McCain bribes America for votes?

That’s how I see it.  Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain came up with what on the surface, at least, appears to be a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing for many Americans.  The offer of huge, beyond your wildest dreams, riches. 

Host of The $300 Million Giveaway$300 million from the federal government for developing a battery that exceeds what we currently have.  One that could power our vehicles and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. 

The $300 million price tag would be “a small price to pay for helping to break the back of our oil dependency,” McCain said. 

McCain also is offering automakers a $5,000 tax credit for every zero-carbon emissions car developed and sold. 

On paper, this sounds great.  I actually love the idea.  It is a great way to inspire people and possible make progress.  However, this ‘vote for me, invent a battery and I’ll give you 300 million dollars’ does come with a couple of caveats. 

First of all, allocation of funds like this must come from the Congress, not a person running for the presidency, so McCain really cannot simply make a promise to give someone $300 million or give companies tax credits.

Second – doesn’t it appear that he is buying our votes?  When you first read it, you think, ‘hey maybe I can invent a better battery.’   After reality sets in, you think, ‘hey if he is willing to cough up funds like this for a battery, maybe he’d be willing to give me money for something I can invent.’

This Clean Car Challenge to the automakers and the $300 million challenge to Americans comes off more like he wants to run a game show rather than the country. 

 

Sources:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080623/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_energy_5

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/23/the-early-word-mccains-clean-car-challenge/

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