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McCain and Letterman Trade Barbs

McCain continued his one liners on the more formal part of his interview with David Letterman on the 'Late Show'.

McCain: We lost the election in 2006 and... one of the reasons is because we let spending get completely out of control.

And how does McCain think he will control spending (and the defecit), if he continues the war in Iraq, makes Bush's income tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%? The last measure alone is expected to increase the public defecit in 2009 from $410 billion to $700+ billion. The deficit would be much higher except for the administration accounting practice of using $331 billion Social Security surplus for (2009) to go into general revuene, to offset high federal government spending.


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Comments (5)

P. Bunyan:

"And how does McCain think he will control spending (and the defecit"

Umm, he can start by cutting most of the wasteful, harmful and useless marxist programs the Democrats have created these last 40 years. In fact he stated that he didn't support Bush's tax cuts for EVERYONE, BUT PROPORTIONALLY GREATER FOR THE LOWEST INCOME GROUPS (as opposed to the common marxist lie: "tax cuts for the wealthy"), because they did not also include spending cuts.

Also cutting taxes to the optimal level (rather than the opressive marxist wealth redistribution levels that Clinton and the 93-94 congress had them) increases revenue, but I'd never expect a fellow traveler like Crickmore to understand that.

"if he continues the war in Iraq"

So Crickmore thinks it will cost less to pull all the troops out as quickly as possible and let Al Qaeda & other Islamofascist terrorist organizations rebuild their forces, finances (with the help of Iraq's Oil), fortifications, and arsenals, and THEN have to send troops back in to a situation that is orders of magnitude worse than it was when we started in 2003? (And probablty require a draft to get a big enough force to handle the problem at that time.)

JLawson:

Ah, but that's for the FUTURE. He's not concerned about THAT. He wants what he wants when he wants it - and the long term ramifications of it be damned.

Youy know something? I like the idea of a President that can take a joke, and give it right back. Both Hillary and Obamessiah seem remarkably humorless and stiff.

The deficit would be much higher except for the administration accounting practice of using $331 billion Social Security surplus for (2009) to go into general revuene, to offset high federal government spending.


Oh, you mean the same accounting practice which has been used for over THIRTY YEARS?

Hmmm . . . WHO controlled Congress when this change was made?

Steve Crickmore:

Yes, Jim it appears this accounting practice has been going on for some years..I presumed it had, but appears that around 2020 it won't matter any more, when we no longer have a Social Securty surplus. How are we are going to pay for everything then? The answer from most politicians is we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

In the meantime, the reigning conventional thinking is give the Pentagon whatever they $want to fight the 'permanent war' on al-Qaeda which includes the war on Iraq, and if by the sound of McCain bringing Iran and Israel as much as he can into the discussion, a greater likelihood of an expanding war into the Middle East too.

John S:

Nice headline Steve. They weren't trading barbs, they were reading jokes off a teleprompter. I thought McCain was well-received for a N.Y. audience.


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