Monthly Archives: July 2008

McCain: Bringing Troops Home from Iraq “Not Too Important”

Does he care about our soldiers and their families?

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McCain might raise your taxes!

In 2001, McCain opposed and voted against the Bush tax cuts.  In 2003, he opposed additional tax cuts because the majority of those tax breaks went to the rich. But in 2006, he voted to make those tax cuts permanent.

After starkly claiming “Barack Obama will raise your taxes. I won’t,”  McCain goes on Meet the Press last Sunday saying “There is nothing that’s off the table. I have my positions, and I’ll articulate them. But nothing’s off the table. I don’t want tax increases. But that doesn’t mean that anything is off the table.”

McCain has been flip flopping on just about every issue facing the American people.

In 2002, McCain favored a moratorium on offshore drilling. Just last month, in June 2008, he flip flopped  and called for an end of the federal ban.

On abortion – in 1999 he said he would not support repealing Roe V. Wade, because of the potential harm to women. In 2006 campaiging for the presidential nomination he said the opposite.

McCain supported a major campaign finance reform measure that bears his name- he has now abandoned his own legislation.

McCain introduced legislation calling for increased border security and a pathway to citizenship in 2007. In a primary debate, he was asked if he would vote for his own bill and he said ”No!” But in 2008, speaking to a Latino group, he promised to resurrect his own bill. That makes this sort of a douple flip and a flop.

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You say you don’t know Obama well enough?

I give up! Due to unfortunate circumstances, Obama’s deepest thoughts have been revealed to the public in his private prayer at the Western Wall.

Before I continue with this post I want to say that I am very sorry this happened.   I have resisted publishing it on my blog but I find myself frustrated when so many people cannot accept the fact that Barack Obama is a good man.

I consider myself a good judge of character and it has long been my believe that Barack Obama is one of the most ethical and true-to-his-word politicians I have seen in a long time.  But now, you don’t need to take my word for it.

Obama’s prayer reads “Lord – Protect my family and me, forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

’nuff said.

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Women Voters: Help keep McCain out of the White House!

I must admit, I am quite concerned about the fact that I personally know two or three women that are progressive, intelligent Hillary Clinton supporters who want to either vote for a third party candidate, stay home or write-in Hillary Clinton.

Of course any of those actions would give John McCain a significant advantage that could put him in the White House.

One argument I have heard is that the Obama campaign was sexist and they do not want to “reward” such behavior with their vote.  I certainly understand that sexism is alive and well in this country and I was appalled by some of the rhetoric used during this primary season. I should also mention that I was equally appalled with the racist rhetoric I had been hearing.  The reality is, McCain would actually legislate sexism. We cannot afford this step backward.

Withholding our vote from Barack Obama would put McCain in office. On sexism, McCain is no talk and all action!

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said, “He voted against family planning, he voted against the freedom of access to clinic entrances — that was about violence against women in clinics,” Keenan says, adding, “He voted against funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs, and making sure that abstinence only was medically accurate. This is very, very extreme.”

In addition, McCain has long held radical positions on reproductive issues, having consistently voted :

  • AGAINST Ensuring women’s access to birth control
  • AGAINST Providing educational information for teens on birth control
  • AGAINST Requiring health insurance companies to cover birth control

The bill that McCain voted for that which denies coverage for birth control actually mandates coverage for Viagra! When he was confronted with this, he went into a long, long pause looking like a deer in headlights. His actual response was that he didn’t want to talk about it, he doesn’t remember his vote and he doesn’t know what his opinion is on this.

McCain has stated that Roe vs. Wade “must be overturned.” His position is that abortion should be not legal even in cases of rape, incest or life threatening conditions for the mother.

And there’s more!

John McCain has opposed the Fair Pay Act – a bill that would guarantee women equal pay for equal work. To make matters worse, McCain insulted women by saying that the solution to employment discrimination was for women to get more “education and training.”

Now, think about this. When you watch the polls and you see McCain so close to overtaking Obama, do you ever actually imagine that this man, John McCain, could be our president?  Does that trouble you in any way?

If so, than you know the only decision you can make, for woman’s sake, is to pull that lever for Barack Obama.Do you dislike him so much that you would be willing to give the presidency to an institutionalized sexist?


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10 Things you should know about McCain

There are some things I never seem to hear about John McCain from the media. I thought you should see this list from

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):

  1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
  2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2
  3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.
  4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”
  5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.
  6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.
  7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7
  8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.
  9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”
  10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.


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