This week, Martin Wiskol of the Orange County Register asked John McCain when was the last time he pumped gas and how much did it cost? McCain's response: "Oh, I don't remember. Now there's Secret Service protection. But I've done it for many, many years. I don't recall and frankly, I don't see how it matters. I've had hundreds and hundreds of town hall meetings, many as short a time ago as yesterday. I communicate with the people and they communicate with me very effectively.
Yet McCain doesn't know the price of gas and how Americans are affected. And his "I don't see how it matters" comment is reminiscent of his recent cavalier remark "it doesn't matter how long our troops are based in Iraq."
How can such a completely clueless guy even be considered for the presidency?
So many properties, so many bills
"When you're poor, it can be hard to pay the bills. When you're rich, it's hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying. It's a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when Newsweek raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill on a La Jolla, Calif., property owned by a trust that she oversees. Mrs. McCain is a beer heiress with an estimated $100 million fortune and, along with her husband, she owns at least seven properties, including condos in California and Arizona.
"San Diego County officials, it turns out, have been sending out tax notices on the La Jolla property, an oceanfront condo, for four years without receiving a response. County records show the bills, which were mailed to a Phoenix address associated with Mrs. McCain's trust, were returned by the post office. According to a McCain campaign aide, who requested anonymity when discussing a private matter, an elderly aunt of Mrs. McCain's lives in the condo and the bank that manages the trust has not been receiving tax bills on the property. Shortly after NEWSWEEK inquired about the matter, the McCain aide e-mailed a receipt dated Friday, June 27, confirming payment by the trust to San Diego County in the amount of $6,744.42. County officials say the trust still owes an additional $1,742 for this year, an amount that is overdue and will go into default July 1. Told of the outstanding $1,742, the aide said: "The trust has paid all bills shown owing as of today and will pay all other bills due."
See a virtual tour of the numerous McCain homes from The Jed Report:
Money to burn
Despite the costs of maintaining all those properties, John McCain still has plenty of money to fund his campaign. He's taking full avantage of a legal loophole. Seems individuals can give up to $28,500 to the Republican National Committee (RNC), more than 12 times as much as the $2,300 an individual is allowed to contribute to Sen. Barack Obama's general election campaign. And the Republican National Committee uses that money to fuel McCain's campaign.
On June 24th, the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to compel the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate John McCain's decision to unilaterally withdraw from the FEC's matching funds program - even though he used the program to financially benefit his campaign by taking out bank loans with those funds as collateral.
Lacking an energy policy, McCain turns to psychology of off-shore drilling
"I don't see an immediate relief, but I do see that exploitation of existing reserves that may exist -- and in view of many experts that do exist off our coasts -- is also a way that we need to provide relief. Even though it may take some years, the fact that we are exploiting those reserves would have psychological impact that I think is beneficial," McCain told reporters.
Never mind the costs to the environment and the monetary expenses of drilling. McCain thinks off-shore drilling would have a positive "psycholgical impact??!!"
This guy wants to be president??!! What a frightening prospect.