Tuesday, April 29, 2008

10 Reasons I don't buy McCain

In no particular order:
1. After much Straight Talk Express self-hype, and being thoroughly trashed by GWB's Rove machine, he then spends the next two terms sucking up to our Idiot in Chief. Bye bye credibility.

2. He proposed an idiotic lifting of the Federal Gasoline Tax that would extend until Labor Day. Seriously? Why not look for ways to reduce our long-term dependence on fossil fuels or look for stricter regulation of the major petroleum companies who seem to be making a killing despite record prices for crude oil? Lift the gas tax? Boy is that ever short-sighted.

3. He missed the vote on the Libby Ledbetter bill for equal pay, then said that women should get more education and training to close the pay gap. just how out of touch are you, McCain. Don't you get that the pay gap exists despite comparable education and training? Instead you place the responsibility for the inequity in pay on the VICTIMS, not the perpetrators. Typical.

4. McCain has said about the war in Iraq "I Don’t Think Americans Are Concerned If We’re There For 100 Years or 1,000 Years or 10,000 Years." in an interview on Face the Nation. Wrong-o buddy, I care, I care A LOT.

5. McCain has blamed home buyers for the current mortgage crisis, “Some Americans bought homes they couldn't afford, betting that rising prices would make it easier to refinance later at more affordable rates.” The bigger issue is why were they allowed to quality for such risky mortgages? Isn't there some culpability in the companies that offered these mortgages to people?

6. McCain has repeatedly voted against raising minimum wage. Working full time at minimum wage brings in a whopping $12,168. This includes an increase from the 2006 minimum wage of $5.15. Can you imagine living on that?

7. After previously denouncing them as an unaffordable giveaway to the rich in 2001, McCain is now fully behind the Bush tax cuts. He changed his mind in 2007, just in time for his campaign. Interesting.

8. Having been a victim of torture while a POW, you'd think he'd oppose any legislation allowing the US to torture prisoners. Wrong, he voted against legislation to ban waterboarding and publicly supported Bush's veto of this legislation.

9. McCain's record on Roe vs Wade is terrible. He supports repealing Roe v Wade, barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions (think Planned Parenthood) and supported legislation to inform parents of minors who get out of state abortions. He also voted AGAINST $100M in funding to reduce teen pregnancy through education and contraception.

10. According to the US Census, more than 47 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the percentage of children without health insurance rose from 8.7% in 2006 to 11.7% in 2007. Despite the staggering and growing number of uninsured Americans, McCain voted against recent State Child Health Insurance Plan reauthorization and expansion legislation. McCain also said that President Bush's veto of the program's expansion was "the right call." Sorry Mr. McCain, can you explain how screwing over poor children is the "right call," 'cause access to preventative medical care seems like a fundamentally WRONG call to me.

As a woman, a mother, an American worker and a citizen of this fine country, I have to say he generally gives me the willies.

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