About damn time:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Saturday accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of favoring a socialistic economic approach by supporting tax cuts and tax credits McCain says would merely shuffle wealth rather than creating it.
"At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives," McCain said in a radio address. "They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it's just another government giveaway."
Love it! "Europe/Socialist/Admire my opponent"....by bunching those words/phrases together, he creates an image of Obama that, while 100% true, will drive the Democrats absolutely batsh*t crazy. So crazy that they might make a mistake that can blow the election? Yeah. McCain knows just how hard to pull the tiger's tail...
Next, he busts out the big W:
McCain has argued that 40 percent of Americans don't pay income taxes, either because they are seniors or don't meet minimum earnings thresholds, so the only way to cut their taxes is to give them various credits.
"In other words, Barack Obama's tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington," McCain said in the radio address.
Expect the media to get hypercrazy about how McCain is "going negative", desperately producing rigged polls intended to discourage these lines of argument, then coming out with "fact checks" that twist reality in a feeble attempt to discredit McCain. (The AP article linked to here is already on that, finding one McCain policy that dares offer a credit, while throwing in a gratuitous slur against Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher)
Warning to Obama and the Democrats who are gleefully planning a socialist upheavel: You just might be in for the worst eighteen days of your lives...