Talk about change we can’t believe in! John McCain is changing his political views faster than Beyonce changes her wardrobe.
As recently as 2006, he was for “pay-go” — pay-as-you-go, the legislative rule that requires Congress to pay for any new program it proposes. But, with Democrats in control of the White House and Congress, and with Rush Limbaugh and tea-partiers in charge of the GOP, McCain has changed his mind.
Four Republican senators who opposed the measure on Thursday voted for nearly an identical measure in 2006.
That list includes Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both moderates from Maine, George Voinovich, the retiring Senator from Ohio, and John McCain, the party’s standard-bearer in the 2008 presidential elections. . .
Democrats, naturally, have cried foul at Republicans who demand devotion to fiscal discipline while opposing provisions that would achieve just that. Among the evidence they point to is another GOP policy reversal that occurred this past week, in which five Republicans withdrew their co-sponsorship of a bill to establish a debt-reduction commission citing (once more) concerns about tax hikes. McCain, who is facing a tough primary challenger in 2010, was on that list as well.
Pay-go, it should be noted, was not always controversial. Then Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) applauded the fiscal soundness of such a measure back in September 2002, a month before the Senate passed it by voice vote.
“Of all the issues you will vote on, the most significant opportunity to save taxpayers money over the next year is this little resolution,” former Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M,), then the top Republican on the Budget Committee, said at the time. (h/t Huffington Post)