veginator Posted September 30, 2008 Share Posted September 30, 2008 This is from Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader's Vice Presidential running mate in this, Nader's 4th Presidential campaign. To his reasons I would add an 18th: Obama, like McCain and most of the Congressional leaders, supports the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Personally, I support Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney (http://votetruth08.com), but I think Nader is also a good vote for saying "NO!" to the corrupt US political system.--Veginator 17 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA -- VOTE NADER-GONZALEZ INSTEAD! 1. Barack Obama ran as a peace candidate … during the primaries. … However, once he captured the nomination, he quickly changed his tune. He now says he will defer to the judgment of the commanders in the field. (See his July 2, 2008 speech in Colorado Springs.) In short: Obama's current position on Iraq is essentially the same as that John McCain and George Bush. [Note: Personally, I don't agree that Obama ever REALLY ran as a "peace candidate." He noted that he had spoken out against the Iraq war before it began, but he never said he would be ending the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan any time in the foreseeable future. He has also consistently supported huge military budgets and other hawkish policies. -- Veginator] 2. Several months ago, Barack Obama, along with the rest of the Senate, gave George Bush the green light to invade Iran. (The Senate to Bush: “If you invade Iran, we won't object.”) 3.) Obama wants to escalate the war in Afghanistan. In a July 14th "New York Times" op-ed piece, Obama proposed sending 10,000 more troops to Afghanistan – the same number as was recommended by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen! NOTE: Afghanistan is the 20th country the United States has bombed since the end of World War II. *Before* Bush started bombing Afghanistan, one out of every 7 Afghans were either starving or in imminent danger of starving. … ... This is the country to which Barack Obama wants to send more US troops, more US firepower, more misery, more deaths. 4.) Obama has threatened to invade Pakistan. Indeed the invasion has already started – without a word from Barack Obama. 5.) In the same July 2, 2008 speech in Colorado Springs cited above, Obama praised the US military and vowed to increase its ranks. Obama has called for an overall increase of American ground forces by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 marines. 6.) Obama has voted to approve every war appropriation the Republicans have put forward, totaling over $550 billion. 7.) The Pentagon budget is over $500 billion dollars a year. Both Obama and McCain want to *increase* that budget. 8.) The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently costing the US taxpayer15 billion dollars per month. See http://www.costofwar.com/ 9.) Over 1 million Iraqis have died as a result of Gulf War II. See the following http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/31/6768/ [Note: Obama has voted for funding for the Iraq war all but once since he has been in the Senate. He said during the debate that he intended to "reduce" combat troops (but not other troops or private mercenaries) in Iraq 1 1/2 years from now! -- Veginator] 10.) Obama voted to confirm Condeleeeza Rice, as well as a host of other Bush nominees. 11.) In 2006, Obama went out of his way to campaign for Joe Lieberman, in Lieberman’s primary fight against antiwar, *progressive* candidate Ned Lamont. 12.) In a June 29, 2008 "Times of London" article Richard Danzig quotes Obama's top military adviser as saying: "My personal position is (that Robert) Gates (Bush's Secretary of Defense) is a very good secretary of defense and would be an even better one in an Obama administration." 13.) Obama voted to re-authorize the Patriot Act. 14.) Obama voted for the F.I.S.A. bill – after vowing not to. 15.) Immediately after he captured the nomination, Barack Obama appointed Josh Furman, a former Clinton administration official, as his chief economic advisor. See "Wal-Mart Defender To Direct Obama's Economic Policy" -- http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/10/9534/ In 2005, Furman published a 16-page paper titled, "Wal-Mart: A Progressive Success Story." In short, Josh Furman, Barack Obama's chief economic advisor, believes that Walmart's is good for America. 16.) In an interview he gave to the N.Y. Times on September 20, 2008, Obama said that "he does not rule out retaining Mr. Paulson, a Republican. The two have spoken almost daily since Treasury put the mortgage giants Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac into government conservatorships two weeks ago, and Mr. Obama speaks highly of Mr. Paulson." Note: Paulson was the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Quoting from a recent article by Bill Van Auken, entitled, “Obama’s Response to Financial Meltdown: Deception and Subservience to Wall Street” -- “The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign contributions, listed Goldman Sachs as the top source of campaign funds for the Obama campaign. The watchdog group added that Wall Street’s stake in the Democratic candidate is probably even larger. “Since his campaign has ignored repeated requests... to disclose his bundlers’ employers and occupations,” it pointed out, “these figures are probably undercounts.” “In addition to Wall Street, the Obama campaign has raised some $13.4 million from the finance, insurance and real estate sector and $2 million from the commercial banks, again outstripping McCain. “Given this financial banking, Obama’s posturing as a champion “Main Street” and the scourge of “special interests” is just as absurd as McCain’s vow to fight “greed” on Wall Street. “Equally dishonest is the Democratic candidate’s repeated assertion that the present crisis is the outcome of policies pursued simply over the past eight years. Conveniently ignored is the fact that the frontal assault on the working class that lay the foundations for the present economic setup in America was initiated under the Democratic Carter administration 30 years ago and that the most sweeping deregulation of the financial markets was carried out under the Democrat Clinton.” Click here for the entire article -- http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/sep2008/obam-s19.shtml 17.) Many right-wing supporters are *delighted* with Obama’s move to the right. So delighted was the "Wall Street Journal" -- whose editorial board generally reflects not just the right-wing but the right-wing within the Bush administration -- so delighted was the "Wall Street Journal" regarding Obama's recent lurch to the right, especially as regards Iraq, that on July 2, 2008, they published an editorial entitled "Bush's Third Term." In it, they gloatingly stated: "“Maybe he (Obama) is worried that someone will notice that he’s the candidate running for it (Bush's third term).” Click here for at least a dozen *more* reasons not to vote for Barack Obama – “The Obama Craze; Count Me out,” by Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate -- http://newsblaze.com/story/20080302075722tsop.nb/topstory.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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