Opinion

June 7, 2005 3:00 AM

As taxpayers, we should say thanks to John McCain

Almost everyone was on board and the deal, a little bit of corporate welfare that would only cost the American taxpayers around $23.5 billion plus an additional $5 billion for routine maintenance, was a slam dunk. Who could stand against the lobbying heft and suasion of the Boeing Co., the Air Force, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and at least one of his right-hand men, key members of the House and Senate and powerful people in the White House? It would have gone had it not been for one man who thought the tanker deal stank like rotten fish and was willing to go to war with power brokers inside his own Republican Party: Sen. John McCain of Arizona

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