Monday, March 8, 2010

McCain claims amnesia then flip-flops on proposed largest tax increase in Arizona's history

In an article recently posted on the front of the Arizona Guardian website, McCain claims amnesia about the biggest proposed tax increase in Arizona's history, crafted by Governor Brewer to appear on ballots May 18, which will up Arizona's sales tax by 18%:
he hasn't "given much attention" to the governor's 1-cent sales tax referral or knows how he intends to vote on one of the state's most pressing issues.
Then, barely a few hours after JD Hayworth issued a statement this morning against the sales tax increase (below), McCain issued a joint statement with Sen. Kyl declaring he is against the tax increase. 

It is extremely disturbing that McCain had no clue about this proposed tax increase in his own state, which has probably been the biggest issue in Arizona politics over the past year, with a perpetual showdown at the State Capitol between Governor Brewer and the Republican-dominated state legislature over it. Governor Brewer won recently and finally got it referred to the ballot a few weeks ago. McCain is frequently accused of ignoring Arizona in favor of the national scene so this comes as no surprise to Arizonans. In fact, McCain recently told voters that he was going to run for Senate based on what he can do for Arizona in the future, not what he's done in the past.

It is almost as disturbing that McCain was able to decide within a few hours his position on what is probably the most high-profile, divisive political issue facing Arizona. Unlike principled conservatives, McCain has a poor record on taxes, so it's not like he could easily come to a quick conclusion opposing the tax hike.

Governor Brewer has endorsed McCain and strongly supported him. Now McCain is throwing her under the bus by opposing the tax increase, which she had staked her career upon. Obviously terrified by conservative JD Hayworth, McCain is back to flip-flopping into a conservative while he's running for office. He flip-flopped on regulating vitamins last week, changing sides to oppose a bill he had originally sponsored with a Democrat. Does he stand for anything? The only thing he seems to be consistent on is flip-flopping.

Hayworth Opposes Largest State Tax Increase In History On May Ballot;
McCain “Not Sure” Of Vote  
PHOENIX, ARIZONA.  MARCH 8, 2010. In a story just posted at, 24-year incumbent John McCain again shies away from Governor Jan Brewer’s endorsement and says he does not know how he’ll vote on the largest tax increase in Arizona history which will be on the May ballot.

“I honestly have not paid that much attention to what this initiative is and what the rational for it is,” McCain is quoted as saying.  

His conservative challenger, J.D. Hayworth, is opposed to the tax hike.  

“I realize that John has spent a lot of time in Washington during his three decades there but to claim you don’t know about the largest tax increase in your state’s history, or how you’ll vote on it, shows just how out of touch he is with Arizona,” Hayworth said.  

Vulnerable to the more conservative Hayworth on taxes, the Second Amendment, pro-life and pro-family issues and illegal immigration, McCain has engaged in transparent election year flip-flopping.

McCain also voted for the $850 billion bailout of the big banks which included $150 billion in pork, proposed a $300 billion bailout formortgage lenders and, according to the Heritage Foundation, sponsored an amnesty bill that would have cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion over the long-term.  And despite 28 years in Washington McCain now claims he was “misled” on the bank bailout vote despite expressing no such concerns at the time.  

Most recently the incumbent introduced big government legislation with Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan that would strip away consumer  choice and crush small businesses selling vitamins and health supplements in a giveaway to big drug companies.
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