Archive for John McCain

John McCain We Have Seen This Before – WTF Are You Doing?

Posted in Character, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Then:

Now:

 

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Colin Powell Addresses Why He Will Not Be Supporting John McCain For President

Posted in Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , on October 20, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Another must see video from TJR:

More conservatives speak out:

McCain / Republicans Blame Acorn Despite Their Own Relationships With The Organization

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , on October 13, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

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John McCain at ACORN rally in 2006 where he was the keynote speaker.

“It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans.”

”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform.”  

Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s chief organizer

 

Fact: ACORN has implemented the most sophisticated quality-control system in the voter engagement field BUT in almost every state they are required to turn in ALL completed applications, even the ones known to be problematic.

Fact: ACORN flags in writing incomplete, problem, or suspicious cards when they turn them in. Unfortunately, some of these same officials then come back weeks or months later and accuse them of deliberately turning in phony cards. In many cases, they can actually prove that these are the same cards they called to their attention.

Fact:  Canvassers are paid by the hour, not by the card.  ACORN has a zero-tolerance policy for deliberately falsifying registrations, and in the cases where their internal quality controls have identified this happening they have fired the workers involved and turned them in to election officials and law-enforcement.

Fact: No criminal charges related to voter registration have ever been brought against ACORN or partner organizations. Convictions against individual former ACORN workers have been accomplished with ACORN’s full cooperation, using the evidence obtained through their own quality control and verification processes – evidence which in most cases THEY called to the attention of authorities

Fact: Most election officials have recognized ACORN’s good work and praised their quality control systems. Even in the cities where election officials have complained about ACORN, the applications in question represent less than 1% of the thousands and thousands of registrations ACORN has collected. 

 

Sam Stien points out today that several republicans have history of working with ACORN:

– Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, for example, partnered with ACORN in March 2008

– Republican governor, Rick Perry of Texas signed ACORN’s Lending Law Reform Bill in 2005

– California Governor and McCain supporter Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that ACORN helped draft aimed at California homeowners facing foreclosure in July, 2008

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John McCain’s Unsteady Behavior Has Die Hard Republicans Jumping Ship Left and Right

Posted in Watch for Yourself with tags , , on October 13, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Jed Lewison has put together a very detailed list of respected republicans jumping ship.  The list is currently at 41 but growing every day.  Here are some clips:

Conservative Women to John McCain: Man Up…Stop Hiding Behind Sarah Palin

Posted in Character, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , on October 10, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Republican Michelle Lexalt gives John McCain a little straight talk about hiding behind Sarah Palin and not supporting equal pay for women:

 

You can see the whole discussion here.

CNN Fact Check: Would McCain’s mortgage plan shift burden to taxpayers?

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From CNN 10/10/08

The Statement:

An ad released Thursday, October 9, by Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign, titled “Tested,” takes aim at Sen. John McCain’s mortgage plan. “McCain would shift the burden from lenders to taxpayers, guaranteeing a loss of taxpayer money,” the ad’s narrator says. “Who wins? The same lenders that caused the crisis in the first place.”

Get the facts!

 

The Facts:
The ad refers to a plan McCain announced during a debate Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee. “I would order the secretary of the Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes — at the diminished value of those homes — and let people be able to … make those payments and stay in their homes,” McCain said.

On his Web site, McCain calls it “an American Homeownership Resurgence Plan.” Under his plan, the government would buy up some troubled mortgages at their full value — meaning the lenders would not take a loss. The government would then renegotiate those mortgages, so that eligible homeowners would be paying rates based on their homes’ current, reduced value.

McCain previously supported renegotiating mortgages with lenders, who would take losses. His economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, told reporters Wednesday that McCain now believes having the government pay the entire value of the loans is “the only way” to begin stabilizing the housing market “in a timely fashion.”

Obama, in his ad, highlights this quote from a CNNMoney.com story: “Much of the burden of paying to keep troubled borrowers in their homes will shift to taxpayers.” The McCain campaign acknowledged that point, both on a conference call with Holtz-Eakin on the day after the debate and in a follow-up interview with CNN’s Les Christie, writer of the CNNMoney.com story.

The McCain campaign says the plan would cost about $300 billion. “Funds provided by Congress in (the) recent financial market stabilization bill can be used for this purpose; indeed by stabilizing mortgages it will likely be possible to avoid some purposes previously assumed needed in that bill,” the campaign Web site says.

McCain’s plan puts him at odds with a bill adopted by Congress in July that required lenders to write down mortgage balances to 90 percent of a home’s current market value in order to qualify for refinancing insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Neither McCain nor Obama voted on that bill.

While the Obama ad refers to “lenders that caused the crisis in the first place,” Obama himself has been using slightly different language on the stump, referring to lenders who “helped create this mess in the first place.” But the substance of Obama’s attack has not changed.

The Verdict:
True. The McCain campaign acknowledges the plan would shift the burden to taxpayers.

Four More Years of This? Do These Folks Represent You?

Posted in Watch for Yourself with tags , , , on October 9, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

I was just amazed by this video.  Of course my blog draws some attention from a few ignorant… to lazy to think for themselves fear mongering wackos but I also took for granted that most McCain supporters support him because of their political ideology.  You sure wouldn’t know it by the hundreds of people in this video:

Another one from youtube:

I truly thought the shouts of “Terrorist” or “Kill him” or “Off with his head” the msm have been reporting on, were just random nut jobs in the crowd.  I couldn’t imagine that the majority of the people there felt that way.  Wow stupid me.  What else should I have expected when John McCain and Palin are doing everything they can to incite this fear and hatred.

I found a video of a McCain supporter questioning Obama supporters I’ll post after the jump.  The contrast is striking.

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Senior Moment?

Posted in Misspeaks with tags , , , on October 8, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Today John Mccain addressed the crowd as “My Fellow Prisoners”…

I know he is always looking to play the P.O.W. card but does he have to make it so obvious?

CNN Fact Check: Did McCain join, or lead on Fannie-Freddie reform?

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

CNN Fact Check:

The Statement

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama said at the Oct. 7 presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, “With respect to Fannie Mae, what Sen. McCain didn’t mention is the fact that this bill that he talked about wasn’t his own bill. He jumped on it a year after it had been introduced and
it never got passed.”

Get the facts!

The Facts
Since the recent financial meltdown, McCain has repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he warned his fellow lawmakers about a potential crisis with the government-regulated mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He’s referring to a May 2006 speech he gave on the floor of the Senate in support of a plan he co-sponsored — the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Act of 2005.

In the speech, he cited a federal report, saying that “Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets.” He also noted a $3.8 million fine Freddie Mac had recently paid to the Federal Elections Commission over problems with disclosure of its political lobbying. “These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform,” McCain said in the speech. He urged senators to support changing how the institutions were overseen by the government.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, sponsored the bill, which was introduced in January 2005. The legislation, which never became law, would have moved oversight of Fannie and Freddie from the department of Housing and Urban Development to an independent Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Agency.

The Verdict: True. McCain’s warning came more than a year after legislation was introduced. He was not the sponsor and the bill failed to pass.

Update: More claims debunked by CNN

Fact Check: Has Obama never ‘taken on’ Democratic leaders?

Fact Check: Did Obama get second-most money from Freddie and Fannie?

Fact Check: 94 times?

Fact check: What did Obama say about troops in Afghanistan?

Fact Check: Is Obama ‘palling around with terrorists’?

Fact Check: Did Obama say subprime loans ‘a good idea’?

Fact Check: Obama’s tax plan and small businesses

Some truths McCain doesn’t want you to know:

Fact Check: Did McCain intervene on behalf of Charles Keating?

Fact Check: McCain’s proposed health care tax credit

Fact Check: Are business groups critical of McCain’s health plan?

Fact Check: Did McCain say the Iraq war would be easy, popular?

Fact Check: The potential impact of McCain’s health care plan

Fact Check: Does McCain’s tax plan give tax cuts to CEOs?

John McCain’s Domestic Terrorism Problem

Posted in Accountability, Character, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From Jed Report:

Here’s how the New York Times summarized the legislation John McCain voted against (not just once, but twice):

The Senate voted overwhelmingly today for a Federal law to prohibit bombings, arson and blockades at abortion clinics, and shootings and threats of violence against doctors and nurses who perform abortions.

The vote was 69 to 30. Twenty-eight senators who voted against Federal financing of abortions six weeks ago supported the measure, seeing it as a law-and-order matter rather than as an abortion issue.

Read More at the Jed Report.

Update:

Think Progress points out that on multiple occasions throughout his career, McCain sought to limit the government’s ability to punish violent anti-choice fanatics by:

– Voting against making anti-choice violence a federal crime. As the Jed Report notes, McCain voted in 1993 and 1994 against making “bombings, arson and blockades at abortion clinics, and shootings and threats of violence against doctors and nurses who perform abortions” federal crimes.

– Opposing Colorado’s “Bubble Law.” McCain said he opposed Colorado’s “Bubble Law,” which prohibited abortion protesters from getting within 8 feet of women entering clinics [Denver Post, 2/27/00]. The law was later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

– Voting to allow those fined for violence at clinics to avoid penalties by declaring bankruptcy. NARAL Pro-Chioce America notes that McCain “voted to allow perpetrators of violence or harassment at reproductive-health clinics to avoid paying the fines assessed against them for their illegal acts by declaring bankruptcy.”