300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

September 7, 2008

Reason #94

Filed under: Anger Problems,Ethics Problems,hypocrite — 300reasons @ 11:03 pm

I think this speaks for itself.

H/T Things Younger Than John McCain

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Reason #93

Filed under: Crazypants,Ethics Problems,Palin — 300reasons @ 10:10 pm

The google is the best vetting process ever!

June 13, 2008

Reason #73

Filed under: Ethics Problems,Healthcare,Social Security,Veterans,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 2:15 am

May 29, 2008

Reason #52

Filed under: Ethics Problems,Fair Elections,hypocrite,Poverty,The Economy — 300reasons @ 3:33 pm

At this point, I don’t trust McCain as far I can throw him.

The Raw Story reports on the latest in McCain’s long line of lobbyist problems:

Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm has been advising McCain on economic issues since 2006. The two men have been friends for many years, and Gramm is considered a likely treasury secretary in a McCain administration. Gramm is a major proponent of deregulation and was deeply involved as a senator in passing bills — from which his family benefited financially — which led to both the California energy crisis and the current banking crisis.

Gramm currently serves as a vice chairman at the Swiss bank UBS, which he joined in 2002, shortly before he left the Senate. He was their registered lobbyist from 2004 until April 18 of this year, a period of time during which UBS was lobbying to kill the Predatory Lending Act, the Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act, and the Helping Families Save their Homes in Bankruptcy Act.

Gramm was still actively lobbying for UBS on March 26, when he contributed to a speech in which McCain recommended further deregulation as a response to the mortgage crisis. Talking Points Memo notes that “UBS is among the banks worst hit by the global credit crisis,” with about $37 billion in assets tied to bad US mortgages.

So when the mortgage crisis hit—in large part because of the actions of lobbyists like Gramm—McCain suggested further deregulation as a solution (even though deregulation caused the crisis in the first place) because Gramm was advising him.

Sounds like a solid combination of untouchable ethics and excellent judgment. Exactly what we’re looking for in a Commander-in-Chief.

May 20, 2008

Reason #47

Filed under: Ethics Problems — 300reasons @ 11:33 pm

The Keating Five scandal has mostly been ignored by the media in this election cycle, but in the context of McCain’s recurring ethics problems, I think the facts of the case bear repeating.

From McCainpedia:

Between 1984 and 1986, McCain failed to disclose over $15,000 worth of trips and gifts from junk bond king Charles Keating on his financial disclosure forms, and only reimbursed Keating after the scandal broke. McCain accepted $15,433 in trips from Keating and his associates, including vacations to Keating’s resort in the Bahamas for McCain and his family. McCain made at least 9 trips flying either on Keating’s jet or a jet owned by Resorts International. McCain originally reimbursed Keating only $2,000 for the trips, and he failed to reimburse the American Continental Corporation for the remaining $13,433 until 1989 — immediately after the government seized control of Keating’s Lincoln Savings & Loan. In fact, McCain originally did not disclose the flights on his House gift and expense filings. McCain did not reimburse Keating for the cost of food and lodging associated with the trips, as congressional rules did not require doing so.

This is not just one slip-up. It’s a pattern. Couple these issues with McCain’s tendency to lie outright and change positions on multiple issues, and his terrible treatment of his first wife, who he left for a 25-year-old when he was 43 (rumor has it that he left her because a car accident left her on crutches and quite a bit heavier, and he wanted a trophy wife to further his political ambitions—isn’t that sweet?). All together, I think there’s a convincing picture of a guy who doesn’t have the strongest sense of honesty or ethics.

Reasons 44-46

A little something for everyone…

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May 19, 2008

Reason #41

I am actually beginning to find it impossible to tell what John McCain really believes about any issue. Off the top of my head, I can think of instances where he’s flip-flopped on abortion, immigration, gay rights, campaign finance reform, the environment, and the war in Iraq. This man stands for nothing. I don’t know why he wants to be in charge of the country so badly—he doesn’t seem to have any agenda of his own.

Here he is, doing it again:

May 11, 2008

Reason #35

Filed under: Ethics Problems,Fair Elections,hypocrite,Sellout,Torture — 300reasons @ 2:09 am

Looks like McCain’s questionable ethics have fallen even further.

After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer’s GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his “management experience and expertise,” according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear’s selection could fuel perceptions that McCain—who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests—is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Groupa consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients.

Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma’s military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today. Justice Department lobbying records show DCI pushed to “begin a dialogue of political reconciliation” with the regime. It also led a PR campaign to burnish the junta’s image, drafting releases praising Burma’s efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing “falsehoods” by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses. “It was our only foreign representation, it was for a short tenure, and it was six years ago,” Goodyear told NEWSWEEK, adding the junta’s record in the current cyclone crisis is “reprehensible.”

Another issue: DCI has been a pioneer in running “independent” expenditure campaigns by so–called 527 groups, precisely the kind of operations that McCain, in his battle for campaign-finance reform, has denounced. In 2004, the DCI Group led a pro-Bush 527 called Progress for America, which was later fined (along with several other 527s on both sides of the political divide) for violating federal election laws. Goodyear, however, says that DCI is “not in the 527 business anymore.”

There’s a very clear pattern emerging of McCain being willing to do anything, and associate himself with anyone, in order to win. A guy with this little in the way of ethical standards is simply not to be trusted, least of all with one of the most powerful positions on earth.

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