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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Chris Dodd

Here's Chris Dodd according to his 2008 web site: [http://www.chrisdodd.com/].


1.Political Corruption: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

2. Military/Industrial Complex: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

3. Energy: Score 1

Has a plan for energy security

4. Unions - Labor and Consumer: Score 1

In favor

5. Income and Wealth Disparity: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

6. Elections: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

7. Judicial Independence: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

8. Trade deficits: Score 0.5

By implication

9. Usury Law: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

Dodd scores 2.5 of 9 for a .278 average, needs seasoning in the minors.

Joe Biden

Here's Joe Biden according to his 2008 web site: [http://www.joebiden.com/issues/].

But, his focus is different and he scores poorly, similarly to Republicans.



1.Political Corruption: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

2. Military/Industrial Complex: Score 0

No Mention - surprise

3. Energy: Score 1

Has a plan for energy security

4. Unions - Labor and Consumer: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

5. Income and Wealth Disparity: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

6. Elections: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

7. Judicial Independence: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

8. Trade deficits: Score 0.5

By implication

9. Usury Law: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

Biden scores 1.5 of 9 for a .167 average, needs seasoning in the minors.

Ralph Nader

Here's how Ralph Nader measures up according to his 2008 web site: [http://www.votenader.org/issues].

Mr. Nader has run as an Independent and as a Green.

1.Political Corruption: Score 1

Discusses publicly finance election under media concentration

2. Military/Industrial Complex: Score 0

No Mention - surprise

3. Energy: Score 0

No Mention - surprise

4. Unions - Labor and Consumer: Score 1

Strong on consumer and labor proetection

5. Income and Wealth Disparity: Score 0

No Mention - surprise

6. Elections: Score 1

Several specific statements about electoral rfeform

7. Judicial Independence: Score 0

No Mention - surprise

8. Trade deficits: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

9. Usury Law: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

Nader scores 3 of 9 for a .333, bat him after Bill Richardson

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Where are the Republicans?

I have been trying figure out why there are no Repoublicans on my roster. I did not set out to be partisan on purpose.

As a student of economics, here's my best guess: Republicans are committed to the form of classical economics now known as the Neo-Liberal or Washington Consensus. Consistent with that belief is the conviction that the market will solve all problems for all people and that any government intervention is bad for people.

My nine points all require a strong government intervention into affairs to avoid a disaster for the American idea.

Regardless of the fact that the Neo-Liberal Consensus is dramatically disproven as an effective framework for national economic policies [see for example: IDEAS, POLICIES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AMERICAS, Esteban Perez Caldentey and Matias Vernengo, editors, Routledge, 2007 New York; ISBN10 0-415-77055-6 [hbk]], Republicans seem to hold to this concept. Therefore, they are likely to oppose any government action which affects any market.

Until that changes, any Republican administration is likely to threaten the American idea, or at least my personal understanding of it.

Dennis Kucinich

Here's how Dennis Kucinich measures up according to his 2008 web site: [http://kucinich.us/issues].

Kucinich is actively running and has made numerous speeches and pronouncements on and around the issues covered in this blog. Ths scores are based on a quick perusal of his site and perhaps are incomplete.

1.Political Corruption: Score 1

Recognizes the problem and has a specific plan.

2. Military/Industrial Complex: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

3. Energy: Score 1

Recognizes the problem and has a specific plan.

4. Unions - Labor and Consumer: Score 1

Wants to let workers organize

5. Income and Wealth Disparity: Score 1

Recognizes the problem and has a specific plan.

6. Elections: Score 0.5

Covered by implication

7. Judicial Independence: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

8. Trade deficits: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

9. Usury Law: Score 0

No Mention - no surprise

Kucinich scores 4.5 of 9 for an even .500, right up there with Clinton but behind Obama.

Earns a spot on the roster.