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Old 05-08-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default John McCain: Hypocrite

http://www.nationalreview.com/levin/levin071002.asp



John McCain fancies himself a reformer, a trustbuster, a progressive. But the truth is he's a hypocrite.

Putting aside his dealings with convicted felon Charles Keating (as the mainstream media does), he's now all over radio and television, and in the print media, demanding corporate accountability. In fact, on a radio program this morning, McCain decried "unfettered capitalism."

Now, anyone who has tried to start a small business, or has been in business for all of three minutes, knows that American capitalism is far too "fettered." You can't start a business in most places without securing and paying for a license. Most businesses are required to pay employees a minimum wage. All businesses are required to make payroll deductions for a host of programs, including Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workmen's compensation.

And then there are the other "fetters": affirmative action; unpaid family leave; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; local, state and federal taxes; and on and on and on. Indeed, I can think of few transactions that occur between individuals in this country that aren't in some way taxed or regulated.

In truth, McCain has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of "fettered capitalism." All kinds of corporations have found their way to his door with campaign cash in hand. And some of these corporations are the very corporations McCain is railing against.

For example, from 1997-2001, McCain received $31,000 from Global Crossing, which makes him the Senate's top recipient of contributions from that now bankrupt company.

From 1989-2002, McCain received $23,900 from WorldCom, making him the Senate's third top recipient of contributions from that soon-to-be bankrupt company.

From 1989-2001, McCain received $23,250 from Arthur Andersen, making him the Senate's tenth top recipient of contributions from that soon-to-be defunct company.

And from 1989-2001, McCain received $9,500 from Enron, making him the twelfth top recipient of contributions from that bankrupt company.

Of course, I don't believe the mere receipt of campaign contributions is corrupting. In fact, it's evidence of representative government at work. The public has every right to try to influence the direction of their government. But McCain believes this activity to be corrupt, yet he took the money anyway.

If American capitalism is truly "unfettered," and if business contributions are intended to influence their recipients, there would be no reason for businesses to try to influence politicians like McCain through campaign contributions.

What would be nice would be less bluster and more "unfettered" honesty from Arizona's senior senator.
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You're getting a little better there Jeremy. This article is only 6 years old. Very reputable site there, too.

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Old 05-08-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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You're getting a little better there Jeremy. This article is only 6 years old. Very reputable site there, too.
National Review isn't a repuatable site?

Now I've heard everything.
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National Review isn't a repuatable site?

Now I've heard everything.
It is a website/magazine comprised of editorials and opinions, not necesarily fact. Sorry that you find it credible - for the most part, I don't.
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It is a website/magazine comprised of editorials and opinions, not necesarily fact. Sorry that you find it credible - for the most part, I don't.
Oh well......I guess if it isn't Fox News it just isn't news to some people.
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Default Re: John McCain: Hypocrite

Billy Joel should rename this song, "Jeremy."

The Angry Young Man by B. Joel

There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl,
And He's always at home with his back to the wall.
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost,
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross-
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

Give a moment or two to the angry young man,
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand.
He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood,
It's a comfort to know his intentions are good.
And he sits in a room with a lock on the door,
With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor-
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

I believe I've passed the age
Of consciousness and righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight.
I once believed in causes too,
I had my pointless point of view,
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right. OHHHHHHHH

And there's always a place for the angry young man,
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand.
And he's never been able to learn from mistakes,
So he can't understand why his heart always breaks.
And his honor is pure and his courage as well,
And he's fair and he's true and he's boring as hell-
And he'll go to the grave as an angry old man.

There's always a place for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl,
And He's always at home with his back to the wall.
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost,
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross-
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.
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Oh well......I guess if it isn't Fox News it just isn't news to some people.
Are you referring to me there buckaroo? If you are, please don't put words in my mouth. If I choose not to view the National Review as "credible", that is my perogative. If you choose to view it in a different light than I do, that is your perogative. End of story.
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I think we need more threads started by Sybil* about how much he hates John McCain and how bad and evil he is.



*I call 'em like I see 'em, mods...infract if you must.
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I think we need more threads started by Sybil* about how much he hates John McCain and how bad and evil he is.



*I call 'em like I see 'em, mods...infract if you must.
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Oh well......I guess if it isn't Fox News it just isn't news to some people.
Fox News is the only news ("most")republicans know.
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