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angrydemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-02-05 09:25 PM
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John Kerry - Important Accomplishments
Important accomplishments of John Kerry that aren't mentioned very often and need need to be:

1)Fought to Help Victims Of Agent Orange - Beginning more than 15 years ago, John Kerry introduced legislation to assist veterans in receiving medical compensation after being exposed to a toxic chemical Agent Orange. John Kerry even testified before Congress to force the government to care for Vietnam veterans. John Kerry's bill, the Comprehensive Agent Orange Scientific Evidence Act, sought to require that the Veterans Administration (VA) look into the "health effects of exposure" to Agent Orange. John Kerry also voted to pass the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and the Veterans Agent Orange Exposure and Vietnam Service Benefits Act of 1989.

2)Fought for Affordable Housing - As a member of the Senate Housing Subcommittee, John Kerry has a long record of fighting for affordable housing. He shaped the first significant rewrite of the public housing program in over 20 years and worked to craft and pass a bill that helped save government billions of dollars in rental assistance payments, preserved thousands of affordable rental apartments, and helped finance the rehabilitation of those apartments. With Senator Jim Jeffords, Kerry sponsored the Affordable Housing Preservation Act to foster local partnerships between non-profits, state and local governments, and private landlords in order to keep existing housing projects available and affordable for low income tenants. He worked to create and implement the "mark-up to market" program and he co-authored the Affordable Housing for Seniors and Families Act of 2000.

3)Stood Up for America's Children - John Kerry wrote the bill that became the foundation for the 1997 State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which provided states with federal funding to help extend health insurance coverage to children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid. He introduced legislation to expand state and local early childhood development efforts, including education, child care and health care for children between birth and six years old. At the end of 2000, a version of this bipartisan legislation was signed into law. To address the needs of America's at-risk youth, John Kerry led the effort to establish the YouthBuild program, which provides young people with basic education toward a diploma and the skills training they need to get a good-paying job. YouthBuild also teaches leadership and civic engagement while providing students with adult mentors who help them overcome personal problems and participate in a supportive community with positive values.

4)Fought for America's Veterans - John Kerry has been a tireless champion of mandatory funding for veterans health care. He fought vigorously for full funding of VA health care and opposed the Bush administration's exclusion of Priority 8 veterans and its elimination of VA outreach efforts. He sought improved prescription drug benefits and authored legislation in 2003 to let veterans fill prescriptions written by non-VA doctors through the VA pharmacy. As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, John Kerry investigated the fate of missing American soldiers in Vietnam and brought about the resolution of this difficult issue for their families and for the governments of both countries. In 1994, he sponsored an amendment with Senator McCain that urged the American government to lift it's 25-year trade embargo with Vietnam. He then worked closely with Senator McCain and President Clinton to facilitate full normalization of trade and diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

5)Fought to Protect America's Environment - John Kerry has been described by the League of Conservation Voters as an "environmental champion." He introduced legislation to improve standards for clean air and establish a fund to finance emissions reductions. He secured millions of dollars in funding to clean America's waterways, harbors, and drinking water, worked to strengthen the Safe Drinking Water Act, and introduced legislation in 1996 to ensure "protection in the quality of water." He sponsored legislation that extended and strengthened laws protecting marine mammals from commercial fishing. He helped protect America's National Parks and National Forests from pollution, excessive logging, and over development while ensuring that endangered species are preserved for all Americans to experience. He has opposed opening the Artic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for over a decade, ensuring that future generations can experience this national treasure. He strongly advocated for U.S. participation in the Kyoto accords and other international environmental initiatives, and personally participated in many major world environmental summits, including conferences at Rio di Janeiro, Kyoto and the Hague.
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vinessa4freedom Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:56 AM
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1. Floaties for number 5
He's great for about a million reasons, but being a champion of the environment just makes me... :loveya:
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angrydemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 06:55 AM
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3. The Real President!
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vinessa4freedom Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:31 AM
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4. Don't even get me started on what the
crackpot who calls himself a president right now has done to the environment. It's almost like he has a personal vengeance against clean air. :mad:

We need John Kerry Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:02 AM
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2. There you are
Hi. :P
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 12:00 PM
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5. Kerry also investigated and exposed more government corruption than ANY
Edited on Sat Jan-15-05 12:00 PM by blm
lawmaker in modern history. IranContra and BCCI were the WORST crimes EVER committed against the Constitution by an administration, and both were engineered by Poppy Bush and being covered up today by his dictatortot son.

Kerry also helped bring an end to a few wars, Vietnam, Iran-Iraq (by ending the US sale of arms to both countries), and the illegal wars in Central America.
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vinessa4freedom Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 12:13 PM
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6. sorry. I had asked for Iran contra info but I think I found it n/t
Edited on Sat Jan-15-05 12:21 PM by vinessa4freedom
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angrydemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 03:12 AM
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9. Look In The Biograghy Thread
There is quite a bit of information on Iran Contra in there.
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vinessa4freedom Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 08:38 AM
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11. I remembered reading it...
But couldn't remember where. There is so much there! It's the JK library. Thank you! I went to B&N yesterday, but I couldn't find anything. I'll have to try online.
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angrydemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 03:07 AM
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8. This Man Has Done So Much
It is like writing a book. Just check out the biography thread at all the writing I have done for it. I haven't added anything to it lately but trust me there is alot in there if you want to read it. It has alot of imformation on his career. Iran Contra, BCCI, and Senate.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 09:10 AM
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12. He took a lot grief for it too!
I remember the criticism he got for it at home. "Senator to the World" indeed. When Gary Webb died last fall, a lot of that stuff on the drug-running got revisited. Kerry was so far ahed of everyone else on this. And he had to wear the tin-foil hat for it for awhile. Very courageous thing to do.

Short-hand version of Gary Webb at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/13/145...

No wonder the Rethugs hate this guy and did the nasty takedown last fall. He knows where a lot of their literal bodies are buried.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 12:36 PM
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7. Check this out, Also supports this
Edited on Sat Jan-15-05 12:37 PM by TayTay
http://www.apolloalliance.org /

This is a groundbreaking project that embraces a series of issues in one fell swoop. Dems are trying to reach across single-isse politics and embrace programs that effect a lot of different interests. The Apollo Alliance is one of those initiatives. Read this stuff, It's mind-blowingly great. This is why we ARE going to win in the future.

edit: still can't spel.

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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 04:55 AM
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10. What a great site.
Good links to articles, etc. I signed the petition and bookmarked for future reference. Put myself on their email list also. I'm in favor of anything that is environmentally friendly, and we have to get out of the oil business! Of course that would mean getting out of the *&Co business. Gee, what a shame! lol
Thanks for the link.
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vinessa4freedom Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 09:21 AM
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13. fab, fab, fab!
I actually think Matt's spent a great deal of time on that site (thinking about a career change to alternative energy). I bookmarked it for myself. That topic is one of my extra special endearments to JK--not only that he's working on it, but attacks bushco openly about it. I feel a floatie moment... :loveya:
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 09:56 AM
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14. this is sort of related--pac money
JK says he never takes PAC money: I was wandering aroung a "buy blue" site and happened upon a list of legislators who Time Warner has given PAC money to. Nope, Kerry was not on the list! But several were on it who surprised me: Feingold, Clinton, Schumer, Kennedy, and a lot of other popular dems. Makes ya wonder. They'd get amounts like $5,000 or so each. Hmmm. Sorry it was a pop-up window and not linkable, but the site is: www.projectbluechristmas.com/?
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 03:09 PM
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15. Yeah, I believe all his races have been that way
Good and bad. Last year there was talk of not having Kerry take the nomination at the convention because the Rethugs would have more time to spend primary money than Kerry would. Of course, the convention went on and all that. But the plan was to go dark in August to save General Election money. Everybody, including the Rethug bastards knew this. That's why the SBVT struck when they did. This is, I think, part of why the SBVT went on for so long with only MoveOn PAC responding. They didn't know what to do and how to spend the money.

I sometimes wonder if JK should have refused federal funds. On the one hand that would have been ironic. (He's always been for public funding of elections. It would have been ironic to have him be the guy who broke the fereral funding system.) On the other hand, boy were they at a disadvantage. Damn!
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:22 PM
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16. Thank YOU!
Right on! Blessings!
Not enough people know about no. 4? Seems like a giveaway...
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