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McCain Was For Obama’s “Socialist” Tax Plan Before He Was Against It

Posted in Flip Flops, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

I guess this would also make him a “Socialist?”

So what has changed?  You only need to look at who is now running John McCain’s campaign.  He seems to have sold out on every key position he has ever taken.

Update:

I just came across this video of the John McCain I supported in 2000.  

McCain: Deregulation Was Helpful

Posted in Accountability, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , on September 22, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

And we can add this to his list of flip flops.  The McCain camp is clearly running on the theory that if you tell a lie long enough it will become the truth.  It’s amazing how phony this guy really is:

McCain vs. The Facts

Posted in Character, Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Summary

We checked the accuracy of McCain’s speech accepting the Republican nomination and noted the following:

  • McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would “force small businesses to cut jobs” and would put “a bureaucrat … between you and your doctor.” In fact, the plan exempts small businesses, and those who have insurance now could keep the coverage they have.
  • McCain attacked Obama for voting for “corporate welfare” for oil companies. In fact, the bill Obama voted for raised taxes on oil companies by $300 million over 11 years while providing $5.8 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.
  • McCain said oil imports send “$700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much.” But the U.S. is on track to import a total of only $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and close to a third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
  • He promised to increase use of “wind, tide [and] solar” energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think.
  • He called for “reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs,” but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce.
  • He said Obama would “close” markets to trade. In fact, Obama, though he once said he wanted to “renegotiate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, now says he simply wants to try to strengthen environmental and labor provisions in it.

Read the indepth break down here.

Then there’s this one:

The Washington Post: McCain’s Fantasy War on Earmarks = Four Pinocchios

 

 

 

 

I don’t even want to get started on his VP’s lies but CNN did a good job of scratching the surface here:

McCain On Voting Against Minimum Wage 19 Times

Posted in Flip Flops, Outright Lies, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , on August 31, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From Think Progress 8/31/08:

After Voting Against Them 19 Times, McCain Claims He Supports Minimum Wage Increases

Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) why he has voted 17 times against raising the federal minimum wage. (Wallace later corrected himself and pointed out it was 19 times, to which McCain dismissively replied, “Well, or 29 or 49, whatever it is.”) McCain initially attempted to wriggle out of answering by talking about tax cuts.

But when pressed again by Wallace, McCain claimed that he opposed the increases only because they were attached to unrelated spending bills:

McCAIN: I’m for the minimum wage increases when they are not attached to other big-spending pork barrel. The practice in Washington is attach a good thing to a bad thing. And that way, then you have to vote yes or no. […]

When I’m president, I’m going to veto every bill that doesn’t have straight up or down votes on the issues that are important to the American people. … The fact is that I am for a living wage for all Americans.

Watch it:

Ironically, one of the only times McCain actually did support a minimum wage increase was when it was tied to a war funding bill. But on at least 15 occasions, McCain has opposed minimum wage increases that were stand-alone amendments or bills. On April 7, 2000, he even voted against a non-binding “sense of the Senate” resolution “concerning an increase in the Federal minimum wage.”

McCain’s assertion that he supports a “living wage” for all Americans is even more questionable, considering his 19 votes against the minimum wage. After all, a living wage is usually even higher than the minimum wage.

Updated: McCain’s 70 Flip Flops And Counting…

Posted in Flip Flops, Read for Yourself with tags , on July 28, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

This is an updated list of John McCain’s complete 180 degree turn abouts on positions. As Steve Benen from The Carpetbagger Report points out, John McCain has had a long career in the Senate and changes of positions over time is totally acceptable. However, it wasn’t until he started to run for president that he began to really flip on these positions. There is a difference between gradually changing your mind overtime and blatant political pandering.

Here is the list:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

16. McCain was against additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he was for it.

17. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

18. McCain has repeatedly said it’s a dangerous mistake to tell the “enemy” when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

20. McCain staunchly opposed Obama’s Iraq withdrawal timetable, and even blasted Mitt Romney for having referenced the word during the GOP primaries. In July, after Iraqi officials endorsed Obama’s policy, McCain said a 16-month calendar sounds like “a pretty good timetable.”

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John McCain Flipping and Flopping On Iraq Timetable

Posted in Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , on July 28, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

The thing that I still don’t understand about John McCain is why he will out right lie and say he did not say something that he knows he did. It’s like he refuses to understand that in this election everything you say is out there on youtube for all to see. I guess old habits are hard to break.

More lies by McCain…

Money Talks, McCain Listens…

Posted in Accountability, Flip Flops, Read for Yourself with tags , , , on July 27, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

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Industry Gushed Money After Reversal on Drilling

According to Matthew Mosk of the Washington Post the oil industry “gushed money after John McCains reversal on drilling.” He points out that:

Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month — three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban — compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.

Read the full article here

McCain’s Hypocrisy On Troop Funding

Posted in Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

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John McCain has recently criticized his opponent claiming that he voted against troop funding. However, as mediamatters.org points out:

On March 29, 2007, McCain himself voted against H.R. 1591, an emergency spending bill that would have funded the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would have provided more than $1 billion in additional funds to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate passed H.R. 1591 by a margin of 51-47. Once the bill’s conference report was agreed to by the House, the Senate again passed the measure on April 26, 2007, by a vote of 51-46. McCain did not vote on that version of the bill. By contrast, Obama voted for it on both occasions. President Bush vetoed the bill, citing its provision for a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Moreover, McCain has voted against other legislation funding care for veterans. On April 26, 2006, McCain voted against an amendment by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) that would have “provide[d] an additional $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.” In addition, on March 14, 2006, McCain voted against “increas[ing] Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.” On March 10, 2004, McCain also voted against “creat[ing] a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans’ medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating tax loopholes.” Obama voted for the first two measures; he had not yet entered the Senate when the third vote was cast.

John McCain in taking sides with George W. Bush was also against the new G.I. Bill. When it came time to vote, he was a no show. He has since gone on to take credit for the G.I. Bill.

Watch the straight talk go out the window when this veteran asks McCain about his claims.

Note: He keeps using the word “we” even though he was not present in the Senate nor did he show up to vote on the bill.

John McCain Caught Lying About Position(s) on Iraq War

Posted in Flip Flops, Outright Lies, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Jed Lewison of The Jed Report has went through and put together video of John McCain’s positions on Iraq from prior to the invasion in 2002 until now, debunking his claim of being the administrations “The Iraq war’s biggest critic.”

The video is about nine minutes long with lots of unseen video. I encourage everyone to watch as it shows just how easily John McCain is able to flip from one position to the another.

Updated: McCain’s 66 Flip Flops And Counting.

Posted in Flip Flops, Read for Yourself with tags , , , on July 23, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

This is an updated list of John McCain’s complete 180 degree turn abouts on positions. As Steve Benen from The Carpetbagger Report points out, John McCain has had a long career in the Senate and changes of positions over time is totally acceptable. However, it wasn’t until he started to run for president that he began to really flip on these positions. There is a difference between gradually changing your mind overtime and blatant political pandering.

Here is the list:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

16. McCain was against additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he was for it.

17. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

18. McCain has repeatedly said it’s a dangerous mistake to tell the “enemy” when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

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