If John McCain were truly a maverick, he would publicly break from the politically correct culture that demands obedience to its global warming narrative. But sadly, he continues to do the opposite.
Liberals have denominated McCain a maverick because he has taken so many positions contradictory to his party's platform and to the conservative ideology that undergirds it. Now that he is the putative Republican nominee, you don't hear much about his maverick nature, but it's certainly not because he's changed his ways in opposing his party.
Last week, he affirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, even though earlier he stepped back from it to curry favor with conservatives. One wonders what other shoes will inevitably drop should he win the presidency, especially because he has indicated he would most likely be a one-termer.
New Jersey once led the nation, and most of the world, in economic development and the promise of prosperity. Today, we find our state sliding into third world status. If that sounds extreme, just look at our economic growth versus countries like former Soviet Block nations Estonia and Slovakia, South America's Chile, or the sizzling economy of Ireland. The graph below illustrates our economic slow down and slide into second class status in the world competition for prosperity.
New Jersey has not been victim of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or a tsunami. We have not faced foreign aggression or internal strife. We have been blessed to not have been plagued by drought, plague or famine. None of these obstacles to economic development have hampered our progress. There is only one cause for our declining strength - The State Government.