The Real John McCain

Is there a reason John McCain’s supporters avoid discussing his record?

They only like to talk about his personal story, his position on the surge, his supposed electability. When the rest of his career comes to topic the automatic quick reply is to characterize the topics as an attack.

Let’s take a look at the so called attacks.

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the most brazen frontal assault on political speech.

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the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

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the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases in American history.

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the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

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a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

And then there’s the McCain defense record.

His supporters point to essentially one policy strength, McCain’s early support for a surge and counterinsurgency. It has now evolved into McCain taking credit for forcing the president to adopt General David Petreaus’s strategy. Where’s the evidence to support such a claim?
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the unprecedented granting of due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants (terrorists).

McCain has repeatedly called for the immediate closing of Guantanamo Bay and the introduction of al-Qaeda terrorists into our own prisons — despite the legal rights they would immediately gain and the burdens of managing such a dangerous population.

While McCain proudly and repeatedly points to his battles with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who had to rebuild the U.S. military and fight a complex war, where was McCain in the lead-up to the war — when the military was being dangerously downsized by the Clinton administration and McCain’s friend, former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen? Where was McCain when the CIA was in desperate need of attention? Also, McCain was apparently in the dark about al-Qaeda like most of Washington, despite a decade of warnings.

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2 Responses to “The Real John McCain”

  1. Between Mr. Bush and John McCain, I would take John McCain any day. He has a record of vigorously fighting both liberal and conservative extremists. You have failed to mention what a great hero he was. While he was fighting and being imprisoned in Vietnam for the country he loves so dearly, where were Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush? Please do not distort the truth.

  2. americanchaos Says:

    McCain is a war hero. He is strong on national defense issues. We all admire him for that. He has railed against runaway spending and those earmarks that legislators slip into bills in the dead of night. That, too, is commendable. However, his dogged determination to reward people who have broken into this country and make a mockery of the rule of law should cause any thoughtful voter to eliminate him as a candidate for the job as the nation’s chief executive.

    There is no “perfect” candidate for president. Compromises have to be made. However, the one quality we should require of any candidate who gets our vote is honesty. McCain built his campaign around that. However, his rhetoric on amnesty has shot the wheels right out from under his “Straight Talk Express.”

    If you allow those who break into this country to stay, that is amnesty! A few years ago, that’s what McCain called it. Now he is trying to finesse this issue by calling it a path to “earned citizenship.” Straight talk? That’s enough to make a Clinton blush!

    The idea that you will allow someone who breaks into this country simply to pay a fine of $5,000 to become legal is an affront to law-abiding immigrants who have patiently stood in line. It is also an affront to hard-working taxpayers who have to pick up the tab for a plethora of welfare services the amnesty recipient would eventually be able to tap. Furthermore, if the amnesty recipient gives birth here, the benefits immediately begin to flow through that child.

    Would you pay $5,000 to receive $30,160 in benefits per year for the rest of your life? That’s a no brainer!

    Another flat tire on the straight talk express is his straw man defense. The first straw man McCain puts up is that “you can’t round up 12 million illegals and send them home.” The reality is, if you put tough sanctions on employers and landlords and cut off the benefits and services, they will go home on their own.

    The second straw man McCain puts up is that these people are doing the work that Americans are “unwilling to do.” In a free economy that depends on supply and demand, there is no job that will go unfilled at the right price.

    The flood of unskilled or low skilled immigrants has driven down wages for these jobs. The big losers in this scam are the hardworking Americans on the lower end of the economic ladder whose good-paying jobs have gone away.

    On the other end of the spectrum, McCain has voted repeatedly to increase the number of H1B visas, which allow employers to import highly skilled workers (supposedly when there is a shortage here). This allows firms to lay off American workers, reclassify their jobs and import foreigners who will work for less. McCain also has voted repeatedly against amendments that would require firms to advertise these jobs here or certify that they have tried to find Americans to fill these jobs.

    In short, McCain has done everything possible to insure that big corporations and agribusinesses have a steady stream of foreign workers who will take our jobs for less pay. This depresses wages, puts Americans out of work and increases the demand on welfare and other public benefits.

    Wake up America. We cannot afford to make this man president of the United States.

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