John McCain was in Scranton today for what was billed as a "Town Hall Meeting" but it was just another campaign rally. He only took 4 softball questions from the audience that he hit out of the ballpark which explains why you needed a ticket to get in.
He started by reading a speech off one of those violin music holder things that sort of addressed the Wall Street meltdown. The one thing I got out of it was he was against golden parachutes to the top dogs of Lehman Brothers et. al. who drove the company into the ground. He also likes apple pie.
His remarks on immigration surprised me. He reiterated his long held position "I believe we have to have a commitment -- because it's a national-security issue as well as an economic issue as well as a humanitarian issue that we enact comprehensive-immigration reform." It was like sticking his thumb in Lou Barletta's eye.
The first question asked if the gas tax should be suspended. He said yes and then went off on some tangent about the Iraq war. He said that Donald Rumsfeld should have been fired and David Petraeus is the best military commander since Gaius Julius Caesar.
The second one had a guy that told McCain that he is spending $18K a year for his family's health insurance. He blew him off promising a $5000 a year tax credit.
Question 3 was not a question. "Thank you for Sarah Palin." -Lots of cheers. -Then she threw out all the BS you would hear on Rush.
McCain said "Great question." He said his running mate could take the barbs and was tough. "She's a reformer and will bring change."
The last guy who asked a question had the best one of the day. He said he worked for a Fortune 500 company that is about to downsize and ship 1500 jobs overseas.
How do you keep jobs in the USA?
McCain didn't have an answer, nobody does. He suggested that the solution would to be cutting corporate taxes from $35% to 11%. He said some other things that suggested he will just throw up his hands and will give our kids training at Community Colleges on to how to flip hamburgers.
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