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June 14, 2008

America: We Can’t Afford John McCain

If you are an everyday working-class American or if you understand the values and problems of everyday working class Americans and if you are concerned about issues such as poverty, job loss, education, healthcare, environmental destruction, national security and freedom of choice, you’re probably a democrat.

If you are an American who desire a small government but don’t mind politicians who despite what they preach, lie and build a huge government corporation that is full of barefaced cronyism.  A government that has repeatedly appointed inexperienced inefficient individuals with political connections to important government posts, including positions with key responsibilities for public health and safety, you’re probbaly a happy republican.  Examples of some cronies are:

Michael Brown, the Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Mr. Brown had little, if any, disaster-related experience prior to joining the agency. His previous position was as the commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association.

Daniel Craig, the Director of FEMA’s Recovery Division.  In this capacity, he “is responsible for planning and executing the federal government’s recovery efforts following major disasters and emergencies, both natural and mad made.”  Mr. Craig’s previous experience includes directing the eastern regional office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick J. Rhodes, FEMA’s Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff, “he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and for directing the implementation of the FEMA Director’s priorities and policies.”  Mr. Rhodes is a former television reporter.

Julie Myers was President Bush’s nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at DHS. In that capacity, Ms. Myers would oversee the nation’s second-largest investigative agency and would be responsible for enforcement of immigration and customs law, as well as homeland security. She was a special assistant handling personnel issues.

Stewart Simonson, the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was the nation’s principal government official in charge of protecting our civilian population from acts of bioterrorism.  Mr. Simonson is a lawyer, not a medical expert.

If you want a government that monitors your communication and spies on you then you’re probably a republican. If you want an out of touch incompetent government then vote republican.  Like John McCain himself said during a speech in Louisiana in early June,

 “They (the republicans) have failed to keep up with the challenges of our time because many of their policies were designed for the problems and opportunities of the mid to late 20th Century, before the end of the Cold War (CW ended 1991); before the revolution in information technology (www went live April 30, 1993) and rise of the global economy.”

It is ridiculous to me to hear any democrat say that they won’t vote for Senator Barack Obama in the November general elections but will instead vote for Senator John McCain?!  I am perplexed.  How can true democrats say that?  Why would ANY democrat be willing to throw out the baby with the bath water on November 4?

As a matter of fact, why would ANY American, democrat or republican want a future America that will be weaker because of republican policies.  America desperately needs to rebuild and reestablish itself in a desperate way right now.  We need innovative forward-thinking practical workable solutions right now.   Maybe a republican like that will come along in the future but that republican is not John McCain.

Republicans stood by, watched and did nothing from 2001 to 2008 while:

“there was historical job loss, failing schools, prohibitively expensive health care, pensions at risk, rising gas and food prices, to name a few. But your government often acts as if it is completely unaware of the changes and hardships in your lives,”  John McCain concurred with the democrats.

John McCain does not have the same principles and values as a democrat; he tries hard to sound like a democrat depending on his audience but he isn’t, so why would a democrat vote for John McCain?  What would that vote be based on?

His fight against poverty?  John McCain does not care about the average American’s poverty.  He went on an “I care about poverty” tour in April.  He went through the motions of seeming compassionate but toed the line because he didn’t want to upset the part of the Republican base that blames poverty on the poor.  He went to New Orleans and it didn’t take a lot of courage to denounce the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina almost three years earlier, who wouldn’t?  But he had nerve to step foot on the soil of New Orleans when HE voted against a bill that would have provided more aid.  How two-faced is he?  What gall!

His concern about job loss?  John McCain does not even have a plan, not even a ridiculous one to combat job loss in America. But as he has said, “I don’t know anything about the economy.”

His plan to reform the education system?  His main focus is on choice and competition, which he says will bring about genuine accountability for our schools. McCain says schools should be allowed to compete for the most effective teachers, and if schools fail to meet needs parents should be given the choice to send kids to another school.  “We must continue to set standards and hold schools accountable for their performance.  The kind of accountability testing implemented through No Child Left Behind (“NCLB”) offers a good start.” McCain says even though experts say that NCLB does not work.

NCLB is flawed on several levels.  I don’t believe holding the teachers completely responsible is the solution and I don’t think the parents should always be the blame either the problem isn’t that simple.  There are children who get straight ‘A’s but don’t test well.  After a child works hard and succeeds throughout the year they should not be left back based on testing alone.  Looking at grades as well as testing to determine if a child is held back should be the mandate.  Due to the NCLB act children are being left behind after having a successful school year.  I also believe that teachers need help.  The problem with NCLB is not the demanding standards; it is a lack of manpower to implement it correctly. Teachers have no aide in their classroom to help them with at risk students who need a lot of one-on-one help. They have no administrative help with all the paperwork, reports, filing and preparation.  That leaves teachers with little time to adequately prepare and individualize their lessons.  As a result teachers have become jack-of-all-trades and a master-of none.  The testing, the reports, and the various things that are being asked of teachers could be a good thing and might make a big difference if I teachers had adequate assistance from a good paraprofessional in their classroom.

His healthcare plan?  McCain properly stresses the need to control costs, but he misses what should be the goal: to provide all Americans with affordable access to good healthcare.  Slowing down cost growth will help some people hold onto their insurance, but won’t do much for those who don’t have health insurance.  2. By requiring everyone with employer-provided insurance to pay taxes on the value of that benefit, while providing them with a tax credit as an offset, McCain is exposing middle-class people to higher taxes in the future as the cost of health insurance increases, and if they currently have good benefits they will pay a higher tax if his plan is implemented. He’s also incentivizing Americans — as President Bush’s proposal does — to buy or choose cheaper policies since cheaper policies will be taxed less. In the long run, like consumer-driven care, this will lead to most people having less insurance.

His environmental protection plan?  In the Senate, John McCain SKIPPED EVERY single vote labeled as ‘critical measures for the environment’.  The latest League of Conservation gives John McCain stunning zero out of one hundred (0/100) on their scorecard which rates elected officials on their environmental votes.

His national security plan?  The NYT reported in April 2008 that more conservative Republicans and neoconservatives are gaining increasing influence in the McCain campaign.  This makes me believe that he will be a republican with principles and values more like those of George W. Bush.

In January 2005, McCain said that “one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence. As soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be.”

On January 10, 2007, President Bush announced the commitment of more than 20,000 additional troops as a part of the Iraqi troop surge of 2007. McCain was a leading advocate for the move, leading some Democrats to call the policy the “McCain Doctrine”.

On January 3, 2008 at a campaign stop in Derry, New Hampshire, when a questioner said, “President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years,” McCain responded:

“Make it a hundred. We’ve been in Japan for 60 years; we’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That’s fine with me. I hope it will be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping, and motivating people every single day.”  After the event ended, McCain was asked by a reporter from Mother Jones about his “hundred years” comment, and he reaffirmed the remark, excitedly declaring that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for “a thousand years” or “a million years,” as far as he was concerned.

His freedom of choice plan?  Roe vs. Wade:  “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” the Arizona senator told about 800 people in South Carolina.  McCain also vowed that if elected, he would appoint judges who “strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench.”

Gay rights:  McCain supported a 2005 state initiative to “change Arizona’s Constitution to ban gay marriages and deny government benefits to unmarried couples.” John McCain said, “On the issue of gay marriage, I believe that if people want to have private ceremonies that’s fine. I do not believe that gay marriages should be legal.”  “A lot of times it depends on what do you mean by gay union? Does it mean that they’re able to enter into certain contracts, people have a partnership? I think so. But to give it the status of heterosexual marriage is not something that I would support.”

There are a plethora of things that I would NOT want Senator John McCain to be responsible for that affects America.  Three things that will be front and center as we go into the future that I wouldn’t want McBush to have anything to do with are:

 ( 1 ):  Appointing Supreme Court Justices (A lifetime appointment)

 The next President of the United States of America will appoint at least three members to the Supreme Court probably during his first term.  These appointments will have significant ramifications for the long term. Supreme Court Justices who will probably retire during the next 4 years are:

·       Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, 75

·       John Paul Stevens, 88

·       Stephen Breyer, 70

·       Anthony Kennedy, 72 and

·       Antonin Scalia, 72

The way these Justices think and what they believe will affect my life, your life and the lives of our children and our grandchildren and maybe even their children’s life for better or worse!

In May during a speech McCain made reference to the ‘type of Justices’ he would appoint if he was elected President.  He used code words such as “court presumes to make law instead of apply it.” That’s a blatant attack on Roe v. Wade.  It is an attack because the implication is that each individual State has the right to interpret the law anyway that state wants to interpret it.  That means that conservative Republican governed states like Georgia for example, could chose to make abortions illegal despite the reason for the abortion i.e. health reasons or rape.  The central argument of Roe v. Wade is that abortions are permissible for any reason a woman chooses, up until the “point at which the fetus becomes ‘viable,’ that is, potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks.  The Court also held that abortion after viability must be available when needed to protect a woman’s health.

McBush’s coded message was to the conservative Republicans letting them know in ‘their language’ that he intends to appoint CONSERVATIVE JUSTICES who will most likely vote similar to the way Clarence Thomas, 60, John Roberts, 53 and Samuel Alito, 58 does – all who are extremely conservative in their philosophies and interpretation of the law.  That means that America will be subjected to their conservative thinking and the conservative laws they implement for the 20 to 30 years!  What damage can these Justices do in 20 to 30 years!!!  Please think about that.  Think about how these conservative Justices can turn back the legal hands of time.  It is VERY frightening!

( 2 ):  Ending the War in Iraq

As of March 2008 the war in Iraq has cost Americans $501 Billion!  Think of all the ways that money could have been spent in America?  Think about the pre-school and after-school programs that could have been paid for.  We could have paid for health care for all Americans.  We could have created and developed a solar energy program that would have put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work.  Think of the bridges and roads and tunnels and sewage systems that could have been repaired and that could have put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work.  The Iraq war is costing America $3 BILLION a week.  Yes, every 7 days $3 BILLION dollars – in some estimates more – is wasted on a war that has no foreseeable solution and no end in sight.  Our troops have done everything they have been asked to do — over and over again.  Our troops have done a GREAT job!  It’s time our troops came home!!! Yet McBush wants our troops to stay in Iraq for, according to him, up to 100 years.  McBush further clarifies his statement by saying that our troops would be in Iraq in a non-combat capacity.  With all due respect, can YOU picture American troops being in Iraq without being fired at — for up to 100 years???  What is John McCain thinking??? He has no idea about the culture of the Middle East!  Al-Qaeda’s main objective is the end of foreign influence in Muslim countries.  That’s why they traveled to Iraq to attack our troops when this war began – just because we were there!  So McCain wants to stay there for up to 100 years!!! To do what?  Antagonize Al-Qaeda???  What is McCain thinking???  Or should I say McCain is NOT thinking!

( 3 ):  The economy

Most Americans can’t afford more of the same economic non-plan that Bush has subjected us to for the past 8 years -I know I can’t!  McBush knows even less about the economy than George W. Bush.  I shudder to think that with McBush as President we would have the same type of fiscal frivolity in the White House — AGAIN!  I don’t know what I would do if the cost of living kept skyrocketing the way it has under George W. Bush while salaries remain where they were 15 years ago!  Can you afford to pay $10 a gallon for gas?  That will probably be our reality with McBush as President.  Four years ago I paid $1.30 a gallon for gas, earlier today I paid $4.34 per gallon!  Let’s not talk about the cost of food, electricity, water, child care, health care, cell phone, cable, etc.

What will democrats who choose not to vote for Senator Obama do and say IF McCain is President? 

·       Will they can congratulate themselves and smirk for a bit?

·       Will they pat themselves on the back when the US troop casualty count comes in each month?  Will they feel proud that they helped to perpetuate that?

·       Will they chuckle to themselves as the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can’t find jobs in America, knowing they had a hand in that too?

·       Will they grin as more conservative judges are appointed to the Supreme Court?

·       Will they laugh to themselves and say “yeah, but we sure taught the DNC and America a lesson, didn’t we?”

 So why would democrats, responsible republicans or independents vote for John McCain in the general elections?

America’s best days are ahead of us but there must be change to make the future better than the past.  No matter how good your past has been – it can be better.  No matter how bad it has been, it can get better – that is what we’re voting for on November 4 – a better future for all Americans!

Vote democratic!!!






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  4. Ron Paul maybe? thats the Rep. i endorse.

    Comment by jon.C — June 14, 2008 @ 5:12 pm | Reply



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