GiGi, on Feb 3 2004, 07:34 PM, said:
So Rov, I really don't know who to vote for, I really like Edwards, but perhaps you can give me reasons why to choose him in the primary. In other words why you like him.
You may not be able to vote for him, but I am giving you a chance to win another vote for him!
First: Electability. Consider this: In this forum alone, you see that Cardie and myself can support the same guy. Considering how far apart we are politically, that demonstrates a wide base of appeal pretty well.
Second: Many people are scared off of college because of sticker shock and simple fear. Edwards supports one free year for everybody, which lets people find out whether it's for them, without breaking themselves financially. Beyond that, good students can seek financial aid. I believe this will also have an impact similar to the GI Bill, expanding the college system by increased demand.
Edwards is also the only candidate (that I'm aware of) who's seriously talked about increasing teachers salaries and providing more scholarships to future teachers. This is something desperately needed; the scholarships are too late to help me, but they would be tremendously helpful.
Third: Edwards is the only candidate who's said anything serious about poverty, which is a massive problem that's being widely ignored by the current administration.
Edwards' American Dream Tax Credit will offer a matching tax credit of up to $5,000 to help those who need it to cover a down payment on a first home. This credit will give millions of Americans their first chance to own a home.
To help working Americans invest in American business, Edwards will cut capital gains taxes for 95% of Americans. For these taxpayers, he will create a $1,000 exclusion from capital gains taxes, as well as $500 dividend exclusion. He will also lower the long-term capital gains rate for middle-class families. These steps will simplify tax filing and eliminate two tax forms for millions of Americans.
Edwards will give Americans who have the most trouble saving today a chance to save through matching savings accounts.
He will match $1 in private savings with as much as a $1 refundable tax credit for savings, up to a limit of $1,000 per couple, for Americans with incomes up to $50,000. A working family that saves and receives the maximum under this plan every year from age 25 to retirement will have a nest egg of $200,000, on top of other savings.
Examples of trying to make government more efficient:
Reinstate real budget caps and permanently restore pay- as-you-go budget enforcement rules.
· Use attrition to reduce the number of government employees and contractors, excluding defense and homeland security, by 10 percent over 10 years.
· Close government agencies that have outlived their usefulness, such as the Office of Thrift Supervision.
· Open more government procurement to competitive bidding.
What are Edwards' weaknesses?
-- Experience. He hasn't been a senator very long. He'll need somebody more grizzled.
-- Foreign policy. He's weak there, and has been fuzzy over his campaign. If he wins, he'll need to have a runningmate with experience in that area.
-- No military experience. Bush's military record is a huge vulnerability, and a veteran could do so nicely.
-- Fiscal responsibility. I'm counting on a GOP congress to keep his more 'ambitious' spending programs in check. Anyway, no matter what he can get through, it can't be worse than Bush, and at least his programs MIGHT accomplish something.
Hey, it's almost like John Kerry would be a good runningmate...
<Actually, a dream ticket would be McCain/Edwards, and would also win easily. But I have to live in reality...>
This is incomplete, but you get the gist. I'd highly advocate checking out his webpage: http://www.johnedwards2004.com/
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 03 February 2004 - 10:00 PM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.