One reason I thought John McCain would be a good president was that, unlike many in our party, he has always stood firm against wasteful government spending. True to his record, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee has come out swinging against his erstwhile opponent’s spendthrift “stimulus.”
In an e-mail to his supporters, McCain praised President Obama for having discussions with Republicans, yet faulted the Democrat for not giving them “the opportunity to be involved.”
The Arizona Republican didn’t mince words in criticizing the “stimulus:”
Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. . . . .
. . . we need to evaluate every bit of spending in this stimulus proposal with one important criteria – does it really stimulate the economy and help create jobs – if the answer is no, it does not belong in a so-called stimulus package. . . . Finally, we need an end game to this stimulus so that when our economy recovers, these spending programs do not remain permanent and saddle our children with a skyrocketing national debt.
Let’s hope other Republicans are equally blunt. It’ll help the American people see they’ve learned from their mistakes in the past years and are now committed to standing up to excess government spending.
Kudos to John McCain for leading the way.