John McCain has run his entire campaign on being a maverick and getting rid of earmarks. Does anyone need to hear that sorry bear DNA joke again - was it a paternity or criminal issue? He has repeatedly said that he will not sign any bills with earmarks and we will know their names.
No. More. Earmarks. Nada. None. Not ever.
Okay, that's cool.
But then tonight, he went and voted in favor of the Senate's bailout bill, estimated to cost $850 billion, an increase of $150 billion over the $700 billion bailout plan that failed in the House on Monday.
The extra $150 billion wasn't 3 days worth of inflation. As a matter of fact, that extra $150 billion is made up of "add ons" or "sweetners," which sound a lot like code words for "earmarks" or "pork" to me.*
So I'm wondering why John McCain, who is so vehemently opposed to these sorts of things would vote for a bill that includes $150 billion worth of them?
*Please don't misunderstand me, I'm in favor of parity for mental health insurance coverage, extending tax credits for solar energy (yeah for Dave and his business!), and increasing the FDIC insurance amount to $250,000, among other things. (link)