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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Addressing the issues of the American people

Ralph Nader understands class warfare

And his legacy will be one of a true champion of the people.

Here's some of what he had to say on Meet the Press on February 24. (These are rough notes.)

When asked by Russert how he could run again and court the possibility of helping a Republican to win, he laughs and points out there’s no way Democrats can lose this year and if they do they should pack it up and go home.

He characterized his candidacy as quest to broaden the debate on the issues that matter to the American people.

He said he respects Obama, but said one should give much more weight to the record and not the speeches and web site. In examining his voting record, it is clear that Obama has not challenged corporate power and hasn’t shown the fortitude to stand up to the corporate powers and get things done for the American people, says Nader.

He lamented that there is no debate on the bloated military budget or how to pay for foreign adventurism. He noted that Truman proposed universal health care in 1950 and we still don't have it. And it's never mentioned in the campaign.

And five months ago he was pointing out the problems that lead to economic disasters such as out of out of control gas prices, noting that our tax system includes perverse incentives that reward the speculators on Wall Street. Why aren’t we taxing speculation on Wall Street (which would help reign in or recoup the speculation that is responsible for a significant portion of the price increase - ed.). And why instead do we heavily tax human labor and sales tax necessities like food and appliances and clothing.

People are losing their houses while wall street speculators laugh all the way to the bank, Nader said.

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