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Top 5 Myths About John McCain

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

Tim Dickinson does some fact finding in the latest addition of Rolling Stone magazine and debunks what he calls the top five myths about John McCain:

1. John McCain always puts “Country First.”

2. John McCain is a straight-talking reformer.

3. John McCain was the central hero of his P.O.W. camps.

4. John McCain was a “Top Gun” pilot.

5. John McCain is a Washington outsider.

Fact: John McCain Is No Maverick On The Issues That Count

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

It turns out Joe Biden, who has known John McCain longer than just about anyone in the senate, hit the nail on the head when he said:

On The Economy:

McCain attacked legislation requiring the federal government to purchase American-made goods as the “worst, most disgraceful aspect of the legislative process in Washington.”
Source: Vote 63, 3/17/05; Vote 83, 5/5/04; Vote 517, 10/26/95

McCain opposed increased funding for job training programs to help displaced workers.
Source: Vote 63, 3/17/05; Vote 83, 5/5/04; Vote 517, 10/26/95

McCain’s economic plan gives Big Oil a $4 billion tax break while 101 million working families get no relief at all. 
Source: Tax Policy Center, Preliminary Analysis Of The 2008 Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plan, 6/20/08Center for American Progress Action Fund, 3/27/08 

John McCain supports tax breaks for companies that send American jobs overseas. This year, we’ve lost more than 600,000 American jobs to outsourcing. 
Source: John McCain 2008, “Jobs for America,”“The McCain Budget Plan,” Washington Post, 7/14/08USA Today, 3/20/08 Vote 63, 3/17/05; Vote 83, 5/5/04; Vote 517, 10/26/95

John McCain will continue George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while the middle class struggles with stagnant wages and rising prices.
Source: The Washington Post, 7/14/08

On Health Care:

Voted NO on providing $9.13 billion for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) [Title I (Sec. 101)]

McCain Looked Out For Tobacco Industry Over American Children. TheNew York Times reported, “Like the other Republican presidential candidates, Senator John McCain opposes the so-called S-Chip bill to expand children’s health care coverage, in part because it widely expands the eligibility criteria and would cost some $35 billion… But what really sets him off is the way Congress proposes to finance the measure, which President Bush vetoed and is facing a veto override vote: an added tax on cigarettes.” [New York Times, 10/16/07]

Voted No to extend rebates for prescription drugs to enrollees in Medicaid managed care organizations. 

Voted No on providing emergency health care and other relief for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Voted No on increasing the funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program by an additional $74 million. 

Voted No on adding prescription drug benefits to Medicare.

Voted No to protect Social Security surpluses and move Medicare trust fund surpluses off budget to prevent using them for other purposes. 

Voted No to increase access to health care and to protect consumers in managed care plans and in other health coverage.

On Education:

Voted NO on $52M for “21st century community learning centers”. 

Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies.

Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education.

Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors.

Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors.

Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction.

Voted NO on national education standards.

His YES votes are just as bad and show how out of touch he is with the needs of the education system.

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