Sunday, April 27, 2008

John McCain, the honest candidate, sort of

John McCain, the fellow who foisted McCain Feingold upon us has managed to find a loophole he inserted to protect himself.

McCain pushed legislation that would require candidates to pay the full price of a chartered jet, instead of a first class ticket price, for travel. The idea was that the candidate wouldn't be bought by special interests and would keep the Politicans from accepting a bribe in the form of essentially free airplane usage.

Of course, McCain had a loophole. It seems that this only applies if the airplane is not the property of either the candidate, or their family, or a corporation the candidate, or his family, control. McCain's wife owns a major corporation, and her airplane was used exclusively by Maverick John McCain for essentially what it would have cost the candidate to get a coach seat on flights to the various destinations.

“I have never thought about it,” Mr. McCain was quoted by The Arizona Republic as saying at a July appearance. “I would never do such a thing, so I wouldn’t know what the legalities are.”

Good for the goose but not for me John McCain. The wrong man for the White House, at any time.

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