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Posted on 06/07/2008 6:33:28 AM PDT by K-oneTexas
Why McCain Would Make a Better President by Aaron Goldstein
McCain knows what government can and cannot do. More importantly, he knows what government should and should not do.
Should Barack Obama be elected President of the United States this November his chances for a successful term in office are slim to none.
As the candidate who extols the virtue of hope and change and whose audience chants in unison, "Yes we can!," Obama has set expectations so high that he is bound to fall short of lofty expectations.
After all, Obama has said this election is not so much about winning as it is about transforming the nation. This transformation would consist of (but would not be limited to) ending the War in Iraq; giving every American government health care, stopping lobbyists from running Washington and ending tax breaks to American companies that ship job overseas. It would come as no surprise to me if Obama told his adoring audiences they could eat all the ice cream they wanted without getting indigestion.
Levity aside, it does beg two questions. Can Obama transform this nation? Should Obama transform this nation?
If Obama cant transform America then he is going to have a lot of explaining to supporters who will find themselves disenchanted and disappointed. They will come to view Obama as just another politician, a mere mortal. On the other hand, Obama could very well transform America but that doesnt mean he should.
Sure we can leave Iraq. But what if Iran takes over Iraq? Sure Obama could meet with Ahmadinejad and try to reason with him. But what if Ahmadinejad laughs at Obama and decides to take Americans hostage? What if withdrawal from Iraq emboldens Islamic fundamentalists to carry out another attack on American soil on the scale of 9/11 or perhaps greater?
Sure we can give every American government health care. But will Obama tell Americans that their health care will be rationed? Health care for every American is nice as long as Americans dont mind waiting two years for an MRI exam or for surgery. Heaven help those who dont have two years to wait.
Sure we can stop lobbyists from running Washington and curtail their power. But tell me how you go about it without violating the First Amendment? And are some lobbyists more equal than others? I have a friend who tells me that only people who lobby for bad things should be reigned in. So would Obama exempt unions, environmentalists and anti-poverty organizations from lobby reform and only target those organizations that support lower taxes, veterans and Israel?
Sure we can stop giving tax breaks to American companies that ship jobs overseas. But how does whooping companies upside the head for investing overseas encourage them to invest at home? Besides, does Obama really want to stop American entrepreneurs from investing in places dear to him, such as Indonesia or Kenya, even if those entrepreneurs could have created those jobs here?
There are two lessons here. Dont make promises you cant keep and dont make promises that arent worth keeping.
Conversely, not much is expected of John McCain. While liberals have swooned over Obama, many conservatives view McCain with suspicion. In fact, one of the pledges McCain has made is downright unpopular staying in Iraq to win. But, of course, it takes a man of courage to do the right thing even if it isnt the popular thing at the time. McCain supported the surge in Iraq when nearly no one else in Washington would. Yet because of his political clout that accompanied the brilliant strategy of General David Petraeus, the surge has worked. Of course, there is more to be done in Iraq. But if anyone can see this nation through what has become a very complicated war it is McCain.
Make no mistake. McCain isnt trying to win a high school popularity contest with his position on Iraq. Why would McCain stick his neck out for President Bush, a man with whom he has had substantive differences, if he did not truly believe in winning the War in Iraq, let alone the surge? McCain is dead serious when he says that he would rather lose an election than lose a war. The same cannot be said for Obama.
Of course, McCain wants to win this election. But he doesnt want to do it by telling people what he thinks they want to hear. Nor does he want to do it by telling people he is going to transform this nation. To do so would be an act of outright dishonesty. Besides, no one person, no matter how attractive and charismatic, should delude himself and others into thinking he can transform the nation with the stroke of a pen. McCain knows what government can and cannot do. More importantly, he knows what government should and should not do.
McCains proposals are modest but practical. They include an annual holiday on the Federal Gas Tax and Diesel Tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day; a repeal of the alternate minimum tax, a reduction in corporate taxes from 35 to 25%; a direct refundable tax credit for individuals and families looking for alternatives to employer-based health insurance; providing families resources to move their children from failing schools and an opportunity for homeowners to trade an onerous variable rate mortgage for a long-term fixed rate mortgage that better reflects the market value of the home. These proposals arent spoken of in grandiose language nor will they transform America. But they will help Americans who are in genuine need of it and help make day-to day-living a little more manageable.
I am not suggesting for a minute that McCain will implement these things with ease. After all, McCain has said he will veto any legislation that contains earmarks. A Democrat-controlled Congress isnt likely to be inclined to go along with McCains proposals if he chooses to carry a veto stamp in his pocket. But McCain has also made a career of working with Democrats and if there is any Republican President who could get things done with a Democrat Congress, it is McCain. That might be an anathema to some conservatives but it will be music to the ears of the majority of Americans, liberal and conservative, who just want their government to work.
There is nothing wrong with Americans who are filled with hope and want change. But there is a difference between optimism and wishful thinking. Some promises arent attainable while other promises would do more harm than good. Barack Obamas rhetoric might soar to the highest sky but in the real world his words are out of reach. John McCains rhetoric might not stir our collective imagination but in the real world his words rest on a foundation of solid ground. This is why I believe John McCain would make a better President of the United States.
Aaron Goldstein writes about the things that pique his insatiable curiosity. In addition to politics, he is an aficionado of baseball, poetry, music and ketchup flavored potato chips. Aaron satiates his various appetites in Boston. email@example.com http://www.poetsforthewar.org
That's all I need.
ROTFLOL!!! Could not/will not read past this first sentence!
He certainly has a firm grip on the FIRST AMENDMENT!
Yeah, that slogan worked out real well in 2004:
I'm not Bush!
I'm sure you remember that mantra. IIRC, nearly everyone on FR was LOL at the stupidity of that election slogan, now they are adopting it as their own. How pathetic.
Pfhtttttttttttt! He knows what gubmint should and should not do.
It shouldn’t be stealing from hard working Americans in support of a fool Gorebal warming scheme. It shouldn’t be making laws to restrict free speech, and it sure as hell has no right to sell out out sovereignty.
McCain must have forgot he shouldn’t do these things.
The republicans have become the democrats and the irony isn’t lost on me.
Well educated...I really think Obama is ignorant. He’s spent too much time with his “groupies” and never sees the broad picture. HE IS....the enemy from within.
Yeah McCain/Fiengold is a perfect example of how Government should control freedom of speech! Too bad he wasn't leading the way to actually do something with the party when they were spending like drunken sailors in a Singapore Whore House! Guess his appearances on No Ball's with Chrissy Matthews was more important!
No way those kool-aid drinkers would think their "messiah" has disappointed them.
So, if I get the gist of this article, Sen. McCain is better because he would be more effective at expanding the scope and breadth of government?
What a ringing endorsement (/s).
And he’s NOT Obama!
Now that is a most complex reason to sell your party, beliefs and country down the road of Ultra huge and intrusive Government. (Cap & Trade scams)
McCain could become the first President from the socilaist Republicrat party.
I don't want to, I'd rather vote for McCain but since between now and then we are going to have a virtual hate fest every time McCain's name comes up I'll be Voting for Obama rather then supporting the only choice we have been given.
I don't like it much either but it is my way of protesting all the hatred aimed at a man who may only serve this country for next Four Years as it's president after serving it all of his adult life.
I know my vote will probably put Obama into office and cause the destruction of this country as we know it in the hands of a George Soros puppet, but The pride of the conservative movement is at stake here sticking to their ideas is more important to them then saving the country from Obama the man who would destroy it with health care programs that would burden the American tax payer in ways they cannot even imagine, and neuter our military until the point where we could be invaded by San Marino....
An actual San Marino Soldier in full battle kit
And other things I would rather not think about given the fact that Obama will have a Congress controlled by even more democrats all thanks to those conservatives that have put their ideas over actually having some voice in government via representation not matter how weak it might be in the form of republican candidates they have refused to support. Who knows I might even start smoking and drinking again to shorten up my lifespan before the crap really hits the fan...
and it will...
No candidate is perfect.
I did not get my most perfect candidate, even though I voted for him.
I did not get my next most perfect candidate.
I did not get my candidate who was just a bit less perfect than my next most perfect candidate.
I did not even get my candidate who was less perfect than the candidate who was just a bit less perfect than my next most perfect candidate.
I did not even get my candidate who was less perfect than the candidate who was less perfect than the candidate who was just a bit less perfect than my next most perfect candidate.
What I did get was someone running as a Republican who was close enough to Hillary to take votes from Obama.
There should be no surprise that many of us are not 'galvanized' by McCain.
The only thing which will get him elected is the fact that there may be more people out there who see Obama as the anti-Christ than see him as a saviour.
Either way you flip that coin, short of it landing on edge, we have problems.
I am tired of people blindly follwing a person who keeps saying “I will change things” and nothing more.
I want to know specifics. What will be changed? From what TO WHAT?????
When? How? What are the long term effects?
Too many items seem to be changing with absolutely no looking beyond the nose of the person advocating the changes. No one seems to be able to think anymore, and we have the teachers to thank for that. Ust a somputer...use a calculator....don’t learn how to find anything in a library....just get all your stimulation from audio and video crap....
Better my enemy before me than behind me
Boil the frog quickly.
Personally I won’t vote for Obama but I won’t help McCain either.