John McCain told a crowd the other day that he is a "new" Republican, that is to say, as he and his advisors have repeatedly insisted, that John McCain is separated from George W. Bush. Such situations as these call for honesty and candor. While John McCain may differ from George W. Bush, he certainly is not different.
McCain will prove this seemingly impossible contradiction when he makes a major speech on "climate change" today. When speaking about "climate change," McCain will be following in the footsteps of Bush in talking about eveything but what is important to ordinary Americans.
Yet, on the issue of "climate change" I, with unusual confidence, must say that I am strongly behind the views of our President and his administration, whose position is directly opposite of that of McCain's.
McCain will be using his "climate" speech to speak out in support of a bill sponsored by his good buddy Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) which would seek, of all things, to place a new gasoline tax on Americans, who are about to learn that, when it comes to high gas prices, they ain't seen nothing yet.
McCain's "new" Republicanism does not seek any bold new solutions to the current energy crisis, but instead seeks to dredge up the old liberal love theory of politicizing the weather in order to justify putting an even tighter squeeze on America's families and businesses. Nowhere, in fact, is the term "energy alternatives" being used by McCain (or Obama), both of whom apparently have been the beneficaries of too much love from big oil's pocketbook.
Indeed, how foolish it would be to believe that those blessed by the financial largesse of big oil would ever do anything that could possibly put a damper on its profit line, such as seeking to find a way to spare Americans their daily shakedown at the pump.
There is, perhaps, no better way than to put the heat on those in the GOP like McCain who facilitate the tyranny of big oil (and big government) than by voting for Presidential candidates like Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin who do not take money from corporations whose profit lines come into conflict with the best interests of the American people, due to over-regulation on the part of the government.
If John McCain truly cared about the plight of Americans being faced with monstrous gas prices, he would start first by advocating for real change to fix the short-term crisis. This would entail measures such as suspending all Federal and State taxes on gasoline, which place an extra 50-75 cents on each gallon depending on which state you live in. He could then seek to overturn the regulations which place counter-productive restrictions on the building of new refineries, more of which are absolutly needed in order for the supply of gasoline to keep up with America's rapidly growing population (and consumption).
The long-term fix would require spending cuts (pork-barrel elimination anyone?) which would free up money to spend on development and incentives for the creation of viable and sustainable energy alternatives, which would therefore allow us to cut our now-total dependance on oil, allowing us to be sustained on our vast domestic sources and not be depedant on a supply from countries in volatile regions.
However, don't expect talk like this to be coming from McCain (or Obama) anytime soon.