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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why does McCain keeping vetoing support for our troops and veterans?

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq .


June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

Update 2:

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

Update 3:

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

So there it is. John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can’t even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn’t have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Mc Cain just marches lockstep with his Republican buds in DC.. Bush slapped him around in 2000 and he just laid back and took it! A leader he is not!

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Democrats in the Senate have been playing games.

    (Not that GOP hasn't started retaliating by doing the same thing, thank goodness.)

    Every one of the so-called "bills" that you cite are actually amendments to other legislation, stuck on to force record votes, in an effort to allow partisans to do exactly what you are doing.

    The point of this hateful partisan crap is never to actually do something.

    The point is to force an opponent to have vote for or against something that makes him look bad or that can be used in a campaign ad.

    Finally this year, a GOP Senator totaled up all of Sen. Obama's proposals, put them into one bill and got it up for a vote. The total amount of what Obama is proposing looked ridiculous when everyone saw the bottom line.

    Obama was furious because he didn't want anybody to know how much his plans would cost.

    The other Democrats were furious too but they had no choice but to vote against Obama's plans.

    Obama has to vote AGAINST his OWN plans.

    So everything that you just typed out is just that . Typing.

    At least you did not waste the stupid amount of TAXPAYER money that the Senate DEMOCRATS have been wasting on this for the past 18 months.

    They have wasted the taxpayers' time and money playing GOTCHA for partisan political purposes.

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  • fowler
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Once once more, any one drags this up. McCain has a competing invoice at the ground, his is aimed toward retention and growing veteran's advantages for profession navy team of workers. I expect that McCain and Webb will consolidate their fees and every body can help that one. McCain does care approximately veterans, his son is presently serving in Iraq.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Whatever Comrade McCain,or any other political party hack

    says or does,and the media reporting of same,is divide and

    conquer material for consumption by the unthinking bleating

    sheeple.The political party system was introduced into society many years ago,by an Elitist Financial Oligarchy,as a

    divide and conquer mechanism,and to ensure that their plans

    for a New One World Despotic Order will eventuate.In a

    recent media interview,Comrade David Rockefeller,a self -confessed One Worlder,stated that he was proud to be

    conspiring to bring about a New One World Order!The media- which is controlled by Comrade Rockefeller and his

    One World psychopaths - does not tell the sheeple what they

    want to know,but what the One Worlder's want them to know.

    This periodical farce known as election campaigns,are to

    create an image in the minds of the sheeple,that they have

    choices,from which to choose a president,but that is an

    illusion.The Elitist One Worlder's decide who will be President.Finally,as an aside,there may not be another election,and that Comrade Bush may be installed as the

    Dictatorof the United States of America,and that Comrade B

    Bush has signed the "excutive Orders" that authorises him to

    introduce"Martial Law" in the US,on any pretext,including a

    contrived incident in another country (Iran?).

    PS:The CNN poll is an example of propaganda.It -the poll -

    revealed that 16 % of respondents wanted to send more

    troops to Iraq,not 16% of all Americans.Did the poll state the

    number of respondents?I will wager that it did not!!

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  • DAR
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Voting against.

    Because he is scuzz?

    At least that is the thought that comes to mind....

    Cinner, you just wait until your kid gets injurred, but not losing a limb, and needs some level of care, for life.

    You'll see why the troops donate most to Ron Paul. HE wants to take care of them with medical care they may need.

    In fact, he thinks they shouldn't be risked in the first place unless our national security is at issue.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Maybe he's trying to be more like Hillary-you know saying one thing and actually voting the other way-I can never tell which one of these two is trying to be more like each other.

    Plus he refuses to support the new GI BIll sponsored by Dem. Webb and Rep. Hagel.

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  • Cinner
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    He doesn't. McCain is the strongest ally our troops have in Congress at the moment and in the White House next January. Voting against a draw down IS supporting the troops. He was saying, I know you guys will win this, we will NOT give up on you because we KNOW you are the strongest fighting force in the world.

    Source(s): Mother of a 2nd LT USAF and a Sgt. US Army
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  • Anais
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    How the heck is he supposed to keep up his 100 year war? What an oxymoron, hugh? I hope the he doesn't win.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I wonder how he plans to continue the war if he doesn't send them money?!

    The last thing we need is our men traipsing down Iraqi streets taking turns with the only weapon the unit has!

    I'm gonna be sick!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because he hates our troops and wants them (and their children and grandchildren) to die in Iraq for the next 100 years....

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