Friday, October 31, 2008

McCain for President

Why John McCain? First, because his health care plan would end the absurd linkage of health insurance with employment. There are hundreds of thousands who can't quit their jobs to take a better one because they will lose their insurance. Also, the factor mentioned in the previous post, of government subsidies creating inflation, will be reduced. The subsidy currently is a percentage off the top, no matter how expensive the insurance. The McCain plan is a fixed amount, which will encourage shopping around. Also his plan allows consumers to buy an out-of-state policy, which may be a better fit in terms of coverage, or be more affordable.

McCain is one of the few politicians to take on the Farm Bill. This wasteful program funnels huge amounts of taxpayer money to agribusiness in this country, while it makes it hard for poor farmers elsewhere to sell their produce to American consumers. The Farm Bill is harmful to Americans as taxpayers and consumers, and should be massively cut. Obama continues to pander to Big Corn and supports it.

McCain was a member of the "Gang of 14" Senators who worked out a compromise on Judicial appointments. It seems clear that his appointments would be sensible conservative jurists, who would not gut the Second Amendment or graft new laws into the Constitution because it seemed like the right thing to do. Obama's program is a frightening contrast. He would appoint Judges who view the law as a tool to remake society in their own image, bypassing both the legislature and the considered judgement of our Founding Fathers as contained in the Constitution.

McCain supports the Second Amendment. McCain will not punish success with "spread the wealth" taxes. McCain supported the surge which has basically won the war in Iraq, while Obama wanted to surrender to Al Qaeda.

Okay you say, but what about Choice? Aren't you pro-Choice? If there were an election to outlaw abortion, I would probably vote against that. But this is not that election. McCain will face a Democratic Congress, and a Democratic Senate. There will be no Federal Laws limiting abortion in his administration. His Judicial appointments will be sensible Conservatives. Even if they feel Roe v. Wade was incorrectly decided (as I do, there is no clearer example of "legislating from the bench", though Breyer's dissent in Heller comes close) they will honor it as Stare Decisis. It may be bad law, but it is the law of the land.

Finally some of you may ask, "what about Israel?" I am a proud supporter of the America-Israel relationship, and I know that John McCain will continue it. I heard Obama's speech to AIPAC this past June, and it was a fine one too. Of course he made an error by mentioning an "undivided Jerusalem" which he had to back away from the next day, showing that Obama is not quite the policy wonk some say he is. In any case the difference is a matter of confidence. We have seen McCain for years and years, but have only a short record on Obama. Obama's relationship with Rashid Khalidi might be of some concern too of course.


  • Thank's Robert, I guess I'll vote for John McCain, after all. Just kidding! :p

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 November, 2008 01:04  

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