From the fourm at Saddleback on Saturday, Senator McCain gave this thoughtful response about spending:
And my friend, it was not taxes that mattered in America in the last several years.Â It was spending.Â Spending got completely out of control.Â We spent money in a way that mortgaged our kids’ futures.Â My friends, we spent $3 million of your money to study the DNA of bears in Montana.Â Now I don’t know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue, but the point is — but the point is it was 3 million of your money.Â It was your money.Â And you know, we laugh about it, but we cry — and we should cry because the Congress is supposed to be careful stewards of your tax dollars.Â
There’s a small problem with this example.Â Senator McCain voted to fund it.Â Here’s the backup from the non-partisan FactCheck.org.
From the report:
In fact, he voted in favor of the bill that included the bear study funding; he was absent for key votes on the Woodstock museum (including one on an amendment he co-sponsored); and he never specifically tried to eliminate the bridge earmark and missed some crucial votes on that one, as well.
This is not the first time McCain has poked fun at the bear project. He first mentioned it on the Senate floor, while discussing the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that included funding for the project:
McCain (Senate floor, Feb. 13, 2003): Because these appropriations are never discussed with nonmembers of the Appropriations Committee, one can only imagine and conjure up an idea as to how this might be used. Approach a bear: That bear cub over there claims you are his father, and we need to take your DNA. Approach another bear: Two hikers had their food stolen by a bear, and we think it is you. We have to get the DNA. The DNA doesn’t fit, you got to acquit, if I might.