This is how McCain supports our troops?
Tomorrow is Memorial Day and I plan to run a piece by a veteran of the Iraq War. Today however, we take Weathervane McCain to task for his lies and bullshit he spews about supporting our soldiers. I hate this man like I hate Bush…perhaps even more so because he IS a veteran. May he suffer as our soldiers do..a thousand times worse for all eternity.
FAILING GRADES: McCain’s record on supporting veterans is one of the worst in Congress. IAVA has given him a grade of a “D” for voting against veterans’ priorities so often between 2000 and 2006. A scorecard of roll call votes compiled by the Disabled American Veterans found that McCain has voted for veterans funding bills only 20 percent of the time. For example, in May 2006, he voted against an amendment providing $20 billion to the Department of Veteran Affairs’s (VA) medical facilities. In April 2006, he was one of just 13 senators to vote against providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care “and treatment for veterans.” McCain has railed against comprehensive universal health care and wants to give veterans the “freedom to choose to carry their V.A. dollars to a provider that gives them the timely care at high quality and in the best location.” But as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman notes, “[T]he Veterans Health Administration is one of the few clear American success stories in the struggle to contain health care costs. … [I]t’s an integrated system — a system that takes long-term responsibility for its clients’ health — to deliver an impressive combination of high-quality care and low costs.” McCain’s plan, however, would “privatize and, in effect, dismantle the V.A.” In his narrow-sighted focus on eliminating earmarks, McCain may also cut funding for military housing.
From The Progress Report