One of the most common anti-Kerry arguments I've heard is that he hates the military and votes against new weapons programs. Every time I post information to the contrary, the conservative voices dissappear. So I want to know how you refute these facts: Kerry voted in the early 90's against 3 major programs - the trident thermonuclear weapon delivery system, the B-2 bomber thermonuclear weapon delivery system, and the missile defense shield. Kerry also voted in 1996 to cut $6.5 billion from defense in order to pay for, among other things, 100,000 new police officers in the US. However, since 1997, Kerry has been a regular supporter of military appropriations. On the other hand, the Bush administration cut $200 million from "Impact Aid", the program that helps children of military families get education. They also attempted to decrease imminent-danger pay from $225 to $150 a month. Furthermore, in his 2004 budget, President Bush decreased military construction spending by $1.5 billion. So what you have here are 2 candidates who both have tried to cut military spending at points during their careers. The difference is, Kerry wanted to cut it during a time of peace, and to use the money to hire police officers. Bush tried to cut pay for soldiers during a time of war, in order to lessen the damage done by his tax cut.