Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain's funding freeze

McCain said during the second presidential debate:
“I recommend a spending freeze that — except for defense, Veterans Affairs, and some other vital programs, we’ll just have to have [an] across-the-board freeze."
But when a McCain campaign spokesman spoke on Tuesday to a group that lobbies Congress -- you guessed it -- the spokesman explained why the spending freeze did actually apply to them. McCain would reaffirm his commitment to a federal "spending freeze" Wednesday during the third debate (without mentioning this caveat). The journal Science reports:

The McCain campaign . . . has committed to upping funding for federal research agencies, Brannon [a McCain campaign spokesman] said at a briefing sponsored by Research!America, an advocacy group made up of hundreds of organizations including universities, pharmaceutical companies, physician societies and patient groups. . . .

Research funding for federal agencies is of immense importance to influential and well-funded interests such as those that make up Research!America’s membership.
The McCain campaign spokesman says one thing to an important lobby group, while the candidate himself says quite another thing to the general public. To what other lobby groups is the McCain campaign making similar behind-the-scenes promises? Wink-wink.

Of course, the whole notion of a spending freeze makes no sense. See here.

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