Obama's and McCain's 10 Worst Ideas from Foreign Policy Magazine
Here Obama's 10 Worst Ideas .
Here's McCain's 10 Worst Ideas .
I think they are generally on the mark though I have some quibbles.
On Obama's, I'm not so sure how bad Number 4 is. Meeting with the Iranian President, by itself doesn't seem so bad to me. However, FP adds that Obama said he would do this "without precondition". Perhaps THAT isn't wise. I'm not sure. But according to a Carnegie Endowment expert on the matter:
“Only two things can rehabilitate Ahmadinejad politically: bombing Iran or major efforts to engage.”
While the effects of bombing Iran are incredibly obvious to all but the most chest-thumping hawks, efforts to engage seem a bit peculiar as a rehabilitation for Ahmadinejad. Like I said, I'm not sure. They could be right. I can think of much things Obama has said....but they are already on the list.
I agree that number 7 is bad...strangely enough.....but only because he seeks to favor one group over another. This is how special interest group BS starts.
Number 10 seems rather innocuous.
But the rest? Yeah. Kinda bad to REALLY bad.
Number 2 on the gas tax holiday is bad only because it's stupid and ineffective. But harmful? no. Still, a dumb idea. I agree.
Number 3 seems bad only because it sounds better than it will work. Like FP says, such ideas at the state level haven't lowered any such burden. Congress simply circumvents it by legislating fees and other technically "non-tax" revenue generators. The only way to get the result is to eliminate certain taxes...flat out. Or, people must be willing push back at tax increases in a cross-ideological way and that isn't happening. Oh well.
"Drilling our way out" is not bad because it might work. It's bad because it WON'T work. The logic is simply flawed.
Making the Bush tax cuts permanent? No, not bad. FP simply believes the government "deserves this money" or something like that. And quoting someone from the pro-hyper-spending "Center for Budget and Policy Priorities" is hardly edifying....especially when they say:
“the tax cuts are more likely to reduce long-term growth than to increase it,”
That makes no sense unless you torture logic with a lot silly assumptions.