Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Promises, Promises, Promises, Promises.....Pro...You Get it

It will come as a shock to no one reading this blog that politicians, especially Presidential candidates make lots of promises. John McCain has taken the art of promise-making to a new level. On the one hand, John McCain needs to maintain his appeal with his base so he promises to lift the ban on off shore drilling. An act that would do nothing to alleviate short term oil prices and would do everything to maintain the choke-hold oil has on our economy. 

That promise was met by a new one as reported by the Newshour, a $300 million dollar prize for the best car battery.  A promise made to appeal to the independents he needs to win the general election. 

John McCain has made some more promises, like to cut the corporate tax rate and solve the budget gap with spending cuts. Those spending cuts would have to total a 30% cut in non-discretionary spending and virtually all discretionary spending to cover the shortfall we have today, to say nothing of the shortfall that would occur if taxes were cut further. 

Then there's the promise that we would be out of Iraq by 2013, that's a new goal post for success there, how much would you like to bet that if McCain were president sometime around 2011, we'd realize we need to be there until 2018? 

McCain has taken his shots at Obama for breaking his promise on campaign financing, as he should. But where is the media analyzing the promises McCain is making that he has no reasonable means of keeping? 

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