Sunday, March 12, 2006

Money Mad

Reposted as history. Originally posted in March of 2005.

Jacob Sullum - March 11, 2005 -

In 1991, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee for his "poor judgment" in meeting with federal bank regulators who were investigating Arizona businessman Charles Keating, one of his campaign contributors. Ever since then, McCain has been trying to show he is not a hack politician kowtowing to special interests but a man of integrity and principle.

Yet the main principle served by McCain's crusade for campaign finance "reform" has been the principle of incumbent protection, the same goal that motivates hack politicians who kowtow to special interests. In the end, it's hard to see how McCain's crusade to remove the corrupting influence of money from politics is any more admirable than the corruption of which he was suspected in the Keating scandal.

I certainly agree with the last statement above ..... actually I agree pretty much with the entire article. John McCain is a good man who has rationalized supporting some of the most corrupt legislation that has ever been passed. It's clear his actions have harmed free speech. McCain-Feingold has allowed for government bureaucrats to have power over individual citizens that should never be allowed.

Why McCain cannot see the evil he has inflicted is not clear, but then George W. Bush seems to have a similar unwillingness to accept that his support for illegal immigration is not in our country's interest either. I suppose everyone has a blind spot somewhere and I am not excluded. I still feel that McCain's support for unconstitutional legislation that harms our country makes him unfit to be President, a position he clearly wants badly.


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