We ask our volunteer army to go out and fight for our country, the least we could do in return is to treat them well, regardless of whether any one of us supported the decision to send the army in the first place. One of the best pieces of legislation ever to be passed was the GI bill - it send many WWII vets off to college and helped build the large middle class. In contrast, the Bush administration has treated its soldiers and vet like crap. But let's focus on John McCain, of all politicians we should have expected that HE would have supported legislation that would have improved the lives of our current and ex-soldiers.
Let's look at his voting record:
McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.
McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.
McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq.
McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.
McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000.
Like the rest of the GOP, John McCain wants to cut taxes and spending, even if means screwing our soldiers and vets.
Again, it looks like John McCain fights for the upper crust, but not hard working Americans. Why? Could it be because after VietNam, John Sidney McCain III had his well-to-do family to support him? I'm not sure. All I know is that his record on this topic is indefensible.
Actually, the GOP doesn't want to cut spending-their record is clear on that. They SAY they want to cut spending, but what they really mean is that they want to cut spending on anything that benefits people and increase spending on big projects where the money goes to corporations.
I don't understand how the GOP gets away with this shit.