Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones (and curator of their Tumblr) nails Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on jobs for veterans.
And I helped:
Senator John McCain—Naval Academy class of 1958, Vietnam prisoner of war—has long enjoyed a reputation as a straight-talking protector of the troops. But yesterday, he joined 39 Republican colleagues in blocking a bipartisan bill that would have provided federal jobs for up to 20,000 out-of-work ex-service members—and in doing so, he went back on a verbal promise he made to a veteran weeks ago.
Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio of an interview McCain conducted with military vet and citizen journalist Meg Lanker-Simons at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month. In the exchange, McCain said getting vets back to work was job No. 1. (The jobless rate for ex-service members is up to 31 percent higher than for civilians.) “The fact is, it’s a national disgrace that veterans’ unemployment is 14 percent,” McCain said. “That’s a national disgrace. And we’ve got to try to find more ways and better ways to hire veterans. And that has got to be our highest priority.”
You can listen to the full interview at the link. I interviewed McCain at a fundraiser for vets as just a softball-type thing for the Tumblr Election blog. I had to soften the background noise, and ultimately ran out of time to post it. Still held on to it and cleaned it up… I imagine his office wishes I didn’t.
McCain has never been much of a friend to veterans, but rarely does he get caught this red-handed.
I regret nothing and thanks to Adam Weinstein and Mother Jones for exposing McCain’s hypocrisy yet again.
Celebrating 1 year of equality in the military
Today is a happy anniversary for civil rights. And it’s our number of the day: 1.
Exactly one year ago, the military policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gays and lesbians officially ended. It was the end of an era for discrimination. Now, where is the supposed downside we were warned about? The parade of horribles promised by John McCain and the Family Research Council?
Soldiers were going to flee the service by the hundreds of thousands. Troop unity would unravel. Recruitment numbers would drop into virtual invisibility. Well, none of it happened.
Recruitment, retention, morale and cohesion all are the same, if not better, than they were a year-and-a-day ago. More and more young recruits just don’t share the homophobia that blighted previous generations, and the military has adjusted to a new set of conditions – as it always does.
This is important to remember the next time we hear cries from organizations that resist social change. They have been wrong time and time again – about LGBT rights, racial integration, even allowing women to vote.
Despite their fears, we continue to advance equality for all people. And it continues to work.