Sen. and Republican Presidential Nominee Apparent, John McCain has unveiled some economic policies yesterday. Among them: a summer freeze on the federal gas tax (dumb), halt all (except that which involves killing people of course) increases in discretionary spending for a year to conduct a government audit of programs (dumber).
About half of the discretionary budget is 'national defense,' a government-defined function area that roughly corresponds in common parlance as 'military.' However, this category does not include foreign military financing, security assistance, and other programs commonly thought of as military. Other types of discretionary spending include the budget for education, many health programs, and housing assistance. (Nationalpriorities.org)
So, McCain wants to put a bandaid on our energy problems (a bandaid that at best just helps the oil companies), and he wants to tell educators, health specialists, and people hurting from the housing crisis that they get no more money this year - no increase in funds to account for the increasing inflation and burden.
Well, what can you expect from a guy who doesn't like economics.