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Kerry Urges Bush to Seek U.N. Support in Iraq
New News On Kerry
A nation of scared sheep
Why don't Americans care that Bush may have lied to them about Iraq? The answer lies deep in our reptilian brains.
By Louise Witt
July 9, 2003 | The deep, almost spiritual conflict between honesty and lying is ingrained in our national psyche. Who doesn't remember as a schoolchild hearing the tale about George Washington father's discovering the young boy next to a felled cherry tree? When asked who had cut the tree, George is said to have replied, "I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet." As it turns out, that story was a lie concocted by an early 19th century biographer to embellish Washington's rather staid character.
But the story illustrates Americans' paradoxical approach to lies. Certainly most humans hold complicated and deep-seated views on deceit and candor; Americans, however, seem to have an especially bipolar one. At times, they assume a puritanical, absolutist stance on telling falsehoods: It is bad. Other times, they're far more lenient: It's acceptable. This conflict is evident today when we look at how the Bush administration hyped, or maybe even fabricated, its case for the immediate need to invade Iraq or how it exaggerated the benefits of the massive tax cuts. On the one hand, Americans put a premium on honesty and forthrightness; on the other, they appear willing to forgive Bush's exaggerations and hype and the convoluted excuses his administration has offered in the aftermath of war. At one point -- in response to those who questioned the administration's assertions about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction -- Bush accused his critics of indulging in "revisionist history."
It's ironic that this is the very same populace that a few years ago was glued to its TV sets as Congress impeached then-President Bill Clinton for fibbing about his sexual dalliances with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was vilified, even though his lie was one many men caught in a similar position wouldn't have thought twice about committing. (In fact, some of his most vituperative opponents, including Newt Gingrich, hid their own sexual affairs.) Eventually, Americans wearied of the drawn-out impeachment process, and the Senate acquitted Clinton. Still, many thought -- and still think -- that his lie undermined the integrity of the presidency. A more recent example is Martha Stewart. Many Americans believe Stewart should be punished for allegedly lying about the sale of roughly ,000 in ImClone stock.
Why is it that Americans have given Bush a pass on his seemingly misleading and trumped-up evidence about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, when they pilloried Clinton and Stewart for far less devastating transgressions? The answer may be simple: It's human nature. We're hard-wired to forgive some lies more than others.
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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2003
JOHN KERRY ANNOUNCES THAT HE WILL HOLD SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS ON THE ECONOMY
Sets Goal to Restore the 2.7 Million Jobs Lost in the Bush Economy in the First 500 Days of His Presidency
Today in Conway, NH John Kerry announced that he is going to hold a series of discussions over the next several weeks on the economy, including diners, union halls, living rooms and places of employment. Kerry said he use these meetings as an opportunity to listen to ideas from workers around the country and to develop a comprehensive plan to restore the economy and create new jobs. He also announced a new goal to restore the more than two million jobs lost in the Bush economy in the first 500 days of his Presidency. Kerry outlined a series of issues his economic plan will focus on including:
Expanding Efforts to Train and Retrain Workers. A highly trained workforce is a vital resource and the only real economic advantage American can have in a fast moving international economy. John Kerry believes that we need to make it easier to for workers to get the training they need with tax credits and loan programs and we need to assure that our large corporations are doing their part to invest in their workers.
Ending Policies That Starve States and Cause Them to Layoff Workers and Raise Taxes. States are struggling under the worst fiscal crisis in decades and are facing a cumulative budget gap of billion next year. New York State alone is facing a billion shortfall next year. Across the country critical education and health programs have been slashed, workers have been laid off and taxes have been raised in order to balance state budgets. John Kerry has made it a priority to get fiscal help to the states and was a champion of the recent effort to provide New York State with .2 billion in immediate relief, which he believes is just a down payment on further relief.
Make Investments in Homeland Security, Infrastructure, and Transportation. Kerry also believes that improvements in infrastructure are long overdue. It's how you create jobs. It's how you move products. It's how you make our cities work. This includes building high-speed rail where it makes sense, which can create jobs, reduce traffic and help people and products get where they need to go.
Replacing the Current Hodgepodge of College Savings Programs and Tax Credits with a Financing Plan that Means Every Student Can Afford to Go to College. American cannot get the skills they need in a 21st century economy in an education system that was based on the American economy at the start if World War II. The current patchwork of tax credits and grant programs to help pay for some of college expenses should be replaced by a comprehensive plan to make four years of college affordable for all.
Assuring That Every Worker Gets the Unemployment Insurance They Deserve. Nearly nine million workers are currently unemployed. John Kerry believes that providing unemployment benefits to all Americans who have lost their job is the right thing to do for workers and for America's economy. Unlike President Bush, Kerry also believes that the over one million workers who have already exhausted their unemployment benefits without finding a job should get relief. These workers, including 103,000 in New York State, are not eligible for President Bush's unemployment insurance extension, even though they would have been eligible during every other recession in the last 40 years. These workers are growing desperate because jobs are simply not available and they are especially likely to have fallen into poverty and into debt.
Helping Employer and Employees Alike By Stopping the Spiraling Health Care Costs. Health care costs are increasing by double digits making it hard for employees and employers alike to afford health care. In fact, in some small businesses health care premiums are rising 20 times higher than wages. John Kerry has a comprehensive plan to stop spiraling health care costs that are strangling small businesses and making it hard for families to make ends meet. This includes allowing small businesses to buy into the same plan their member of Congress gets today, closing loopholes and unfair financial incentives that keep the cost of prescription drugs high, and cutting paperwork and reducing errors that saves costs.
Helping America's Small Businesses Become an Engine of Growth to Create New Jobs. John Kerry believes that small business can help create jobs and help revitalize the economy. He supports incentives to help businesses invest, expand, and create jobs. For example, he supports addressing the capital funding gap for those fast-growing small businesses by allowing them to defer tax liability if the funds are reinvested in the business. An independent economic analysis shows that this tax change alone would create more than 600,000 jobs in the first three years by facilitating business growth. He also supports a temporary job creation tax credit for employers who hire new employees or increase existing salaries.
Bolstering Parts of the Country Particularly Hard Hit By the Bush Economy. Senator Kerry knows that particular parts of the country have been hit particularly hard, and will need special, focused attention: farm states, our inner cities, and smaller cities that were heavily dependent on manufacturing. Part of the goal of Kerry's town hall meetings on the economy is to hear these concerns and develop responses to them. For example, he has supported a tax credit for wages of up to ,000 per employee, available to businesses that locate in communities experiencing population loss and low job growth rates similar to that of upstate New York.
Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil and Creating New Jobs With a Bold New Energy Policy. John Kerry believes that by promoting alternative sources of energy and developing smarter ways to use energy we can create thousands of well-paying new jobs in research, technology and manufacturing sectors. By reducing our dependence on foreign oil, our economy will also be less vulnerable to supply interruptions and price instability.
Ending the Fiscal Recklessness of the Bush Administration. This Administration has the worst economic record of any modern President. No President since World War II has seen job losses during his tenure, but President Bush is poised to be the first. Under his stewardship, there have been more than 75,000 jobs lost per month. The economy grew at a rate of 0.3 percent in 2001 and 2.4 percent in 2002 -- the worst two years of economic growth since 1990-91. Yet this President's answer has been the same: cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and run up the deficit to starve the government. John Kerry believes we need to restore fiscal discipline and focus tax cuts on middle class Americans.
Cutting Reckless Government Spending and Closing Corporate Loopholes. John Kerry believes that we should start restoring fiscal discipline and our economy by cutting corporate welfare and closing corporate loopholes that allow large companies to avoid paying taxes. He also supports Senator McCain's idea to have a bipartisan commission to review and get rid of wasteful spending.
Howard Dean vs John Kerry: Part II
More Specifics on Why Independents should Choose John Kerry over Howard Dean to Beat Bush
Opinion by Jim Witkins
A number of people who read my previous article, Why John Kerry is the only Democratic Candidate who can Beat Bush in 2004, wrote to me asking for more specifics. Prove it they said. (Apparently my unsubstantiated opinion wasn't enough to persuade them fully. I admire that though, so I decided I'd take a stab at it.) Here's what I came up with:
1. Security Concerns: I believe John Kerry appeals to a wider audience, especially those who might consider themselves centrists, or independent, yet are worried about the war on terror and homeland security. Kerry has served on the Foreign Relations Committee for many years, is the only democratic candidate to have served in the military, and advocates for a strong US military in conjunction with a foreign policy that works multilaterally with our partners and allies. He is the only candidate who can go toe to toe with Bush on this issue. Dean has no experience in foreign policy or the US military. Bush will make this his number one issue in the campaign. History reminds us: McGovern was capable, but marginalized as pointy headed and soft. He was trounced in '72.
2. Fulfilling Campaign Promises: The next president must be an insider, experienced in legislation, NOT the outsider Dean represents. Usually I've been gung-ho for those types in years past; but these are not the times. The Bush Administration has dismantled our civil liberties and environmental protections, made a mockery out of international law with its ad hock pre-emptive strike doctrine, and pushed our social / economic progress backwards. It will take an experienced legislator to get repairs underway. I trust Kerry can accomplish his campaign promises with the support of his party and independent minded centrists in the Republican Party who have worked with him in the past, like his close friend John McCain.
3. The Vision Thing: John Kerry has the right priorities to boost our economy here at home and win back friends around the world.
Domestically, he has proposed improving affordable health care for all Americans. He supports tax cuts and incentives that will benefit working parents who need to be retrained to find a new job. He'll seek government funding to create jobs and renew our cities and towns by rebuilding or modernizing infrastructure like highways and schools. He has a forward-looking domestic energy policy, which would wean us off dependence on foreign oil while creating jobs and new opportunities for American companies. From his position as the ranking member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee he has always championed small businesses and American ingenuity. His National Service program is a bold new initiative, which would enlist people from all generations and ask them to work in their communities as tutors or other meaningful roles. In return they can earn college tuition credits for themselves or someone they designate.
On the world stage, John is poised to use his foreign policy expertise to rebuild our strained friendships with allies and partners around the globe. In his book, The New War, John insightfully outlined the threats facing America's security three years before the awful events of 9 / 11. He understood then the risks from terrorism and WMD's, and he understands now, more than ever, how important it is for America to step up and be a leader by example, rather than merely by force. World wide threats demand world wide cooperation. John Kerry will work to make us a more secure country, by promoting a multilateral foreign policy that starts by changing the image of America around the world. Like his National Service program for America, John also envisions growing the Peace Corp to nearly 5 times its current size. John sees ordinary American citizens as the best and brightest Ambassadors around the globe.
4. Personality Test: Kerry is distinguished, elegant, thoughtful, and witty. He'll put up a fight if challenged. He's not a fireball who gives sermons and raises his voice, but rather a leader who makes his point in a calm civilized manor. He believes in his mission for America as passionately as anyone, though.
John Kerry has a long compelling record in the national spotlight fighting for what he believes in. It is my hope that readers of this article will believe in him enough to investigate further and perhaps come to their own conclusion that, yes, electing John Kerry President is a fight worth joining.
Jim Witkins is founder of Independents For Kerry, a grassroots organization for independent voters which promotes Senator John Kerry for President of the United States in 2004.
For more information on John Kerry visit: www.johnkerry.com
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Kerry on Bush
Monday July 28, 2003
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry urged the Bush administration on Monday to seek U.N. support in stabilizing Iraq and questioned if "false pride" was delaying the move. Kerry, a Massachusetts senator who is one of nine Democrats vying to challenge President Bush in 2004, told reporters the help of other nations was crucial in helping stabilize post-war Iraq. He said "my blood boiled over" when he read in the New York Times on Saturday that some in the Bush administration might consider it humiliating to go to the United Nations for help after bypassing the world body before going to war in Iraq. "You don't make a decision about protecting your own troops and winning your objectives based on false pride," he said in a conference call with reporters. Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said half of the names of the dead enshrined on the Vietnam war memorial in Washington stem "from the time that that kind of pride began to cloud the decisions in Vietnam." The Bush administration has reacted coolly to suggestions that a new U.N. resolution could make it easier for nations to help Washington stabilize Iraq through troops or other means, saying existing resolutions give the U.N. cover to any country that wants to join the effort in Iraq. Russia and other countries have suggested a new U.N. resolution might make countries more disposed to help. Kerry said international help was crucial with American deaths continuing and the costs of policing the country mounting. "Lives are at stake," he said. "We need to internationalize this and we need to do it now, we need to do it openly and we need to do it in order to defuse the sense of occupation and protect the troops." Kerry, who supported a resolution giving Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq, has been critical of the administration's failure to gain wider international backing for the war effort.
John Kerry Calls on Bush to Put National Security First, Break Stranglehold of Foreign Oil
Tuesday July 29, 2003
In remarks he will deliver today in Boone, Iowa John Kerry said, "Today President Bush has a meeting with the Saudi Arabian foreign minister that has enormous implications for our national security and the future of the region. Americans deserve to know the truth about the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The President should declassify these sections of the 9-11 Congressional report and get straight with the American people about the steps we need to take to prevent future terrorist attacks.
"President Bush needs to face the truth that we have to break the stranglehold of foreign oil by moving towards energy independence and creating jobs here at home. No American President should ever have to put our national security second because of our dependence on foreign oil in the Middle East. Energy independence is critical to the long-term national security of the United States."
Kerry will also call on the Bush Administration to act on the recommendations of the 9-11 Congressional report, "I call on President Bush to immediately implement the 9/11 Report's recommendations, taking action to streamline intelligence, close the preparedness gap in this country and protect us from future terrorist attacks."
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