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Sen. Barbara Boxer on McCain

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Bob Geiger writes:

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is the kind of no-nonsense politician who puts out more straight talk in one year than John McCain has in his entire political career and she laid a bit of that on McCain again today in comments on his convention speech last night.

She’s worked with McCain in the Senate for a lot of years and it shows in the following assessment:

Last night at the Republican National Convention, John McCain used the word “fight” more than 40 times in his speech. In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight.

I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times.

I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work.

I have seen him fight against a women’s right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations.

I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control.

I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system “an absolute disgrace.”

And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so.

John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008—that’s no maverick.

We do have two real fighters for change in this election—their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Written by Leisureguy

7 September 2008 at 10:47 am

Posted in Election, GOP

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  1. US unemployment in August “jumped unexpectedly” to 6.1%, by the oddest of coincidences in the first full month just after new, 12% higher US minimum wages took effect.

    The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in the United States in the last 5 years, but substantially lower than the rate most Western European countries like France and Germany experience even during peak economic times.

    This certainly is no reason to vote for McCain, nor is it to vote for the socialist running opposite him. If you analyze the first sentence here you will see a correlation.

    Realist

    8 September 2008 at 6:30 am

  2. Realist, a lot more things are going on in the economy other than the increase (first increase in a decade) of the minimum wage: the housing crisis for one, which continues to reverberate across the economy.

    A socialist, as the term is usually understood, holds that the major industries should be owned by the state. The socialist candidates this election are Brian Moore for president and Stewart Alexander for vice-president. I don’t plan to vote for them, either, so we’re in agreement on that.

    Also, you should note that the increase in the Federal minimum wage affected only those states that had not already set their minimum wage higher than the Federal wage. California, for example, has a minimum wage of $8.00 per hour, higher than the new Federal minimum of $6.55 per hour.

    LeisureGuy

    8 September 2008 at 8:08 am


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