John McCain should stick to the economic basics [Karl]
Sometimes, less is more.
The latest polling data from Gallup suggests that Americans overwhelmingly prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions,Ã‚Â as opposed to taking steps to redistribute wealth.Ã‚Â Moreover, a majority of those making over $30,000 tend to agree that the government is doing too much (a figure generally consistent with the 2004 presidential exit poll data).
John McCain may have shot himself in the foot with his habit of admitting he is no expert on the economy, but presidential elections turn more on setting a direction than the minutiae of economic policy.Ã‚Â McCain can point out that Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tax proposals involve tax hikes of at least $2 trillion over the next 10 years.Ã‚Â And while Obama claims he wantsÃ‚Â to redistribute wealth by taxing “the rich,” he already voted this year to hike taxesÃ‚Â on people making as little asÃ‚Â $31,850 annually.
Taking positions on the role of government regarding the economy supported by at least a majority and as high as 84% of Americans should be a no-brainer.Ã‚Â And John McCain is just the guy to do it.