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John McCain Reelection Bid Faces Challenge From The Right

February 23, 2010 by  

John McCain reelection bid faces challenge from the right Although commentators believe Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be able to defend his seat in this year’s midterm elections, some of his GOP challengers appear to be attracting growing public and media attention.

In particular, the recent announcement by former congressman J.D. Hayworth that he would challenge the incumbent for the party nomination has drawn attention on account of the jabs exchanged by the two rivals.

At a news conference in Phoenix, Hayworth, who is also a former conservative talk show host, said that there are "two John McCains—the one who campaigns like a conservative and the one who legislates like a liberal."

In response, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate accused Hayworth of "blatant lies and fabrications," and McCain’s team confirmed that they are prepared to call him out on his congressional record when he allegedly voted for bills that contained earmarks and broke a term-limits pledge, according to NationalJournal.com.

At 73, McCain is running for his fifth term in the Senate and to date has garnered endorsements from former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, as well as Sarah Palin, his former vice presidential running mate.

The GOP primary is scheduled for Aug. 24.
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  • Barb

    I say let the old turncoat, fence rider waste his time and money and run. Who ever runs against him in the primary will win hands down or should anyway. Let the voters of Arizona tell that wishy-washy wimp just how they feel. If they want that kind of so called conservative in office again then that is their problem. I would hope the good people of Arizona are much smarter than that!

    • Gini

      Barb- Most of the Republican and Independent voters in Arizona have
      long since taken notice of McCain’s RINO ways. He may have been a true conservative when he first went to Washington, but the air there seems to be toxic. Few escape with their honor and truthfulness in tact. J.D.HAYWORTH IS ONE OF THOSE FEW. The people of Arizona have seen the light!! Many of those who voted for McCain for Pres. did so in the manner attributed by his own mother. “They’ll hold their nose and vore for John”. Indeed, we did only because we recognized OBAMA as the leftist/socialist/marxist that we see today. Anyone who cares about America should do all they can to help J.D.HAYWORTH – THE RAREST OF ALL PEOPLE IN POLITICS- A MAN WHO TELLS THE TRUTH!!!

    • Joe H.

      Barb,
      I’ll vote for McCain, when pigs and hippos fly on their own!!!! In other words, never!!!!

    • suzanne

      I’m making a prediction……both JD and McCain will be shocked when the voters pick Jim Deakin….the voters will see his name on the ballot and since he isn’t the luke warm, change my mind with the wind, McCain or the pork eating JD….they will vote for JIM DEAKIN!!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Norm

    I’m no fan of McCain, but he will be very hard to defeat.

    • blackhat

      Norm, you are a liberal hack…why would you even care? If Norm is for it, then I am against it.

      • eyeswideopen

        blackhat, you are a true Republican. You make your decisions based on who is for or against an issue, and not the merits of the issue. Hopefully you will keep doing the same thing during the elections.

        • blackhat

          Whatever weirdo…It’s called “sarcasm” something you could look up in the dictionary.

          • DaveH

            Ignore the Harpy, Blackhat. She just gets off on harrassing people.

          • Norm

            blackhat
            I’d call it stupidity.

          • eyeswideopen

            No, blackhat, it is exactly how the republican party is functioning. Party of NO, is a correct description.

          • DaveH

            Something they don’t do enough of.

          • blackhat

            That’s right…No bad healthcare legislation, no more outrageous deficit spending, no more apology tours, no more coddling terrorists, no more global warming, no more lying, no more buying companies, no more telling Americans how much they can make, no more playtime on the tax payers to NY, no more embarassing gifts to foreign leaders, no more references to “57 states”, no more references to the “Austrian language”, no more calling Cinco de Mayo “Cinco de Quatro”, no more calling corpsmen “corpsemen”, no more spending $1000 per week on booze for the speaker…and on, and on…

          • eyeswideopen

            blackhat, no immigration reform, no healthcare reform, no tax reform, no education reform, no banking reform, no Patriot Act reform/repeal, no nothinin’ from the only answer is: cut taxes for wealthy and cut spending for anything but what I what Republicans. The repubs are a subsidy of the Corporations. They didn’t do anything constructive for 12 years when they had control, so look forward to more of the same.

        • Joe H.

          eyescementedshut,
          And the liberal party is the party of I can’t say no, yes to everything!!! Spend more? yes. Tax the people especially the rich job makers? Yes! lie to the people? Yes! joke about handicapped kids? yup!!! Wrong? yes, but who cares,YES!!!!

          • eyeswideopen

            JoeH, you are aware that the small business’ in this country are 64% of the work force aren’t you? Why keep subsidizing the Big Business Corporations? Why aren’t the repubs in favor of small business? I’ll tell you why, they don’t contribute the hundreds of thousands of dollars to their election campaigns.

          • eyeswideopen

            JoeH, you know, I never call you any names, why can’t you be respectful?

          • libertytrain

            eyes re your comment to Joe – “JoeH, you are aware that the small business’ in this country are 64% of the work force aren’t you? Why keep subsidizing the Big Business Corporations? Why aren’t the repubs in favor of small business? I’ll tell you why, they don’t contribute the hundreds of thousands of dollars to their election campaigns.”

            The current administration is so much better – don’t you think?
            http://www.personalliberty.com/feature-video/we-now-have-a-total-gangster-government/

          • Joe H.

            eyesstayshut,
            you have insulted me many, many times so I just return the favor!!! Nice try to seem so innocent, you are almost as good as your hero Obummer!!! Can it, it won’t hold water!!!

    • Claire

      Norm–I don’t know–McCain has created a lot of dissent among the voters. J.D. Hayworth appears to be coming on strong.

      • denniso

        It’s rather striking and telling of the repub party that only 1 yr after the election they are turning on their presidential canditate. It shows how far the party is moving to the right,all the while they are screaming for obama to move to the center,which they’ve totally vacated. McCain is a decent guy who has fought for his party for decades..he’s a true war hero,unlike any of the other repubs,so it’s strange that he’s being attacked by the so called ‘conservatives’.

        If this is a sign of the unhealthy nature of the Repub party,then I say good,they’re falling apart and eating their own…but to prefer people like Beck,Palin and Limbaugh to McCain,someone who actually tries to work at something real, is just amazing.

        • denniso

          ‘candidate’

          • Joe H.

            Ding dong, dennislo calling!!!

        • Harold Olsen

          TO THE RIGHT is where the Republican party belongs. After all, they are SUPPOSED to be the CONSERVATIVE party. In recent years, however, they have become a left-leaning moderate party, which is why I am no longer a Republican but an Independent and probably why they lost their majority in both houses of Congress as the majority of people in this country identify themselves as conservative. As for turning on McCain one year after the election, conservatives who still call themselves Republicans never liked him as a candidate in the first place. Many only decided to vote for him after he picked Palin as his running mate. Their votes were more for her than him. Unless a Republican can convince me that they are TRUE conservatives I won’t vote for them any more than I’d vote for a Democrat, since I don’t believe there is any such thing as a conservative Democrat and I will only vote for conservatives.

          • eyeswideopen

            Harold, if the majority of people were Conservatives, you would have McCain as President. Your statement is false. Most Americans are middle of the road, with no where to go.

        • American Citizen

          As I didn’t want to vote for either of the men running, I voted for Sarah Palin as I’m sure a lot of us did.

  • susan

    I think it’s time for him to step aside in favor of some new blood in the gene pool. His votes are too liberal for me even though he says he’s on the people’s side. Time to retire John, You Senators have to let others in to give new life to the party. You guys stay in office till you die and won’t let younger folks with new ideas in.

    • Warrior

      Agreed, time to start collecting that fat gov pension.

      • http://Gmail Florence Mitchell

        I realy think Mc Cain is just to old to run but He would beat Ron Pall

        • Claire

          Well, I will have to say I like Ron Paul better.

      • Joe H.

        Warrior,
        If there’s any of them that have earned their pension, it’s him by what he went through at the hands of the NVA for his country! I may not like him as a politician but I honor him as a vet and his time in the Hanoi Hilton!

        • Claire

          JoeH–Yes, he does deserve his pension, unlike a lot of the others.

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      I agree Susan. We need people who can walk and chew gum. I don’t understand why in the world at 73 he wants to stay in Congress. He not only will have the lucrative pension from Congress plus his Havy Officers pension. Don’t need money so why fight the fight – enjoy yourself its latter than you think. The only reason Kennedy stayed because he couldn’t do anything else but get drunk everyday and show up because he was too old to womanize anymore. What a joke that man was. Sure glad to see Mass. got some sence.

      • Claire

        Yes, and Brown voted of the Jobs Bill.

        • Claire

          Egad–Brown voted FOR the Jobs Bill.

          • eyeswideopen

            Claire, he is also believes in abortions, but the Conservatives seem ok with that. Weird.

          • Claire

            eyes–Yes, I knew he believes in abortions. I was just surprised he voted for the Jobs Bill, especially since he is a Republican. None of us know what a politician will do once they are elected. I think we are beginning to find out the truth about a lot of them, Republican and Democrat. Oh, what do you think of Alan Grayson? Just curious.

          • eyeswideopen

            Claire, I’m not a Dem, so I think he is a little radical. But at least he is not wavering back and forth. He picked a stance and is holding it. He is well liked by the repub and dems in Orlando. We have so much corruption in the state that when he used his own money to get elected, people knew that he couldn’t be bought by the normal lobbyists. He doesn’t owe anybody anything, so he does represent the masses. He did help my neighbor when she couldn’t get Ginny Brown-Waite to help with an issue, even though he isn’t our rep.and she wasn’t a Dem, so I guess he must be fair.

          • Claire

            eyes—I have seen him on TV numerous times. He really does stand up for what he believes. And you know, I rather like him. And he has not wavered in his beliefs. He appears to stick by everything that he says. To him, there is no “grey” area, no in-between. He tells it like it is. He really wants to clean house.

    • Fran C

      Agree. Too old to be considered for President, too old to be senator.

    • Harold Olsen

      McCain’s problem is that he says one thing but his record shows something totally different. He is currently campaigning as a conservative but if he gets re-elected he will go back to being a liberal. A liberal pretending to be a conservative is what he is and I’m also convinced he is a closet Democrat.

  • lou

    time to step down and he should know it if he truly is dedictaded
    to this country as he sayes he is.
    time for new blood for his job.

  • Raggs

    term limit’s!

  • http://none Bernadine

    HE HAD MY VOTE LAST YEAR FOR PRESIDENT. BUT NOT AGAIN.SARA PALIN NEEDS TO FIND A NEW RUNNING MATE FOR 2012. MACAIN HAS FAMILY PROBLEMS
    AT HOME TO TAKE CARE OF. HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER ARE CAMPAIGNING FOR
    HOMO SEXUALLITY.THAT MEANS HE IS FOR IT ALSO.jOHN DID NOT STAND UP FOR THE PERSON HE PICKED FOR AS A RUNNING MATE.THAT IS A SHAME ON HIM

    • susan

      I too voted for him last year but that was because the alternative was disastrous! He’s a tired old man that yes did not stick up for Sarah and he’s getting a bit too cowardly, not to mention looking like death warmed over. He looks too tired to tie his own shoes.

      • denniso

        McCain’s wife isn’t ‘campaigning for homosexuality’, she’s only pushing for equal rights for All Americans,which includes gays…there’s a difference.
        And I think you are being too hard on McCain,he’s been a stalwart for your party and even(sadly) helped get Bush elected twice…he’s also got quite a bit of power in the senate,something that a new guy/gal wouldn’t have. You’re hurting your own cause by dumping on McCain.

  • Raggs

    It’s a FLEA circus!!!!!
    poloticians jump at the first sign of money, you can’t trust any of them!

    • blackhat

      I like that…”polo”ticians…that needs to be put into the lexicon…”polotician – (noun) One who goes up and down the field swinging at every ball, trying to please the crowd.” Good one Raggs!

      • Raggs

        Thank you!!!!

  • B. J.

    I see Simcox just threw his support to J D .

  • Andy

    I think that someone should ask McCain if he still has his arms. As I recall he did keep saying that we must reach across the aisle.

  • Conservative Carl

    My thought is that Chris Simcox was possibly the best candidate of the several running for the Republican nomination and now I hear he is throwing in the towel and supporting J.D. Hayworth. J.D. Hayworth is a good guy but he also voted for earmarks while in the congress. Are there any politicians besides Ron Paul who will refuse to vote for earmarks or pork barrel spending? Not living in Arizona I don’t know the track record of the other candidates but now that Simcox is out it may be that J.D. Hayworth has the best chance against McCain. J.D. lived for a few years in upstate SC and is a very likeable guy and I hope he will be a real fiscal conservative in the Senate, even stingy when it comes to spending. Will our Republic even last until 2012?

    • eyeswideopen

      Conservative Carl, dude, you better check on the earmarks for Ron Paul, before making statements that he didn’t get any. He got 75 million for his district in 2009. Luckily we now have the internet to be able to verify statements such as yours. Ron Paul did take earmarks. Nobody’s perfect, not even the Conservatives!!

      • blackhat

        Let’s try this again…Liberal – one who takes money (taxes) from “rich” people to give to others (no matter what the cause it is still not right.) Conservative – one who feels that empowering people (getting govt out of the way) and allowing them the opportunity to succeed, or fail, is more in line with constitional authority.

        • blackhat

          that would be constitutional…see you are right! Conservatives can make mistakes!

          • Norm

            blackhat
            Always.

          • denniso

            black…you’re def’s are funny,though ridiculous.More accurately, liberal, one who believes in education,tolerance,compassion and humanity. Conservative, one who believes in warmongering,survival of the fittest only,corporate control of gov’t and control of others’ personal freedoms.

          • blackhat

            Ohhh…you got me there. So, let me get this right…compassion is giving govt money to people who need it (food stamps, utility vouchers, free health care, etc.) So, I suppose the govt just prints up lots of money, then everyone who “needs” it will get it. But, noooo, the govt cannot just “print money”. It must raise money through taxes. Meaning it MUST confiscate earnings from one to “give” to another, but it must be done “compassionately”. Good plan…I have a better idea, all you compassionate people take some of your money and give it those less fortunate people. In fact, I’ll bet you could add your neighbor to your health care plan, problem solved.

        • eyeswideopen

          Conservative who berates government spending and then takes 75 million in earmarks = hypocrite.

      • Conservative Carl

        Well dude, please forgive one simple mis-statement. I’m not as perfect and knowledgeable as your obviously are. I seem to have missed that $75 million earmark that Ron Paul got for his district. Forget the inclusion of Ron Paul. I don’t even know what he got the money for but not all money received by congressmen for their states is without merit. But maybe I could be wrong on that also. You just let me know.

        • Claire

          Well, don’t feel alone. Regarding Ron Paul,I missed the earmark stuff too. And I am one that does not trust any politician. But I was hoping…I should have known better.

          • Joe H.

            claire, I just heard that there has been another shooting at a school. This time by an adult who, if I heard right, walked into the school with the gun and walked back out stood while students were waiting for their busses and opened fire. his family said there were many mental problems so Before the libbies go off, the guy more than likely didn’t get his gun legally!!

          • Claire

            JoeH–I have not watched any news this afternoon or this evening. Another mental idiot. Why don’t people turn these people in before they do these terrible crimes? And like I always say, the criminals/mentally unstable people always get guns. I’ll try to catch the news.

        • blackhat

          Do not listen to them Carl…Check it out yourself, not all earmarks are “evil”. No, I do not know what, or if Ron Paul took earmarks, but I suggest you check it out yourself. These weirdos would rather just bash everyone, then raise taxes and call it compassion. And, if you do not support these non-constitutional practices, then you are somehow not in their league. ‘Cause they be smart, and edumacated.

        • eyeswideopen

          Conservative, he let me down when he got those earmarks, that’s why I know. I am watching all those who proclaim to be for small government, while in reality, they act just like the rest. Take a look at the 2009 Omnibus spending bill, you won’t be happy with all the republicans and the amounts they took. They did take the most. I think they had 6 of the top 10 amounts. They are hypocrites. If you are going to take money, don’t critize the other guys for doing the same darn thing.

        • American Citizen

          Some earmarks are good, such as for road, bridges, etc., which help all the people in the state. The state is getting back some of the money Washington takes from each. But I don’t think any state should get back more that it gives. That’s why taxes need to be reduced drastically. I’m not sure why we even need the Federal Government anymore as the states can take care of their own people if allowed to as the Constitution states. The Federal Government constitutionally has only a few obligations to the country, the greatest of which is the security of the country. The Fed has grabbed powers that do not belong to it and the states have meekly rolled over and let it happen.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    AMERICA, DON’T VOTE FOR THE PROGRESSIVE McCAIN AND THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA in AMERICA! It’s the last chance to economically and spiritually
    save America.
    VOTE J.D. HAYWORTH!

  • Doc

    The time is way past to clean out Congress and get some new blood that will follow what is best for this country instead of what is best for getting re-elected. Close the borders, no amnesty for illegals, term limits, fiscal responsibility (if you don’t have it …. don’t spend it), and vote out the attorneys (they have been trained to steal!)
    The present financial mess didn’t just happen. Congress has been allowing it for more than half a century. We need a new party that has read the Constitution and will follow what it says. Taking payoffs or bribes should be a hanging offense!! I don’t see anything in the Constitution about executive orders or czars ….. why is it still allowed??

  • James from Oregon

    English the official for the USA, NO to illegal aliens,NO more support.

  • http://none Carol Garrett

    I WOULD NOT (NOT) EVER VOTE FOR MC CAIN SINCE HE HAS A BILL TO TAKE AWAY OUR VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS IN CONGRESS. I THOUGHT HE WAS A GOOD GUY BUT WHEN SOMEONE DOES THAT, IT’S A CLEAR INDICATION TO ME THAT HE WANTS TO HELP BIG PHARMA & WE DON’T NEED THAT. IT SEEMS NO ONE IS FOR US ANYMORE.

  • Mike In MI

    It’s time we looked at some salient facts concerning Senator J. McCain and his strutting about as a true blue American patriot. He was a hero of mine for a long time because I too spent a year in So. Viet Nam as a Navy Corpsman during the Tet Offensive months. When I heard his daughter spout off her Leftist progressive views I realized I must let it go. If she reflects the dark light she learned at his knee he does not represent anything I went to Viet Nam to defend. So, “G’bye, John, I thrust you away after what you’ve become and who you have aligned with.” He’s become like the Scot who turned Braveheart over to the English crown.
    How do I know? He put a bill called Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) on the table in the Senate.
    ObamaCare is the perfect tool to wreak havoc on an already dreadful disease situation in our land. The FDA and government meddling has made disease a growth industry. Do you think it can be a healthy situation that providing care for sick people is among the fastest growing business endavors in our culture? If there is more and more profit in taking care of disease it can only mean that we have more and more and sicker and sicker citizens. It can only mean that somebody expects and plans to make disease more widespread and a good long-term investment. O’care will force you into the hands of an assembly line, impersonal, careless, government, patient handling system that processes you like a turkey farm. They won’t want you doing anything to interfere with where you are when the cookie-cutter comes down…like making your own health decisions.
    That’s where McCain’s DSSA fits into the picture. You see, nutritional science has made great leaps recently such that people are learning how to protect THEMSELVES with healthful information, practices and products. Health is not costly and becomes increasingly thrifty and liberating – not what people want who profit when they can make diseases rule. So, the disease mongers bought McCain’s last campaign…he owes.
    His bill purports to be aimed at steroid “doping” pro athletes who were using steroids loaded in “supplements”. Guess again. The bill does nothing except strip you of any possibility of getting access to information, products or professionals oriented to cost effective wellness and prevention strategies.
    For example, the H1N1 flu vaccines were strangely slow in coming out when the swines expected the “pandemic” to be well under way. It was expected there would be panic in the streets for the vaccine. Now…do you know that if your blood levels of Vitamin D3 are high enough and you eat reasonably it makes you virtually immune to viral infection—and a host of degenerative diseases? Who needs vaccines that don’t arrive in time? Wonder why they want you to think it’s all just fate who gets sick? Nothing you can do about it? Think you need Obama to save you? Vitamin D3 can free you from that horrid fear – if you prepare for a few months before flu season.
    It seems John McCain doesn’t want you and your family protected and healthy… no matter what he SAYS. His DSSA bill says the opposite. So, how many other things will he SAY but intend the OPPOSITE? You Arizonans, is that good for your state or the Senate of the U.S.A.?

    • cynthia allingham

      Is Hayworth against DSSA? I am fed up with both McCain and the FDA. The last thing we need is for the FDA to have more power.

    • American Citizen

      Actually, the FDA should look at the safety of dietary supplements, as it can be downright dangerous to take one that doesn’t mix well with another drug you may be taking. There are warnings about this. When I was going through chemo, I had to list all drugs I was taking as well as any herbal supplements and NSAIDS. Any doctor worth his or her salt does the same thing when trying to decide what drug may help you with your health problem.

  • Sylvia Keppy-Dow

    It is my hope as an Arizonian that John McCain retires whether by loss of the election or by just retiring. He is not the man that I voted for many years ago and I am tired of his continuous support of Democrat legislation. He is closer to his liberal buddies than his own party members. J.D. Hayworth is a fine man with experience in the House of Representatives and he is a true conservative republican.
    John needs to take care of his own camp with a wife that has come out in public as supporting Gay Marriage, etc., etc.. It is time for a change in Arizona and the Senate

  • Robert

    This comming November, I believe that the majority of incumbents will be voted out of office. Most Americans have had enough of their crap and are looking for new blood to energize this country. I for am are.

  • DaveH

    Please people, if you can help us get this Liberal John McCain defeated, I will be eternally grateful.

    • blackhat

      Dave, the majority of my family still reside in Az…I’ll be darned if they don’t all still love McCain…I have tried…I have tried…

      • DaveH

        Thank you for trying.

        • Claire

          DaveH–Isn’t McCain for amnesty?

        • DaveH

          I don’t know Claire. But he is definitely for keeping his position of power and building Government ever larger.

          • Claire

            DaveH–It seems like I have heard mutterings that McCain is for amnesty. No, this battle is not easy.

          • Joe H.

            DaveH,
            I believe i read that myself. He supports amnesty for all that are here then close down the border. I guess he’s got it half right drop the amnesty and seal off the boorders!!! deport deport and along with that fines for employers and landlords!!! Did I say DEPORT?????

          • eyeswideopen

            Joeh, he wants more voters/repubs and he thinks it will be a good tax base.

  • http://NOWEBB A ROBINSON

    MCCAIN HAS A BILL NOW TO TURN VITAMINS OVER TO BIG DRUG COMPANYS. HE HAS BEEN BOUGHT AND PAID FOR MANY YEARS BY THESE PEOPLE. IF CONGRESS AND ALL THE OTHERS WERE NOT FOR SALE THERE WOULD NOT BE THOUSANDS UP THERE TRYING TO BUY WITH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU VOTE FOR.

  • s c

    McCain should have retired [or defected to the Democrats] years ago. We do not need anyone who poses as a maverick, and yet stoops to acting like a boy toy for the prostitute media.
    He’s too self-centered to understand that the media caters to those who are rockhead libs and kooks [aka useful idiots].
    McCain’s actions and lukewarm beliefs amount to proof that no one can afford to look up to a wishy-washy appeaser who wants to be seen as a conservative – yet never hesitates to act like an ultraliberal progressive (or worse).
    GOOD RIDDANCE, and don’t forget to write, dude.

    • Claire

      Regarding McCain—Better yet, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

  • Eric

    I will not support McCain in my vote for president and sure hope that the republican party has better sense for a candidate for this upcoming presidential election. I did vote for him here in Virginia but next round it very well may be a write in nomination. Same would go for Sarah Pallin.

    • Claire

      A write-in sounds better and better every day.

  • Phil

    Republican politician= millionaires who urge their voters to pay their taxes for them…and Call the healthcare they recieve socialism …the same republicans who call president Obamas Recovery act socialism have used the Recovery act funds 116 times…..your party Leaders play you for suckers…..How’s Dick Cheney enjoying his goverment healthcare today?…. They must really laugh at you ….

    • DaveH

      More Ignorance from –.
      The top 1% of wage earners pay 40% of the income taxes:
      http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

      • DaveH
        • Claire

          DaveH—I saw Ron Paul early this morning on MSNBC, very good interview. In fact, I do like Ron Paul.

          • Claire

            Regarding Ron Paul, on second thought, now that I know about the earmarks, I think I give up.

          • DaveH

            Claire,
            Yes, he shouldn’t have participated in the earmark fiasco, but I know very few people who have the fortitude to be ideologically pure to the point that they would put themselves in imminent danger. In his case the danger would be that he might get voted out if his constituents saw everybody else partaking of the feast and his district being left out.
            That’s what makes it so difficult to get off of the runaway train of Government Spending.
            I never said this battle would be easy.

          • Claire

            DaveH–Yes, they all took the money for their states. In reality, I guess you can’t blame them for that.

          • eyeswideopen

            DaveH, it’s fine that he took the earmarks, but then don’t critize others and claim that they are growing government. It is the hypocrisy that is so discusting.

    • Joe H.

      Phil,
      How come all the tax evaders were on Obummers cabinet??!??

      • Joe H.

        Phil?? PHIL???

  • Rod

    We voted for McCain for president (LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVE) would
    not support him again. He is a lefty in righty clothing! I believe
    it’s not worth explaning myself! The other thing is: I think of
    Congress and the Senate as two terms limit. These people get into
    office and forget who put them there. They get POWER HUNGRY and
    forget who they represent! We need new blood in our Govt. People
    that understand and care about the people they are supposed to.
    Like the radical left Obama, Palosi and Reid.

  • Robin from Indiana

    John McCain is a great man. His service to our country proves that. However, I believe it is time for him to step out of limelight and step down from politics. He should ‘quit’ now, before being defeated. He is much too liberal to be a Republican, and I am sure the Dems wouldn’t want him. He needs to enjoy his senior years. He has made his place in history. Time to go…

  • ONTIME

    McCain has served his time and is now out of step in a number of areas, his barbwire crotch rash has now become to obvious for most Real Republicans and Hayworth speaks the lingo, walks the walk conservatives want to see and hear.

    I couldn’t support John for Prez and I won’t support him now…I thank him for his service and I hope he steps aside.

  • tracy mathias

    SARA PALIN NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOING DOWN TO ARIZ. TO ENDORSE THE LUKE WARM LIBERIAL JOHN McCAIN ! SHE IS GOING TO DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND BETWEEN THE TEA PARTY AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AND SHE IS GOING TO COME UP WITH THE SHORT END OF THE STICK ! THERE NO LONGER SUCH A THING AS A ” LOCAL ” ELECTION , ALL THE EYES OF THIS NATION ARE ON ALL ELECTIONS OF ALL STATES FROM MAYORS OF CITYS AND UP ! IT IS TIME TO VOTE ALL OF THE ” PORK BELLY LOBBIE LOVERS ” OUT !

    • Raggs

      Funny you should mention that…
      She was present on fox new’s with oreilly…
      She chocked on her pride and said the tea party members are nothing but a bunch of loser’s and gun loving idiots.. oreilly licked her feet!… I personaly sent oreilly the loser an e-mail condemming him and palin!!! I will never watch anyting of this BS media.

  • Phil

    Sarah Palin has the IQ of dust….

    • Raggs

      No your incorrect, Thin air!

    • DaveH
      • eyeswideopen

        DaveH, there you go again, name calling.

      • DaveH

        Harpy.

        • Joe H.

          DaveH,
          I thought it began with BEE????

        • eyeswideopen

          DaveH, you are childish with your name calling and a hypocrite. You constantly denagrate others for name calling and yet, here you are doing the same thing.

        • eyeswideopen

          DAVE, see what, libertytrain, stated in her post,(below) Hands clapping for her, well said.

      • DaveH

        Just responding in kind.

  • Raggs

    Something all of you need to think about….

    Mcain, Palin, Joe blow the plumber… All have which already served thier purpose to obama by side tracking you and confusion run’s rampid.
    The confusion is not by any mean’s thier confusion but your’s and that is exactly what they want… All of this hogwash is to throw you off track into thier way of thinking.. Indoctrination with the use of the media.. They know that what you will do is what they want because they are going to lie and turn you in thier favor and you don’t even know it. Clear your sinus

  • eddie47d

    McCain is no different than he was in 2008. You propped him up as the war hero and maverick and the Republican savior for America. Now you’ve turned him into just a man in a cheap suit. I guess you all used him for the moment. B.J.8:41am; Is Chris Simcox the same one that use to be a Klan leader. I hope not.

    • Raggs

      Yup he is a has been… I have morals and refuse to be had.

    • eyeswideopen

      eddie, no Chris Simcox, is a liberal, as he was a school teacher for 13 years. On this site, if you are a teacher, you are a liberal. Therefore, Chris Simcox is a liberal, go figure why he would be classified as a repub. Maybe that’s why he has dropped out. He can’t run as a repub, as he had the wrong profession.

  • Josie60

    The old Chineese proverb “Be Careful What You Wish For, For it May Come True” applies.
    In past I voted for McCain, I really thought he had America’s best interest. However, His legislative voting record, treatment of Palin, his own daughters comments(though not his fault, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree)and if I’m not mistaken in one speech he claimed himself a Progressive Republican – He will never again get my vote.
    That brings up the problem of who’s next to take his place and will we know enough about that persons true nature so we do not end up with worse. We must do our homework and not give our votes away.

    • Raggs

      Already in consideration… Scott Brown… Although yet another puppet of “polo”tics and bow’s to obama as he does with communist.
      Palin is nothing more than a toy to take the ear of the only people that “hear” if you will. All of which is in contrary, leaving you to guess or to make your best guess none of which matter’s…

  • Douglas Berry

    McCain is a Hot Head . Always has been. Last time I saw him he had a Fist Fight with a Marine Captain down in the maintnance spaces at the Naval airstation at Meridian Ms. I have left notes for him and called his office just to say words of support and HI as a fellow shipmate.
    NO responce Ever !! ALL POLITICIAN

    • Joe H.

      Douglas Berry,
      I just wanted to ask, just how many presidential hopefuls HAVE answered you? Not sticking up for him or nothing but I just thought I should ask!!!

  • Claire

    And now, Mitt Romney has endorsed McCain. Odd couple?? The entire political scene is crazy.

    • DaveH

      Both RINOs.

      • Claire

        DaveH– RINOS for sure.

  • Raggs

    (words removed for offensive content)

  • Raggs

    Guess maybe I shouldn’t say crap on here.

    • Harold Olsen

      What’s wrong with the word “crap”? It just comes from the name of the person who invented the modern toilet: Thomas Crapper.

      • libertytrain

        Harold – in order for his comment to be removed it had to have been a little more than the use of the word crap, based on the comments I have read here for months.

        • Joe H.

          Libertytrain,
          I don’t know, I think they are getting a little worse as I see more and more removed!!

          • libertytrain

            JoeH – I don’t agree with you here, I think this is a site that is making serious attempts to be a voice of reason (which is refreshing) in it’s approach. I personally really appreciate that – I guess that’s why I keep coming back each day – I really don’t see much point in vile personal attacks. All that does is makes the poster, who does such, less credible in trying to validate his/her points. Spelling and punctuation aside. Teach me,share with me your opinion – don’t swear at me or call me names – because I don’t currently feel the same as you (though I might if you were rational in your post). What do I learn from that except that you (figuratively speaking -not you personally ) are someone not capable of an intelligent bantering —

          • eyeswideopen

            Hands clapping for libertytrain!!! Well said.

          • libertytrain

            Golly gee, I’m blushing now – see, we can all agree sometimes on some things.

  • Harold Olsen

    Not only do I hope McCain gets defeated, I hope he gets beaten so bad that he is humiliated. He deserves NO ONE’S respect.

    • denniso

      Where’s all this anger toward McCain coming from? Oh, that’s right Limbaugh hates him and you people love Limbaugh,therefore…
      How is it that you don’t trash Cheny/Bush like this? 2 draft evader chickenhawks w/ no character at all who also ruined the country. McCain fought and nearly died for our country…you’re trashing the wrong guy.

      • Harold Olsen

        Hey, ignorant, I haven’t listened to Limbaugh since 1993. I don’t like talk radio and I don’t really care who he likes or dislikes. So what if he served in Vietnam. So did I!!

        • American Citizen

          Harold, did you spend 6 years in a prison camp? Were you tortured the way John McCain was? Were you injured in any way? You may have served in Vietnam, and I thank you for your service, but McCain served beyond the call.
          Even so, I do not think he should run for reelection. It’s time for him to go and enjoy what years he has left with his family.

      • Claire

        denniso–I believe we all appreciate McCain’s service to America. However, he was not the only soldier that is/was a hero. America has plenty of heroes that do not receive the recognition like they should. I also think McCain is past his prime. A lot of the older politicians need to leave.

        • Joe H.

          Claire,
          while I usually agree with you, I can’t on this! There are not that many that have gone through what he did at the Hanoi Hilton! I will say the true, true heros are the ones that didn’t come back!!! They are sorely missed by their friends and family!!! Just as an example, put a broomstick behind your back and put your arms over it. have your husband slowly start to lift on the stick. That would start to give you an idea of why you never see McCain raise his arms above shoulder level!!!

          • Claire

            JoeH–I know all about the torture McCain suffered and I do respect him for his service to America. I always have. BUT there are a lot of American soldiers that are heroes! It isn’t like he is the only one. My gosh, plenty of soldiers have been tortured and died. That was the point I was trying to make. McCain obviously is a survivor. I just don’t think he is Presidential material, I sometimes think he has a short fuse. What do you think?

      • American Citizen

        Once again denniso shows his ignorance.

  • chuck b

    those of you worried about mccain running again can forget it. there’s no way this man will be nominated again in a republican primary. if things don’t change much between now and 2012 you will see hillary clinton running against sarah palin and the demos will suffer greatly. most blacks will lay out of the election because their man lost the nomination, acorn will have been hurt by too many investigations so illegal votes won’t amount to much. sartah palin will win.

  • American Citizen

    I said during the last election McCain was too old. He may start out with a lot of energy, but the job of President ages the person very quickly. He would not have had the energy needed for the position. We senior citizens can tell you that as you age, so does your energy level. There are very few who don’t have a health problem besides. When we get together, that is the main topic.

    • Joe H.

      American,
      Just HOW old was Reagan during his years as pres?

      • Claire

        Old enough to know better, too young to resist.

    • Mike In MI

      American Citizen, Take heart and don’t give in to disease -

      I’m 65 years old and I’m not on any meds, I don’t get sick in a year -unless I run into some new bug my system has to build antibody defenses against (2 to 3 days of minor symptoms). I have learned to do things that cause cancer cells to kill themselves. When I injure myself working, I heal fast w/o getting infected, etc., etc. I feel better now than I did as a 35 y. o. I’ll guarantee you, you can get off the medical railroad that keeps you where they want you.

      You need four things:
      1.) God’s Word – Study it yourself until it begins to sink in – especially Psalms, Proverbs, Acts and Paul’s epistles. Take notes where,for whom and why God did great stuff for believers. HE hasn’t changed, churches changed the teachings. Let yourself be convinced He’ll do great stuff for you, too. (Think in terms of you have not, because you ask not – start askin’.) Believe It, but don’t become a nut. Where you lack understanding don’t try to tell God what He means, just keep reading and learning. Bug the heaven out of anybody whose life shows they have a handle on It – not a minister paid by a denomination. Learn thankfulness. Just talk to Him; at some point you’ll figure out when He’s talking back.
      2.) A great spouse – Someone of the opposite sex who isn’t exactly like you. Someone who’ll stand up to you, and stand up for you.
      Someone who doesn’t just believe “in” God, but BELIEVES God.
      3.) Start a nutritional program. Your diet is why you need drugs. Your body doesn’t want drugs it wants good stuff – not WalMart or China junk. Buy your medicine at Kroger’s raw foods aisles. Don’t try to go off drugs alone. Wait until an MD says, “Your numbers are almost normal”. Health takes Discipline. If you get discouraged remember in the Old Testament law God gave them rules about what to eat, how to cook it, how and when to serve it, how to grow it. Doing it they were strong. When they didn’t – weak and sick. They were Commandments as much as the Big Ten.
      4.) Find a good chiropractor (or massage therapist). The one with the most cars in the lot may not be best. Find one who tests you somehow each visit to find out what needs to be fixed, fixes it, then retests to make sure it’s fixed. His focus will be the nervous system not just the bones. Electrical tools or metal probes (“clickers”) often get more measured results. What you are looking for is change and natural healing which may include minor, passing distress.
      This is for starters going down the path toward health. If something doesn’t work for you keep asking and seeking what works. Anything that’s good will have a verifiable track record and following. Be careful for scams and scum. Con artists love people who are hurting.

  • Mike In MI

    I almost forgot – not Alzheimerish yet,

    A great place I’ve found to trust for great nutrition information, health tips, advisors and products is http://www.lef.org -that’s Life Exension Foundation. They can hook you up with Integrative MD’s who know and can do both the natural and traditional medical stuff. It’s a wonderful outfit you can be proud to be part of.

    Good health to you, and all – except libs. There’s not much help for them. Studies show that generally libs are sicker and die younger than normal people. When your thinking is at odds with the principles that run the Universe it seems to turn health upside down and inside out. Unbelief is sand in the machinery of the universe – and life. That’s why they won’t be included in God’s next plans for HIS Creation.

    Unbelief is grit between His teeth. The first thing in Proverbs God shows He is against is a gang of people who want to throw their wealth in the same bag and everybody draws from the same pool. He classifies them as a bunch of theives and murderers, says avoid them at all costs

  • Dave and Judy

    No disrespect towards Senator McCain, but why not retire and enjoy life. You aren’t getting any younger and besides, when the Clown in the White House gets done with his “charade of B.S.”, why would anyone want the headache to try and fix the mess.

    And we thought young George Bush was a foul ball.

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