The press portrays John McCain as a moderate. However, check this record.
- McCain has literally never shown up for any vote on the environment. This has given him a well-earned score of zero from the League of Conservation Voters and the moniker McWho from me.
- McCain has shown up for ? out of ? votes on a woman’s right to choose. In each of the cases where he showed up, he voted against this basic constitutional right. This has gotten him another well-earned score of zero, this time from NARAL.
- McCain has stated that he would keep the U.S. in Iraq for another hundred years. By this time, the U.S. would be long since bankrupt and there would be no one left alive in Iraq.
- McCain’s idea of health care for the U.S. is to ensure that millions have the freedom to choose to die outside of emergency rooms if they cannot afford the ever increasing entry fee. Yes. I know, somewhere in that long laundry list is a statement that we can and must provide care for everyone. However, the rest of the list is contradictory with this and there is no mention of how he intends to cover everyone. In fact, the list mostly reads as a way to make health insurance corporations richer and Medicare cover less. Coverage for all? It’s not going to happen this way. This Fox Street Journal article on the subject agrees with my assessment. He is looking to cut costs, not cover everyone. How is a $2500/yr tax cut going to help someone who is below the poverty line and not paying any taxes going to give them the $10,000/yr that a family health care plan costs? The math just doesn’t work.
This partial list of McCain’s policies demonstrates clearly that he is no moderate. In fact, he is a radical right wing nut job. He is huddled against the right wall with the rest of the neocon nut jobs in this country … and he’s reaching for a jackhammer.
Looking for a moderate? Try either of the middle of the road, right leaning candidates in this election, Clinton or Obama. Both are right of center. Both are very much mainstream.
McCain is not mainstream or moderate.
Where do I stand? I’m way over on the left and hoping that one day I might get a candidate who represents my views. Kucinich is quite good. However, without being bought by corporate America, the corporate media will never give him fair coverage. They’ll just call him “unelectable” and we the idiots will drink the Kool-Aid.
If you believe McCain is a moderate, please post some of the issues on which you believe him to be moderate here.