Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Integrity - John McCain and The Rantings of A Mad Woman

From John McCain's website, a post submitted called Integrity:

Posted at 11:52 AM on 7/23/2007 by Ben Olson
Integrity Over at Real Clear Politics, Ralph Peter’s writes today about "John McCain's Integrity Problem...he has too much of it." Peters continues that America needs three things in our next president and commander-in-chief; three qualities which John McCain would embody as President: 1) "Strong, conscientious leadership"; 2) Honesty to tell you where they really stand; 3) "The ability to unify our nation after the election." These are just three of the many valuable qualities John McCain would embody as president that are highlighted in Peters' article.
John McCain has dedicated his life to serving our country, and it will truly be a shame if we can't recognize the value he would bring to the presidency. Voters must realize the difference between a "parrot" candidate ("someone who merely tries to please the audience at the moment") and a president. Right now John McCain is the only candidate who can be a president for he will not base his campaign around the talking points provided to him by his staffers

Webster and the Dictionary published with his name have defined the noun as "Moral soundness" first appearing in English Lit about 1350 ...So the word is not new and therefore should be known by most Americans with a good grasp of the language.

And yet, in the context of THIS post? NOT so MUCH...I submit that John McCain is not a man that exhibits moral soundness or integrity...

Let's just take one part of the fabrications promoted by his campaign and as "John McCain", he "approves" their messages (not the man as described in that post by Mr Olson.......)

One issue that looms LARGE in his campaign...fed to us daily like a bitter pill, that campaign can't go n hour without trying to tell uw he is the All Amaricun Hero...That great warrior and loved by his comrades in arms.....

The number of veterans supporting McCain is much lower than he ever indicates. He counts generals and of course his Swift Boat buddiesLet's start with Col David Hackworth, the most highly decorated veteran in US history, was consistently investigating McCain to check on his statements and the "McCain Story" since he not only distrusted him, he believed his "story" was a good part exaggeration by his spin doctors. He did not support his candidacy in 2004. Unfortunately, the Colonel is now deceased but one wonders if he is spinning in his grave whenever McCain's story gets played (every tine McCain sneezes the diatribe starts again........). It's the one thing that Palin can get halfway straight

Then there is Dr Phillip Butler, PhD Sociologist and Navy Air retired, 8 years at the Hanoi Hilton, knew McCain from Annapolis (lived across the hall) and McCain was in the same POW camp with him. He distrusts McCain and makes no bones about it in multiple articles and interviews, some printed on military.com.OR Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain...But most importantly, here is what and why he is not so well liked, especially by those returning to find they cannot get treatment, may have difficulty finding jobs, homes or even recogmnition as a serviceman or woman.... Why? Ask JOHN MCCAIN....

Here is how John McCain has stood on recent legislation supported by major veterans’ organizations: McCain veterans voting record:

• McCain failed to show up for the vote on Sen. Webb's historic New GI Bill. In 2008, McCain was at a campaign fundraiser when seventy-five Senate colleagues voted to pass legislation affording today's veterans education assistance comparable to that provided veterans of World War II.
• McCain Was One of 13 Senators To Vote Against Increase In Veterans' Healthcare. In 2006, McCain was one of 13 senators to vote against an amendment to add $430 million for outpatient and inpatient health care and treatment for veterans. Amendment passed 84-16. [HR 4939, Vote #98, 4/26/06]
• McCain Voted To Cut Funding For Veterans' Healthcare. In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to strike a provision in the 2007 Budget that will hold farm programs, veterans, Social Security, and Medicaid hostage to rising health care costs by creating automatic cuts once an arbitrary level of spending is reached in the Medicare program. The amendment failed 50-50. [SCR 83, Vote #70, 3/16/06]
• McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans' Funding By $10 Billion. In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to eliminate a tripling of fees for veterans in the TRICARE health care program by raising the discretionary spending limit by approximately $10 billion. The provisions would have been fully offset by eliminating certain corporate tax breaks. The amendment failed 46-53. [SCR 83, Vote #67, 3/16/06]
• McCain Voted Against Veteran's Healthcare Program. In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to make veterans' health benefits a mandatory program, spending $104 billion over five years. The funding would have been offset by closing corporate tax loopholes and rolling back the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. Amendment rejected 46-54. [SCR 83, Vote #63, 3/16/06]
• McCain Voted Against A $1.5 Billion Increase In Healthcare For Veterans. In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that increased the discretionary spending limit by $1.5 billion to $874.5 billion to provide an increase in funding for veterans' medical services. It would be offset by ending certain corporate tax breaks. Amendment rejected 46-54. [SCR 83, Vote #41, 3/14/06]
• McCain Failed To Vote To Support Healthcare For Veterans In Lieu of Tax Breaks For Millionaires. In 2006, McCain failed to vote on a motion to instruct conferees to insist that the tax reconciliation conference report includes funding to support health needs of veterans and military personnel in lieu of an extension of capital gains or dividends tax breaks for individuals with incomes of more than $1 million. Motion failed 40-53. [HR 4297, Vote #15, 2/13/06]
• McCain Voted Against $19 billion For Military And Veterans' Hospitals. In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that provided $19 billion for military and veterans' hospitals, offset by limiting the dividend and capital-gains tax rates to individuals earning less than $1 million. Amendment failed 44-53. [HR 4297, Vote #7, 2/2/06]
• McCain Voted Against Mental Healthcare For Veterans. In 2005, McCain Voted against an amendment that provided an additional $500 million per year for the next five years for mental health services for veterans. The funding would be offset by deferring tax cuts for those making $1 million per year. Amendment rejected 43-55. [S 2020, Vote #343, 11/17/05]
• McCain Voted Against Considering Inflation In Veterans Funding Formula. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would establish a future funding formula for health care for former members of the Armed Forces takes into account changes in population and inflation. Amendment failed 48-51. [HR 2863, Vote #251, 10/5/05]
• McCain Voted Against A $10 Million Increase In Readjustment Counseling for Veterans. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would provide an additional $10 million for the Readjustment Counseling Service, offset with a $10 million reduction in the HealthVet account. The amendment failed 48-50. [HR 2528, Vote #242, 9/22/05]
• McCain Failed To Vote For A $1.5 Billion Increase In Veterans' Healthcare. In 2005, McCain failed to vote for an amendment that would add $1.5 billion of funding to the Department of Veterans' Affairs for medical services provided by the Veterans Health Administration. Amendment passed 96-0. [HR 2361, Vote # 165, 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 166 , 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 168, 6/29/05]
• McCain Voted Against $1.9 Billion In Emergency Funding For Veterans' Hospitals. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that designated $1.9 billion in emergency funding for veterans' hospitals. The $1.9 billion provided for the VA by the underlying amendment will help the VA to cover the costs of caring for these new veterans, and ensure that the VA is able to provide them with the care they deserve. The amendment failed 46-54. [HR 1268, Vote #90, 4/12/05]
• McCain Voted Against A $2 Billion Increase In Veterans' Funding. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs Department by $1.98 billion and designate it as emergency spending. It would stipulate that $840 million be used for veterans' regional health networks; $610 million be used to address the needs of service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; and $525 million be used to provide mental health care and treatment. Amendment failed 46-54. [HR 1268, Vote #89, 4/12/05]
• McCain Voted Against Creating A Reserve Fund For Veterans' Health Care. In 2004, McCain voted against an amendment that would create a reserve fund to allow for an increase in veterans medical care by $1.8 billion, the amount determined by Veterans' Affairs Committee to meet existing needs; and is fully offset by closing tax loopholes. Amendment rejected 46-51. [SCR 95, Vote #40, 3/10/04]
• McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans' Health Care Program. In 2003, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase spending on the TRICARE program by $20.3 billion over 10 years to give members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families greater access to the health care program. The increase would be offset by a reduction in tax cuts. Amendment rejected 46-51. [SCR 23, Vote #81, 3/25/03]

[Check Thomas and look them up by their bill number. You will see the vote….]

It is certainly true that his affectionate and respectful RHETORIC for America's servicemen and women takes a back seat to no one. But when it comes to improving the health and education of our veterans, McCain's record leaves them stranded by the side of the road without change for a phone call or any tow truck in site

Senator McCain claims to have received awards from all the veterans' organizations in America
The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not awards but failing grades:

-Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

-Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain's dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans' issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

-In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

[ Fact Checking McCain on Vets Groups , July 8, 2008, Matthew DeLong “The Washington Independent”]

Even the organizations he claims support him are seriously disappointed in him. A man who should be the voice on the hill for the veteran is leaving veterans to trry to fend for themselves...

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