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Letter from John Kerry
Dear Danger Scout,
I am writing to urge you to join me in an all-out effort to end the presidency of George W. Bush and lead America in a new, more promising direction.
Only the most vigorous and energetic presidential campaign in American history can get the job done. And, with your help, that's exactly the kind of campaign I intend to run.
Please join me today in sending a powerful message all across America: George W. Bush's days are numbered - and change is coming to America.
Together, we'll stand up for middle-class families whose needs and aspirations have been ignored for far too long. And we will put an end to a Bush administration obsessed with lavishing tax breaks on the wealthiest Americans and doing the bidding of powerful special interests.
Together, we'll defend Social Security and Medicare from those who have never believed in these vitally important programs and can't wait for any opportunity to weaken them.
Together, we'll protect our environment from those who would despoil America's most precious places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ane we'll put an end to the disgrace of 43 million Americans living without health insurance. In the richest county on the face of the planet, no American ought to be struggling to find health care that's accessible and affordable.
Make no mistake about it. This is going to be a tough and grueling campaign. You and I know how hard the Bush Republicans will fight to hold on to power. They've got the largest campaign war chest in political history and they're waging a no-holds-barred, "say anything, do anything" campaign to stay in office.
To win back the White House and carry the day in other critical races, we're going to have to work as if every day is the day before Election Day. The stakes are that high and the contests that close.
Sincerely, John Kerry
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My old friend and confidante, Hjalmar Fergie Ferguson, came by the house the other day and felt constrained to discuss conventions. I was uncertain which conventions he was talking about. I had some notion that he started out talking about the convention of tipping one's hat when meeting a friend of the other variety, or possible the conventions one uses as one engages in arguments before the court. You know what I mean, I'm sure. For instance one's adversary is always "my learned opponent", or even "my esteemed colleague". At any rate, these conventions do smooth the way to a clarifying conversation, if I may say so.
But as Fergie pursued the matter, even as I dozed off as I do whenever he pontificates, it came to me in my stuporous condition that he was referring to the matter in Boston this coming week. He made references to balloons mounted high above the arena, and to bustle and hurried work on the floor of this Boston gym of some kind.
"Fergie," I pleaded, "Do come down out of the clouds, so to speak, and tell me what it is you so eagerly wish to apprise me of. Are you seriously speaking of the political arena in downtown Boston, the land of beans and Irishmen?"
"What? You have not been paying sufficient attention to me? You nod off whilst I entone and even intone at great length about the sorry state of our two party system? How dare you call yourself friend?"
"But Fergie, you did so intone for so long that my poor mind drifted off for a very short interval."
"I promise. Oh. lord, do I ever promise."
"All right, You are forgiven. I was stating in clear terms my astonishment that men, grown men of christian faiths, would spend time and money at a convention whose sole purpose is to give conventioneers time to squeal and giggle, when even the daily news knows that the candidates have been chosen by the primary and caucus votes throughout the land."
"But of course."
"So, we have vast throngs attending these travesties wearing funny paper hats and parading in their gowns and suits carrying placards and waving banners saying they hope to nominate someone to run for office, and all the while no one seems to ackowledge the recent statements by two, or three if you consider Mr. Nader a viable option, persons of some noteriety that they have chosen to present themselves as the candidates and spokespersons of their respective parties, nothwithstanding the wishes of those who also wished to be named as the party choice for the highest office of the land. Do I make my self clear?"
"Such a concise and vivid sentence as that which so recently escaped your lips makes everything clarified (like gee) to the fullest estent."
"You always had a way with words, sonny. Now, I continue in like vein. Suppose, this is just a supposition, suppose that Mr. Ralph Nader spoke so eloquently to this assemblage in Boston, that they in a single voice called for his nomination for the office of President of these US of As? Huh? What then do you think would transpire in a flash across the screens of the millions of TVs in our land?"
"I am sure I don't know."
"That's right. No one knows. But please allow me a chance to guess. Do you recall some years ago a man named Wendell Wilkie? A man with the most unlikely name who spoke with such force and with such musical tones, that he almost knocked the favoured individual out of the race? Huh? Of course you do, but the team behind the facade threw its limitless money into the fray and once again nominated its man to the candidacy for the office he had dreamed of for so many years. Well, sonny, what will happen if Mr. Nader succeeds in deposing the favourites in the current race? What do you think would happen? Or do you think?"
"I have not a notion what would happen."
"Of course not. And no one has ventured to guess. But...but, I shall."
"Oh, do guess, Fergie. Please do."
"Ralph Nader would become our President in a landslide."
"His is a name to reckon with. His name means...are you ready?"
"Oh, with baited breath and please check the spelling."
"His name means THE PEOPLE SPEAK."
"Oh, I say."
"Yes," and now Hjalmar Ferguson lowered his head. "Yes. He will state, very briefly, his objectives, and the people will recognize that he speaks for them. They will respond with their votes."
"You can't be serious."
"Oh, yes I can. He will not waste money on his own convention, and the people will respect him for that."
"But this is just a guess, huh? Maybe only a hope? I mean, a pure guess, right?"
Posted by Jack @ 07/30/2004 02:02 PM PST
Politicians lie. If they kept their promises, then nobody would pay any taxes, health care and education would be free, and everybody would have homes and jobs.
Canada's government pays for health care. They have less violent crime as well.
Our politicians do not care for us.
Posted by mellomutt @ 08/08/2004 09:10 PM PST
Subject: Your Not Going To Be Young Forever.
Keep this going until the 2004 Election. This is the only way to get a realistic solution to SS because the politicians' dog is not in the fight; they have no related negative consequences. And, we should also remember that most people have to pay taxes on 85% of their SS. I wonder if the politicians have to pay taxes on the big retirement benefits that they get from us tax payers. Why do you think the major media players are not all over this issue?
GET A BILL STARTED TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOC. SEC.
2004 Election Issue!!
This must be an issue in "2004". Please! Keep it going.
(This is worth reading. It is short and to the point.)
Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.
Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it.
You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.
In more recent years, no congress person has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan.
For all practical purposes their plan works like this:
When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.
Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.
This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries.
Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives.
Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA....ZILCH....
This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;
"OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK"!
From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into, -every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer)- we can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement.
Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.
That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us ... then sit back and watch how fast they would fix it.
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.
How many people can YOU tell or send this to?
Posted by Half @ 08/20/2004 01:25 PM PST
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