Matt Gonzalez Takes Biden & Palin to Task

Matt Gonzalez, Vice Presidential Candidate of the Nader/Gonzalez Presidential ticket and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisers, criticizes both Joe Biden and Sarah Palin for their performance last night in the Vice Presidential Debates. Gonzalez takes both of them to task on gay marriage, energy policies, and support for Israel.

Gonzalez also mentions the current financial meltdown, and traces the origins of the economic crisis to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, passed in 1999 by Bill Clinton. This legislation repealed portions of the (second) Glass-Steagall Act, which had been put in place during the Depression to provide oversight and regulate speculation.

Interestingly enough, Ralph Nader—Gonzalez’s running mate—-warned Congress about the implications of deregulation as early as 2000, and warned them again as recently as July 23, 2008 about an immanent crisis. His warnings were ignoned.

You can read a copy of Nader’s letter to Congress here.

Nader also wrote an article on July 2, 2008, about the destructive effects of deregulation, available here. I mention this second article because it notes a face every American–especially supporters of Obama and McCain—should know.

One of McCain’s chief economic advisers* is Phil Gramm, one of the masterminds behind the eponymous Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act mentioned earlier. And Obama’s chief financial advisers is Robert Rubin. Rubin, as Secretary of the Treasury and top adviser to the Clinton regime, pushed heavily for Graham-Leach-Bliley and the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

In other words, two people who are directly responsible for the mess we’re in are advising Obama and McCain. And Obama and McCain have voted in favor of the $700 billion bailout scam.

If you want to see a real debate, check out this debate between Matt Gonzalez and Rosa Clemente, and be sure to support the upcoming third party debate in New York.


*Although Gramm was technically fired from the McCain team (for claiming that America was a “nation of whiners” and stating that the recession was all in our heads), he continues to be an unofficial presence in the McCain campaign and his thinking on economic matters continues to influence McCain.


~ by Kimchi on October 4, 2008.

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