In the second debate between Senator Burns and Jon Tester, Montana voters were shown what they might have expected: a series of misleading platitudes and outright misrepresentations by the Senator, whose “folksy charm” nearly killed this English teacher.
Burns on Iraq
Burns claimed: “I don’t support staying the course…this (Iraq) is the central point of the war on terrorism…We must win…that is the solution.”
- That’s certainly not the position he seemed to take in the last debate, a position the Missoulian described as “But if troops stay the course, as they have in, say, South Korea,then the world can one day expect stability in the region.” And it’s not what he said on Memorial Day, according to his own campaign web site, where he said “We are fighting a faceless, rogue enemy whose only goal is to destroy our nation. We must stay the course, advancing our cause…”
That’s not what Senator Burns said in the last debate, where he said, “But if troops stay the course, as they have in, say, South Korea,then the world can one day expect stability in the region.”Interesting how Burns’ talking points change with those of the President. No change in substance, certainly.
- Burns may be right to claim that Iraq is the central focus of terrorism, but that wasn’t the case before the invasion. The Senate’s own report makes it clear that there was no connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq, and in fact, that the two were at odds.
- Winning is not a strategy. It’s a goal.
Burns on North Korea and Iran
Burns claimed: “We’re talking, they’re listening.” “We’ve got ongoing talks through Red China. Those talks are moving forward.”
- That would be wrong. Six nation talks broke down in late 2005, and have been stalled since November.
- Since Bush’s “Axis of Evil Speech”, North Korea is thought to have developed as many as six nuclear weapons.
Burns on Energy Policy
Burns claimed: 2) “We negotiated two big tracts, the Otter Creek tract.”
3) “Our focus now should be working on policies to produce our renewables and our alternatives.”
- George Ochenski pretty thouroughly debunks Burns’ claims about the Otter Creek development, which disproportiontely benefited a missing Burns campaign advisor.
- Burns keeps touting his work on renewables, and he keeps lying. The Energy Act of 2005 that Burns is so fond of mentioing gave huge tax breaks to oil and gas companies, allowed increased pollution, and failed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Burns on Health Care
“We have a bill in the Senate that’s passed the House called the Small Business Health Plans…We’ve even got a little bill up there that says we’d kinda like ta put a cap on malpractice that drives the cost of health insurance.”
- What Senator Burns doesn’t mention is that the proposed Small Business Health plans are opposed by groups including the AARP, American Cancer Society, and Ameircan Diabetes Assocation because they would strip the protections offered to worker by state insurance laws.
- AARP CEO Bill Novelli explains, “While it is a laudable goal to make health insurance more accessible and affordable for small businesses, the ‘Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act’ does so by giving these businesses an incentive to avoid hiring or retaining sicker or older workers.”
- “Ensuring access to cancer screenings and treatments is critical in the nation’s effort to reduce cancer deaths,” said John R. Seffrin, PhD, CEO of the American Cancer Society. “This bill would do more harm than good by undermining the critical work our volunteers and state legislators have done to ensure coverage for lifesaving mammograms, off-label prescription drugs and other benefits that help detect and treat cancer.”