Isn't "Big Business Evil" the constant Mantra of the Left? Yet, when John McCain decides not to just sign on the dotted line and do a bit of digging, they are up in arms that he saved taxpayers approximately $6.2 million?
"...In 2001, the United States Air Force wanted to begin replacing 500 of its aging refueling planes. The plan began with a sweetheart deal, buried in the fine print of the 2002 defense-authorization bill. The Air Force was to lease 100 Boeing fuel tankers at a cost of $26 billion — $6 billion more than the cost of buying them outright, according to an estimate by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
If that sounds like a bad deal, it’s because it was. It never occurred, thanks to loud and persistent protests from Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.). And now that McCain is a candidate for president and Boeing’s rival has won the contract, Democrats are effectively complaining that he didn’t let Boeing rip off the taxpayers.
McCain took the initiative in fighting off the bogus Boeing deal, calling it a “corporate bailout” and “the worst, sleaziest rip-off of the taxpayers that I have ever seen in my 21 years here.” McCain vigorously investigated the deal before and after he became chairman of the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He spent two years trying to obtain incriminating internal e-mails from the company, and its unions launched vicious attacks on him in Arizona during what proved to be an easy 2004 re-election campaign..." (Read the entire article)
It's wonderful when you can "buy American", but if Unions continue to falsely inflate prices (to line the pockets of the union bosses)...this is the only way to slap back their greedy little hands. Do top notch work and bid competitively and you won't loose contracts.
It's amazing to me that McCain is being chastised for actually reading a bill before he signed it -and exposing price gouging. I thought the Left loved Whistle-Blowers...? I guess it's much like their love of Free Speech...
"Angry Boeing supporters are vowing revenge against Republican presidential candidate John McCain.." (source)
Can we hearken back to a time when there were allegations that Halliburton got a deal that paid them way more than their service was worth? I guess if McCain would have signed this, then they'd be screaming he let a "sweetheart big business deal" go through. Why would anyone want to be a politician?