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Sarah Palin's ghostwriter gets hold of John McCain's web site

The front page of John McCain's web site reads:

I remain committed to opposing any bill that puts your health care decisions in the hands of government bureaucrats while adding more than a trillion dollars to our country's deficit. Taxpayers simply cannot afford this government takeover of our health care system and this is our opportunity to put an end to it.

That's interesting, I guess, but what about the bill being considered by the Senate, which cuts $130 billion from our country's deficit and leaves health-care decisions exactly where they are now, wherever that might be?

By Ezra Klein  |  November 22, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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My email to Mr. McCain:

Hi John, I just wanted to correct you on your comment about the health care bill "adding one trillion" to the deficit. As you know, the CBO says it will actually cut over 100 billion from the deficit, not raise it. I'm sure this was just an oversight on your part, and you'll catch your mistake when you get back to your office (and have someone correct it, since I know you have trouble with the internet stuff).

A man as honorable as you would never let a falsehood like this stand. And I know you would never intentionally mislead anyone, or God forbid, lie.

Your Admirer, XXXX

Posted by: notindc1 | November 22, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

where would john mccain even come into any human contact with a poor or struggling person?
what would he know of americans, bitter over their lack of health care and financial concerns?

thinking about health care, or worse yet, thinking about the poor people without it, is probably just a bother for john mccain these days...not to mention having the concentration to read those many pages.
it is time for thanksgiving, and pleasant birdwatching out among the colorful oaks at his ranch in sedona....why be bothered and annoyed with health care this week?
i bet senatorial responsibilities are nothing but a bother these days for john mccain....but how hard it is to give up that power.
mccain and lieberman are getting old. soon, they will just be names in the history books. their reign of power will be over quite soon.
just not soon enough.

Posted by: jkaren | November 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Next week the ghostwriter will double the price and tell you that the government bureaucrat in charge of making health care decisions for you will be your local mailman.

Every week the ghostwriter'll be up'ing the ante.

Posted by: leoklein | November 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure David Broder will be writing a mashnote to his big mancrush, John McCain about this.

Posted by: thebuckguy | November 22, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse


You are either uninformed are a partisan shill. Did you not just see what the house did by passing the "Doc Fix" HR 33961 bill? According to the CBO when you combine both bills HR3962 and the HR 3961 their ends up being a deficit of a $60 Billion. Ooops, I guess you didn't see that. Of course the Senate tried to do the same thing, but that bill was defeated about a month ago, but we all know that it will get passed at some point, and that there won't be the cuts to medicare as advertised.

Another thing, I reviewed the CBO scoring, which you probably havn't, if you look at the bill closely the expenditures of the bill which includes the subsidies and etc are not spent until 2014 and fully implemented until 2015, yet taxes are collected in 2011. This bill is full of budget trickery, and is a complete shell game. It is outright deceptive, and I'm amazed that any so called 'journalist', 'columnist' or 'reporter' wouldn't call this bill a sham. check out page 3, 5 and 6. If you look into the scoring you will see that they frontloaded all the taxes and backloaded the benefits.

Not to mention that we all know that even with the "Doc Fix" and without the budget trickery which of course shows up 6 years from now, that this based on everything working smoothly, with no fraudulent activities or wastefull spending, which we all know that the government isn't able to effectively limit these obstacles.

So again, which is it, are you uninformed or a partisan shill?

Posted by: Magox | November 22, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Re: Magox...

Umm, front loading the taxes to pay for the expenses later isn't budget trickery, it's just responsibly saving to pay your coming bills. It's like pre-paying into a health savings account.

If a consumer does this, it's called layaway.

Posted by: DigiMark | November 22, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The only moron who comes close to Palin is McCain himself. He spawned this political freak. When will the media take off the kid gloves and discuss the real mcCain, the one who gained status by politica; favor, the one who dumped his invalid wife for a hairspray sniffing loon, the reckless playboy who would deny aid to others while he has sucked off the public tit all his life?

Posted by: Schwartz1 | November 22, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

John has stayed to long as it's time to retire. After watching the suck up to blacks with lies during the Elecion and pushing bimbo Sarah out there in hopes of getting Hillary's voters it's time to retire. Now McCain has 12 homes, gets social security, medicaid and anything available to seniors. He gets full Health Care paid by taxpayers yet doesn't see the need for taxpayers to get help. John ran back to DC to give Bush's Bailout to Wall Street/Banks and Auto Industry. Yet as President Obama wants to help the American people McCain Votes NO. John McCain is following Rush Limbaugh's orders to make sure Obama and the USA fail. Good news is we wont see any of these guys in heaven as there's another place for them in the end.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | November 22, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

You are either uninformed are a partisan shill."--

He's both. And worse.

The CBO has estimated what it's estimated, and if Klein wants to ignore the various, pointed caveats in the estimate, and whistle past the graveyards of static models and broken political "promises", that's his smarmy business. One can only guess what it is that passes through his head as rationale.

Posted by: msoja | November 22, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ezra, you minx.

Posted by: RoninJoey | November 22, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

To commenters, since when is raising taxes to pay for something "budgetary tricks"?

Caveats and estimates are what they are, and are present in all plans, except of course Republican spending plans such as Bush's medicare part D, which added a trillion to the debt without depending on any budgetary tricks to pay for it.

That said, Democrats are insane to enact any plan which delays short-term cost cutting measures because I predict insurers will artificially raise rates in the near-term to sabotage Democrats in future elections and to get the reform thrown out before it comes into effect. As such, any delay in cost cutting measures BETTER be accompanied by comprehensive FREEZES in insurance and medical rates so this scenario is prevented. We all saw what the credit card companies did when Congress delayed implementation of credit card reform (they raised rates and fees).

Posted by: Lomillialor | November 23, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

lomillialor: shame on you for asking a simple empirical question.

that's not how right-wingers think.

there are certain expenses - the defense budget, for example, and $1T of emergency spending on iraq and afghanistan - that don't have to ever be paid for.

and to the right wing mind, there is nothing else that the government should be involved in other than defense spending.

so to right-wingers, there actually is no connection between revenues and expenditures.

meanwhile, to the right-wing mind, taxes are always too high, especially since defense spending doesn't have to be paid for.

insofar as right-wingers ever meet prepayment of revenues - such as with the social security surplus - they steal it to reduce tax rates at the high end.

so of course magox is confused!

Posted by: howard16 | November 23, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

soggy the dunce has already made his decision: ideology trumps all.

This puts him alongside McCain, an deficit scold who has received government-run and government-funded healthcare his entire life.

Posted by: pseudonymousinnc | November 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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