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Wall Street likes Kerry

With Massachusetts Senator John Kerry in the lead for Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2004, the election is shaping up more and more to be a race between two candidates with more in common than what sets them apart.
Kerry with a supporter
Kerry with a supporter
Kerry pulled into the front following the brief rise of "populist" Howard Dean, who, despite his rather conservative record as governor of the liberal state of Vermont, propelled himself forward with a message of taking on George W. Bush, from his war on Iraq to his giveaways to Corporate America. Kerry and his main remaining contender, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, shifted gears from rabid attacks on Dean's fiery "too liberal" rhetoric and in part embraced his populist message.

"I've got news for the HMOs and the big drug companies and the big oil companies and influence peddlers," Kerry declared in a February campaign speech in St. Louis. "We're coming and you're going. And don't let the door hit you on the way out!"

This all sounds very well and good, but Kerry's actual record of pandering to Corporate America paints quite a different picture.

Over the last fifteen years, Kerry has received more money from lobbyists than any other serving senator. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, during this election cycle, Kerry raked in $531,251 from the health care industry. Kerry was also among the top ten recipients of money from the airline and automotive industries, with donations totaling $87,925. By the way, Kerry is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which influences laws governing these industries.

Kerry has powerful ties to lobbyists for the telecommunications industry. Michael Whouley, a Kerry political aide, is a lobbyist for telecom giant AT&T. Kerry has also accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Boston lobbying firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky-where Kerry's brother is a lawyer-which represents communications firms and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. Should it be any surprise that Kerry voted in favor of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that is responsible for massive media consolidation and huge cable television fee increases.

Indeed, Kerry has proven himself to Wall Street to be a more than acceptable alternative to Bush in the White House.

"I'm calling everyone I know and telling them that they have to give," said Stephen Robert of Robert Capital Management Group Inc., a self-identified moderate Republican. Robert was one of about twenty potential fundraisers at a private dinner with Kerry in New York in February. He told the Wall Street Journal, "Every day, moderate Republicans call me and say, 'I want to get on board.'"

"The anti-business message bothers me and I'm going to talk to him about that," said John Catsimatidis, chief executive of food-and-oil conglomerate Red Apple Group in New York. "But... you're never going to have the perfect candidate."

So while Kerry proclaimed to union members that "In November, it's going to be your turn," upon winning the endorsement of the AFL-CIO in mid—February, in reality he has not strayed very far from his patrician roots. Educated at Swiss and New England boarding schools before attending Bush's alma mater Yale (where he along with Bush was a member of the elite and secret Skull and Bones Society), Kerry eventually landed in public office, where he is currently the wealthiest senator.

Kerry-labeled a "Massachusetts liberal"-has proven that he is willing to be "flexible" on social issues. Supporters of gay and lesbian rights who may feel obliged to endorse Kerry because he voted against Clinton's anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 should take note of his current position on gay rights. "I personally believe the court [ruling in Massachusetts in favor of gay marriage] is not right," Kerry told reporters in February. "I don't support gay marriage. I never have. That's my position."

To listen to Kerry's recent criticism of the civil liberties-shredding USA PATRIOT Act, you'd never know that he actually voted for the legislation in 2001. Kerry also supported Clinton's welfare "reform," which tossed millions of poor people off the welfare rolls or forced them into low-wage jobs. He can also take credit for helping to push through Clinton's 1994 crime bill, which expanded the federal death penalty and included money to put 100,000 more cops on the street.

Kerry has also displayed great flexibility in his stance on foreign policy issues. In 1990, Kerry voted against the congressional resolution authorizing military force in Iraq. But after Washington's quick victory, Kerry did a quick turnaround and became an enthusiastic supporter of the war. Likewise, in October 2002, Kerry voted to give congressional authorization for Bush's invasion of Iraq, only to criticize the war afterward.

Israel won't worry about a Kerry administration, either. "As the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel has both the burden and the glory of a vigorous public square," Kerry wrote in an essay for a pro-Israel student group at Brown University. "We as Americans must be the truest and best kind of ally-forthright enough to say what we think-and steadfast enough to stay the course in hard passages as well as easy days."

No one should expect a Kerry administration to pull out of Iraq or to cut military spending. According to his campaign's Web site, Kerry will "work to expand participation and share responsibility with other countries in the military operations in Iraq"-and "increase the size of the U.S. Army in order to meet the needs of a new century and the new global war on terror."

Kerry may be seen as a good alternative to the people who run Corporate America, but he's no kind of alternative for the rest of us.

 http://www.isreview.org/issues/34/editorials.shtml
JFinK 02.Mar.2004 16:43

Hue

How many animals has the Heinz co. killed an exploited and why is the democratic machine pushing the goon on us?!?!

answer for Hue - 02.Mar.2004 17:07

57

because he's _Skull & Bones_ .

Kerry is MUCH the Lesser of Two Evils 02.Mar.2004 17:56

Elmore

OK, so Kerry is solidly part of corporate America. At least as President he would move us away from the dangerous extremism of the Bush administration. He is in favor with the powers-that-be in the Democratic National Committee and as a friend to corporate America he will face much less hostility from the corporate media than someone farther left and therefore stands a better chance of getting elected. Look what happened to Howard Dean.

The real question is whether America can stand four more years of Bush. I was trying to concisely summarize the list of his wrongs and I can't do it! The constitution, the poor, the environment, the budget, jobs, the middle class, corporate corruption, corporate welfare, war, overseas relations, all are incredibly worse for Bush being president. He is certainly the worst president in a hundred years or more. He makes Nixon, Reagan, and his father look like saints.

The most important thing for us to do is get rid of Bush. If we have a slightly corrupted Kerry instead, it will be an order of magnitude better than the fully corrupt and highly evil Bush administration.

and don't forget 02.Mar.2004 18:02

someone who hasn't

"The constitution, the poor, the environment, the budget, jobs, the middle class, corporate corruption, corporate welfare, war, overseas relations, all are incredibly worse for Bush being president."

Not to mention the democrats, including Kerry and Edwards, supporting him every step of the way. On which of these issues is Kerry different from Bush again?

Have a nice night.

Don't Let Your Emotions Get In The Way 02.Mar.2004 19:34

Elmore

Quote:
"Not to mention the democrats, including Kerry and Edwards, supporting him every step of the way. On which of these issues is Kerry different from Bush again?"

Your frustration and anger over the situation we find ourselves in are completely warranted, but you're wrong about Kerry and Edwards supporting Bush's wholesale deconstruction of America. Yes, they haven't been as active as they should have been, especially when it came to voting for the Iraq war, but don't forget, in secret sessions, the Senate was told by the Bush administration that Saddam was partially responsible for 9/11 and had the power to attack the East Coast with nuclear weapons within forty-five minutes. That sounds like a pretty dangerous threat (too bad it was a total lie) and I can understand why Senators would support their President in such a situation.

And yes, Kerry and Edwards haven't been as active in anti-Bush politics as they should have been, but in the Senate both of them have consistently voted against Bush's most heinous propositions.

In November we are probably going to have one choice; between Kerry, a mild centrist Democrat with some baggage, and four more years of Bush, the most dangerous president in history. You can follow your idealism and vote Green, or vote Nader, or not vote at all, or you can vote for someone who at least will bring us back to some semblance of sanity.

It's your choice.

Have a nice night!

stay angry and stupid 02.Mar.2004 20:24

me

jesus christ!!! Complain about Kerry! who the hell do you expect as a better alternative to Bush? The pope can't run----he's polish!!!
Have a nice night!!

angry people with a bad attitude--i ownder if they should be allowed to vote!

Kerry is the one on the right 02.Mar.2004 20:53

jlii

Kerry is the one on the right, I think, but at least they are both smiling not smirking.

In the End we can all vote for Bush or vote against Bush.

One thing that does matter is the racist notion that the last time, in 2000, people who voted for Nadar cost Gore the election. This is bullshit for a couple of reasons. the fact that when all the votes were counted Gore win the poplar vote and win in Florida. This aside the bigger problem now is saying Nadar votes cost Gore the election overlooks the 60,000 people of color that were robbed their votes. Not to place this higher than how the greens voted is to deign these people their identity again. It is to deign them again that they count, this time by 'progressives'.

Elmore and 'me' 02.Mar.2004 21:39

are each BEYOND deluded.

"someone who at least will bring us back to some semblance of sanity"

--hmmm. and this person is John Kerry?

who married the multimillionaire widow heir to the John Heinz Ketchup Fortune?

Yale Skull & Bones Blood Brother of G.W. Bu$h?

you each have A LOT TO LEARN in the coming four years.

Elmore - 02.Mar.2004 21:50

WHY ARE YOU BOTHERING TO POST COMMENTS !??!?!?????

"OK, so Kerry is solidly part of corporate America."

--WTF?

get off of here, Troll. we can get that from Fox/CNN if we didn't already know.

either discuss and confront the issues faced, or GET THE FUCK OUT.

The Illegal Invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan (and *now ongoing, resultant civil wars* in both) would have occurred with or without 9-11, or Bu$h -- although it as a pretext and he in office at the time did make them easier.

"That sounds like a pretty dangerous threat (too bad it was a total lie) and I can understand why Senators would support their President in such a situation."

--FUCK YOU, "Elmore" Disinformationalist Clown. If Kerry (and many others in Congress) were half the ex-Vietnam activists they once professed to be they would have NIPPED THAT BULLSHIT IN THE BUD.

as it stands, Kerry and other DemRepulicrats went right along with Bu$hit and their Patriot Act/Homeland Security / Illegal War-Invasion policies instantaneously - and now they say they were "confused" or "misled" ??!?!? after U.S. Citizens expressed their opposition to the Iraq War Resolution to their representatives 10 to 1 *against*?

that's the biggest CROCK OF SHIT.

EVERYONE from the U.N. to the C.I.A. on down KNEW that the WMD claims were TOTAL BULLSHIT. and now it's FULLY PROVEN.

"Elmore"'s explanation? "too bad it was a total lie" . . .

Too bad YOU'RE A TOTAL DISINFORMATIONALIST Troll, you fucking sack of shit 'Elmore'. FUCK YOU.

disappointed with democrats 02.Mar.2004 21:57

ex-democrat voter

"but in the Senate both of them have consistently voted against Bush's most heinous propositions. "

Really? Like what, voting for the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, authorizing the Iraq war and its subsequent funding, the Help America Vote Act, the Healthy Forest Initiative, Bush's multiple tax cuts... Have Kerry or Edwards opposed any of these? Which votes of there's justifies this faith in Kerry's opposition that it has 1) existed, 2) been consistent, 3) been effective. Kerry's votes have been politically expedient which is not to say he might not do things differently as president, but trying to run him on his record as someone opposed to Bush is a disastrous strategy because it just isn't true.

"the Senate was told by the Bush administration that Saddam was partially responsible for 9/11 and had the power to attack the East Coast with nuclear weapons within forty-five minutes"

This is another one for Kerry supporters that I have: millions of people in this country knew Bush and his administration were lying. Was Kerry too stupid to realize it or was he just doing what was politically expedient (despite the actions of congress authorizing the president to go to war were a direct violation of the constitution)? I tend to lean toward the latter. I think Kerry knew that Hussein wasn't a threat but voted for the war because it was politically expedient. And in many ways I think that is worse than being duped by the Bush administration. But has Kerry apologized, of course not. He attacks Bush out one side of his mouth and with the other talks about how we need more troops in Iraq.

And are the democrats not the least bit disappointed that Kerry and Edwards both oppose gay marriage?

If the democrats had any semblance of sanity they'd run a candidate that has at least opposed Bush some of the time and has articulated a different set of policies for this country, like Kucinich. You might then find support among the progressive community. But Kerry, he's pro-war, anti-gay rights, voted with Bush more times than not, and brags about how much he's like Clinton. Can't the democrats do better?

Dear Democrats 02.Mar.2004 22:55

GRINGO STARS

Sometimes I watch TV too, Democrats. I like the pretty moving lights. They hypnotize me and make me high. Studies have shown that TV makes the mind LESS active than when sleeping. Go figure.

So it is in that pleasantly passive, suggestible state that you are most susceptible to being impressed with something or someone. When kerry says things that you actually WANT a US Presidential frontrunner to say, you might even give him (invariably a straight white male of course) the benefit of the doubt. Hell, you might even BELIEVE the guy.

Oops. Back up.

Switch the TV off. Shake the intoxicants out of your system.

Think.

Research what the possible alpha male just said. Are his claims true? Has he been truthful with you?

Kerry lies every single day. This is part of his job. Research what he says versus what is actually true, and you will soon find that you are completely unable to believe anything he says ever again.

Kerry this, Kerry that 03.Mar.2004 11:15

tired of hearing people complain about Kerry dennis30@royaume.com

If you like being poor and having little chance of employment, if you like having the most unpopular president outside of the US in 150 years, if you like being lied to by your President about 9/11, lied to about energy issues, having your civil rights infringed upon by the powers that be, then vote again for Bush. or. .. YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY SOMEONE HAS THE BALLS TO TAKE ON THIS FREAKIN PSEUDO FACIST REGIME. When I hear complaints about Kerry I wonder: could you do a better job? No-otherwise your ass would not be looking on this website. Do you have any idea what it takes to become a Senator and then run against the most money hungry, corrupt President in US History? Quit your complaining.

If you are not for Kerry, you are for Bush. It's that freakin simple, Remember 2000? or has the weed made you forget?


ps people who post anonymous messages have no courage

'tired of hearing people complain about Kerry' = TROLL. 03.Mar.2004 11:31

NICE NAME: "people post anonymous messages have no courage"

"if you like being lied to by your President about 9/11, lied to about energy issues, having your civil rights infringed upon by the powers that be, then vote again for Bush. or. .. YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY SOMEONE HAS THE BALLS TO TAKE ON THIS FREAKIN PSEUDO FACIST REGIME."

>>>>"BALLS" ?

Kerry voted FOR Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, the USA Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. His policies on national health care, NAFTA, WTO, and the drug war are identical to Bush and the Republicans.

Kerry's "BALLSY" votes.

Bush's tax cuts
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00170
Kerry - Absent

Bush's tax cuts
Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00044
Kerry - Yea
(This one did extend unemployment and gave tax cuts to businesses, though only temporarily, supposedly)

Patriot Act
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00302
Kerry - Yea

Homeland Security Act
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00249
Kerry - Yea

Help America Vote Act
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00238
Kerry - Yea

Terrorism Risk Protection Act
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00252
Kerry - Yea

Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00237
Kerry - Yea

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN01050:@@@L&summ2=m&
Kerry - Yea

Amendment SA 715 - To strike the repeal of the prohibition on research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons.
 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00186
Kerry - Absent

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281914.shtml
btw, TROLL -- thanks for posting your email to TROLL for respondents.

P.S. ' dennis30@royaume.com ' TROLL - 03.Mar.2004 11:49

What's up with the French email

address?

Ex-republican Voter 03.Mar.2004 16:11

Bird dog

Not to worry about the lies we get from washington.
The house of cards they have built is falling all around them and proof of it will continue to grow this year.

Wait and watch the show!
For the wall of lies will fall this year!

I feel betrayed by our Commander-n-Chief 2. 14.Mar.2004 00:26

CA Animal Lover

(Americans Love John Kerry)

I am saddened as many of you that so many good fellow Americans are unaware of the
damage done to our Beautiful Country. John Kerry has brought Bush to realize he
cannot do as he pleases discarding the American People's wishes anymore. We need to stand up
and and help and fight with John Kerry in defending our Freedom and Constitutional rights.

(America Loves John Kerry)

quesion 14.Mar.2004 03:20

the truth

How is voting for the patriot act "defending our Freedom and Constitutional rights"?