Now I protest one of McCain's ridiculous falsehoods: that he is going to pay for tax cuts by cutting spending in agencies you don't care about and never heard of.  Those agencies don't cost us enough money to pay for rebating that strange federal telephone tax.  If you actually want to cut taxes, you have to address entitlement spending.  And McCain is so far just as cowardly as the rest of them about actually taking an axe--or at least a means test--to Social Security or Medicare.  I mean, fine, if you say you want those programs and are therefore willing to have marginal tax rates hit fifty percent.  (Well, not fine.  But I admire your consistency).  But if you aren't willing to touch those programs, you cannot, with a shred of intellectual honesty, claim that you're going to meaningfully cut government spending.

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