In s dizzying display of circular logic and conflicting messages, John McCain has vowed to "balance" the budget within his first term as President. How, you might ask? Well, by reducing wasteful spending and—get this—savings from our victories in Afghanistan and Iraq.
McCain already took a drubbing for promising to veto any bill with pork spending only to backpedal when informed that much of the "pork" is spent on subsidies for Israel, farmers, education, border security, etc., etc.
The fantasy of "victory" in the middle east is equally confusing given the fact that John McCain would like to establish a 100 year presence in the region. Even if the presense is in a non-combat situation does he think off-shore bases run on horse feathers and pixie dust?
In a policy paper to be released today, the McCain campaigns said, that his 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."
The Politico points out that, "The pledge is a return to an earlier position he'd later backed away from. On April 15, McCain backed off a February pledge to balance the budget in his first term when asked about it by Michael Cooper of The New York Times, who reported that McCain said 'at a news conference ... that 'economic conditions are reversed' and that he would have a balanced budget within eight years.'"
So, it's the same old switch-a-roo. That's straight talk for ya...