McCain and Nailing Jello to the Wall

At last night’s debate, Senator McCain said that nailing down Senator Obama’s various tax proposals is like nailing jello to the wall.

Really? That sounded like something that he was told to say rather than something that he could have concluded on his own, but I decided to investigate it on my own rather than take anyone else’s word for it. My first thought was to go to the source: Senator Obama. So I went to his Web site, and lo and behold, there in figurative print was Senator Obama’s tax plan. I also do recall Obama giving specifics at the debate—at least as many specifics as either candidate could give considering the minute or so they had to respond.

Not only does Obama give specifics on his tax plan on his Web site, but he gives specifics on all of the issues. What I find most interesting about McCain’s statement is what I have found so interesting about much of this campaign (and even more so about other campaigns in very recent history), and that is that many in the press are so willing to parrot the lie without thinking about its legitimacy. It seems that many people would rather just repeat what someone else says than do the work themselves in order to determine whether there’s any truth to it.

I haven’t re-watched the debate yet (and I’m not sure whether I’m going to), but if I do, I’ll make sure to keep an ear out for any of McCain’s non-gelatinous tax-plan specifics.

1 Response to “McCain and Nailing Jello to the Wall”


  1. 1 Sam October 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    As far as McCain and specific comments about a tax plan, I don’t remember any from him–other than an open-ended statement about not wanting to raise taxes for anyone, which, by the way, leaves the door open for McCain to further lower taxes for large corporations and the super rich. And who knows where he stands on that issue. He opposed Bush’s tax cuts before he supported them; now, he doesn’t seem to like to talk about it, but he seems to think that more of the same is a good idea. Tracking McCain’s position is like trying to nail the jello to the wall before it sets.


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