Amazingly, McCain got grilled at a hedge fund. Little wonder: this man is about to get wiped out by whomever the Democrats designate as their candidate (which explains why Senator Clinton wants so badly to be the candidate: the Democrat is going to win).
"I'd like to begin by saying I have great confidence in the future of the economy of the United States of America, despite the enormous challenges we face today," McCain said.
But his audience at Bridgewater, a company known for encouraging outspokenness among its 500 employees, seemed uninterested in a bullish, economic pep talk. Stock lines about opposing tax increases generated no applause in a tent set up on Bridgewater's wooded campus in Westport.
Gotta like that: no bullshit tolerated. Not that Mac didn't try the bullshit approach.
"If you're elected president, will you reject the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war?" asked one young man. "I don't think you could make a blanket statement about pre-emptive war, because obviously, it depends on the threat that the United States of America faces," McCain said. But he said he thought another pre-emptive war was unlikely.
There is a real oatmeal approach to strategic geopolitics. What a guy!
Another worker brushed off McCain's criticism of pork-barrel spending, challenging him to explain his approach to cutting the deficit, which the employee insisted defied painless solutions. "So, basically, which is it? Straight talk: Do you want to raise taxes, cut entitlement spending, cut defense spending or have a deficit?" the man asked. McCain dodged those choices. Instead, he invoked Ronald Reagan's theory of supply-side economics.
Now, there's a bold approach to solving the nation's problems: we'll do just like Ronnie did: we'll cut taxes and confront the Soviets. Oops, forget there's no more Soviet Union. Screw it, we'll bomb Iran.
"We didn't raises taxes, and we didn't cut entitlements," McCain said. "What we did was, we cut taxes.
And tripled the federal deficit. But, so what? It's all funny money, right?