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$150k for clothes? John McCain thinks it erodes public confidence

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This ‘maverick’ tag must just be slang for a Republican flip-flop. How else would McCain’s supporters, particularly those excited by the pick of Sarah Palin for VP nominee, justify their admiration for a man who gained his reputation as a maverick by trying to move his own party out of a state of ignorance? McCain supported the so-called amnesty bill, for which he was called a maverick. For this he was also hated by the same people holding signs boasting the label.

Senator McCain was first opposed to the Bush tax cuts, saying it unfairly benefited the wealthy. Apparently somewhere along the way Cindy tapped him on the shoulder and showed him her $4.2 million tax return because he’s now in favor of making those same tax cuts permanent. From his own tax cuts, his family would receive over $730,000 which still makes me wonder how that will somehow trickle down. Maybe there is a legitimate explanation, I’d just like to hear it.

His most recent maverick escapade was picked up by ThinkProgress. The news broke this week that more than $150,000 was spent on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe in her 2 months as GOP VP nominee. Granted, this is not a huge deal. It’s not near as startling as Senator McCain’s recent “agreement” with Jack Murtha, who basically said people in Western Pennsylvania are racist. But something like this does reveal another opportunity to call McCain a maverick. After all, he used to believe that campaign funds being spent on personal clothing eroded the public confidence.

MCCAIN: Madam President, the amendment before the Senate is a very simple one. It restricts the use of campaign funds for inherently personal purposes. The amendment would restrict individuals from using campaign funds for such things as home mortgage payments, clothing purchases … and vacations or other trips that are noncampaign in nature. […]

The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly.

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October 23, 2008 at 11:04 am

McCain supporters for the Constitution

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It’s truly great to see some of the subtle stances of the McCain campaign and individual supporters as of late. It has really been too little, too late considering McCain and Palin have been the ones stoking the fires of racism and intolerance. Here some McCain supporters surround another group who are distributing ignorant, un-American bumper stickers. The Muslim supporters of McCain are right to be offended, but that’s what happens when you turn the election into a “Who’s more American” contest.

Of course, the McCain campaign has silenced this true patriot because he’s Muslim. It’s funny how we teach our kids how we grew painfully out of slavery and went through the civil rights movement and are all better for it, then the next wave of “other” comes around and we resist the opportunity to make the same progress.

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October 20, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Why doesn’t Sarah Palin have to pay taxes?

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I’ve been reading a lot of tax attorneys’ analyses of Sarah Palin’s tax returns, as I have with the other candidates. This is the first time I’ve felt compelled to post anything, mostly because I still wonder how this is even possible. Tax evasion is serious business, or so I have been led to believe. Apparently it’s all copacetic when you are a former beauty queen running for Vice President. When a billion scenarios would lead to this woman becoming the leader of the free world, somehow she can still get away with not paying taxes?

The issue of her per diem payments for staying at home is now under review by the Alaskan government. It’s nice to see she’s not completely immune to the same justice system as the rest of us.

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October 6, 2008 at 11:09 pm

McCain and Palin open the door to their own terrorist sympathies

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John McCain was partly responsible for the last national financial crisis.  I’ve already linked a photo of McCain with Keating, and now the Obama campaign has created a video to expose the economic “principles” of John Sidney McCain III.

The 400 wealthiest Americans have increased their net worth by $670 billion over the last 8 years, according to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. This is staggering. When you hear Sarah Palin’s new buzz phrase, redistribution of wealth, this is what they are trying to hide. The redistribution has already begun. It’s the few taking from the many. As they try to smear Obama as a socialist, they are selling fascism.

Publicly subsidized, privately profitable! -Propagandhi

  • Our economy has lost jobs for 9 straight months.
  • Last week, the Dow dropped 777 points in a single day. That is $1.2 trillion being pulled from the market at once.
  • This week, nothing has changed in the markets.

Bill Ayers is an interesting name to be thrown around. I think it makes a great comparison to names like Thomas Muthee, or the Alaskan Independence Party. If there were an episode of VH1’s ‘Where Are They Now?’, then the entire argument of Bill Ayers is quickly engulfed in the wave of shock that comes from understanding where Muthee, the AIP and the Palin family stand now.

  • Ayers, who committed his crimes in the 1960s is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Senator Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, and Obama has denounced Ayers’ actions.
  • Palin, on the other hand, has given a speech to the Alaskan Independence Party as recently as 2008 and her husband was a card-carrying member of the secessionist group. Their website boasts the motto: Alaska First – Alaska Always. AIP founder Joe Vogler says “I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I have no use for America or her damned institutions.” He’s also stated “the fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred of the US government. And I won’t be buried under their damn flag….when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.” That is the founder of the group Palin addressed this year.
  • Pastor Muthee, who has blessed Sarah Palin’s campaign began as a witch hunter in Kenya. She’s also gushed about how he prayed for God to “make a way” for her campaign. He prayed for God to bring finances to the campaign, in front of a congregation. How does that qualify for a tax exemption?

While we’re discussing radicals, how about those who bomb abortion clinics? Clearly this is one terrorist group that has Senator McCain’s sympathies.

John McCain is as mentally fit as Grandpa Simpson and Sarah Palin is as intellectually curious as George W. Bush — at best. All of these ridiculous spurious links brought up by the Palin-McCain campaign are to distract us from some of the worst economy ever seen by “Joe Six-Pack” as Palin likes to describe us.

Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago?

Mr. McCain goes to Washington

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He was so gracious as to show his face in Washington, despite having only voted on one issue in the last six months to settle the issue that most said was on track to be worked out overnight. Yesterday, Senator McCain announced his campaign would be suspended today. Today, his campaign is active as any other day on the campaign trail.

He said he would not debate if there was not a deal worked out, despite the fact that he isn’t on any relevant committee to do any of the “working out”. This really leads most people to wonder if this isn’t just a response to his tanking poll numbers. It also omits the major point about his effectiveness with “reform” when it is actually necessary, that he has not sponsored a single banking bill in the 111th Congress.

After arriving in DC this morning Senator McCain met with House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio to communicate how important it is that a deal be reached. Or did he? When we heard from Rep. Boehner after the meeting, he said that no such deal had been reached. This either leads us to believe John McCain is not capable of convincing his own party to compromise, or that he is secretly trying to prolong this issue through the weekend to interfere with the debate schedule.

Many in the media have pointed out the tight schedule and the possibility of simply cancelling one of the debates. The Vice-Presidenial debate would be the first to go if the McCain campaign had their way. Sarah Palin can’t handle Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric, so a debate seems like such a stretch.

This looks like the same political grandstanding surrounding the controversial immigration bill last year. After failing to show his face in Washington for 55 days, he went ahead and brought his media circus in for the vote. Immigration is also one of those areas where Senator McCain will claim to have bucked his own party. What he (and his campaign) will fail to point out is that he got promptly put back in his place by the Republican party on the issue. Simply looking at who John McCain would be beholden to for winning the election should make any rational person shudder.

As an added not, here are some video highlights (lowlights) of Gov. Palin’s recent interview with Katie Couric. I can hardly comment on these things, only to say that this level of incompetence and lack of awareness of the world makes President Bush look like a scholar. This isn’t the VP you could have a beer with, it’s the kind of VP you could bring on a witch hunt.

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September 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Hey Sarah Palin, I dare you to say that on Chicago’s Southside

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“John McCain is the only one who has truly fought for you.”  She loves this line.  She loves saying he doesn’t say it himself — although Lord knows he’s got it as an excuse if you ask how many houses he owns.  But I certainly doubt she’d even consider saying it in Chicago.  I’d love to see that reaction, unless the McCain campaign cherry picked the crowd — something they are notorious for doing.

The truth is, there are all kinds of ways to fight for people.  Like fighting for Charles Keating.  Fighting for Sean Parnell.  Or maybe it’s fighting for average people who have been hit hard by Republican tax cuts for the companies that sent their jobs overseas.  John McCain certainly fought for us, as did Senator Obama.  To think someone putting off Law School to help people restore jobs to a community can be scoffed at makes me wonder if anyone in the Religious Right actually paid attention to the words of Jesus, every indicator tells me they stopped after reading the Old Testament.

WikiLeaks: Sarah Palin’s private email account screenshots

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The hacker group calling itself Anonymous, who exposed the “Church” of Scientology’s dark side last winter have hacked Governor Sarah Palin’s personal email account and released screen grabs on WikiLeaks. Some of the screen grabs are still in question, but at least one has been confirmed by Wired Magazine to be genuine. When her staffers bragged about avoiding a subpoena, they probably didn’t anticipate hackers. That’s the problem with secrecy. We cannot have another administration as secretive as the last. We need absolute government transparency — Google Government, if you will — to give every citizen access to anything their government is doing.

Palin has since deleted the Yahoo! email accounts. They include drafts to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as some peculiar references to “DPS” — Alaska Department of Public Safety — which oversees the State Troopers. If this was her attempt to circumvent the law while abusing power, then the deletion of the addresses may also be considered destroying evidence. It could easily end up nothing if the lawyer the McCain campaign sent has his way, but her incredibly shady actions lend this credence.

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September 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm