Electoral Politics

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"New Tax Ideas from John Kerry"

Juriaan Bendien

Sitting here in wintry Amsterdam, it looks to me the US tweedle-dee
tweedle-dum elections are really about nothing very much yet, the main
reason being that the federal government is heavily in the hock, and really
cannot deliver very much to voters, except through a radical restructuring
of federal operations, but this is a politically highly charged issue, which
cannot really be tackled before the votes are cast.


This is the problem of politics in the age of futures economics: you have to
build confidence in what you will do in the future, before you can even know
what you will have to do in the future This helps explain the political
commercials trying to convince voters that the election is really about
something else instead, such as terrorism possibilities which might or could
exist.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Kerry vs. Kerry-Lite
Stephen Gowans

Some advice to politically Left Americans. Most of you will cast a vote for John Kerry in November. There's not much doubt about it. And the reason you'll be backing Kerry is (a) you assume nothing could be worse than Bush, (b) the Democrats must be marginally better, because.well, because they're Democrats, (c) pressuring elites doesn't seem to be working and you can't think of anything else to do to stop "Bush's" drive to war, and (d) all those people who keep warning you about lesser evilism, can't seem to come up with anything better. So Kerry's your man. Oh sure, some of you admire Kucinich. Others even think well of Nader. But you know Kerry's going to be your go-to-guy come November.

mobiustrip44 writes:

"Homage to Castilla: 'Appeasement' in Spain"
Julian Sanchez, Reason Magazine


The bodies were barely cold from the attacks of "11-M" in Madrid, the ballots from Sunday's national election barely counted, but American pundits were already competing furiously to heap insult upon injury. The unexpected victory of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) over the more conservative Partido Popular (PP), which had backed the war in Iraq, was widely and roundly denounced as a clear case of capitulation to terror.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Noam Chomsky, "Kerry Over Nader"

Matthew Tempest, Guardian

[Excerpts from an interview published on March 16, 2004.]

On Iraq

There's a lot of focus on the American death toll but personally I think that's partly propaganda exaggeration. Polls have demonstrated time and time again that Americans are willing to accept a high death toll -- although they don't like it, they're willing to accept it -- if they think it's a just cause.

"Iraq on the Record" Database

Prepared by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Iraq on the Record

On March 19, 2003, U.S. forces began military operations in Iraq. Addressing the nation about the purpose of the war on the day the bombing began, President Bush stated: "The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder."

Bush II has 187 "Rangers" who have raised at least $200,000 for his
campaign. I think it would be nice to target some of these rich henchmen for Bush
with protests at their businesses or homes. Some of them might be boring
targets, but others are probably CEOs of union busting, environment
destroying corporations.


This website has actually done some of the hard research work for us: www.whitehouseforsale.org
There are 31 Rangers and Pioneers for 2004 listed for NY state. People
like Alfonse D'Amato (former senator), George H. Walker IV (Goldman
Sachs), and Ivan Seidenberg (Verizon).

"Kerry's Foreign Policy Record Suggests Few Differences with Bush"

Stephen Zunes, www.dissidentvoice.org

Those who had hoped that a possible defeat of President George W.
Bush in November would mean real changes in U.S. foreign policy have
little to be hopeful about now that Massachusetts Senator John Kerry
has effectively captured the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Kerry's Foreign Policy Record Suggests Few Differences with Bush"

Stephen Zunes, www.dissidentvoice.org

Those who had hoped that a possible defeat of President George W.
Bush in November would mean real changes in U.S. foreign policy have
little to be hopeful about now that Massachusetts Senator John Kerry
has effectively captured the Democratic presidential nomination.

"A War Against the Elites:

The America That Will Vote for Bush"

Tom Frank, Le Monde Diplomatique, Feb 2004

The US is currently going through the peculiar process of deciding which
Democratic presidential candidate will stand against George Bush in
November. The aversion to Bush, at home and abroad, makes us forget how many
people support this spokesman for another America sure of its superiority
and its values.

"Bush or Kerry? No Difference"

John Pilger, New Statesman, 8th March 2004

The man who, after Super Tuesday, is all but certain to become the Democrats' candidate for president is as dedicated as any Republican to the American empire.


A myth equal to the fable of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the "anyone but Bush" movement becomes a liberal cause celebre.

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