation, layoffs and home foreclosures, and a credit crunch that even has sparked fears of a college student loan squeeze.

He rejected a new economic stimulus package, saying the tax rebate checks that began going out this week from a $168 billion economic aid plan adopted in February must first be given time to work. He also rejected bipartisan suggestions that the government stop filling the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve while oil costs so much, saying it involves such a tiny amount of supply that doing so wouldn't push prices down. Instead, the president tried to shift the focus to Congress, saying he long ago sent lawmakers proposals to deal with many of the nation's economic problems, only to see them sit or be replaced with approaches that he deems unacceptable.

Today it dawned on me the more McCain tries to distance himself from Bush the more like him he gets. John McCain's obsession with banishing "wasteful government" spending in the form of "earmarked" projects has long annoyed his colleagues in Congress. But he may have gone a bit too far lately. In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward last week, McCain startled reporters when he said Congress was partly to blame for the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, because it "funded pork-barrel projects" instead of "projects that were needed here." Funny I thought Katrina was allowed to do what it did and it was Bush's fault!This week, McCain blamed earmarks for the deadly 2007 collapse of a Minnesota bridge. According to the Associated Press, he told reporters that the bridge "collapsed because so much money was spent on wasteful, unnecessary pork-barrel projects." What the heck is that?

The collapse, which killed 13, remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, but authorities suspect a "serious design error" as a factor. Some Minnesota leaders didn't take well to McCain's musings. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible McCain running mate, distanced himself from the senator's comments by saying he was waiting for the agency's report. McCain is beating Bush and is alienating his party before he is even elected. As a result According to AP, McCain backtracked somewhat Thursday, stating that he couldn't be sure if redirected spending would have prevented the tragedy. "Do I know specifically whether it would have replaced that bridge in Minneapolis? No, but I know that funding would have been available for higher-priority projects," he said. McCain blames bridge collapse on earmarks -- then backs off

* Not only that but as he gets deeper Sen. John McCain yesterday attempted to clarify comments about last summer's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis, saying he never intended to say federal budget earmarks led to the disaster. Responding to reporter's questions as he traveled through Iowa, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said he meant to say only that earmarks divert money from necessary projects toward unneeded pork-barrel ones. "When you divert money to projects that are unneeded and unwanted, any project that is deserved is not going to receive the funding that's necessary," he said. "And I will maintain again that I believe that when you fund a bridge to Alaska or you fund a highway in Florida that the people there don't even want, then money is diverted from much-needed projects." I have to tell you, that Bridge to no where in Alaska and the Florida highway are Republican projects. All pork projects bother me and there is an easy answer to them and to help the country at the same time.

We can strengthen our homeland defense that is another facade and in reality has been totally ignored. At the same time we can solve the pork problem that both parties take advantage of. They can have their pork and help their state and the country at the same time! We can clean up the abuse of the Political, legal, and financial system, and stop altogether the impetus of politicians to find loopholes to go around the soft money issue by having their special interest donations donated to a Presidential runners home State, an interest of the donor, or the States own school system that may benefit from the money. We should find out right away whether a nominee has the right thing in mind or his or hers own interest in mind. I am sick of al the underhanded childish games only for Political gain while the country is rapidly going down the tubes.

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


TomCat said...

McConJob comes down on both sides of every issue except war, war and more war.

an average patriot said...

It stinks and it makes me sick that like Bush it is sickeningly obvious and they get with it. I just don't get it but Bush, McCain, and Republicans can do what they want and nothing is said but as soon as a Dem does it they are roasted. What the hell? One of our idiots have to start pointing things out and standing up against these fools. Unless we beat their disinformation juggernaut we have nothing!

Minnesotablue said...

This whole bridge situation makes me sick!
The true story is this: Our Republican governor put in a know nothing transportation secretary. She is his Lt Governor also so she had a duel role. He said it was to save taxpayers money. She was and is a small time farmer with no experience and as a result ignored the bridges despite warnings from various experts.The bridge comes tumbling down and it is at least three days before she even makes an appearance. In the meantime Pawlenty continued to make excuses for her until the Democrats got her out.

an average patriot said...

Hi Minnesota
The whole bridge thing was horrific and for McCain to try and use it Politically is even worse. I can see blaming bush for Katrina though1
I have heard from others in Minnesota that you are trying to raise the money yourselves because Bush the mouth has not come through. As usual he will not!

TomCat said...

Jim, the reason for that is the Repuglicans are sold out to the media's own corporate agenda.

an average patriot said...

Tom they are all complicit and it really peeves me that they could care less how obvious it is and just laugh in our faces.