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Kungfoolss
19th March 04, 05:02 PM
I believe this pretty much says it all about Senator Flip-flop's view on National Security -

http://home.earthlink.net/~johnkerry2004/JohnKerry09172203-1.jpg

Senator Kerry Voted Against B-1 Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against B-2 Stealth Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against F-14. (H. R. 5803, CQ Vote #319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against F-15. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against F-16. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against AV-8B Harrier Vertical Takeoff And Landing Jet Fighters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nayy)

Senator Kerry Voted Against AH-64 Apache Helicopters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against Patriot Missiles. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against Aegis Air Defense Cruiser. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against Trident Missile System For U.S. Submarines. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against M-1 Abrams Tanks. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against Bradley Fighting Vehicle. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Senator Kerry Voted Against Tomahawk Cruise Missile. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

http://www.gop.com/RNCResearch/Read.aspx?ID=3941

http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/08/06/gore.bush.01/link.john.kerry.ap.jpg

In 1991 Kerry voted to cut defense spending by 2 percent. Only 21 other senators voted with Kerry, and the defense cut was defeated.

In 1991, Kerry voted to cut over $3 billion from defense and shift the funds to social programs. Only 27 senators joined Kerry in voting for the defense cut.

In 1992, Kerry voted to cut $6 billion from defense. Republicans and Democrats alike successfully blocked this attempt to cut defense spending.

In 1993, Kerry voted against increased defense spending for a military pay raise.

In 1993, Kerry introduced a plan to cut the number Of Navy submarines and their crews; reduce tactical fighter wings in the Air Force; terminate the Navy’s coastal mine-hunting ship program; force the retirement of 60,000 members of the armed forces in one year; and reduce the number of light infantry units in the Army down to one. The plan was DOA.

In 1995, Kerry voted to freeze defense spending for seven years, cutting over $34 billion from defense. Only 27 other senators voted with Kerry.

In 1996, Kerry introduced a bill to cut Defense Department funding by $6.5 billion. Kerry’s bill had no co-sponsors and never came to a floor vote.

In 1996, Kerry voted yes on a fiscal 1996 budget resolution – a defense freeze that would have frozen defense spending for the next seven years and transferred the $34.8 billion in savings to education and job training. The resolution was rejected 28-71.

Kerry on the Record: Defense
Dave Eberhart, NewsMax.com Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/2/16/132851.shtml

CaptShady
19th March 04, 05:07 PM
If you weren't such an ass, I'd be happy you posted this.

kismasher
19th March 04, 05:35 PM
lol

nihilist
19th March 04, 07:35 PM
JFK has no integrity whatsoever.

punchingdummy
19th March 04, 09:51 PM
I'd much rather see fact patterns such as this over the opinion pieces that others insist insist on posting. The biggest thing Kerry has going for him is that he isn't Bush. Sadly, that may be enough to win...but it's going to be an uphill fight for the dems this fall.

I also wonder how many OTHER votes Kerry made were omitted from the list???

The Wastrel
20th March 04, 10:32 AM
On one hand, it's refreshing to see people posting falsifiable evidence. On the other, has everyone forgotten the "peace dividend"? Let me remind you:


After completing 20 planes for which we have begun procurement, we will shut down further production of the B-2 bomber. We will cancel the small ICBM program. We will cease production of new warheads for our sea-based ballistic missiles. We will stop all new production of the Peacekeeper [MX] missile. And we will not purchase any more advanced cruise missiles. … The reductions I have approved will save us an additional $50 billion over the next five years. By 1997 we will have cut defense by 30 percent since I took office.

Who do you think that is?

In any case, the defense decisions here are misleading. All of these line items actually represent a handful of entire bills. And for each of those we can bet that these weapon systems weren't the entire bills. No one specifically votes "against" the M1 Abrams. And bills are often considered alongside alternatives. It would be interesting to see if there was an attempt by the opposition to craft an alternative, and what that was.

The vote that troubles me the most was his vote against the 1991 Gulf War. Which is evidence to me of the pathology of the anti-war left, dead-set against any war, no matter how necessary.

punchingdummy
20th March 04, 11:22 AM
Regardless of the context, this is the type of thing which becomes difficult to defend against in a presidential election. There may be a compelling explanation, but it's tough to sell in a ten second sound bite. It is great fuel for the spin doctors fire.

The Wastrel
20th March 04, 03:17 PM
Indeed, at the same time it's extremely disingenuous for thinking people to pretend that 1991 was 2004. People thought the end of the Cold War was a momentous occasion presaging lasting peace.

The other thing I have to mention is that you can't vote against the F-14/F-15/F-16 in 1991.

MaverickZ
20th March 04, 03:25 PM
yeah that f-14 bit threw me off, i mean, it was introduced initially like in the 70's.

punchingdummy
20th March 04, 05:27 PM
This airframes are continually undergoing modifications and upgrades, and I would imagine many of them are large enough to require formal appropriations. It is quite conceivable that many of these votes are legit (however, I do not know that as fact).

The Wastrel
20th March 04, 05:30 PM
Of course, I recognize that these may be appropriations bills for modifications or acquisitions or what have you. But clearly they have been written the way they are to put a minor spin on the votes themselves.

If a Republican votes against increased funding for public schools, I for one will not go around claiming that they are voting against children.

Although many will. Durnit.

punchingdummy
20th March 04, 05:35 PM
I'm more intrigued by the bills which Kerry introduced.