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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-03 11:37 PM
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John Kerry Is A Big Chicken
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A corporate crime fighting chicken, that is!

Here is an excerpt from Kerry's economic speech. Let me know how it sounds compared to Ralph Nader's speeches in 2000.


"(We need) to create jobs now and spark economic growth. But we also need to rebuild trust between investors and corporations. We need to encourage Americans to have confidence in the markets.

Unfortunately, while this President talks tough on corporate accountability - his administration has worked tirelessly to undermine reform and sabotage any meaningful oversight of the accounting industry. They even tried to cut next years budget for the SEC by $200 million - further weakening enforcement of corporate crimes.

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Frankly, we need a President whose approach to abuse is a little more like Teddy Roosevelt and a little less like Herbert Hoover when it comes to keeping an eye on corporate America. We need an SEC chairman who will put investors ahead of industry, an Accounting Oversight Board chairman who will make sure they correct the books, instead of cooking them, And we need to give the SEC the tools it needs to enforce the laws.

And just as we need to renew American confidence in the markets, we have to restore long-term confidence in our government with budget and tax reform. That means simplifying the tax code and making sure it puts the interests of all Americans ahead of the special interests. It means closing tax loopholes and cutting corporate welfare. And it means a long-term effort to keep our budget balanced - cutting wasteful spending so we can invest in economic programs that work.

And if were serious about fairness - and about holding the fabric of America together - we must eliminate unfair tax shelters and cut corporate welfare. This will not only save taxpayers money - it will put government back on the side of the people and allow us to focus on actually creating jobs.

Just think - offshore tax havens and shelters enable corporations and executives to evade an estimated $70 billion in taxes each year. How can anyone in this country suggest we have a fair system when companies can take $70 billion off the table? That undermines the very essence of our government.

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Its a system only companies like Enron could love. And did they ever. Enron held over 800 subsidiaries in countries with no taxes on income, profits, or capital gains -- 692 in the Cayman Islands alone. I believe in opening new markets and I want American companies to win. But I know we can distinguish between legitimate businesses and sham transactions. Assets in offshore entities have climbed from an estimated $200 billion in 1983, to an estimated $5 trillion today - and too many are brass plate addresses with a fax machine in an offshore tax haven.

What does that say to the vast majority of Americans who actually pay taxes? And the silence from this Administration speaks volumes! Theyve dragged their feet and fought every attempt to crack down on corporate loopholes. Its time we stood up and insisted on real reform and real tax fairness.

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We must also take a hard look at federal spending. We simply cant afford to keep wasting money on the wrong things.

It wont be easy. The special interests will stop at nothing to keep their special deals. Thats why Ive joined John McCain in calling for a Corporate Subsidy Reform Commission modeled after the military base-closing commission. A bipartisan group would recommend corporate subsidies to be eliminated and Congress would have to vote up or down on the entire package.

Its the only way to stop the games that go on in Washington. When I first came to the Senate, each year millions upon millions of dollars were lavished on a wool and mohair subsidy cooked up during WWI to make sure wed have plenty of wool and mohair for our soldiers uniforms. But even after we stopped making our uniforms out of wool and mohair, the subsidy continued. I came to the Senate floor again and again - finally we killed it. Or we thought we did. Last year it came back. This kind of wasteful, no-growth, special interest giveaway is alive and well -- again. But its just the tip of the iceberg.

We were presented a defense bill that gave away $250,000 to an Illinois firm to research caffeinated chewing gum; $750,000 for grasshopper research in Alaska; $250,000 for a lettuce geneticist in Salinas, California and $64,000 for urban pest research in Georgia. This is our defense budget?

By eliminating these expenditures would you balance the budget? No. But thats not the point. The point is that no politician can - with credibility - tell you hes fiscally responsible if he stays silent while these games are played. Is wasteful spending a tiny part of the budget? Yes. But its far more than most working people will ever see in their lives and invested in choices that do matter -- that do grow our economy -- it can make a world of difference.

Its a question of choices. The Fossil Energy Research and Development program spends more than $400 million on R&D for oil companies who can afford their own R&D- and even duplicates research theyre already engaged in. And for 130 years the Federal government has allowed companies to mine on publicly owned lands for free, in addition to letting them buy those lands way below market price -- $5 an acre or less. If we simply required small, fair royalties and eliminated the giveaway of public lands we could save another $519 million over 5 years."

Its time we made that our policy so we can invest in things that really matter.

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dajabr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 12:00 AM
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1. I just read your posts...
For the pictures. :-)
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whirlygigspin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 01:06 AM
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2. red rooster
but can he lay eggs?
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 01:10 AM
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3. Yeah, Me Too
The rest is just filler.

PS - Did you see the Gephardt/Skeletor images? It seems I have to crack myself up at least once before the night is through. Either that or it just gets late and I laugh at really stupid crap. Hmmm...
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 01:15 AM
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4. Just wait
If he wins the nomination he'll get to debate with Bush about foreign policy and the war in Iraq. Kerry's a war hero Bush is a draft dodger... While I don't think that's enough to convince me that his position on war is more credible than Bush's it'll sure be funny as hell.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 01:24 AM
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5. I Haven't Heard That In Awhile
But I guess some people still think Bush's position on war is credible.

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VoteClark Donating Member (775 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 01:54 AM
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6. What would be even more funny would be if
Edited on Wed Aug-13-03 01:54 AM by VoteClark
Bush had to debate Clark.

When they talked about their war records, well. . .

When they debate the budget Clark has already worked in the White House and balanced the budget, and he was about half the age of Bush

When they Debate National Security, Clark has 35 years of doing that.

When they debate the war, well, Clark has him beat there too.

When they debate leadership, well, Clark founded 'Leadership for America."

When they debate philosophy, well, Clark has a Masters' degree in this too.

When Bush debates in Spanish, Clark can debate in Spanish, and three other languages.

Then, when people are laughing at Bush, Clark can do a really good impersonation of Bush to touch off the ending.

Yeah, I would pay to see that. It should be put on Pay-Per-View, we could pay off the debt in California.


:kick:
J4Clark
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 06:52 AM
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7. gee, he sort of sounds...
...like a Democrat? How refreshing.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 07:08 AM
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8. He always has with a lifetime record closest to Wellstone's
and that's over 17 years.

The corporate media doesn't want to focus on anything about Kerry's record, because they have already chosen who they want for Bush.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 09:09 AM
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9. Any comment on this:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 09:20 AM
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10. Covered extensively last June.
Gee...those are some harsh charges. WOW.

Bring it on...the worst they throw at Kerry isn't close to what they can throw at most others.

btw....What's this I hear about Dean carrying water for his energy company donors? Is that why he supported Bush on Yucca Mt. and Sierra Blanca? Will he be getting strong endorsements from environmental groups?
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 09:32 AM
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11. The point is that no one is "clean."
Kerry isn't evil.
Nor is Dean.

Kerry isn't above reproach.
Neither is Dean.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 04:41 PM
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12. Point Taken
Hope others share your humanism.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 04:54 PM
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13. Not above reproach...
But, Kerry is ethically head and shoulders above 99% of all politicians. And he doesn't have ANY of his records of his time in government sealed and hidden from the public.

Hammer away, but, your hammer is more like a toothpick.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 04:58 PM
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14. Not To Bash Dean, But
What is the deal with him sealing his records. I haven't paid it too much attention, but I must admit I'm curious. Is it true? If it is, what reason does he give for doing it?
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-03 05:31 PM
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15. Many people do it, especially politicians...
but I agree that it will be painfully exploited by the media that he is hiding something major.

I really think it's just for peace of mind so that anything minor a la "I inveted the internet" couldn't be blown out of proportion and undermine the actual issues. But it is easy to distort the "he has sealed his files because he is evil baggage!" and I'm sure the media will have a field day.
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