Friday, July 22, 2011

Would We Be Better Off If John McCain Were President?

Presidents serve the institutional interests of the corporations behind them. A President McCain may have at least triggered a true progressive fight.
July 17, 2011 |

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The following piece first appeared on Truthdig.

Democrats were united on one issue in the 2008 presidential election: the absolute disaster that a John McCain victory would have produced.

And they were right. McCain as president would clearly have produced a long string of catastrophes: He would probably have approved a failed troop surge in Afghanistan,engaged in worldwide extrajudicial assassination, destabilized nuclear-armed Pakistan,failed to bring Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to the negotiating table,expanded prosecution of whistle-blowers, sought to expand executive branch power, failed to close Guantanamo, failed to act on climate change, pushed both nuclear energy and opened new areas to domestic oil drilling, failed to reform the financial sector enough to prevent another financial catastrophe, supported an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, presided over a growing divide between rich and poor, and failed to lower the jobless rate.

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