Score one for John McCain this week in his presidential quest. As nearly every presidential candidate has noted, this campaign is about change. Which candidate will stand and be counted for the change that really matters? For years, people on welfare had served as convenient whipping boys for what was claimed to be wrong about our society. The criticism was that a segment of our society (hint; they generally have a darker skin color than the rest of us) was buying Cadillacs and living well while we hard working white people (for example, voters in West Virginia) paid through the nose for it by supporting these good for nothings on welfare. Remember Reagan's Welfare Queen? Bill Clinton firmly entrenched himself in the center of American politics in the mid-1990s by stealing the Republican's thunder on this issue and reforming welfare policies and practices. But wait, there is more. The largest form of welfare that exists in our land is the billions of dollars that are passed on each year to farmers, many of whom are in the top one percent income bracket. Congress just this week passed a new farm bill continuing this massive giveaway of our hard earned tax dollars and, perhaps, no issue symbolizes more than this gigantic largesse the need for a change in our political goals.
Sounds like just the ticket for Obama, right? Sorry, but Obama voted for the bill and, in my opinion, he has some mighty explaining to do to justify that vote. McCain voted against it saying "it would be hard to find any single bill that better sums up why so many Americans in both parties are so disappointed in the conduct of their government, and at times so disgusted by it.”
Score One for John McCain.