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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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This is the reason I like John Edwards and why I voted for him 4 years ago. (I guess I technically "caucused.") I even overlooked the fact that he is for capital punishment, something I am strongly against. He was the only candidate who mentioned the real elephant in the room. Poverty. The fact that the U.S. is not what it was in the 50s. That so many of our children live in the worst sort of poverty. The fact that Americans have lost the idea that we should be working for a common good. That educating and taking care of ALL children leads to a better country and future.

I always think to Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic in the 1990s. So many people were truly poor. But, they had books. A good education. And health care. In the U.S. poor children are lacking EVERYTHING.

We'll see how Edwards does this time, but I'll always be grateful for his "Two Americas."

Thank you for linking to the chart. I also couldn't find it the day the news came out (Britain was all over it.)

Yeah, I noticed that the European press jumped on the UNICEF report but it essentially was ignored in the United States.

As far as I'm concerned, the media is not the best friend of the American family. Journalists will favor an exciting -- if not stupid -- war story over the plight of the American family.

Why? Because most readers are well-educated and doing okay, meaning they don't really buy into the argument anything is wrong. When the upper middle class starts struggling, suddenly the issues will be important to them.

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I have a friend who was stationed in Moscow after the fall and he pointed out that teachers there were really dedicated: most continued without pay for years.
Think that would happen here?

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As to John Edwards: When I was at the New Hampshire primaries, he's the only guy who said anything I liked, especially the "two America's concept." But it doesn't look like he has much of a chance to get elected this go-around.

Kerry, by the way, was my least favorite.

I don't know why my comment posted twice, Brett! Please delete one of them :)

Yes, Kerry was my least favorite, for the reasons Hillary is my least favorite now. The pandering. The compromising on positions. The conservatism. The playing both sides of the aisle, instead of saying "this is who I am and this is what I want to do." Obviously I won't agree with everything a candidate believes. I just want them to believe in something.

Yeah, that's what is killing McCain right now. He said what he believed in before, then changed his tune. Oops.

I'll fix double comment. It's a problem with Typepad.

I call it the Borat effect: candidates have been sucking up to the Right Wingnuts, thinking they were essential to getting elected. Suddenly, Borat exposes Red Stater's stupidity, Blue Staters indulge ourselves in an evil snicker, steal the midterm elections, and prove who's still in charge here.

So anybody who pandered is done. Finished. Kaput.

Another factor for disliking many candidates: inherent meanness.

Count me out of the Blue State indulgers. Red State and proud of it. Any takers on comparing the good old USA to Iran? To Syria? Well, how 'bout it liberals?

Would the actor that plays Borat like to make his next movie in the abovementioned Islamic hellholes? Again no takers?

Cappy, I was very clear to point out this was a comparison of the elite countries of the world. Just because life is better here than in Iran doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

And some of the blue states are just as nasty a place to raise kids as red states. But no matter how you look at it, the U.S. is not perfect.

Can you clean up the Kerry vs Edwards stuff/
I guess Beligan would be a great language if any one knew it.
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I bet the Skokie library doesn't have a single book in Beligan.
And Finland is for ex-KGB kids.

The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born

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