When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 it marked the beginning of eight long years of leftist misgovernment. The national debt doubled under his leadership, and when thinking back on his administration, what is most likely to come to mind is a dreadful health care program that is commonly referred to as Obamacare. This has left him a man in desperate search for the legacy that he never created while in office.
In an equally desperate search to find something positive to say about the Obama administration, one can say that he did manage to keep John McCain out of the White House. That is not to say we’d prefer Mr. Obama over Mr. McCain as president. It’s just a way of pointing out how dreadful the choices were in the 2008 Elections.
McCain works to position himself as the definitive voice on defense matters in Washington. From his position as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee he wields a great deal of power. And it is from this position that he has created countless problems for President Trump.
Here’s how it begins: “‘President Trump intends to submit a defense budget that is a mere 3 percent above President Obama’s defense budget, which has left our military underfunded, undersized, and unready to confront threats to our national security,’ McCain said in a statement Monday.”
Our military was clearly neglected by Mr. Obama. But Mr. McCain is not the president, and the country would be better served if he were to act like a Republican and work out a budget for defense with President Trump instead of lashing out at him as though he were an adversary.
Senator McCain opposed Donald Trump in his run for the Republican nomination, and it is not at all clear that he didn’t prefer Hillary Clinton in the general election. He has continued to oppose President Trump since his inauguration. With so-called Republicans like Mr. McCain, the Democratic leadership can relax and let McCain do much of their work for them.
President Trump is advocating an increase in defense spending for many of the same reasons that Senator McCain offers. “Trump believes his more modest defense budget is still a ‘historic’ increase, with an emphasis on more efficient government spending. Trump touted his budget plan, which he intends to submit to Congress in March, as a ‘landmark event and message to the world in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.'”
Another landmark event would be Mr. McCain setting his jumbo-sized ego aside for once and be thankful that he has the opportunity to work with a president from the Republican party for a change. That is, assuming that Mr. McCain is a Republican himself.
Source: Western Journalism