Can't Kerry On

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:04 AM

How better to comment on John Kerry than by quoting his speech (and a few other choice quotes)? I think I will do that. And in doing so, let this serve as my official nomination of a presidential candidate (click the link for the nominating portion of this post — if you can't wait — otherwise, “kerry” on for just a bit longer).

John Kerry on Negative Campaigning
I want to address these next words directly to President George W. Bush: In the weeks ahead, let's be optimists, not just opponents. Let's build unity in the American family, not angry division. … My friends, the high road may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And that's why Republicans and Democrats must make this election a contest of big ideas, not small-minded attacks
“I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a vice president who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States.”

“As president, I will not privatize Social Security. I will not cut benefits. And together, we will make sure that senior citizens never have to cut their pills in half because they can't afford life-saving medicine. … And that is the choice in this election.”

“For four years, we've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. … You don't value families by kicking kids out of after school programs and taking cops off our streets, so that Enron can get another tax break.”

Tim Says: Did you notice how he mentions Enron? Not just the rich — after all, not all of us hate the rich.

“[T]hink of what Ron Reagan said of his father a few weeks ago, and I want to say this to you tonight: I don't wear my own faith on my sleeve. But faith has given me values and hope to live by, from Vietnam to this day, from Sunday to Sunday. I don't want to claim that God is on our side.”

Tim Says: If you didn't realize it already, Ron “Rampaging” Reagan was attacking President Bush with that quip. And, yes, despite Reagan Jr.'s delusions, President Reagan was quite religious — “Moral Majority,” anyone?

John Kerry and His Family on Outsourcing
“We value an America that exports products, not jobs — and we believe American workers should never have to subsidize the loss of their own job.”
Counterpoint: The Times of India reports, courtesy of BlogsForBush:
“H J Heinz & Co, the family business of Kerry and his wife Teresa, has spread its ketchup operations across the world. Of the 79 factories that the food processor owns, 57 are overseas. Heinz makes ketchup, pizza crust, baby cereal and other edibles in such countries as Poland, Venezuela, Botswana, Thailand, and most of all, China and India.”
John Kerry on Health care
“Our health care plan for a stronger America cracks down on the waste, greed and abuse in our health care system, and will save families up to $1,000 a year on their premiums. You'll get to pick your own doctor — and patients and doctors, not insurance company bureaucrats, will make medical decisions. Under our plan, Medicare will negotiate lower drug prices for seniors. And all Americans will be able to buy less expensive prescription drugs from countries like Canada.”
Sounds like private health care still, right? Maybe not:
“And when I'm president, America will stop being the only advanced nation in the world which fails to understand that health care is not a privilege for the wealthy, the connected, and the elected — it is a right for all Americans.”

A $1,000 tax deduction will not provide universal healthcare. So what is John Kerry talking about? The true meaning of this can mean one of several things. Most likely, he either means that the government will offer everyone “senator quality” health care, or he will expand Medicaid to provide health care to those who don't have it/can't afford it.

Which will not help the deficit, it will cause it to skyrocket. There's a reason we are the only advanced nation with a relatively small 33% tax rate for most incomes. Many “advanced nations” with health care have over 50% taxes on income. Will you be better off with “free” health care but with nearly 50% more taxes?

If universal health care is provided, consider if it cost just $50 a month per person, far less than private health care does. While that is not likely, let's just consider it. What would that do to the Federal budget? It would add $175,800,000,000 to it ($175 billion dollars) per year. Now, consider that bypass surgery costs at least $30,000 per operation and consider this is a very frequently performed surgery. If we figure that each person's share of the health care costs was $50/month, it would take fifty years for the government to break even on that one person. Now if we assume that probably everyone will need at least $30,000 in health care services over their lifetime, and very likely many will need far more, you'll see how $50/month per person just isn't enough. And, what if we bumped it up to $100/month per person — still less than half of a private insurance plan — the Federal budget would then go up by a whopping $350 billion dollars a year.

That's without considering that usually when the government is involved the prices of stuff goes up. So, when hospitals cost more to use, drugs cost more and doctors cost more… will even $350 billion dollars a year be enough?

As an aside, the anti-Bush tax cut Tax Foundation site puts the Bush tax cuts for 2002 and 2003 at just $188 billion, less than what we've calculated above is needed just to provide universal health care. John Edwards, on Wednesday, told us the Kerry-Edwards plan would only roll back the tax cuts for the top 2% of income earners and would use it to pay for all kinds of things — where is the rest of the health care money going to come from?

Also, consider this: you might say, well, just provide socialized health care to those who don't have health care. Well guess what? As soon as businesses learn they don't need to provide health care to attract employees, do you think they will still foot the bill? Likely not. So, the amount of people that the government would need to give health care services to would vastly increase at an alarming rate.

John Kerry on Stem Cells
“What if we find a breakthrough to cure Parkinson's, diabetes, Alzheimer's and AIDS?  What if we have a president who believes in science, so we can unleash the wonders of discovery like stem cell research to treat illness and save millions of lives?”

Tim Says: This would easily fit into the Bush bashing quotes I listed at the beginning next to Kerry's quote about positive campaigning, but let's consider it here instead. Does President Bush believe in science? Yes, I think so. But believing in science doesn't require doing everything science can do when there are ethical issues involved.

Guess what? There are ethical issues involved. If you are like me and believe that even the tiniest embryo is a real human being, then you must be willing to advocate murder before you can advocate stem cell research. Maybe that isn't the case — but I'd rather assume that and be proven wrong some day (although how you prove this either way other than through philosophy is beyond me) than to assume embryos are just cells and find out I advocated murder. President Bush took the middle ground: he chose to allow continued federal usage of already created stem cell lines, but prohibited further stem cell line creation — that makes sense (note that the President hasn't and can't stop private funding of stem cell research by himself).

Secondly, what Kerry and Company want to do, essentially, is promoting cloning for research and as well as using the murdered babies that died through abortion for research. The former is done through a technique known as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT). SCNT is what was used to create Dolly the Sheep. SCNT is what Embryonic Stem Cell researchers want to use to create more stem cells to use. It is prohibited in Germany because the difference between the process to clone a human being for reproduction and for research is non-existant. The Germans don't want to come anywhere near the Nazi-era legacy of eugenics and such — and we would do wise to heed what they know by experience.

Thirdly, many scientists now think that using stem cells in the umbilical cord, after the birth of a baby, may be just as useful as the embryonic stem cells Kerry and Co. want to use. Finally, many (most?) scientists who are really willing to research the evidence admit that stem cells don't appear to be doing anything useful for Alzheimer's like they thought they would.

John Kerry Lies
“You don't value families if you force them to take up a collection to buy body armor for a son or daughter in the service, if you deny veterans health care, or if you tell middle-class families to wait for a tax cut, so that the wealthiest among us can get even more.”

Tim Says: The body armor, from what I've read, was/is included in the $87 billion dollar budget John Kerry “voted for before [he] voted against it” (his words).

The President's tax cuts have applied across the board. It is silly to suggest the cuts have only been of benefit to the wealthy. It is also foolish to suggest that the wealthy should front the bill for all of us, in essence, to level the playing field. That kind of thinking goes under a name John Kerry doesn't want associated with himself: SOCIALIST.

Whereas the current president of the United States is the forty third president of this union.

Whereas the forty third president of the United States of America is George Walker Bush;

Whereas the present year is the two thousand and fourth year of our Lord;

Whereas the current election pits John Forbes Kerry, a senator with a dubious record, against George Walker Bush;

I hereby declare the forty-third president of the United States of America, George Walker Bush, the official candidate of asisaid in the upcoming presidential election.

Go! Go! Go! Four More Years! Go Dubya!

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5 comments posted so far.

RE: Can't Kerry On

“None of the Above” gets my vote!

Posted by Ed Hurst - Aug 02, 2004 | 10:58 AM- Location: Rural SE Texas

RE: Can't Kerry On

Wow, this is a long one. Ok, I’ll make a deal. I’ll read yours if you read mine.  ;)

Posted by Pressed - Aug 02, 2004 | 12:40 PM- Location: MO

RE: Can't Kerry On

Ok, I am done reading yours. It’s much better than my little soap box.  :)

Posted by Pressed - Aug 02, 2004 | 12:48 PM- Location: MO

RE: Can't Kerry On

Ed: are you going libertarian, constitutional or none at all? :-)

Pressed: Yup, it turned out longer than I planned. I was planning on reading yours today — I didn’t want to accidentally lift your arguments, so I was waiting until I wrote mine.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Aug 02, 2004 | 3:52 PM- Location: MO

RE: Can't Kerry On

I vote in a chaotic fashion. If a Libertarian is the ballot, they get my vote first. Next, just about any 3rd party. After that, I choose mostly Repubs, or anyone not appearing in any political ads. I vote down most law changes, unless I know the change is for the better. For the most part, I take none of it seriously. You know….

Posted by Ed Hurst - Aug 02, 2004 | 5:36 PM- Location: Rural SE Texas

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