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

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 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.

May 8, 2008

Reasons #30 and #31

Filed under: Fair Elections,hypocrite — 300reasons @ 5:53 pm

McCain really cares about campaign finance reform. Really.

Under a new fundraising structure created by the campaign and the RNC, donors can give to an organization called “McCain Victory 2008” up to nearly $70,000. The first $2,300 of that money goes to the McCain campaign, the largest amount that can be given to a candidate under federal regulations. The next $28,000 or so goes to the RNC, and any further money is divided up evenly by four swing states the campaign plans to target in the general election.

The new system allows the RNC to serve as a surrogate for the McCain campaign, so he can raise tons of money from the super-rich to make up for the fact that he’s been trounced by Democrats under the fundraising system that didn’t give preferential treatment to people who can afford to give more than three times my annual income in one pop.

Meanwhile, Obama is limited to accepting donations of up to $2,300, and most of his donations average less than $100.

Combined with McCain’s unethical use of his wife’s private jet for campaign purposes, I’d say this marks the end of any claim to the moral high ground he could ever hope to make on the issue of campaign finance reform.

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