The latest Democratic candidate debate was held yesterday in NH. One of the most profound quotes came from Joe Biden when he said, “You need 67 votes to end this war.” Chew on that for a second. All it takes is 67 people to end US involvement in this mess, to bring our citizens home, out of harm’s way, and stop killing innocent Iraqis. I can walk down the street and find that many people with the corresponding sentiment.
Hillary toed the line on every issue, as usual, trying not to let the vitriole eat them from the inside out. It’s great that she is trying to keep everyone together, but in doing so she sidesteps making unpopular decisions at every turn.
John Edwards stood out as a hero of the masses, or at least a champion of my own beliefs. On the war of terror he put it succinctly, “But what this global war on terror bumper sticker — political slogan, that’s all it is, it’s all it’s ever been — was intended to do was for George Bush to use it to justify everything he does. The ongoing war in Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, spying on Americans, torture, none of those things are okay. They are not the United States of America.” Nice. Then on the subject of health care, it is clear that he has the most feasible plan to insure the most people for the least amount of money (rolling back tax cuts for those who net >200K) among the three front runners. But Kucinich brought up a very important point. He noted that, “What Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, Senator Obama are talking about, they’re talking about letting the insurance companies stay in charge. They’re talking about continuing a for-profit health care system.” And that is exactly why US health care is so decrepid. Evidently Kucinich and Conyers can fix it all with HR 676. I’ll have to give it a read.
Obama utterly falls flat on health care, letting his blue blood show through. He says, “Everybody who wants it can buy it and it’s affordable. If we have some gaps remaining, we will work on that.” Huh? Sounds a bit ‘let them eat cake-ish’ to me.
My overall impression is that all of the candidates are seriously out of touch with the realities of making less than $10 million a year.
oh, and Paris Hilton is a jail-bird.