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

October 18, 2008

Reason #108

Indulge me in worshipping the cuteness of my niece.

Seriously though…  If her insane adorability isn’t enough to convince you to vote for Obama, think about what kind of world our kids will be living in under a McCain-Palin administration.  I want this beautiful baby to have a clean environment.  I want her to have equal pay and reproductive justice.  I don’t want her to go off to fight some stupid war that never ends.  I want her to grow up in a country where we value freedom and civil liberties.

McCain-Palin are going to take us down a very dark road if they manage to win this thing, and I don’t want to have to explain to my kids that I let it happen.

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September 23, 2008

Reason #107

Filed under: Foreign Policy,Palin — btboondoggle @ 2:24 am

Everyone’s saying that Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience.  Now hold on a minute!!  She spent several semesters in Moscow while in college!

Oh…  wait, that’s Moscow, Idaho.  Home of the University of Idaho.

My bad.

But you can see Russia from Alaska!

On a more serious note, Sarah Palin hasn’t been anywhere requiring a passport until last year.  Are we sure that we want her next in line to be president behind a 72 year old cancer survivor?  Even this GOP senator doubts her experience.

September 11, 2008

Reason #98

Oh, how I love Katha Pollitt.

I love her questions for Sarah Palin even more. An excerpt:

§ Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her bedroom by an intruder. She becomes pregnant and wants an abortion. Could you tell the parents of America why you think your child and their children should be forced by law to have their rapists’ babies?

§ You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

§ If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

§ What is the European Union, and how does it function?

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ What is the function of the Federal Reserve?

§ McCain says cutting earmarks and waste will make up for revenues lost by making the tax cuts permanent. Experts say that won’t wash. Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

§ You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

If we could get just one journalist to ask Sarah Palin these questions in a context where she has to answer them. Just one.

Charlie Gibson? No?

Well, I suppose questions about mooseburgers are more important than questions about whether my teenage sister should be forced to have a child if, God forbid, she is raped. I don’t really care about that anyway. Lipstick!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the Violence Against Women Office? It’s part of the Department of Justice. Which is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means the President gets to make the appointments that determine what kind of work the VAWO does.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Sarah Palin’s views on sexual violence (she also made rape victims pay for their own rape kits when she was mayor) might just be relevant to her decisions about appointments.

Oh, nevermind. Lipstick!

June 13, 2008

Reason #72

Filed under: Foreign Policy,NAFTA,The Economy,The Environment,Worker's Rights — 300reasons @ 1:48 am

Even after NAFTA has had devastating effects on workers in the US and elsewhere, McCain is pushing against Obama’s proposed changes to the agreement, which would increase environmental and labor protections. He’s also pushing for another trade deal, this time with Columbia.

An AP-Yahoo News poll conducted mostly in April found that most Americans have a negative view of trade agreements.

Of those polled, 64 percent said that increasing trade between the United States and other countries has hurt the economy, while just 22 percent said it has helped. Moreover, 54 percent opposed the federal government negotiating new agreements with other countries, as opposed to 43 percent who favored more agreements, though Republicans tended to be evenly split on the question.

McCain clearly recognizes the public antipathy, particularly in some Midwestern states where the economy is reeling. “They’re hurting there in Ohio,” he told fundraisers in New York earlier this week. “It’s been tough and it’s been hard.”

But McCain has been pushing expanded training and educational programs to help displaced workers prepare for new jobs. And he maintains that without free trade, American businesses would have even more difficulties.

So it’s been tough and hard, and McCain’s solution is to do exactly the same thing (and add a country, for good measure).

That’s not weird green fake smile like rigor mortis setting in change we can believe in.

Reason #71

Filed under: Foreign Policy — 300reasons @ 1:20 am

Think Progress notes that a new Pew poll surveying public opinion in 24 countries shows that people in virtually every country surveyed felt that McCain would be worse than Obama for the rest of the world. The only exceptions were the U.S. and Jordan, where the numbers are essentially tied.

Call me crazy, but I think what the rest of the world thinks about America will have some effect on our ability to be diplomatically successful. I also think it says something when everyone living in the countries with actual journalists (instead of the Britney Spears-following Fox News models we have here) thinks that electing McCain is a bad idea.

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 7, 2008

Reason #26

I don’t think this is much of a surprise, but McCain has pledged that, if elected, he will appoint conservative judges.

From the Washington Post:

Highlighting an issue he plans to use aggressively in the general election campaign, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday decried “the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power” and pledged to nominate judges similar to the ones President Bush has placed on the bench.

The thing about our political system is that it’s really the judicial branch that has the most power, and the most longstanding power (remember Bush v. Gore?). When people with one political agenda dominate the judicial branch, it affects pretty much everything. In the chilling words of Grampy McSame himself, “Elections have consequences. One of the consequences is the president of the United States gets to name his or her nominees to the bench.”

April 11, 2008

Reason #21

Filed under: Foreign Policy,Hey you kids! Get off my lawn! — 300reasons @ 4:26 am

McCain has now confused Sunnis and Shiites at least three times in the past month.

For comparison, this would be kind of like confusing Catholics and Protestants… If you were responsible for diplomacy in Northern Ireland in 1972.

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