Picking up where ThinkProgress and Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Scott Lilly left off, the Washington Post’s fact checker Michael Dobbs describes as “fantasy” Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) claim that he can “eliminate $100 billion of wasteful and earmark spending immediately.” In fact, Dobbs gives McCain four Pinocchios, his highest rating for deceit:
McCain’s talk about eliminating $100 billion a year in earmarks is largely fantasy. His advisers are now promoting a more realistic plan of eliminating $100 billion in overall spending. But it is difficult to take even that promise very seriously given the fact that the senator refuses to identify exactly which projects he will be cut. To use a phrase coined by George H.W. Bush, this is “voodoo economics,” based more on wishful thinking than on hard data or carefully considered policy proposals.