The Real John McCain Has a Clear Fiscal Record

John ArmstrongEconomy/Economics

Various conservatives have attacked John McCain as if he were a tax-and-spend liberal economically. Nothing is further from the truth as Ken Stach proved beyond serious doubt in today’s Wall Street Journal.

You can certainly disagree with the Reagan-McCain approach to taxes, and many fine godly people do. Different views of the role of government in economic matters is an open debate that we ought to be able to have in this country. I think we will have it before November and if Obama is the nominee I think it will not turn into a bitter partisan debate. I, for one, welcome this honest discussion about how government should act with regard to monetary policy and budgeting. I believe this election will thus be one that will allow us to have a real debate about this subject.

But if you do not like John McCain, and I still respect you if you do not, please do not spread the lies that Senator McCain is a liberal on economic issues because he opposed President Bush, the stronger conservative on this issue. (It is Bush, after all, who spent wildly and never vetoed the immense overspending of the last seven years in Congress!) The record, as Stach will show you clearly, is quite different than the way the Senator has been represented by the far right attack dogs on their talk shows; e.g. Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc. (I stopped listening to all these people two weeks ago. I am back to NPR, even with its own bias. I only listen in my car anyway. I have found NPR, or even silence, to be preferred to the entertainment industry that is called conservative talk radio. To my mind these talkers are no more credible than kindergarten students when it comes to serious political discourse.)

I wondered to myself, just a four weeks ago, "Why do Phil Gramm and Jack Kemp, two of the most consistent supply-side thinkers of the Reagan coalition, endorse McCain if he is such a political heretic on taxation and budget related issues?" This article answered my questions totally and completely. If you care about these kinds of issues then read this article and see for yourself. Disagree with McCain or Obama if you will but please let us have a really honest discussion of the big issues between now and November. I say again, I think we have a better chance of this happening than we’ve had in nearly thirty years. The sharp divergence in the respective views of the role of government between John McCain and Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton, who might still rally but I would not bet a dime on it), are stark and easy to see if you try to get into this subject with your mind. McCain is not puffing himself up when he says, "I was a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution." He really was and the evidence is quite clear.