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‘Anybody’ Named
by Bill Onasch

The “progressives” now know the name of the “Anybody” they hope will beat Bush. Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, Senator John Kerry is labor's latest “friend” they pray will take occupancy of the White House. Just how friendly is he?

War
Polls show an overwhelming majority of Democrats are strongly opposed to the Iraq war and occupation. Where does their nominee stand?

He voted to authorize Bush's invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Point Number One of his “seven-point comprehensive plan to fight the war against terror” is: “Direct Military Action. John Kerry will always be prepared to use military force when necessary to neutralize terrorists and drain the swamps where they breed.” Sounds a bit like the Bush Doctrine doesn't it?

Kerry advocates increasing the number of active duty GIs by 40,000.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement on John Kerry

Civil Liberties
Polls show most Democrats think the Patriot Act threatens our civil liberties. Their nominee?...

He voted in favor of the Bush/Ashcroft Patriot Act.

Trade
Most Democrats and nearly all trade unionists think the trade policies that have promoted globalization have been disastrous for American workers. And their standard bearer?...

Voted for Clinton's NAFTA.
Voted for China trade agreement.
Voted for Bush's Fast Track.

Pro-Union?
Kerry does support labor backed legislation that would allow card check recognition of unions. He says he favors a “level playing field.” But Kerry strongly denies he is advocating that workers join unions.

“In endorsing these ideas, Kerry insists his aim isn't to increase the number of workers belonging to unions. ‘That's not the goal,’ he said. ‘The goal is to empower people to do what they want to do; let people have a choice. I'm not going to go out and say you ought to do this or do that. That's not my role.’" [LA Times, March 1]

Health Care
A majority of Democrats, and most unions, favor some new form of national health insurance. Mr Anybody?...

Kerry favors the present system of private, for-profit insurance dominating control of health care access. He aims to lower costs and expand coverage through a complicated mish-mash of rebates, incentives, and tax credits.