While we Democrats may still have a primary race on our hands, the Republicans have settled on their candidate. Now, thanks to our labor friends at the AFL-CIO, we can start studying up on John “W” McCain, and start getting in his and their faces early and often!
Introducing … … …
Where does he stand on the economy (fundamentally strong and not heading for recession) or workers’ rights (voted to block Employees Free Choice Act)?
How about health care? Under the McCain plan, for example, your health care benefits would become taxable.
This nifty website has not only McCain’s views on the issues critical to working families but shows where he would continue the policies of BushCo that have been so devastating to middle-income Americans for the past 7+ years.
Armed with real facts, union activists are showing up at different John “W” McCain fundraisers across the country as he spends this interregnum roaming the land, stuffing his coffers in preparation for the general election. Here are a couple of reports: Mortgage Crisis Fuels Missouri Working Families at McCain Event and McCain-o-nomics: Warmed Over Bush.
So, click on the book or the url above and check it out. Here’s a good jumping off point as to why we need to get ready NOW to take John “W” McCain down in November.
JOHN McCAIN: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Will Increase Health Care Costs and Reduce Access. McCain’s plan undermines existing employerbased health care and pushes workers into the private market to fight big insurance companies on their own. He will make health care premiums part of taxable income, essentially creating a new tax for working families. His plan will reduce benefits, increase costs and leave many with no health care at all. (CBPP, 4/5/06; Health08.org, Forum, 10/31/07; Los Angeles Times, 11/20/07; Commonwealth Fund, 6/2005)
- Supports Unfair Trade Deals. McCain voted for NAFTA and CAFTA, and to allow China to enter the WTO although the United States has lost more than 1 million jobs because of NAFTA and 1.8 million jobs since China entered the WTO. (H.R. 3450, Vote #395, 11/20/93; S. 1307, Vote #170, 6/30/05; H.R. 4444, Vote #251, 9/19/00; Economic Policy Institute, 10/9/07)
- More of the Same. McCain supported President Bush’s positions 95 percent of the time in 2007 and an average of 89 percent over Bush’s two terms in office. (Congressional Quarterly Voting Study, 110th Congress)
- Opposes Our Right to Bargain. McCain voted against the Employee Free Choice Act, which would level the playing field for workers trying to form unions, and for a national Right-to-Work-for-Less law that would attempt to eliminate unions altogether. (H.R. 800, Vote #227, 6/26/07; S. 1788, Vote #188, 7/10/96)
- Jeopardized Our Retirement Security. McCain supports privatizing Social Security, putting our retirement at risk, and raising the Medicare eligibility age. (SCR 83, Vote #68, 3/16/06; SCR 18, Vote #49, 3/15/05; S. Amdt.144 to SCR 18, Vote #47, 3/15/05; SCR 86, Vote #56, 4/1/98; SCR 86, Vote #77, 4/1/98; S. 947, Vote #112, S. Amdt. 445, Vote #115, 6/25/97)
cross-posted from EENR