John McCain – Barack Obama at Loggerheads Over Stimulus Plan

Posted Feb 6, 2009 by Carol Forsloff
John McCain, former Presidential candidate in the 2008 election, vehemently declared his opposition to President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan. This follows soon after his pronouncement of working cooperatively with the new President.
Obama & McCain
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain
Photos courtesy McCain & Obama campaigns, illustration by
The Senate today was the site of serious huddles for the legislators who couldn’t get the ball down the court in either direction to finish the game of getting the country back on its feet. Republicans ask for tax cuts. Democrats ask for money to create jobs. There is a disagreement on what to include. McCain is demanding more tax cuts than are in the stimulus plan presently. What he is said to demand specifically are permanent tax cuts. Those are the same ones that he talked about during the election campaign.
Now a letter has gone out to voters and supporters from John McCain, one section of which is listed here:
“Yesterday, the Senate began debate on an economic stimulus package that is intended to get our economy back on track and help Americans who are suffering through these difficult times. Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy.”
A petition is included for people to sign in favor of McCain’s opposition to the plan as presently written.
In the meantime David Plouffe has sent out an email to Obama’s supporters that contains the request that people get out and make their wishes clear that they support the passage of the stimulus bill. A section of the letter says this:
The Economic Recovery plan passed the House of Representatives, and the Senate is preparing to vote on it very soon. The final version can and will be improved. But the President's core plan will positively affect families and communities all across the country.
You can help make sure the American people have all the facts so they can support this crucial effort to boost our struggling economy.
The President is leading. Help is on the way.
Lend your voice by sharing this video with everyone you know. Then sign up to join thousands of people across the country who are organizing Economic Recovery House Meetings this weekend:
Those who thought the election was over and that the parties would be getting together on solving the nation’s problems are likely amazed that the war of words, leading to impasse, continues.