September 28, 2008
John McCain quoted by Keith A Fournier at the Catholic Online said, “we are seeing for the first time in a long time Republicans and Democrats together sitting down trying to work out a solution to this fiscal crisis that we’re in.” Mr. Fournier prefaced McCain’s quote with “However, it was the older McCain who seemed steady in response, finding even a silver lining”. Putting aside the pro-McCain spin my question goes deeper. What Mr. Fournier and Senator McCain see as a positive ignores the cause of this crisis. The GOP and their conservatives supporters have pushed the line for 30+ years that government is bad, free markets are good, unbridled capitalism is the goal. Now those policies are crashing down on all our heads. The current situation reminds me of a fire in an apartment house where one tenant was reckless and “played with matches”. Not only did his apartment burn but the whole building was engulfed and threatened with collapse. While the fire raged all the tenants including the source worked together to douse the flames. McCain praises the joint fire fighting and conveniently skips the perpetrator in causing the fire in the first place.