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.

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 #73

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

June 9, 2008

Reason #65

Filed under: Healthcare,Reproductive Justice,Sexist,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 6:28 pm

Double Speak has a great post by guest blogger David Greenberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Wilamette.

Greenberg notes that while McCain would overturn Roe vs. Wade if given the chance, this would only be the tip of the iceberg in his dismantling of reproductive rights. According to Greenberg, McCain is “among the most extreme members of Congress who voted against common sense measures on family planning, sex education and access to basic healthcare.”

A few highlights of McCain’s voting record:

He voted against requiring health care plans to cover birth control (3/22/03).

He voted against comprehensive, medically accurate sex education (7/25/06).

He voted against international family planning funding (3/14/96).

He voted against funding to prevent teen and unintended pregnancies (3/17/05).

He voted against public education for emergency contraception (3/17/05).

And he voted against restoring Medicaid funding that could be used for family planning for low-income women (3/17/05).

Put simply, a McCain presidency would be a nightmare for women.

H/T Feministing for the link

Reason #63

Filed under: Healthcare,Regressive Taxation — 300reasons @ 12:36 am

Would John McCain’s healthcare and tax policies be an extension of the Bush policies?

According to McCain supporter Lindsey Graham, “Yeah, absolutely.”

H/T Huff Post

June 5, 2008

Reason #59

Would you look at that?

June 3, 2008

Reason #56

Filed under: Asshole,Disability Rights,Healthcare,The Elderly — 300reasons @ 5:23 am

Both Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsors of the Community Choice Act of 2007. The Act would allow many elderly and disabled individuals eligible for Medicaid funded assisted living to stay at home, and be cared for there. If you’re like most of us, you probably know and love someone who can’t fully care for themselves physically, but who doesn’t want to live in a nursing home. If you do, you know how important this service can be for someone’s mental health and dignity.

When disability rights activists staged protests asking McCain to meet with them and explain his refusal to support the Community Choice Act, he had them arrested.

How’s that for responsive politics?

H/T Disability Nation.

May 20, 2008

Reasons 44-46

A little something for everyone…

Why you should hate McCain if you’re conservative.

Why you should hate McCain if you’re a moderate.

And why you should hate McCain if you’re progressive.

May 9, 2008

Reason #34

Filed under: Children,Education,Healthcare,Hey you kids! Get off my lawn! — 300reasons @ 6:42 pm

The Children’s Defense Fund Action Council has listed John McCain as the worst Senator for children. Why?

Here’s what he voted against (or didn’t bother to show up for):

1. Increase funding for children with disabilities (S. Con. Res. 21)
2. Protect children from unsafe medications (S. 1082)
3. 2008 Budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 21)
4. SCHIP Reauthorization (H.R. 976)
5. College Cost Reduction and Access Act (H.R. 2669)
6. SCHIP (H.R. 976 – motion to concur)
7. DREAM Act (S. 2205)
8. Funding child health and education (H.R. 3043)
9. Improving Head Start programs (H.R. 1429)

He also missed 80% of votes pertaining to children.

If there’s one issue we should all be able to agree on, it’s children. They don’t deserve to suffer for the mistakes us grown-ups make, and they deserve to have access to every opportunity we can give them. Votes like this show just how out of touch with the mainstream of America John McCain really is.

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.”

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