Vets on McCain & Life On The Ledge

(6pm – promoted by RiaD)

The following video ad was produced by veteran  inlookout and linked, in the replys, in an initial writeup posted at Vet Voice after the Debate.

John McCain Loves Cutting Veterans Health Benefits

This is what is in the video description:

After watching McCain in the first presidential debate pander about how much he cared about veterans, I found his statements so disingenuous I decided to put together this video highlighting the hypocrisy of his words.

Those early thoughts on the Debate were given by veteran Brian McGough on the front page of Vet Voice McCain Overstretches his Support of Veterans and Troops

In tonight’s debate John McCain said “I know the veterans, I know them well, and I know that they know that I’ll take care of them, and I have been proud of their support and their recognition of my service to the veterans, and I love them, and I’ll take care of them, and they know that I’ll take care of them.”

The following is a cut from an E-News Alert and placed in a post I put up early on September 6th which had this video ad:

And this list of Congressional Bills and information:

McCain Record Opposing Healthcare for Veterans

McCain Has Voted To Cut, Eliminate, or Gut Veterans Health Care Funding At Least 27 Times. [HR 4939, Vote #98, 4/26/06; SCR 83, Vote #70, 3/16/06; SCR 83, Vote #67, 3/16/06; SCR 83, Vote #63, 3/16/06; SCR 83, Vote #41, 3/14/06; HR 4297, Vote #15, 2/13/06; HR 4297, Vote #7, 2/2/06; S 2020, Vote #343, 11/17/05; HR 2863, Vote #251, 10/5/05; HR 2528, Vote #242, 9/22/05; HR 2361, Vote # 165, 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 166, 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 168, 6/29/05; HR 1268, Vote #90, 4/12/05; HR 1268, Vote #89, 4/12/05; SCR 95, Vote #40, 3/10/04; S 1689, Vote #379, 10/14/03; SCR 23, Vote #81, 3/25/03; S 2168, Vote #185, 7/7/98; S 936, Vote #168, 7/10/97; HR 3666, Vote #276, 9/5/96; HR 3666, Vote # 275, 9/5/96; HR 2099, Vote #466, 9/27/95; HR 4624, Vote #256, 8/4/94; HR 1335, Vote #97, 4/1/93; S 2884, Vote #226, 8/4/90; HR 2519, Vote #132, 7/17/91]

McCain Was One of 13 Senators To Vote Against Increase In Veterans’ Healthcare.  In 2006, McCain was one of 13 senators to vote against an amendment to add $430 million for outpatient and inpatient health care and treatment for veterans. Amendment passed 84-13.  [HR 4939, Vote #98, 4/26/06]

McCain Voted To Cut Funding For Veterans’ Healthcare.  In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to strike a provision in the 2007 Budget that will hold farm programs, veterans, Social Security, and Medicaid hostage to rising health care costs by creating automatic cuts once an arbitrary level of spending is reached in the Medicare program.  The amendment failed 50-50.  [SCR 83, Vote #70, 3/16/06]

McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans’ Funding By $10 Billion.   In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to eliminate a tripling of fees for veterans in the TRICARE health care program by raising the discretionary spending limit by approximately $10 billion. The provisions would have been fully offset by eliminating certain corporate tax breaks.  The amendment failed 46-53.  [SCR 83, Vote #67, 3/16/06]

McCain Voted Against Veteran’s Healthcare Program.  In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment to make veterans’ health benefits a mandatory program, spending $104 billion over five years. The funding would have been offset by closing corporate tax loopholes and rolling back the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. Amendment rejected 46-54.  [SCR 83, Vote #63, 3/16/06]

McCain Voted Against A $1.5 Billion Increase In Healthcare For Veterans.  In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that increased the discretionary spending limit by $1.5 billion to $874.5 billion to provide an increase in funding for veterans’ medical services. It would be offset by ending certain corporate tax breaks. Amendment rejected 46-54.  [SCR 83, Vote #41, 3/14/06]

McCain Failed To Vote To Support Healthcare For Veterans In Lieu of Tax Breaks For Millionaires.  In 2006, McCain failed to vote on a motion to instruct conferees to insist that the tax reconciliation conference report includes funding to support health needs of veterans and military personnel in lieu of an extension of capital gains or dividends tax breaks for individuals with incomes of more than $1 million.  Motion failed 40-53.  [HR 4297, Vote #15, 2/13/06]

McCain Voted Against $19 billion For Military And Veterans’ Hospitals.  In 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that provided $19 billion for military and veterans’ hospitals, offset by limiting the dividend and capital-gains tax rates to individuals earning less than $1 million.  Amendment failed 44-53.  [HR 4297, Vote #7, 2/2/06]

McCain Voted Against Mental Healthcare For Veterans.  In 2005, McCain Voted against an amendment that provided an additional $500 million per year for the next five years for mental health services for veterans. The funding would be offset by deferring tax cuts for those making $1 million per year.  Amendment rejected 43-55.  [S 2020, Vote #343, 11/17/05]

McCain Voted Against Considering Inflation In Veterans Funding Formula.  In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would establish a future funding formula for health care for former members of the Armed Forces takes into account changes in population and inflation.  Amendment failed 48-51.  [HR 2863, Vote #251, 10/5/05]

McCain Voted Against A $10 Million  Increase In Readjustment Counseling for Veterans.  In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would provide an additional $10 million for the Readjustment Counseling Service, offset with a $10 million reduction in the HealthVet account.  The amendment failed 48-50.  [HR 2528, Vote #242, 9/22/05]

McCain Failed To Vote For A $1.5 Billion Increase In Veterans’ Healthcare.  In 2005, McCain failed to vote for an amendment that would add $1.5 billion of funding to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for medical services provided by the Veterans Health Administration.  Amendment passed 96-0.  [HR 2361, Vote # 165, 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 166, 6/29/05; HR 2361, Vote # 168, 6/29/05]

McCain Voted Against $1.9 Billion In Emergency Funding For Veterans’ Hospitals.  In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that designated $1.9 billion in emergency funding for veterans’ hospitals.  The $1.9 billion provided for the VA by the underlying amendment will help the VA to cover the costs of caring for these new veterans, and ensure that the VA is able to provide them with the care they deserve.  The amendment failed 46-54.  [HR 1268, Vote #90, 4/12/05]

McCain Voted Against A $2 Billion Increase In Veterans’ Funding.  In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs Department by $1.98 billion and designate it as emergency spending. It would stipulate that $840 million be used for veterans’ regional health networks; $610 million be used to address the needs of service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; and $525 million be used to provide mental health care and treatment.  Amendment failed 46-54.  [HR 1268, Vote #89, 4/12/05]

McCain Voted Against Creating A Reserve Fund For Veterans’ Health Care.  In 2004, McCain voted against an amendment that would create a reserve fund to allow for an increase in veterans medical care by $1.8 billion, the amount determined by Veterans’ Affairs Committee to meet existing needs; and is fully offset by closing tax loopholes.  Amendment rejected 46-51. [SCR 95, Vote #40, 3/10/04]

McCain Voted Against A $1.3 billion Increase In Veterans’ Health Benefits.  In 2003, McCain voted to table an amendment that included a $1. Billion increase in funding for health benefits.  The amendment would reduce the amount provided for Iraqi reconstruction by $5.03 billion, and redirect that funding for domestic programs, including $1.8 billion for veterans’ health benefits, $1 billion for school reconstruction, renovation and repair and class size reduction, and $1.5 billion for capital improvements for federal highways. It also would express the sense of the Senate that Congress should consider an additional $5.03 billion in funding for Iraqi reconstruction during the fiscal 2005 budget and appropriations process.  The motion to table passed 59-35.  [S 1689, Vote #379, 10/14/03]

McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans’ Health Care Program.  In 2003, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase spending on the TRICARE program by $20.3 billion over 10 years to give members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families greater access to the health care program. The increase would be offset by a reduction in tax cuts.  Amendment rejected 46-51. [SCR 23, Vote #81, 3/25/03]

McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans’ Health Administration By $1 Billion.  In 1998, McCain voted against an amendment that would add $1 billion for Veterans’ Health Administration Medical Care.  The funding would budget neutral and would come from the termination of the space station program.  The amendment failed 33-66.  [S 2168, Vote #185, 7/7/98]

McCain Voted Against $400 Million In Veterans’ Funding.    In 1997, McCain voted to table an amendment that would permit $400 million in DOD funds to be transferred to Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide health benefits under laws administered by Secretary.  Motion to table agreed to 58-41. [S 936, Vote #168, 7/10/97]

McCain Voted Against Covering Spina Bifida For The Children of Veterans.  In 1996, McCain voted against the germaneness of an amendment that would extend veterans health care and related benefits to the children of Vietnam Veterans suffering from spina bifida, a spinal cord birth defect that causes neurological damage.  The amendment was judged germane 62-35.  [HR 3666, Vote #276, 9/5/96]

McCain Voted Against Preventing Cuts In Veterans’ Healthcare Funding.  In 1996, McCain voted to table an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from reducing funds to any state for health care facilities in fiscal 1997 below the fiscal 1996 funding level.  Motion to table passed.  [HR 3666, Vote # 275, 9/5/96]

McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans’ Healthcare Funding By $511 Million.  In 1995, McCain voted against an amendment which would increase the funding for veterans’ medical care by $511 million; and offsets the cost of this amendment by limiting any tax cut to families with incomes of less than $100,000.  Amendment failed 51-49.  [HR 2099, Vote #466, 9/27/95]

McCain Voted To Restrict Funding For Veterans’ Care Facilities.  In 1994, McCain voted against tabling an amendment that the amendment would prohibit the construction of three inpatient facilities, located in Hawaii, California, and Tennessee.  The projects in Hawaii and California will provide access to acute care for large numbers of veterans in the areas to be served, without which they would not have access to VA inpatient services. The project in Tennessee involves the correction of serious seismic deficiencies in the Memphis VA facility, which is located in a dangerous earthquake area.  Motion to table passed 62-36.  [HR 4624, Vote #256, 8/4/94]

McCain Voted To Cut $25 Million From Veterans’ Health Programs.  In 1993, McCain not to table an amendment that transferred $25 million of veterans’ health funding to programs for the Veterans Department to occupation conversion and employment training programs for veterans.  Motion to table passed 57-43.  [HR 1335, Vote #97, 4/1/93]

McCain Voted Against Increasing Veterans’ Healthcare & Research Funding By $431 Million.  In 1991, McCain voted against an amendment to increase veterans’ program funding by $378 million for medical care and $53 million for medical and prosthetic research.  Amendment failed 35-64.  [HR 2519, Vote #132, 7/17/91]

McCain Voted Against $200 Million For Veterans’ Healthcare.  In 1990, McCain voted to table an amendment that transferred $200 million to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs medical account.  The money would be transferred from the Strategic Defense Initiative.  Motion to table passed 54-43.  [S 2884, Vote #226, 8/4/90]

McCain Record Opposing Funding for Veterans’ Programs

McCain Voted To Gut, Eliminate, or Cut Funding for Veterans Programs At Least 18 Times. [SCR 21, Vote #114, 3/23/07][SCR 18, Vote #55, 3/16/05][HR 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/04][SCR 23, Vote #74, 3/21/03][S 2400, Vote #136, 6/23/04][HR 2861, Vote #449, 11/12/03][SCR 23, Vote #83, 3/25/03][HR 2620, Vote $334, 11/8/01][HR 2620, Vote #269, 8/2/01][HR 4635, Vote #272, 10/12/00][HR 2684, Vote #328, 10/15/99][SCR 57, Vote #115, 5/16/96][HR 2099, Vote #470, 9/27/95][HR 2099, Vote #465, 9/27/95][SCR 13, Vote #226, 5/25/95] [S 1, Vote #76, 2/22/95][S 869, Vote #259, 11/20/91][HR 4624, Vote #306, 9/27/94]

McCain Voted Against A $3.5 Billion Funding Increase For Veterans’ Healthcare.  In 2007, McCain voted against the 2008 Budget Resolution that included at $3.5 billion increase in funding for veterans’ healthcare programs.  The bill passed 52-47.  [SCR 21, Vote #114, 3/23/07]

McCain Voted Against Increasing FY 2006 Veterans’ Health Care Funding By $2.8 Billion.  In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase funding for veterans health care by $2.8 billion for fiscal 2006 and reduce the deficit by $2.8 billion. Amendment rejected 47-53.  [SCR 18, Vote #55, 3/16/05]

McCain Voted Against $62 Billion In Funding For Veterans Affairs.  In 2004, McCain voted against an appropriations bill that would provide $62 billion for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  The bill passed 65-28.  [HR 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/04]

Two Days After Iraq Invasion, McCain Voted Against A $1 Billion Increase In Veterans’ Programs.  Two days after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, McCain voted against an amendment that would increase spending on veterans’ programs by approximately $1 billion and put the same amount toward deficit reduction. The amount would be offset by a decrease in tax cuts.  The amendment failed 49-51.  [SCR 23, Vote #74, 3/21/03]

McCain Voted Against Modernizing Retirement Packages For National Guardsmen And Army Reservists.  In 2004, McCain voted against an amendment that would reduce from 60 to 55 the age at which certain members of the National Guard and Army Reserves could receive retirement benefits.  Motion rejected 49-49.  [S 2400, Vote #136, 6/23/04]

McCain Voted Against $122.7 Billion For Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  In 2003, McCain voted against an appropriations bill that included 122.7 billion in fiscal 2004 for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and other related agencies.  The motion failed 44-49.  [HR 2861, Vote #449, 11/12/03]

McCain Voted Against A $13 Billion Funding Increase For Veterans’ Programs.  In 2003, McCain voted against an amendment that would provide an additional $13 billion for veterans’ programs.  The substitute amendment would reduce all tax cuts in the resolution by $1.24 trillion, fund President Bush’s proposed $75 billion war supplemental bill, and increase homeland security spending by $80 billion, spending for a Medicare prescription drug benefit by $194 billion, spending on veterans’ programs by $13 billion and spending on transportation and infrastructure by $71 billion.  The amendment failed 43-56.  [SCR 23, Vote #83, 3/25/03]

McCain Voted Against $51 Billion In Veterans’ Funding.  In 2001, McCain was one of seven senators to vote against the adoption of the conference report to provide 51.1 billion for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; $30.1 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development; $7.9 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency; $3.1 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and $14.8 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  The conference report was approved 87-7. [HR 2620, Vote $334, 11/8/01]

McCain Voted Against $51 Billion For The Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  In 2001, McCain was one of five senators to vote against approval of a bill including $51.1 billion for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; $31.0 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development; $7.8 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency; $14.6 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and $3.2 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The bill passed 94-5.  [HR 2620, Vote #269, 8/2/01]

McCain Failed To Vote For $47 Billion In Veterans’ Funding.  In 2000, McCain failed to vote for a bill that would appropriate $47 billion to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as well as $23.6 billion for the Energy Department and Army Corps of Engineers, and other independent agencies.  The bill passed 85-8.  [HR 4635, Vote #278, 10/19/00]

McCain Voted Against $47 Billion In Funding For Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  In 2000, McCain was one of eight senators to vote against an appropriating bill that provided $47 billion for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  It included $453 million for new rental assistance vouchers and language that incorporates a slightly amended version of the fiscal 2001 energy and water appropriations bill. The bill passed 87-8.  [HR 4635, Vote #272, 10/12/00]

McCain Voted Against $44.3 Billion For Veterans’ Programs.  In 1999, McCain was one of five senators to vote against an appropriations bill that provided $44.3 billion for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, $26.0 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $7.6 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $3.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and $13.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  The bill passed 93-5.  [HR 2684, Vote #328, 10/15/99]

McCain Voted Against A $13 Billion Increase In Funding For Veterans’ Programs.  In 1996, McCain voted against an amendment to increase veterans’ spending by $13 billion in fiscal 1997-2002 to be offset by closing corporate tax preferences and reinstating expired taxes.  Amendment Rejected 45-53. [SCR 57, Vote #115, 5/16/96]

McCain Voted To Underfund Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  In 1995, McCain voted for an appropriations bill that underfunded the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs & Housing and Urban Development by $8.9 Billion.  The bill passed 55-45.  [HR 2099, Vote #470, 9/27/95]

McCain Voted To Withhold Benefits From Mentally Disabled Veterans.  In 1995, McCain voted against an amendment striking the provision that withholds benefits to mentally incompetent veteran who does not have spouse, children, or dependent parents, and has estate valued in excess of $25,000.  Amendment failed 47-53.  [HR 2099, Vote #465, 9/27/95]

McCain Voted Against Closing Tax Loopholes To Increase Veterans’ Funding By $74 Million.  In 1995, McCain voted against an amendment eliminating tax breaks and closing tax loopholes in order to provide revenue to restore some of the proposed cuts in Veterans’ Affairs spending.  Amendment failed 45-55.  [SCR 13, Vote #226, 5/25/95]

McCain Voted Against Protecting Veterans’ Benefits From Budget Cuts.  In 1995, McCain voted to table an amendment to exempt current veterans’ benefits from cuts required by the balanced-budget amendment.  Motion to table passed 62-33.  [S 1, Vote #76, 2/22/95]

McCain Voted Against Funding The Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  In 1994, McCain was one of nine senators to vote against appropriating $90,118,186,061 in budget authority for the Veterans’ Affairs and the Housing and Urban Development departments.  The bill passed 90-9.  [HR 4624, Vote #306, 9/27/94]

McCain Voted Against Providing Automatic Cost of Living Adjustments To Veterans.  In 1991, McCain voted against an amendment to provide automatic annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) for certain veterans’ benefits.  Amendment failed 24-71.  [S 869, Vote #259, 11/20/91]

McCain Has Failed To Support Expanded Benefits For GIs

McCain Has Refused to Endorse Webb’s GI Education Bill.  According to the Politico, “Yet the former Navy pilot and Vietnam POW makes himself a target by refusing to endorse Webb’s new GI education bill and instead signing on to a Republican alternative that focuses more on career soldiers than on the great majority who leave after their first four years.” [Politico, 4/30/08]

Webb’s GI Bill The Top Legislative Priority For Veterans Groups. According to The Hill, “Webb’s bill is the top legislative priority for several veterans’ groups, including the nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Its projected cost to the federal treasury is about $4 billion per year.Webb has argued his bill is necessary because the current GI bill cannot pay for today’s cost of higher education. [The Hill, 4/22/08]

Current GI Benefit Woefully Inadequate to Meet Educational Needs of GI’s. “The most a veteran can receive now is approximately $9,600 per year for four years. Those who served combat tours with the National Guard or Reserves are eligible for even less – typically just $440 per month, or $5,280 a year. By contrast, the College Board reports that the average four-year public college costs more than $65,000, or about $16,250 a year, for an in-state student. A private university costs on average about $133,000 for four years.” [The Hill, 4/22/08]

McCain Missed Vote Passing Webb’s GI Bill.  The Iowa Independent reported that Webb’s version of the GI Bill passed 75-22.  Despite his “concerns that Webb’s bill would persuade service members to leave the military early and pursue higher education,” McCain “was AWOL on the day of the vote, reportedly raising money in California for his presidential bid.” [Iowa Independent, 6/20/08]

RHETORIC: McCain Favored Troop Retention Over Benefits For Veterans.  In response to the CBO analysis of S. 22, Senators Graham and McCain released a joint statement in which McCain commented: “Congress must enact legislation that will increase education benefits, aid in recruitment and, importantly, encourage continued service in the military… As our armed forces fight a war on two fronts, we must do everything we can to maintain and encourage reenlistment…Unfortunately, S. 22 could greatly harm retention rates in our All Volunteer Force.” [McCain Press Release, via States News Service, 6/17/08]

McCain Against GI Bill Based On Fears Of Retention Loss.  CNN reported: “McCain has defended his opposition to the bill that would expand education benefits for veterans, saying it would hurt the military that he hopes to lead… McCain, a former Navy officer and prisoner of war during Vietnam, says the bill would hurt military retention by 16 percent and be a disincentive for service members to become noncommissioned officers, which he called ‘the backbone of all the services.'” [CNN, 6/10/08]

REALITY: CBO Found That Benefits Would Increase Recruiting 16 Percent.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that “while the better benefits [of the GI Bill] might lure 16 percent of experienced soldiers out of the service…it would be so attractive to civilians that it would increase recruiting by 16 percent” completely offsetting the loss in retention.  [U.S. News & World Report, 6/23/08]

The above was part of a *** Media Advisory for Saturday, September 6th @ 11AM EDT at Walter Reed Army Medical Center *** Press conferance by OIF and OEF Veterans and was brought by Americans United for Change

An UpDate on a recent Action calling for Accountability, 24 hours on a Ledge:

Life On The Ledge:

Veterans for Peace Surge on the National Archives

(swiped those words from VFP friend-Will Covert) A first person account from one of the Veteran National Archive Occupiers, AFTER a good night’s sleep!

Given by:

Ellen Barfield served in the Army from 1977 to 1981, in West Germany, TX, South Korea, and KS. She lives in Baltimore, MD, and works as a full-time peace and justice activist on several national and local organizational boards including Veterans for Peace.

Who participated with Brother and Sister Veterans and Veterans For Peace members:

Others who participated in the “Ledge-In” were Elliott Adams, 61, NY, Veterans For Peace President and former Army paratrooper in Viet Nam; Kim Carlyle, 61, NC, mountain homesteader, former Army Spec 5,; Diane Wilson: 59, TX, shrimp boat captain, former Army medic; Doug Zachary: 58, TX, Veterans For Peace staff, former USMC LCpl discharged as a conscientious objector; and Tarak Kauff (ground support) 67, NY, painting contractor, former U.S. Army Airborne.

Take a visit over and read Ellens’ first hand description.

I have a post up over at my site, and was posted on a few other site boards, that has more on the ‘surge’ to the National Archive Building as well as some added information about Iraq. It also has this video of:

Ret. Col. Ann Wright

With her thoughts on the Archive ‘surge’!!

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    • kj on September 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm
    • jimstaro on September 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm
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    An Open Letter from Kelsie to John McCain – Thou shalt not kill

    • jimstaro on September 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm
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    MudFlats we find this post of Yesterdays Alaskan Rally

    With these three video’s, posted before beddy bye time:

    Along with this post prior to, Alaskans Demand Accountability from Palin! HUGE Rally!

    Take a trip over to one of Alaskas’ Finest!!

  1. They have an article claiming that veterans as a group overwhelmingly support McCain.  It’s on their front page.  

    Can we believe the poll they cite?  Now this I can believe (from the article):

    More than 240 retired generals and admirals have endorsed McCain, and veterans — mostly older ones who fought in Korea and Vietnam — form the backbone of his campaign’s “victory centers.”

    But most of the armed forces is not made up of these top ranked members.  Besides, how many have endorsed Obama? Do we know?  I know that back when I was in the service there were more admirals than ships.  240 is a small number if you consider all of the retired members.  

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