Are you voting for McCain? Ask him these questions.

If you're supporting McCain, here are a few questions you should ask him. Forward this along to all your conservative or Republican friends and colleagues.

 

—In 1989, your wife Cindy became addicted to
the prescription drugs Percocet and Vicodin. Eventually, she began stealing
medication from the non-profit medical charity she ran to assist the victims of
war and disaster areas. You and your wife were able to negotiate a settlement
with the Justice Department that let her off with restitution and admission to a
rehabilitation center, but no fines, jail time or even public disclosure.
Certainly no one could fault you for trying to save your spouse from criminal
sanction. But you're consistently one of the most strident drug warriors in
Congress. You've voted to strengthen penalties against those who use and traffic
in both illicit drugs and who divert prescription drugs. You've supported
mandatory minimums and harsher penalties for first-time offenders. Why shouldn't
average people without powerful connections who make the same mistakes your wife
made be shown the same leniency and mercy the criminal justice system showed
her?
 
U.S. News reported last December
that part of your economic plan includes a new entitlement program for the
unemployed. You've said that the federal government should make up part of the
salary of workers who are forced to take lower-paying jobs. Economists estimate
your plan will cost $4-5 billion per year, but as a longtime legislator, you
should know that new entitlements tend to become more generous and more
comprehensive over time. Should your plan eventually emulate the Danish worker
security plan it's modeled after, it will likely cost $400 billion or more each
year. Given that the federal government currently faces some $59 trillion in
unfunded Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security liabilities, do we really need
another federal entitlement?
 
—In your January primary debate, you
referred to "greedy" Wall Street stockbrokers, and in contrasting your career to
the business career of Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, you said, "I led the largest
squadron in the United States Navy. And I did it out of patriotism, not for
profit." Do you think a career in public service is inherently more noble and
virtuous than a career in the private sector? Are people who spend their lives
on the taxpayer dole as politicians and government employees simply better
people than those who create wealth and jobs through private
enterprise?
 
—You're highly critical of businesses and
corporations that benefit from government handouts and pork projects. And
rightly so. But you and your wife's fortune comes from her inheritance of
Hensley & Company, a Phoenix-based beer wholesaler and distributor. Beer
wholesalers benefit from what's called the "three-tiered" alcohol distribution
system, an anachronistic Prohibition-era law that requires beer, wine and liquor
producers to first sell alcohol products to wholesalers, who then sell to
retailers. The law essentially mandates a "middle man" in alcohol sales. It
inflates the cost of alcohol for consumers by adding an extra mark-up—the bulk
of which goes to huge companies like Hensley. In other words, alcohol
wholesaling is a government-created and government-subsidized industry. How,
then, does your family fortune jibe with your criticism of corporate welfare and
corporate handouts?
 
—America was founded on the idea of
inalienable, individual rights—our Declaration of Independence outlined three of
the most important rights as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." But
your speeches and public statements seem to show a kind of contempt for
individualism, or at least a preference for a kind of patriotic national
collectivism. You've said, for example, that "each and every one of us has a
duty to serve a cause greater than our own self-interest." You've also said that
patriotism should be about "putting the country first, before party or personal
ambition, before anything." Do you really believe this? Should we put love of
country ahead of family? Faith? Our morality, or sense of justice?

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