I was watching Senator McCain’s speech to the Cuban-Americans in Miami and saw a whole lot of pander in his comments. His speech was broadcast on CNN at 8:30 or so PST. He took whacks at Senator Obama in particular for wanting to sit down with Raul Castro “unconditionally.” In order to elicit boos from the Cuban-American community who’s representatives had come to hear him speak. Problem was, McCain had used exactly the same language about Obama and Iran just a day or so earlier. Embedded in that speech to the Cuban-Americans was the same saber rattling as he gave about Iran. So are we to take it then that McCain would bomb, bomb, bomb Cuba like he once stated that he would bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or how about Venezuela since he shook a fist at Hugo Chavez as well. Never mind that Venezuela is an oil producing country whether Chavez is in power or not. But as long as he is, until we have made some very necessary transformations in our energy consumption, Chavez can use his oil as a weapon against this country. He made that a very public warning some months ago. I would, if I were the presumptive presidential nominee take such a warning seriously. And until I were actually the president, I wouldn’t make what comes down to particularly rash statements. And that sounded exactly what McCain was doing.
He said that the American consumer would benefit greatly from a Columbian trade deal, which of course, Senators Clinton and Obama opposed. In what he said, he sounded exactly the same as GW Bush when he attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for stalling a crucial vote on the Columbian trade deal. The American consumer is supposed to benefit huh? The American consumer is at this time:
- Facing massive job lay offs. Or lacking job security where they do have work.
- Facing massive debt.
- Facing a home foreclosure crisis.
- Facing increasing costs of basic necessities inclusive of food and fuel.
- Competing with “pro-Amnesty” McCain’s “guest worker” program in support of illegal aliens for available jobs.
- As reported on CNN business interests themselves are starting to see a very real effect in higher costs of fuel and as a consequence…
That is not an argument that a “seasoned politician” should be making. What it does suggest is that McCain is very clueless about the nation he wishes to be president of. So just like GW, McCain should be given this little reminder, the American consumer may not see the benefits of a Columbian trade deal if it hurts them in the jobs market. The Columbians themselves may get hurt as did Mexico’s citizens if ultimately multi-national business interests decide to look for cheaper labor markets somewhere else. And isn’t it time to remember that a president represents all Americans not just those who seek gvt’s assistance in global trade?
And by the way, Columbia only happens to be home to some of the most violent of drug cartels and narco-terrorists. The Columbian gvt had only been very corrupt. It took decades of heavy carrot and stick diplomacy from the U.S. to make Columbia a “beacon of hope” in South America. Now what is the real story on the situation on the ground in Columbia that politicians such as McCain are not prepared to discuss while touting what’s good for Americans—businesses?