Like most Americans I greatly admire Senator McCain
personally. However, I have not been a
big supporter of many of his political views and moves. Nevertheless, though, the thought struck me:
what if he had won in 2008 instead of Obama?
For one thing, the TARP bailout, which rescued the financial
system that was crashing, would still have gone through, because it was
approved by President Bush in October, 2008.
President Obama likes to take credit for it, but it was in place before
he became president. The Stimulus bill,
which is considered an enormously expensive failure, (the shovel-ready jobs did
not exist according to Obama himself) would not have happened. There probably would have been some sort of
stimulus, but not one aimed at saving government jobs.
First – Iraq
and the Middle East.
There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that the whole
course of events in the Middle East would have been
different because McCain would have left a large force of combat troops as a
peace-keeping force in Iraq. This would have saved Iraq
from all the terrorism and bloodshed it has experienced, and would have had a
calming influence in Syria,
Egypt and Libya.
Second – Israel
Obama has made little attempt to disguise his hatred for Israel,
and this has had a profound effect not only on our relations with Israel,
but on any joint venture to stop Iran
from acquiring nuclear weapons. McCain
would also have responded with encouragement and active support when Iranians
took to the streets demanding freedom.
If you recall, Obama was silent, and a defining moment was lost to
Third – Obamacare.
There would not be a program called Obamacare to destroy the
American healthcare and Medicare systems if McCain had won. This program was sneaked through the Senate
without a single Republican vote, and most of its enrollees are people who lost
their previous healthcare insurance due to Obamacare regulations. I hope the irony of this has not been lost on
the voters – particularly since the government- mandated insurance plans are
abysmal compared to the plans that were cancelled.
Does anyone doubt that McCain would have honored Bush’s program
to place missile-defense shields in the Czech
Republic and in Poland? Does anyone think that Putin would have
invaded the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine
if the shields and the troops to guard them had been in place?
Fifth – the economy.
The so-called recovery from recession has been the weakest
in recent history, with hundreds of thousands of new regulations and Obamacare
requirements and uncertainties, unfathomable executive decisions (i.e. the
attempt to stop Boeing from building a
new plant and the sabotaging of the Keystone pipeline) holding down business
growth and hiring – especially small business where most new growth
occurs. None of this would have happened
had McCain been elected.
There is much grist for the mill. I have not even mentioned serious scandals
like: unconstitutional acts, Fast and Furious, IRS harassment and persecution, Benghazi,
Solyndra, treatment of Chrysler bondholders, racial mongering, class warfare,
etc. etc. etc.
President Obama is the most dangerous man ever to appear in
national politics. I only hope for the
sake of my grandchildren that most of his plans and policies can be reversed
once we are rid of him.