Tuesday, March 22, 2005


On 7/9/4 I spent a bit of time viewing the web sites of Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards thinking I would be able to compare the issues as each candidate addresses them. Running a comparison of the lead points from each of the seven items that are comparable:

The Economy:
Bush: “The economy is strong and getting stronger.”
Kerry: “(my) priority will be middle class families who are working hard to cover the mortgage, pay the high cost of health care, child care and tuition, or just trying to get ahead.”
Opinion: Too many jobs have moved overseas. Real wages have dropped. Tax breaks for corporations to build and produce overseas are outrageous.

Bush: “has taken bold steps to tear down the barriers that separate the poor from effective programs.”
Kerry: “will fight to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so that we can invest in education and health care.”
Opinion: “Compassion” is a fluff term used to lull Christian and other good people into thinking that many programs previously funded by the government are better off being funded by Christian and other good peoples’ groups. I say let the government do public policy good work taking money from everybody via taxation already in place and let various groups do good with their own money as they see fit.

Health Care:
Bush: “believes that all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care.”
Kerry: “believes that your family’s health is just as important as any politician’s in Washington. That’s why he will give every American access to the health care plan that the President and Members of Congress already have.
Opinion: The health care costs for my family, which I am fortunate to be able to afford, begin with insurance that costs in excess of $9000.00 per year. Insurance companies pay, on average according to my bills, 40-70% less for many prescriptions and services than do people that can’t afford insurance. This is one of the great rip-offs of the American people.

Bush: “submitted his framework for education reform, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), three days after taking office and secured overwhelming bipartisan support less than a year later.”
Kerry: “believes that we need to invest in our schools instead of giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.
Opinion: The No Child Left Behind initiative has been left behind in the funding debacle. It is a great policy on paper that has been shortchanged so as to be ineffective. We are rightly building schools in Iraq. After all, we destroyed many of them and it is only proper to replace them. Lack of funding is weakening most of our public schools; we are among the least learned of the industrialized world. We need GREAT schools.

Homeland Security/ National Security:
Bush: “The President’s most important job is to protect and defend the American homeland.”
Kerry: “The most basic responsibility of government is to provide for the common defense.”
Opinion: I agree with Senator Kerry’s use of the term “basic”. Of course we must protect ourselves, it should be a given, but greater things must be expected. I see the propagation of war and continual inciting of fear in the citizenry by the current administration as a ploy to keep us from the issues they don’t want us to consider. I point to the fact that the Bush team used two of their seven tabs for basically the same topic as proof of this statement.

Bush: “When the government and landowners and conservationists and others work together, we can make dramatic progress in preserving the beauty and quality of our environment.”
Kerry: “has turned a spotlight on the Bush Administration’s rollbacks of our hard-won environmental gains and their outdated, old-economy notions that our environment must be sacrificed in the name of short-term profit.
Opinion: I think it fair to say that President Bush has never looked at an oil well and not thought it one of the most beautiful, profitable, amazing machines he has ever laid eyes on.

Now, is it easier to be the incumbent, or the opposition? Many would say the incumbent has the advantage by being in control of current policy and the daily media events. Some would say the opponent has an advantage by being able to promise more than is deliverable. I say both are true but ask: Do you see much good from the last four years and do you have hope for the next four?

In Matthew 23:11-12 Jesus says: “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” When I watch the two candidates and think of their personal histories, I most definitely see one that is humble and one that thinks very highly of himself. I certainly see one that has done a life of service and made some mistakes he admits to, while the other hides much of his personal story. I ask you to consider this in your own way.


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