According to the February 14 issue of Time, Senator McCain’s “environmental record would make Teddy Roosevelt cringe,” voting against toxic-waste cleanups, supporting subsidies for mining on public lands — “in 1998 the League of Conservation Voters gave him a zero rating.”
Zero is not good.
Time quotes Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity, author of The Buying of the President 2000: “The portrait McCain likes is the one of the plain-talking crusader who’s bucking the system. The one many others see is that of a politician who rarely breaks ranks with the special interests that finance his campaign.”
I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment — it would hardly make him unique among Senators if it is — but anyone who thinks McCain is really a closet liberal should know that in addition to his zero environmental rating, he voted against the Brady bill and the assault weapons ban and opposes licensing handguns . . . “has repeatedly voted against minimum-wage increases and equal pay for women,” according to Time . . . and took the anti-choice position 82 times out of 86 votes in the Senate.
If YOU believe assault weapons should be widely available . . . if YOU would put mining interests above environmental interests . . . if YOU think it was a mistake to hike the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15, giving workers an undeserved boost (or was the argument that we just couldn’t afford it, it would cripple the economy?) . . . then John’s your man. But please don’t call him a closet Democrat. Gary Bauer, in endorsing him, didn’t fall for that, and neither should anyone else.
The Senator is a fine man in many ways, but as he says over and over again, he is a conservative Republican. He would very likely work with Trent Lott to confirm four new conservative justices to the Supreme Court, giving us not only a conservative Republican in the White House for four years, but a conservative Court for the next 25 or so.
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Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953
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