Today I again wish Barack Obama had lost the election of 2008. Again, I wish that John McCain were the president. Ironically, today at least, this has nothing to do with any particular disagreement I have with how President Obama is handling his duties. Today, at least, it has nothing to do with the fact that I admired the courage and grace shown by Sarah Palin as she was set upon by the vile and despicable denizens of JournOlist.
My desire for a fictitious John McCain Presidency comes from my desire to see him deliver a State of the Union Address next January. I want to see this man mount the podium in the teeth of the condign anger of the America he has made less safe and less prosperous. On the issues of taxation and immigration that John McCain has explaining to do.
We know well that 1 January 2011 marks the expiration of the tax cuts enacted under George W. Bush. We know this will not be a pretty thing. Deutsche Bank issued research regarding what would happen once the tax cuts lapsed.
The nascent US economic recovery would be halted in 2011 if Congress fails to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, analysts at Deutsche Bank said. …Deutsche said the drag on gross domestic product should they lapse could be as much as 1.5 percent, with the more likely impact at 1.1 percent.
(HT: Jeff Cox, CNBC)
This information becomes public against the leafy, green backdrop of the Commerce Department “re-issuing” three years of economic numbers in a shiny, red “Blame George Bush” collector’s edition. Details of the carnage follow below.
The Commerce Department, in revisions issued Friday, estimates the economy shrank 2.6 percent last year — the steepest drop since 1946. That’s worse than the 2.4 percent decline originally estimated. The economy’s plunge underscores why the unemployment rate surged to 10.1 percent in October, a 26-year high. The revisions in gross domestic product, or GDP, now show zero growth in 2008. That compares with a 0.4 percent gain previously estimated. The economy also grew less in 2007 (1.9 percent) than earlier thought (2.1 percent).
(HT: Jeannine Aversa, Rueters)
Keep in mind that it was Senator John McCain who spear-headed the demand to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts passed under President Bush expire in 2010. We would love to hear his perspective on how he would intend to “save or create jobs” in his own right in the face of a 1.5% down-step in American private sector wealth. This is your tidal wave, John McCain, explain to me why you would be better at allocating all of this wealth than a professional investor or industrialist. Explain to me why you and your fellow Senators have a moral entitlement to do so.
Taxes are not the only issue on which I’d love to see John McCain tap-dance on the hot stove of voter indignation. Federal Judge Susan Bolton last Wednesday struck down several portions of an Arizona law giving state authorities expanded authority and responsibility for enforcing Federal immigration laws. In her ruling, she disallowed a provision of Arizona SB 1070 that would have required officers to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants.
“The number of requests that will emanate from Arizona as a result of determining the status of every arrestee is likely to impermissibly burden federal resources and redirect federal agencies away from the priorities they have established,” Bolton wrote. “Federal resources will be taxed and diverted from federal enforcement priorities as a result of the increase in requests for immigration status determination(s),” she said.
(HT: Waren Richey, Christian Science Monitor)
The question John McCain should have to answer involves why this situation ever reached the point at which actually enforcing a set of laws already on the books as a part of the USC could be construed as an impermissible burden to Federal resources. Why is this law against being in the US being so flagrantly violated? This is a question for John McCain because his legislative career has done nothing but aid and abet the problem.
In 2006, John McCain spear-headed a legislative attempt to give the 400,000 people illegally in the State of Arizona an attenuated path to citizenship. This attenuated path to citizenship would have leapfrogged every one of these lawbreakers ahead of anyone stupid enough to go through the INS and immigrate to the United States in the legally proper fashion. His legislative initiative told the lawbreakers that Washington was really on their side.
As Senator McCain did everything in his power to make Arizona prostate before an unstoppable wave of undocumented immigrants, his sycophantic two-star flunky, “Senator” Graham from South Carolina libeled opponents of the measure by announcing “We will not let the bigots win.” As Arizona lost $2B every year because of illegal immigration and the U3 (not U6 mind you, U3) unemployment rate in border cities, amongst legal US citizens approached 20%, they finally took action born of desperation, and passed SB 1070. This all took place while their own Senator, John McCain, sold them down the river so that he could be seen as a “Mavarick.”
So once again, I wish John McCain were President. This time, for a change, this has nothing to do with any personal discontent I have with Barack Obama. It’s because once a year, at the State of The Union Address, the President has to face America. In 2011, with the Bush tax cuts expired, and the Arizona immigration law felled by nefarious, political lawfare, I would not want to be on that podium.
But somebody deserves to have to stand up there and try explaining to America why their country had been so sordidly raped by its uncaring, elitist, political leadership. I would hate being the guy who had to do it. I would especially hate being the guy who had to do it if I had as much to do with that state affairs as John McCain has throughout his political career. Next year’s State of The Union Address may be the one time in his adult life when John McCain actually deserves to be The President of The United States.
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