What you Won’t Hear from Obama or McCain

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and winner of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, has written an article calling for an open Presidential debate that would include candidates from all major parties:

The reviews are in, and the latest U.S. presidential debate, the “town hall” from Nashville, Tenn., was a snore. One problem is that in a debate it is important for the debaters to actually disagree. Yet Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain substantively agree on many issues. That is one major reason that the debates should be open, and that major third-party or independent candidates should be included.

Take the global financial meltdown. Both senators voted for the controversial bailout bill that first failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. It passed resoundingly in the Senate and, larded with financial favors to woo uncooperative House members, finally passed the House. The news each day suggests that the bailout hasn’t solved the problem. Rather, the economic contagion is going global, with European and Asian banks teetering on the brink of collapse. Iceland—not just its banks, but the country—faces financial ruin.

Earlier Tuesday, before the debate, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it would for the first time ever begin buying up the debt of private companies to help them meet short-term cash needs for things like payroll. Shortly after the debate ended, major central banks around the world, again for the first time ever, cut their prime lending rates in unison. Yet on the debate floor, there was no sense that the global financial system needed more than a tax cut here, a voucher there. The major thing lacking from the debate was, well, debate.

(Full Article: Here)

Ms. Goodman also note the large number of pressing issues that were not mentioned by either Obama or McCain in this most recent debate. Here are a list of topics that apparently neither the Democratic nominee nor the Republican considered important enough to mention:

Working Class
Single-Payer Healthcare
Taft-Hartley Act
Labor Unions
Military Industrial Complex
Impeachment
Carbon Tax
Poverty
Living Wage
Corporate Welfare

Now ask yourself: do these candidates seriously represent our interests? And can either of them truly be held up as harbringers of “change”?

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~ by Kimchi on October 10, 2008.

2 Responses to “What you Won’t Hear from Obama or McCain”

  1. great video…totally sums it all up.
    Go go American media, go -_-

    I have a new painting up, enjoy!

  2. Thanks for commenting. I can’t wait to see your new painting! 🙂

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