Originally posted by KrazyJethro
Originally posted by Loki
Voting for change.
Why don't you tell me about this change. I'd be interested to find out what it will be.
Jethro, it's been beaten into you time after time after time. I'd hope you'd absorb ideas better than a rock. Go back, and read my articles, you
know, the ten links? After you've read that, I have another link: www.thenation.com...
This outlines some of the percieved, and real failures of the Bush administration.
Then read The Kerry/Edwards issues section, at www.johnkerry.com...
This document outlines the proposed changes to our policies, so that the failures of the Bush administration are rectified.
Here are some of the more notable ones.
From the Kerry/Edwards Platform;
John Kerry and John Edwards will establish a National Education Trust Fund to ensure that schools always get the funding they need. They will also
ensure that No Child Left Behind works for schools, states, and teachers by rewarding those who meet higher standards and rewarding schools that turn
around and improve.
From the Bush/Cheney Platform:
President Bush believes that education is the key to opportunity and America’s best tool in an increasingly competitive global economy. This means
that every child deserves a world-class education and every worker deserves the support of a Government that makes a lifetime of learning a top
priority. [etc, etc, buzz word, buzz word.]
The bottom line is that the "No child left behind Act" has been woefully underfunded these last four years, with all funds that it has been deprived
of, going to military spending. Can we trust President Bush when he says he will reform a program that he himself created
and then allowed to
2. Health Care
From the Kerry/Edwards Platform:
To make affordable health care a right - not a privilege - for every American, John Kerry and John Edwards will:
Cut Your Premiums
John Kerry and John Edwards will cut family premiums by up to $1,000. That's $1,000 in real savings people can use to buy groceries, pay the bills,
and save for their children's future. And that will mean more jobs and more competitive American businesses.
Cover All Americans With Quality Care
The Kerry-Edwards plan will give every American access to the range of high-quality, affordable plans available to members of Congress and extend
coverage to 95 percent of Americans, including every American child. Their plan will also fight to erase the health disparities that persist along
racial and economic lines, ensure that people with HIV and AIDS have the care they need, end discrimination against Americans with disabilities and
mental illnesses, and ensure equal treatment for mental illness in our health system.
Cut the Cost of Prescription Drugs
The Kerry-Edwards plan will reduce prescription drug prices by allowing the re-importation of safe prescription drugs from Canada, overhauling the
Medicare drug plan, ensuring low-cost drugs, and ending artificial barriers to generic drug competition.
Cut Waste And Inefficiency
Today, approximately 25 percent of health care costs are wasted on paperwork and administrative processing. The Kerry-Edwards plan harnesses American
ingenuity to cut waste, save billions, and take new steps to ensure patient privacy.
From the Bush/Cheney Platform:
[I can't believe what I'm reading here. It's so riddled with blatant lies I'm tearing up. I'll paste the whole thing here.]
(shens)To achieve the goal of more affordable health care, the President has:
Established new, tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSA) which allow Americans to own and control their own health care.
Opened or expanded community and rural health centers with the goal of serving an additional 6.1 million people who live in underserved and rural
Granted waivers and flexibility to states to extend eligibility under Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to an
estimated 2.6 million low-income Americans.
Implemented a new rule to lower drug costs for millions of Americans by strengthening competition between generic and brand-name drugs, saving
American consumers more than $35 billion in drug costs over the next ten years.
Created a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit to help seniors pay for their medicines. (/shens)
*as an interesting side note, there was more info about Kerry on GOP.com than there was about Bush. It wasn't factual, but hey, it was there.
These are the two most interesting issues to me, so they are the ones that I'm forming my election decision on. And in reference to what I've
referred to as lies, I refer to the knowledge that President Bush has blocked import of Inexpensive Canadian drugs. Because, as he puts it, he wants
to make sure they don't kill you, but cure you.
Quick editorial question: When was the last time a Canadian died from Canadian perscription meds? (Barring inappropriate use or allergic reaction?)
Why does the GOP treat us like we're stupid? Don't they know we can smell their lies?
[edit on 11-1-2004 by Loki]