By now, all americans have heard refrences made to John Kerry's senate voting record. How he will sometimes flip/flop on issues. While I understand a person can change their views over the course of time, how does that action effect his credibility?
For example, at the end of the Cold War, Kerry advocated scaling back the CIA, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he complained about a lack of intelligence capability.
In the 1980s, he opposed the death penalty for terrorists who killed Americans abroad, but he now supports the death penalty for terrorist acts.
In the 1990s, he joined with Republican colleagues to sponsor proposals to end tenure for public schoolteachers and allow direct grants to religion-based charities, measures that many Democratic groups opposed. In 1997, he voted to require elderly people with higher incomes to pay a larger share of Medicare premiums.
Mr. Kerry has a long voting record, especially throughout the 1990s that led up to the terrorist attacks, of voting to cut defense spending, including weapons systems critical to our victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. His record also includes a lot of votes to cut the U.S. intelligence budget and to further hamstring the CIA's resources........ As he prepared to run for president, Mr. Kerry voted for the war resolution giving President Bush the authority to topple Saddam's terrorist regime, then proceeded to question the wisdom of his vote and what he called Mr. Bush's "rush to war."
Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, said Mr. Kerry's "ambivalence" about the war sent a troubling message of uncertainty, weakness and doubt the American people would reject in November.
It was a new twist in the annals of flip-flops. A Boston Globe pundit said Mr. Kerry was telling the voters that while he voted against the first Iraq war, he actually supported it, and that he voted for the second war when he really opposed it.
Is there more? Is Kerry one of those guys that tries to vote the popular vote at the time so that he will look good? I don't think so, but his voting record does worry me some. His defense spending bill voting record has me a little concerned. I went through the service in a time when people in the service were very poor, and funding was slashed, the missions and retention showed it. I hope it does not happen again.