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Norman Bernstein
06-16-2015, 10:40 AM
This brings up a good point: if there isn't much sunlight between the positions of all of these GOP candidates... then what are they going to debate?



All of them (including Bush) agree on handing over the largest share possible of the country's resources and public assets to private corporations and banks.

All of them (including Bush) want to shred the social safety net (http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31148-santorum-thinks-welfare-causes-domestic-violence-and-other-gop-presidential-news)and privatize or slash Social Security.

All of them want to bust labor unions, especially teachers unions, and privatize public education in the name of "school choice."

They all favor "free trade" deals that outsource American jobs and balloon the trade deficit.

All (but one) of them want to bomb or invade any nation (https://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/17/1307579/-Jon-Stewart-goes-after-Iraq-nbsp-War-nbsp-cheerleaders?detail=emailclassic)in the world deemed a "threat." (http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2015/04/24-gop-presidential-candidates-hawkish-foreign-policy-skinner)

None of them see global climate change as requiring urgent measures to move the world away from fossil fuels.

They don't particularly like women's reproductive rights.

They're against net neutrality and the Affordable Care Act.

They've vowed never to pass a new tax on the rich (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/rand-paul-grover-norquist-pledge_n_7137536.html) or corporations.

They despise the EPA, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

They're against any federal debt relief for student loans.

They're against raising the minimum wage (and some of them don't even believe in the concept).

So what in terms of public policy is left to "debate?"

Paul Pless
06-16-2015, 10:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWZ-e3T1gVI

Norman Bernstein
06-16-2015, 10:44 AM
Pless, are you suggesting that the REAL value in these debates is to see which one steps on his own you-know-what? :)

S.V. Airlie
06-16-2015, 10:47 AM
Discuss Trump's hair style (provided Trump runs)
Discuss Christie's weight (if he decides to run)
Discuss age of candidates
Discuss one's patriotism
Discuss personal finances
Discuss each other's suits
Determine who can Blast the Dems the most!

David G
06-16-2015, 10:53 AM
Thanks to Citizens United... there is a huge pile of money on the far right. I think they'll be vying to prove they can move as right as Adelson, Koch, et.al. want them to. With that number of candidates, it's gonna be a bloody stampede. I hope they have plenty of wranglers on hand.

Oh... and they might spend a bit of time trying to draw actual policy position distinctions - but I think even this batch of whores realizes it's hopeless. And 'the base' doesn't care.

delecta
06-16-2015, 11:09 AM
Citizens United is a great thing for the economy, how else would you pry billions of dollars out of the hands of both sides........redistribution, isn't that what you call it.

You complain when they keep it, you whine when they spend it.