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

June 13, 2008

Reason #73

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

June 11, 2008

Reason #70

Filed under: Veterans,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 2:38 pm

According to Grampy, bringing the troops home from Iraq is “not too important.”

June 5, 2008

Reason #59

Would you look at that?

May 28, 2008

Reason #51

Filed under: Asshole,Disability Rights,Veterans,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 3:13 pm

After voting for the War in Iraq, McCain didn’t bother to show up to vote on the new GI Bill, which would provide veterans with increased college benefits. Such benefits would offer an incredibly important means of readjustment to civilian life for vets, who often come home with PTSD, physical disabilities, and other issues that put them at greater risk of ending up in poverty and homelessness. Only three senators missed the vote: Kennedy (a little busy with his brain tumor), Coburn (at a family funeral), and McCain.

Where was McCain? Raising money in California, including events organized by the owner of the San Diego Chargers. Here’s what Jon Soltz, an Iraq War Veteran and the Chairman of VoteVets.org has to say about that:

“We’re certainly pleased that the GI Bill has passed and now will likely go to the President, but disappointed that Senator McCain put his own coffers ahead of this crucial debate, and chose not to vote. Senator McCain knows how tough things are for those fighting in Iraq, and when they get home. All of us would love to spend time getting money and talking football. But, sometimes there are more important things to do in life. This is one of those times when Senator McCain could have showed some leadership by canceling his events and heading back to DC for this debate.”

Word.

May 23, 2008

Reason #48

Filed under: Children,Education,Poverty,Veterans — 300reasons @ 4:32 am

His 1995-2008 voting record.

I think my favorite vote is probably the one against establishing minimum rest periods between deployments for members of the military. I know the friends I have serving in Iraq have really appreciated that.

Though I must say, as a student I have found his repeated votes to limit student grant programs, and to generally make it harder to afford college and graduate school very helpful.

Oh, but his vote against health insurance for children was pretty great too.

It’s a toss up.

May 9, 2008

Reason #33

Filed under: Veterans — 300reasons @ 6:08 pm

Via Veterans for Common Sense.

Let’s take a look at McCain’s voting record on veterans’ issues, shall we?

September, 2007, McCain voted against the Webb amendment that would have provided all troops in Iraq have at least as much time home and in training as in theater. (S.Amdt 2909, 2910, 2910; 9/19/2007, 5:30 pm)

May, 2006, voted against an amendment that would have provided the VA with an additional $20 million for healthcare facilities. (S.Amdt 3704; 5/4/2006, 11:34 am)

April, 2006, McCain was one of 13 Republicans to vote against $430 million for VA outpatient care and facilities. (S.Amdt 3642; 4/26/2006, 5:55 pm) April, 2006, McCain was one of 13 Republicans to vote against $430 million for VA outpatient care and facilities. (S.Amdt 3642; 4/26/2006, 5:55 pm)

March, 2006, McCain voted against increasing VA medical services funding. (S.Amdt 3007 to S.Con.Res 83; 3/14/2006, 4:22 pm)

March, 2004, McCain voted against establishing a VA reserve fund to treat veterans. (S.Amdt 2745 to S.Con.Res 95; 3/10/2004, 9:34 pm)

October, 2003, McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd (D-CN) that called for an additional $322 million in safety equipment for soldiers in Iraq. (S.Amdt. 1817 to S. 1689; 10/2/2003, 7:36 pm)

April, 2003, McCain voted to table a senate vote to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq. (S.Amdt 452 to S. 762; 4/2/2003, 5:35 pm)

August, 2001, McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650 million. (S.Amdt. 1218 to S.Amdt. 1214; 8/1/2001, 6:02 pm)

You would think that McCain’s experience as a veteran would give him a little more empathy for our veterans now. I guess staying in with the Republican party was more important to him than providing our troops with body armor and decent medical care.

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