For those conservatives still wary about supporting my man McCain this year, I suggest you take a gander at an article which appeared this morning in the Los Angeles Times. Here, we learn at the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is taking aiming at spending. Remember, this is the guy who in 2003, faulted his congressional colleagues for their spendthrift ways, accusing them of spending “like a drunken sailor.”
The Arizona Senator may have parted company with the GOP on several issues near and dear to the hearts of conservatives, but on two key planks from the Reagan platform, he has been remarkably consistent over the years: remaining steadfast on national security and holding the line on federal spending.
And this while other presumptive conservatives proposed their own earmarks and signed onto bloated budget bills. So, when the presumptive Republican nominee contends our party’s based “has been de-energized to a degree because of spending,” he’s got a point.
Contrast his commitment to fiscal prudence with the record and proposals of his Democratic rivals for the White House.
Glenn Reynolds reported on Tuesday that Ms. Hillary requested “nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year.” Her Arizona colleague has promised to eliminate earmarks.
While both Mrs. Clinton and her Democratic rival “champion fiscal responsibility on the campaign trail . . . , both Democratic presidential hopefuls are promising massive new spending without providing details on how they’d pay for it.” That quote wasn’t from some conservative blog, but from a news article.
Electing either Democrat would mean further increasing our national debt, increasing the tax burden or both. Not to mention increasing the role of the federal government in our lives.
Controlling the size and scope of the federal government has been at the heart of the American conservative movement since its inception. And John McCain has stood up to spendthrift Congresses and profligate presidents. Conservatives may not agree with him on other issues, but on this one he has stood firm.
On another note, for a portrait of John McCain, the man, you must read this piece by Karl Rove.