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Thursday, September 04, 2008

McCain Real Veteran Voting Record

I think the facts and the truth on McCain being a hero for veterans in the congress should be loud and clear. Saying you back veterans and voting against veterans in the congress is two different things. John McCain loves to flaunt his POW status but all of his votes in the Senate have been against supporting Veterans.

I borrowed the following from Veterans for Common Sense. I hope they don't mind that I did so. I thank them for actually supporting Veterans!

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that "things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Can you honestly think that John McCain is for Veterans from any war? Does John McCain love Veterans? I don't doubt that for a minute. If you asked John McCain to fund benefits for disabled veterans you would get a snub and his voting record proves it. John McCain is no friend to veterans. Facts don't lie but keep waving the flag Senator McCain. By all means keep touting that you were a POW. So were other brave military servants before and after you had your imprisonment at the Hanoi Hilton.
Thank you to Veterans for Common Sense for making this post possible.


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Anonymous Paul Sullivan said...

Thank you for posting this article about Senator John McCain's voting record. Veterans for Common Sense is a non-partisan charity working to raise awareness of the issues facing veterans and to find common sense solutions. Paul Sullivan, Executive Director, Veterans for Common Sense, Washington, DC.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Thank you Mr. Sullivan for commenting and allowing me to use some of your well written points on John McCain's voting record. And thank you for all the work you do for veterans.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The information presented here and on the VCS web site is full of misrepresentations and misinterpretations of the actual votes, the nature of the bills being voted on, and McCain's position regarding these same issues. The comments posted on the VCS site reveal many of these problems.

Blatant disinformation such as this makes me believe that the VCS site should be named "Veterans for" - common sense has nothing to do with the clearly one-sided presentation of incorrect and biased information.

You can get more accurate information on YouTube or Wikipedia.

- F&B

11:12 AM  
Blogger 1 dirty dog said...

This is for anonymous said- No wonder he goes by anonymous said, because he doesn't want people to know how stupid he must be. If you don't go by McCain's voting record what do you go by, his many lies. This man is a true clone of Georgie boy except he tells lies more frequently than Bush. The way he votes on veteran affairs one would think he has never been in service. Maybe he was too brain washed to remember or he has the old timers disease that so many people have.

9:00 AM  

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