Monday, April 14, 2008

McCain Supporters: Reject Altmire

In the 4th congressional district of Pennsylvania (north and west of Pittsburgh), perhaps the most important race in the country (aside from the presidential battle) is shaping up. It pits former congresswoman Melissa Hart against Rep. Jason Altmire.

Altmire seeks to portray himself as a "conservative" Democrat. However, he voted for the Iraq War timetable (after telling voters he would not do so). He also voted for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (after telling voters he was pro-life). And he opposes the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit (after telling seniors they had his undying love).

Recently, one of Altmire's minions challenged me on my statement that Altmire supports the largest tax increase in American history. The situation is this: the congressman backs Nancy Pelosi's and Charlie Rangel's effort to let the Bush tax cuts die in 2010. If that happens, it will re-impose the marriage penalty, reduce deductions for children, and bring back the "death tax," which means you'll still be paying taxes after your demise.

Of great significance, an end to the Bush tax cuts will raise the minimum tax category from 10% to 15%. In other words, it will hit hardest those least able to pay, essentially raising their tax bill by 50%.

Obviously, there are many reasons to oppose Jason Altmire. However, perhaps the most important consideration is the need John McCain will have for a supportive Congress.

Recently, Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama made comments denigrating the religious beliefs and "hunting culture" of Pennsylvanians. Essentially, Obama called the people of Pennsylvania a bunch of gun-toting, Bible-thumping rubes and bigots. We are not.

So far, Jason Altmire has made no statement criticizing Obama's statements. Senator McCain and Melissa Hart strongly disagree with Obama's offensive comments. Are we to take Altmire's silence as a sign that he agrees with Illinois Senator? Jason, in some cases "silence is golden," but in this case it's a sign of political cowardice.

If you're voting for McCain, it makes no sense to vote for Altmire. Why elect McCain and at the same time tie his hands behind his back? Why make it impossible for him to carry out the mandate he will get from American voters?

In other words, anyone who wants to support John McCain should avoid sending Altmire back to Congress. One of the best ways to stand with McCain is to cast a ballot for Melissa Hart. Please go to her web site to see how you can help.


Mike Usman said...

So, for having pointed out that you're simply lying to all the good people out there, you're calling me "one of Altmire's minions"?

I pointed out tp you that UPMC gave more money to Melissa in the last election. I showed you that the only tax bill Altmire voted on was middle-class tax relief. I gave you the references to show that Altmire is ranked as conservative as he is ranked liberal. I pointed out that Melissa Hart has a 100% anti-environment, anti-civil-rights, anti-public health and anti-senior voting record. I told you I don't work for Altmire. But you're not going to respond to any of those facts. As Stephen Colbert says, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

What happened to you, Dr. Maloney? I read your older stuff and you seemed to have well-reasoned and thoughtful material.
Now it's just pure hatred. How dare you call an elected offical a "loathsome creature"? I feel dirty for just having read through your website. I gotta go take a shower.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Some elected officials are loathsome creatures, and Jason Altmire happens to be one.

I hope you enjoyed your shower. Did you perchance take it with your boyfriend, Jason Altmire?

Mike Usman said...

"your boyfriend, Jason Altmire"???

Are you sure that an adult with a doctorate is administering this blog? My 13 year old is far more mature than that.

By the way, before Dr. Maloney had his prefrontal Limbaughtomy, he wrote the following on the "Gay Patriot" blog (9/10/07): "Today (Monday) on my blog I wrote a long — and hard-hitting — statement about the need for Republicans and Christians to welcome gays and lesbians and to support their efforts to gain equal treatment under the law. I apologize for the behavior of a segment of the evangelical community."

Can this be the same man who makes anti-gay slurs when someone tries to discuss political issues with him? How sad. How sick.