Monday, February 25, 2008

Twelve Issues that distinguish Ralph Nader from Hillary and Obama

Ralph Nader has just announced his candidacy for the US presidency (see here). Nader says that the following twelve issues are "off the table" for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but top his own agenda:
  1. Adopt single payer national health insurance
  2. Cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget
  3. No to nuclear power, solar energy first
  4. Aggressive crackdown on corporate crime and corporate welfare
  5. Open up the Presidential debates
  6. Adopt a carbon pollution tax
  7. Reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East
  8. Impeach Bush/Cheney
  9. Repeal the Taft-Hartley anti-union law
  10. Adopt a Wall Street securities speculation tax
  11. Put an end to ballot access obstructionism
  12. Work to end corporate personhood*
Nader knows his issues. As a consumer advocate, he has an outstanding legislative track-record. In terms of "experience," proven leadership ability, and legislative achievements, no other candidate for running president is even in the same league as Nader.
* What, you may be asking, is Nader's beef in #12 with "corporate personhood"? This -- one of the most important issues of out times -- is clearly explained by the award winning documentary, The Corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power (full length video here, Wikipedia article here, movie website here, Amazon book review here).

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