Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain Senate Watch Continues

The dust is starting to grow eyeballs at "Senator" McCain's desk on Capitol Hill. He couldn't be bothered to vote today for veterans' benefits. He has a habit of skipping votes that are inconvenient and may actually shed light on his neocon credentials. It gives him a Maverick Bad Hair Day when that happens, and we can't have that!

The flip side to this is that his "Not Voting" is better than the one cast by Arizona's other Senator.

For the record, this is what the two esteemed [cough] Senators from Arizona chose not to support:

At issue is an expansion of the GI bill that would guarantee full college scholarships for those who serve in the military for three years. The Democratic-led Senate passed the measure, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., and supported by Obama, on Thursday by a 75-22 vote as 25 Republican abandoned President Bush, who opposed the provision.

Obama and his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Washington for the vote. McCain skipped the vote to campaign and raise money in California.

McCain opposes the measure, as does the Pentagon, out of concern that providing such a benefit after only three years of service would encourage people to leave the military after completing only one enlistment even as the U.S. fights two wars and is trying to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps.

Miami Herald (emphasis mine)
...which makes sense for McCain, because he needs all the warm bodies he can get to continue his and George Bush's preemptive war of choice that was based on cooked information. The patriotism is astounding!

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