Last night, President Bush enthusiastically passed the torch to the man who has voted with him 90% of the time and is promising to continue this President's legacy for the next four years. As President Bush said last night, if you liked the last eight years "the man we need is John McCain." The President--like the rest of last night's speakers--completely ignored the economy, but in the last month, both have said the "fundamentals of our economy are strong." No wonder 64 percent of Americans are "very" or "somewhat concerned" that John McCain "would pursue policies that are too similar to what George W. Bush has pursued."
Last night, McCain's friends talked about his "independence," but in reality John McCain wants to continue Bush's tax cuts for the top one percent and companies that ship jobs overseas, while offering nothing for more than 100 million middle class families. John McCain thinks the fundamentals of our economy are "strong," despite the fact that millions of Americans are struggling with lost jobs and shrinking wages, fighting to keep their health care and their homes, and paying more for everything from gas to groceries. Just yesterday, Senator Phil Gramm--the man who wrote John McCain's economic plan--again dismissed struggling Americans as "whiners."
John McCain and his advisors don't get it. American families can't afford four more years of the same failed policies and flawed politics.
But, McCain's selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate shows that more of the same is exactly what John McCain is offering. He made a hasty, politically motivated decision to pick someone who would mollify the right wing of his party and who shares his view that the economic policies of George W. Bush are working and should continue.
McCain's selection of Governor Palin tells us a lot about his judgment. She doesn't have the record of reform that McCain says she does, she supported the infamous Bridge to Nowhere she now claims to oppose, she cozied up to scandal-plagued Senator Ted Stevens, and hired a lobbying firm to secure millions in earmarks from Washington--a practice that John McCain criticizes on the campaign trail. And on top of that, she's under investigation in Alaska.
That tells us a lot about John McCain's judgment and the kind of decisions he makes. He wanted to make a statement by picking a running mate who looked like a "reformer" - but really he picked more of the same old politics. We have a choice to make in this election. We can either choose a new direction for our economy and our country, or we can keep doing what we've been doing--and that's the course that Senator McCain and Governor Palin would have us follow.