Is anyone going to take note at some point that the thing on John McCain's website under the heading "Economic Stimulus Plan" is not an economic stimulus plan? It's a tax reform plan. The merits of the plan aside, it would have no short-term impact whatsoever. Basically, McCain doesn't believe there should be a stimulus package. That's something many economists believe and obviously he's free to adopt that view. But he shouldn't be allowed to get with just doing a labeling trick and some mumbo-jumbo to pretend he favors a stimulus package when, in fact, he doesn't. Certainly you'd think a man with that kind of approach would lose his reputation as a straight-talker.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.