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Posted on September 18th, 2008 by WakeUpWalMart - Comments -

John McCains economic plan calls for a $1.5 billion tax cut for Wal-Mart, and millions more for their CEO, Lee Scott.

Isn't that part of the problem?

Posted on September 16th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

Earlier today, McCain economic adviser and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Sarah Palin was not qualified to run a major company like HP.  She has since clarified her comments on MSNBC, now claiming she doesn't think McCain, Palin, Obama, or Biden could run a major corporation.  

You know you're unfit to run the nation's economy when a spokeswoman for your own campaign (with a business background) goes on national tv and claims you're not even qualified to run a business!  It's becoming increasingly clear that the McCain campaign has no grasp of the economy whatsoever. 

Posted on August 29th, 2008 by DJK - Comments -

Previously, I’d seen John McCain’s VP pick as a no-win situation. He couldn’t pick Joe Lieberman because he’s Jewish and pro-choice (angering evangelicals), couldn’t pick Mitt Romney because he’s Mormon (angering evangelicals), and couldn’t pick Mike Huckabee since he’s a religious fundamentalist (angering independents). Seemed like Tim Pawlenty would be a safe, boring choice that wouldn’t excite anyone, especially since no one knows who he is.

But McCain’s choice of Alaska’s Sarah Palin shows that, by attempting to think outside the box, McCain has found a previously undiscovered way to lose a no-win situation. Seriously, choosing Palin is utterly ridiculous. Here are just a few reasons that I thought of without really trying:

1. Completely undercuts one of McCain’s main arguments against Barack Obama — that Obama lacks the experience to be president. If Obama isn’t experienced enough, what the hell is Palin? Should be hilarious to watch McCain and the republicans try to answer that one.

2. Introduces an issue that has not gotten nearly as much attention as it should — McCain’s age and health. It’s clear that McCain’s brain is already deteriorating, and with his advanced age, Palin is less than a heartbeat away from being president — it’s more like a half beat. Does anyone, including republicans, feel secure with the prospect of president Palin?

3. Alaska is already a republican state. No votes to pick up there.

4. McCain’s pick shows that he has essentially bought his own propaganda, believing that there are scads of Hillary Clinton supporters who won’t back Obama and need a reason to vote for McCain. While McCain and the corporate media spent all week talking about this phantom demographic, I think there are only a tiny number of such women who were given a disproportionately loud voice by the McCain campaign and the media trying to stir up trouble. If there are such women, my guess is that they were mostly disgusted republicans who were willing to cross party lines to see a woman become president. If there were any more, Hillary’s strong statements at the DNC will have left no doubt what supporting Hillary really means — voting with the democrats.

5. This is sure to infuriate the very powerful sexist wing of the republican party. I can’t imagine Rush Limbaugh supporting a woman president of any party.

6. Palin is in the middle of an investigation over whether she used her influence to get her former brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, fired. When Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan refused to fire Wooten, Monegan was suddenly fired. Palin and her administration forcefully claimed they had nothing to do with it, but they had to reverse that stance when a tape surfaced of a call with one of her staff saying that Palin wanted Wooten fired. Firing dedicated public servants (a state trooper, no less), for political/personal reasons? DOJ attorney scandal, anyone?

7. Soon to be a YouTube sensation, Palin said in a CNBC interview that she doesn’t want to entertain the notion of being vice president until “someone answers for me what is it exactly the VP does everyday?” Why can’t she find out for herself? Don’t they have books and the internet in Alaska? If someone said I might be chosen as VP, I would find out myself what the VP does, not wait for someone to explain it to me. Maybe, like McCain and Bush, Palin is still learning how to use “a Google”.

8. Palin was the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which “oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state's police powers”. Just the change America needs — another VP looking to enrich the oil industry. Totally undercuts McCain’s claim that he bucks the repubs by being more green and is not in the pocket of Big Oil. 

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Posted on August 27th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

Not only does John McCain have at least 10 properties he can't remember, but he also owns a parking lot in Phoenix Arizona worth between $1.4 and $2.4 million. That's over $1 million more than the average American home!

It's no wonder McCain has said time and time again that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong."  He's living in the land of affluence, and has no concept of just how terrible our economy has become under President Bush.  According to the U.S. Census, 37.3 million people were living in poverty in 2007.  45.7 million (15.3 percent of the population) don't have health insurance—a staggering number that has risen by 6 million since Bush took office in 2001.  And yet McCain extols Bush's economy and proposes his own policies that would sink our country further into debt.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said that when it comes to the economy,

"I think John McCain is wrong. He doesn’t even know how many homes he has. … We’ve seen the McCain position as just a continuation of the Bush Administration. It’s President Bush’s policies that got us into the mess that we have now. And it’s not only a short term crisis, it’s long term and it has to be addressed. Workers are having a tough time. The wage inequality that’s out there is unbelievable, and health care and retirement security are threatened. Those are some of the reasons that we’re not supporting John McCain."

When we launched McCain's Mansions, you recognized that McCain is out of touch with hard-working Americans.  That's why you spread it around and got the mainstream media to take notice and question McCain on this issue.  It exposed McCain for the elitist he really is, and turned our ailing economy into a number one issue for Democrats. 

Now's your chance to keep the economy front and center by spreading McCain's Million Dollar Parking Lot.  Let everyone know that while the majority of Americans are struggling to make mortgage payments and pay for necessities like health insurance and gas, John McCain has a parking lot worth $1 million more than the average home.    

Posted on August 25th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

By now, over 370,000 people have viewed McCain's Mansions, a video depicting John McCain as a wealthy elitist whose views on the economy are out of touch with those of hard-working Americans.  And this BBC segment (the full version of which can be found here) shows the far-reaching impact of this video.  Because viewers spread McCain's Mansions with such tenacity, the video prompted Politico to question McCain on just how many mansions he owns.  McCain's now famous gaffe then led the Obama campaign to slam McCain on the economy almost immediately.  A media frenzy ensued, culminating with Joe Biden's comment over the weekend that McCain has so many kitchen tables, he can't figure which one to sit at.

Don't let this story fade.  Don't let McCain hide his elitist ways behind his POW story or Republican talking points.  Continue spreading McCain's Mansions.  Let's continue drawing attention to McCain's support for Bush's failed economic policies, and the fact that McCain's so wealthy his proposals primarily benefit the rich at the expense of everyone else.

Posted on August 21st, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

When we launched McCain's Mansions on Monday, we revealed how McCain's elitist lifestyle—10 multi-million dollar mansions, flying around the country in his wife's personal jet—has rendered him completely out of touch with hard-working Americans. Not only did the video make a huge splash, commanding over 200,000 views, but it continues to make waves.  The media is now putting McCain on the spot about his uber affluence, and as it turns out, McCain owns so many homes he doesn't even remember how many he owns! 

In an interview with Politico yesterday, McCain couldn't recall just how many homes he has.  "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain said. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

Politico claimed McCain owns at least four, but Progressive Accountability declared that the McCains own at least ten properties worth a whopping $13,823,269 (h/t Ari).  As you would expect, the Obama campaign had a field day with McCain's gaffe, whipping together this ad claiming McCain has seven homes, then flashing a picture of the White House as "one house America can't afford to left John McCain move into."

The fact that this total varies ought to baffle McCain even further as the mainstream media frenzy begins.  But whatever the true total is, the bottom line is that McCain has so much wealth he has no concept of money—unless of course it's money from lobbyists and corporations or to buy more mansions.  That's why at Saturday's Saddleback forum McCain ludicrously declared it takes $5 million to move from "middle class" to "rich."  That's why he admitted economics isn't his strong suit and came up with a plan to sink our country even further into debt.  And that's why he can't sympathize with Americans facing foreclosure, soaring gas prices, unemployment, and the daunting costs of health insurance.  None of these problems register when you're living in a solid gold bubble like McCain, or however many gold bubbles he's living in.  

Posted on July 31st, 2008 by Garlin II - Comments -

Cliff Schecter is the author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him, Why Independents Shouldn't, which was released this past May. The book is an insightful look into the political psyche of the Republican Presidential candidate.

I asked Cliff to talk with me about John McCain's record on issues of relevance to Black voters. With all of the talk in the news over the past couple of days about race in this election, his answers are interesting to say the least.

The Interview

Garlin Gilchrist II: In your view, what's been the most instructive example of John McCain's ideology to civil rights?

Cliff Schecter: First Garlin, thanks so much for providing these questions. And now onto business.

When it comes to Civil Rights, it's an easy one. While he has hired a white supremacist to work on his campaign, employed the man who created the racist ads against Harold Ford Jr. in 2006 and voted against MLK day, the one that sticks out is the Confederate Flag. And here is why: McCain has even admitted himself that he threw African Americans under the bus for political reasons in South Carolina in 2000. McCain blatantly changed his position on the Confederate Flag when he thought it would help get him votes-to appear more racist.

In January 2000, McCain said that "The Confederate flag is offensive in many, many ways, as we all know. It's a symbol of racism and slavery." Yet, three days later, after talking to consultants and deciding that winning was more important than civil rights, he changed his tune to "personally, I see the flag as a symbol of heritage." When the campaign was over, he admitted that if he had "answered honestly" he feared that he "could not win the South Carolina primary." So winning is what mattered. Not as important an issue in this country as the ongoing inequality and racism that African Americans are forced to endure.

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Posted on July 28th, 2008 by HotPotatoMash - Comments -

If this is not damning of the Arizona Senator then nothing is.

Posted on July 16th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is launching this television ad that nails McCain for voting against requiring insurance companies to match coverage they provide for Viagra with coverage for birth control.  According to Politico, McCain argued that that kind of mandate "makes health care more expensive." 

This is the first televised ad from a feminist group during this election cycle, but something tells me it won't be the last.  Not only does McCain oppose birth control, but he also voted anti-choice in the Senate 123 out of 128 times.  He would also overturn Roe v. Wade if elected, thereby criminalizing abortion

Here's more on why women give McCain a zero.  


Posted on June 11th, 2008 by TSweeney NIRHealth - Comments -

A poll of 1,200 women in March showed that about half of those who back Senator John McCain said they didn’t know enough about where he stands on abortion to determine whether he agrees with their own opinions on choice. That means they might not know that he wants to overturn Roe, that he opposes birth control, or that he has voted against women’s choice 123 out of 128 times in the Senate. If McCain is able to smuggle these anti-choice policies into the White House, consequences for women could include less control over their reproductive health, fewer choices in handling an unintended pregnancy, and even the criminalization of abortion.

The new video just released by Brave New Films depicts a dystopian vision where clinics would deny women the full range of services and even information about unintended pregnancies. These videos may just be satire, good for mocking McCain and his anti-choice policies, but they eerily reflect the actual decisions that he and other pro-life policymakers have made about the fate of reproductive rights in America.

One of the scariest possible consequences of electing an anti-choice candidate is that overturning Roe would lead to the criminalization of abortion. That means that women would be forced to choose between seeking an illegal, dangerous abortion and carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. Doctors would have to choose between providing safe, quality abortion care and risking criminal prosecution, or turning women away when they need their doctors most. We know the results of such policies all too well—we’ve been down that road before, and we can’t go back. The Winning Message Action Fund of the National Institute for Reproductive Health has established a website, HowMuchTime.org and produced a video ad dedicated to making sure that this critical question is part of the national dialogue.

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