John McCain’s Sensitive to the Poor the Way I’m a Male Super Model

In other words, he’s not. Of course, this is still one of many of the ways he chooses to attack Senator Barack Obama for not supporting McCain’s summer tax break at the fuel pump, a tax break he says will help out many low income Americans.

My one problem, of course, is this tax break is itself a little misleading. More accurately, it is a promised tax break to oil companies that one would hope gets passed on to the poor folks driving old gas guzzlers. There’s nothing saying they would have to, of course, but one could always hope.

Okay, maybe that’s not the only thing that bothers me.

Of course, a tax cut over the summer for the oil companies probably would result in lower gas prices… temporarily. Big Oil knows which hand feeds them and which hand to bite. If such a tax break were to be enacted, Big Oil would let it pass straight on to the customers, not out of any sense of philanthropy mind you, but because it would make John McCain look great just in time to get elected, and then we would see the gas crunch just get worse.

But I digress.

Imagining John McCain, the forty million dollar man (with eight houses), as a crusader of the poor strikes me as outright laughable. Compared to McCain and Hillary both, Barack’s broke at a measly 1.7 mil. Nor does McCain’s record necessarily back up how sensitive he is for the poor, as On The Issues adequately chronicles.

For instance, in March of 2005, McCain voted NO on repealing tax subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas (Rustbelt voters, pay attention. This is what we like to call “enabling”), also voted twice to reform bankruptcy laws in such a way to make it more difficult for struggling Americans to claw their way out of insurmountable debt. Further, there doesn’t seem to be a free trade deal that John McCain doesn’t like. Now remember, for those of you playing at home, free trade without regulation is great for corporations, not so great for people looking for jobs. FAIR trade, wherein you use various regulations to even out the playing field with the agreeing country gives American workers an opportunity to compete with foreign labor pools.

  • Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing ‘fast track’ presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Now, think about that for just one moment. 100% rating by CATO; that’s not exactly a brilliant endorsement on behalf of poor people. Down With Tyranny takes an even closer look at McCain’s record and sees that while McCain is claiming this newfound sensitivity to poor people, it is the poor, the children, Native Americans, and the unemployed that are getting run over repeatedly by “the bus.”

    He further digs a hole by once again bringing up capital gains taxes in his new role of champion of the poor. The only problem here is that the poor aren’t getting the stuffing kicked out of them by cap gains taxes. In fact, if you’re poor, there’s a pretty good chance that you have never seen any capital gains that could be taxed.

    Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

    But it really boils down to that same point we come to over and over again. McCain is a continuation of Bush’s economic policies, right down to the support of privatizing Social Security. Or, as it was once called, “the ownership society.” The ownership society was all fine and dandy… for those who actually owned something. The more you owned, the better. Problem is, these folks that McCain is all of a sudden so sensitive over really don’t own much of anything at all, and would thusly get pretty much screwed by the ownership society.

    Just like his support for the troops, McCain’s more talk than walk.

    More at Memeorandum: American Street, Hullabaloo and AMERICAblog

    (edited by DrGail)

    2 Responses to “John McCain’s Sensitive to the Poor the Way I’m a Male Super Model”

    1. Sherry says:

      This article is a lie!!! You ought to be ashamed of yourself!!! Obama DID NOT support McCain’s
      policy for a summer tax break at the pump!!! Obama is against it…It’s Hillary that supports this
      summer gas tax!!

    2. Aw crap… typo, I’m sorry, I need to fix that.

      Relax, I forgot to write a “not” in there.

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