The current farm bill is a monstrosity. It is a grotesque example of ill-directed subsidy and government profligacy at a time when the US is deep in debt and prices are going up. Only one of the three presidential candidates has come out in opposition to the bill and that person is John McCain. Even Andrew Sullivan — possibly Obama’s greatest champion in the blogosphere —admits this.
Obama’s pandering on this is pathetic. McCain deserves real kudos. And this does matter: standing up to this kind of craven welfarism is important.
Over at Reason, Matt Welch says:
This gives me a rare opportunity to agree wholeheartedly with anti-libertarian New York Times columnist David Brooks: John Sidney McCain is a thousand times better on this than Barack Hussein Obama, and one of the principal virtues of the coming McCain presidency is the prospect of him just vetoing the crap out of lousy legislation produced by emboldened Democrats (who suffer from a singular lack of Jeff Flakes).
Matt, mind you, is no McCain fan. After all, he wrote an entire book and several articles (like this one) to remind us just how frighteningly authoritarian John McCain is. So, while a McCain presidency will be a better than an Obama one on spending, regulation and some other economic issues, it could be terrible for civil liberties. We live in a world of tough choices.