Interesting Read

I know that the standard AM radio line “he doesn’t have any plans beyond pretty speeches” has given way to “his preacher has been drinking the Elijah Muhammad juice,” but I just skimmed this little document, and I’m starting to think that I might check a box this year rather than writing in a vote.  The education section at least shows some real promise, something that neither elephants nor donkeys offered in ’04.  I suppose we’ll see.

Blueprint for Change

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5 responses to “Interesting Read

  1. El Ick

    Does this mean that someone might be gaining the crucial preacher/father/comp instructor/grad student vote? Whoa.

  2. Well, I can’t say I’m shocked. Nader to Obama is not a very big switch. Thankfully, you live in GA! 🙂 Don’t worry though…my vote is not likely to matter much either. I don’t know…maybe McCain will shock me and will actually be competitive in NJ.

  3. Nate, I thought that you said Obama was against NCLB. What was written about in that document is very vague but it doesn’t appear that he is really against it. He will still fund it. He just says that he will reform it. I guess we’ll see, I’m doubtful. Just like I’m doubtful about Hillary or Obama getting nationalized healthcare. This happens to most Presidents. Bush ran on reforming social security and Congress chose to not go along with it.

  4. Wizzle, I think you’re right about the move from Nader to Obama, and Nader’s email list reflects it. In the weeks since he declared his candidacy, his campaign has been sending out some interesting (in a literary sense) but outlandish policy proposals, indicating to me that they’re having a hard time making themselves distinct in a race where the donkey might not be a Clinton-era Republicrat but a candidate who’s interested in genuine alterations. (Won’t say the C-word… 😉 )

    With regards to NCLB, his section on education addresses the main problems with the policy, namely the penalizing of the poorest schools and the teachers who choose to work with the schools who need help the most and the obsessive and education-destroying obsession with bubble tests. If those elements disappear but the name NCLB sticks around, I can tolerate the name. As you know, I tend to care less about labels and more about the content of ideas.

    If Bush ran on reforming Social Security, I sure didn’t hear about it until the third week of November 2004. I think one of the reasons that people opposed his Social Security package so strongly was that he dropped it on the country after seldom mentioning it (at least not in any venues where Georgians might hear about it) until the election was over. The other reason, of course, is that most folks have some sense of duty to the elderly, and we knew quite clearly that transferring a trillion dollars away from the general fund without a corresponding tax levied to replace it would leave our parents and their friends in the cold in a hurry. As it turns out, those public school teachers have taught folks a bit of math along the way.

  5. El Ick, I think you’re right. He might well get all seven of us. 😉

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