McCain is a Taxpayer Hero

To those of us who have been toiling away for 24 years trying to draw attention to the bloat in the federal bureaucracy and the explosion in pork-barrel spending, McCain is more than a war hero; he is also a taxpayer hero. He has never asked for an earmark. He has ruffled the feathers of more than a few of his Senate colleagues…well, OK, he has more than ruffled their feathers, he has practically blown them right off the Senate floor with his outrage over their profligate spending habits.

CCAGWPAC Chairman Tom Schatz said on Monday, "There is nothing the big-spending politicians in Washington, D.C. fear more than a McCain presidency."

It is hard to imagine these days, especially when there is a growing band of feisty anti-earmark brothers (and sisters) like Sens. Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, and Claire McCaskill, along with Reps. John Campbell, Jeff Flake, Jeb Hensarling, Mike Pence and John Shadegg (to name a few), but it was a much lonelier campaign back when John McCain was the taxpayers' lonely voice of fiscal reason on the floor of the Senate. No question, we would not be where we are today without his hard work and commitment. His leadership on spending is demonstrated by his Council for Citizens Against Government Waste 2006 vote rating of 95 percent, which was tied for the highest in the Senate.

You're going to be hearing a lot about John McCain's "temper" over the next months. We say, get over it. Yeah, he has been miffed for awhile…have you seen the size of this government? Have you looked at the boneheaded projects listed in the recent omnibus spending bill? Your head would explode occasionally, too, if you'd been forced to deal with some of these unaccountable public officials who are using our money to aggrandize themselves and benefit their cronies and contributors. As President, CCAGWPAC knows that McCain will fight for the national interest first.

Look out, mandatory disclaimer coming: The endorsement was not authorized by any candidate or candidates' committee. CCAGWPAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGWPAC's mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

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