Again, all this business that McCain spouts about earmarks is so silly. No state elected official should ever apologize for winning federal funds for the benefit of their state. THAT’S THEIR JOB! The irony here is that McCain has been a complete no-show for his own state by adopting this phony, self-righteous view that all earmarks are wasteful. In order to stake out some ridiculous political territory, McCain has gone out of his way to deny Arizona federal funding of any kind for many worthwhile projects. He’s voted in by the citizens of Arizona yet he doesn’t lift a finger to actually improve our state.
And in the debate, the only answer McCain has for turning around our economy is this phony argument that if we just eliminate earmarks, we can turn things around. As you can see above, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a hallow notion. Not that reducing wasteful spending is bad, but it would be nice to have a GOP candidate wise enough to understand the distinction between worthwhile and irresponsible spending. From the looks of things, that’s sadly asking for entirely too much. Again, how Obama does not have a 10 point lead or more in the polls blows my mind.
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