Now about McCain . . . SADLY, I think in terms of realpolitik he's the only solid enough choice in the middle to 'placate' both libs and conservatives . . .
If the libs and cons only need placating, then we have degenerated back to the Roman Colosseum, throwing a thumbs down on each and every gladiator that displeases us. Have we fallen so far?
Look at McCain's Issue pages. The very first one is about our economic situation, and his first proposal is to cut corporate taxes. Who do you really think he is placating? Nearly all of his proposals result in the reduction of tax revenue during times when we are going Trillions of dollars in debt and spending Billions more off-budget in Iraq and elsewhere in this insane foreign policy debacle. I also notice that most of his ideas are coming from places like The Tax Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and panels and reports coming out of the current administration. Is McCain going to be yet another puppet presidency?
His tax plan continues with claims of being able to cut middle class taxes, which is a false claim. He might be able to force cuts in the Federal taxes, but then state and local taxes will rise to fill the gap and we'll be worse off then ever. Taxes are the dues that we pay to be part of a civil society. If we don't want to pay our dues, we shouldn't be living in this country. It's insulting, and destructive, to the American Dream to claim that money is the be all and end all of what the US Government can offer our people. I'm completely sick of it.
His economic plan also calls for lowering "barriers to trade", making it even easier for capital to control our lives by shipping jobs out of the country. He says he wants to end "pork barrel spending". Not counting the bridge to nowhere in Alaska, most of that pork is supplementing revenue on a state and local level that states and local jurisdictions can no longer afford because the Federal Government lowered taxes so far under Reagan that it can no longer step up to the table and help. "Pork" is one of the main reasons why we elect people to congress, so they can bring help for local communities back from Washington DC. If that ends, what's the damned point!?
We need investment in infrastructure. We need our roads repaved, our transit systems funded, our water and sewer systems rebuilt, our electrical power systems enhanced to meet the demands of the 21st century. How the hell are we going to do all of that if the Feds decide that it's not their responsibility? Can St. Pete, Florida afford to tax its own people, at least the rich ones living in those condos, enough to help feed all of the people in that homeless park? If they do, those rich people will most likely leave for better areas that don't "tax them so damned much", leaving the homeless population to drown with no tax base to support them.
I could go on and on. If McCain gets the Republican nomination, I'm sure I will go on and on trying to convince people one at a time that 28 years of Reaganism is pushing this country over a cliff, and the entire world will follow. If you think oil wars are bad, wait until you see the water wars.