Debra J. Saunders

McCain says Bush should tell Congress to shave the bacon off the energy bill or he'll veto it. "The American people, I'm sure, overwhelmingly would support him," said McCain.

Of course the country would cheer. As McCain likes to remind voters, the energy bill has so much corporate welfare that it even would subsidize a Hooters restaurant (in the Louisiana district of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin).

"It's like any other evil; it either is reversed or eliminated, or it grows," McCain said. "It's evil to take taxpayers' hard-earned dollars and spend them on frivolous things."

Those words embody why I became a Republican. I'd like to hear George W. Bush repeat them. It would be a pleasant surprise.

Debra J. Saunders

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