Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More of the Same From McCain

Doing all he can to fuzz up the middle, rumor has it that Johnny Mac's leading choice for Veep is Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty - no friend to the small government man. Michael Tanner has put together a quick summary of Pawlenty's positions:

Supported government subsidized health care for all children as the first step toward universal health insurance, and opposed President Bush’s veto of a Democratic bill that would have expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance program (SCHIP) to families earning as much as $83,000 per year;

Supports Massachusetts-style health care reform, including a “health care exchange” and an individual mandate;

Has called for banning all prescription drug advertising, and seeks government imposed price controls for drugs offered through Medicare;

Proposed a $4000 per child preschool program for low-income children;

Pushed a statewide smoking ban smoking ban in workplaces, restaurants and bars;

Increased the state’s minimum wage;

Imposed some of the most aggressive and expensive renewable energy mandates in the country;

Was an ardent supporter of the farm bill;

Received only a “C” ranking on Cato’s 2006 Governor’s Report Card, finishing below such Democrats as Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and tied with Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

Keep on pushing, Johnny.