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After talking with loads of economic conservatives in recent days about the prospects of John McCain as the GOP nominee, I have concluded that in the end many will actually support him with a moderate degree of enthusiasm. (Steve Forbes, by the way, already has voiced his support.) Here are the reasons:
1) The Bush tax cuts. The 2001 and 2003 reductions will expire at the end of 2010, and McCain has personally promised several top conservatives that he will go all out to get them extended.
2) Earmark reform. McCain has a vendetta against earmarks. While pork projects are not a huge part of the $3 trillion federal budget, maybe $25 billion to $30 billion, they act as a "force multiplier" of sorts to boost spending throughout the budget. A member of Congress who objects to some new spending plan might not get the project or perhaps will be "persuaded" to go along with a spending bill by getting pork shoveled his or her way.