From email@example.com Thu Aug 24 07:32:00 2000
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 21:45:41 -0500 (CDT)
From: Michael Eisenscher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Why Bush's and Gore's Are Nearly the Same
Why George W. Bush's policies and Al Gore's policies are basically
By Jerry Gordon, 23 August 2000
Jerry Gordon, an active member of the Labor Party in Cleveland, Ohio, put
together this leaflet for his Labor For Nader coalition.
He can be reached at <JANDB99@aol.com> or 216-382-4597.
- BOTH get huge political contributions from the big corporations.
- BOTH are heavily financed by Big Oil.
- BOTH support bloated military spending, with the Pentagon budget
now nearly $300 billion for a single year.
- BOTH support corporate globalization, resulting in the loss of good
paying jobs at home and austerity, debt burden, and cuts in social services for
peoples in less developed countries.
- BOTH support trade policies which result in lower standards of
living for workers, together with the destruction of fair labor and
environmental protections for peoples around the world.
- NEITHER calls for repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, the anti-labor
law passed by Congress in 1947, which severely restricts unions'
rights to organize, bargain collectively, and strike.
- BOTH supported the repeal of welfare rights, which threw an
additional million persons into poverty, most of them children,
and ended up denying Medicaid coverage to millions.
- BOTH promote policies of corporate welfare.
- BOTH oppose guaranteeing comprehensive health care coverage for
all, based on a publicly funded system, which nearly all other
industrial countries throughout the world have.
- NEITHER supports real campaign finance reform which
requires full public financing of national and state elections.
- NEITHER calls for alternative sources of energy,
especially solar and wind.
- BOTH support the death penalty and oppose a moratorium
- BOTH oppose national funding of all public education,
which would permit all children, regardless of the family's income,
to have the necessary learning resources.
- BOTH support the $1.3 billion appropriation for Columbia,
which takes the U.S. another step on the road to a new Vietnam &
again in alliance with repressive military forces.
- BOTH support continued sanctions against the people of
Iraq, which has caused the death of over one million Iraquis and
is killing 250 Iraqui children a day.
- BOTH favor the continued embargo of Cuba, which has
caused terrible hardship to the people of that island.
- BOTH supported U.S. military intervention against
Yugoslavia and the savage bombing attacks which killed many
civilians and virtually destroyed that country's infrastructure.
NOTE: There are differences between Bush and Gore on certain domestic
questions. But their basic agreement on the above issues, which are of
fundamental importance, and the positions they hold regarding jobs,
health care, labor's rights, the environment, justice and peace are so
harmful to working families and the great majority, that a vote for
either Bush or Gore only promotes the interests of Corporate
America. By contrast, Ralph Nader offers an alternative program which
is in the interests of the vast majority of the people of this nation
(see the reverse side). The issue is not which of the so-called lesser
evils is ahead in the polls, but rather who speaks for Corporate
America and who speaks for us, the people. And even if Nader does not
win this election, as Eugene V. Debs said, "It is better to vote
for what you believe in and not get it, than to vote for what you
don't believe in and get it." That is why we say: "VOTE FOR
RALPH NADER ON NOVEMBER 7!"
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