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John McCain’s True Colors

Nobody should be surprised. The presumed Republican presidential nominee is a clone of the present failed president, and in that regard he is much worse.

TFA does not make political endorsements for a number of perfectly good reasons. First, Democrats pay lip  service to progressive domestic polices and deliver nothing. Jimmy Carter is without doubt the most ardently anti-Amtrak president so far. Both political parties are owned by big energy companies, truckers, airlines and the favored few special interests who are the exclusive lords of transportation policy. 

John McCain will make a major announcement today. You can read all about it in the Politico blog.

McCain promises to balance budget

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico. 

The vow to take on Social Security puts McCain in a political danger zone that thwarted President Bush after he named it the top domestic priority of his second term.

McCain is making the pledge at the beginning of a week when both presidential candidates plan to devote their events to the economy, the top issue in poll after poll as voters struggle to keep their jobs and fill their gas tanks. 

“In the long-term, the only way to keep the budget balanced is successful reform of the large spending pressures in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,” the McCain campaign says in a policy paper to be released Monday. 

“The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction.” 

One does not need to be some sort of gifted political strategist to realize that if John McCain is willing to let elderly Americans freeze to death and die a merciless death of starvation, he certainly does not care about transportation policy or any long-range policy that might be helpful to those of us who work for a living. 

His policies are distinctly elitist and an homage to the administration of George W. Bush.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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