McCain Revises Proposals for Families in Economic Crisis -- by Dan Balz
Two weeks after drawing criticism for saying he favored only a limited federal role to help deal with the home mortgage crisis, Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought to assure Americans that he is prepared to use the government where necessary to help ease the impact on working families of a declining economy.
In a campaign appearance Thursday with small-business owners in Brooklyn, Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) also addressed the economic downturn with proposals to help families facing foreclosure restructure their mortgages and to give workers who have lost jobs more flexibility and incentives to seek retraining and a speedier return to the workforce.
McCain plans a more comprehensive economic speech next week, but he came here to blunt criticism from his Democratic rivals, Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), that he is insensitive to the plight of ordinary Americans.
"Let me make it clear that in these challenging times, I am committed to using all the resources of this government and great nation to create opportunity and make sure that every deserving American has a good job and can achieve their American dream," he said. [emphasis mine]
**Ahem** I sniff Reagan lite here. Remember the 'deserving poor'? Turns out there weren't too many of those, were there? All the poor were Welfare Queens out to screw the rest of us out of our hard-earned money.
Oops. My bad. THAT turned out to be the myth, didn't it?
McCain has proven, once and for all, that the Democrats don't have a lock on shooting themselves in the foot. Thank Goodness. Now, if he will just keep stepping up to the plate this way [on the economy, on Iraq, on social issues, etc.] we just might turn this ol' country around after all.
Obviously, he doesn't have a post-it note on his mirror----
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