Thursday, January 11, 2007

John Edwards

So, 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards appeared on Jay Leno last night, and I have to say I was underwhelmed. Edwards was great talking about the need for health care, and then when Jay asked him how he was going to do it, Edwards danced around the question and basically said that Congress would work on it. Now, I understand that, especially this early in the game, you can't come out with a point-by-point plan because people are just going to pick it apart; any successful plan is going to have to be something of a product of compromise. But is it too much to ask for a couple of specifics on what sort of plan he would advocate? What does he think should be the core of a plan that works?

It wasn't a horrible appearance, but it just seemed disappointing to see someone acting like such a textbook politician after seeing Barack Obama seem so totally at ease in similar situations. I like Edwards, but I'm not even sure if he would be a good counterpoint to Obama on a Presidential ticket. The only thing he would bring would be Southernness (and whiteness); if Obama is a slick, youngish liberal one-term Senator, then Edwards is a slick, youngish liberal one-term Senator who's not as convincing.

Fun fact: his given name is "Johnny." In his case, "John" is just a nickname.

2 Comments:

At Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 9:02:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwards is a wolf in sheep's clothing, plain and simple.

Stop for a minute, and consider what he's actually done, and not his talk.

While many members in congress wisely voted against the Iraq war, Edwards not only voted for it, he co-sponsored the disasterous resolution with neocon Joe Lieberman, that made it possible.

Edwards also co-sponsored and voted for the massive increase in H-1b visas, that dumped 195,000 foreign workers on the job market, destroying perhaps hundreds of thousands of American tech careers.

Edwards voted for permanaent normal trade relations with China, making American workers have to compete with Chinese labor standards, which of course they can't.

Edwards voted for the DREAM act, forcing states to give in-state tuition (a subsidy) to illegal aliens, when there are poor Americans in these states who cant afford to send their kids to college, partially because illegal immigration drove down their wages. This act, of course only encourages more illegal immigration because it extends even further the taxpayers obligations to those who break our laws to come here.

But what about civil liberties? Here again, Edwards voted to the Patriot act, perhaps the greatest risk to civil liberties, ever.

Edwards supporters dont want Edwards to be held accountable for these facts. Yet, Edwards made himself extremely wealthy holding others (such as doctors) accountable - so much so that doctors malpractice premiums rose so much as to make many obstetricians have left their specialty. More illegal alien taxpayer payed births, and fewer obstetricians - could that be why health care costs are skyrocketing?

One simple question - 10 years ago, if you did your job, the way Edwards performed as Senator, would he advocate that you get a big promotion?

Or would he have sued you and take you to the cleaners?

 
At Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 5:21:00 PM PST, Anonymous doafy said...

About this:
Edwards also co-sponsored and voted for the massive increase in H-1b visas, that dumped 195,000 foreign workers on the job market, destroying perhaps hundreds of thousands of American tech careers.

How does simply allowing 195,000 foreign workers into the US destroy American careers? Wouldn't they be able to compete fairly for jobs, and then the foreign workers would only "take a job away" if they were going to do a better job? If allowing foreigners to come in takes American tech jobs away, it's only because Americans weren't as good candidates as these people. The problem isn't letting others in to do jobs in the U.S. It's taking the jobs *out* of the U.S. that hurts us.

 

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