Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Same as it ever was

John McCain held one of his last day rallies in Indianapolis. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels showed up, unlike his serial dodging of Sarah Palin's appearances in the state. Among McCain's claims was that he was going to bring fiscal rectitude to Washington like Mitch Daniels had brought to Indiana.

Before he was governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels was George Bush's budget director. That was 2001-2003. In 2001, he inherited Bill Clinton's budget surplus of $128 billion. By 2003, that was a deficit of $378 billion.

So maybe that was just a matter of keeping silent while his boss screwed up. But one thing he had a direct role in was estimating the total cost of the Iraq war. He came up with $50 billion. That covers a few months of it.

And that's what McCain wants to bring back to Washington.

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