Thursday, January 31, 2008

John Edwards!!!

This is from today's Progress Report ... he WAS the Democratic candidate with the best ideas:

Edwards Blazed A Progressive Trail

Returning to where he began, former North Carolina senator John Edwards ended his presidential campaign yesterday in New Orleans's Ninth Ward, imploring his supporters to "not give up on the causes that we have fought for" in the effort "to make the two Americas one." During his campaign, Edwards laid out policy areas that will continue to animate the national debate in 2008, calling "for the United States to reduce its troop presence in Iraq" and issuing "a plea for citizen action to combat poverty, global warming and America's reliance on foreign oil." As CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric said last night, "John Edwards may have ended his presidential campaign. But what he started isn't over. He and his message have left a lasting impression."

PUTTING POVERTY FIRST: No issue was more important to Edwards than poverty and the plight of economic inequality in America, which he sought to cut by a third in a decade and end within 30 years. In his farewell speech, Edwards said that he had obtained pledges from the remaining Democratic candidates, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), to "make ending poverty and economic inequality central to their presidency." Edwards's efforts to guarantee that "his quest for economic justice would be carried forward" is emblematic of the role he played throughout the campaign, boldly challenging his fellow candidates to take on big issues with progressive policy prescriptions. The Center for American Progress shares Edwards's goals, having offered a plan to cut poverty in half in ten years. Last week, the House of Representatives, without objection, approved a resolution by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), declaring that the House supported the goal of cutting poverty in half in ten years.

GUARANTEEING HEALTH CARE: When Edwards unveiled his health care plan "in early 2007, it won widespread acclaim for proposing" to "cover everybody and make health care, once and for all, a right of citizenship." As The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn notes, it was "something no mainstream...presidential contender had proposed since the early 1990s." Soon after he rolled out his proposal, other candidates followed suit, embracing his ambitious goal. The American Prospect's Ezra Klein writes that "the mixture of a progressive, transformative health care plan and a credible candidate instantly reshaped the politics of health care." By proposing a universal health care plan "long before that of any other major candidate," Edwards changed the debate so that "any politician who proposed an overly cautious or incremental plan would lose voters." As The New York Times's Paul Krugman wrote in Feb. 2007, Edwards's plan addressed "both the problem of the uninsured and the waste and inefficiency of our fragmented insurance system," which forced other candidates to "come up with something comparable."

COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: Declaring that "our generation must be the one that says, 'we must halt global warming,'" Edwards was "the first presidential candidate to call for reducing U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050" and the first to make his "campaign carbon neutral." Following Edwards's lead, both Clinton and Obama made similar commitments to reduce carbon emissions. As he did with health care, Edwards was the first candidate to introduce a detailed energy plan. After Edwards laid out his plan, the League of Conservation Voters applauded it as "the most comprehensive global warming plan of any presidential candidate to date" and encouraged other candidates to follow suit. As The Atlantic's Matthew Yglesias wrote yesterday of Edwards, "his climate change proposal is sweeping enough to meet the standard that scientists tell us is necessary to avert catastrophe," which might sound "bizarre to hail" as an achievement, "but the truth is that" other candidates "weren't on board until Edwards was."

BRINGING TROOPS HOME: In 2002, Edwards voted in the Senate to authorize the use of force against Iraq, a vote that he did not repudiate as both a presidential and vice-presidential candidate in 2004, even though he was a critic of the war. But on Nov. 13, 2005, Edwards penned an op-ed in the Washington Post definitively declaring that "it was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002," saying, "I was wrong." As a presidential candidate, Edwards insisted that "there is no military solution to the chaos in Iraq" and called for "an immediate withdrawal of 40,000-50,000 troops and a complete withdrawal within nine to ten months." Unlike New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Edwards never committed to removing all residual troops from Iraq, but he did take the lead in committing to "withdraw the American troops who are training the Iraqi army and police." As the Center for American Progress's Brian Katulis and Lawrence Korb have argued, "[T]raining and equipping Iraqi security forces risks making Iraq's civil war even bloodier and more vicious than it already is today."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not agree with any of your blogs except for the fusion razors suck one. The rest are pure one sided views from an obvious liberal who cant accept the real world. I figured I would comment on a few in this blogs in this post. Who do you think the 10 billion a month is going to in Iraq? Boeing, Lockhead Martin...etc. These are American companies that produce thousands upon thousands of jobs that drive our economy. It is a more efficient way to pump money into our economy. If we were not at war, we would have to expect the liberal filled congress to spend that money on the country. America has the money, but the liberals are now making the conservatives look bad so that they can get their people in office. Money is a very stupid reason for war, and we should not be at war, but to say that war hurts an economy is pure insanity. How do you think we got out of the great depression?

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