Why michael likes wesley clark

O.k. this is actually why Michael Moore likes Wesley Clark but I can’t find much to disagree with here…

  1. Clark has committed to ensuring that every family of four who makes under $50,000 a year pays NO federal income tax. None. Zip. This is the most incredible helping hand offered by a major party presidential candidate to the working class and the working poor in my lifetime. He will make up the difference by socking it to the rich with a 5% tax increase on anything they make over a million bucks. He will make sure corporations pay ALL of the taxes they should be paying. Clark has fired a broadside at greed. When the New York Times last week wrote that Wes Clark has been “positioning himself slightly to Dean’s left,” this is what they meant, and it sure sounded good to me.
  2. He is 100% opposed to the draft. If you are 18-25 years old and reading this right now, I have news for you — if Bush wins, he’s going to bring back the draft. He will be forced to. Because, thanks to his crazy war, recruitment is going to be at an all-time low. And many of the troops stuck over there are NOT going to re-enlist. The only way Bush is going to be able to staff the military is to draft you and your friends. Parents, make no mistake about it — Bush’s second term will see your sons taken from you and sent to fight wars for the oily rich. Only an ex-general who knows first-hand that a draft is a sure-fire way to wreck an army will be able to avert the inevitable.
  3. He is anti-war. Have you heard his latest attacks on Bush over the Iraq War? They are stunning and brilliant. I want to see him on that stage in a debate with Bush — the General vs. the Deserter! General Clark told me that it’s people like him who are truly anti-war because it’s people like him who have to die if there is a war. “War must be the absolute last resort,” he told me. “Once you’ve seen young people die, you never want to see that again, and you want to avoid it whenever and wherever possible.” I believe him. And my ex-Army relatives believe him, too. It’s their votes we need.
  4. He walks the walk. On issues like racism, he just doesn’t mouth liberal platitudes — he does something about it. On his own volition, he joined in and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the University of Michigan’s case in favor of affirmative action. He spoke about his own insistence on affirmative action in the Army and how giving a hand to those who have traditionally been shut out has made our society a better place. He didn’t have to get involved in that struggle. He’s a middle-aged white guy — affirmative action personally does him no good. But that is not the way he thinks. He grew up in Little Rock, one of the birthplaces of the civil rights movement, and he knows that African Americans still occupy the lowest rungs of the ladder in a country where everyone is supposed to have “a chance.” That is why he has been endorsed by one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Charlie Rangel, and former Atlanta Mayor and aide to Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young.
  5. On the issue of gun control, this hunter and gun owner will close the gun show loophole (which would have helped prevent the massacre at Columbine) and he will sign into law a bill to create a federal ballistics fingerprinting database for every gun in America (the DC sniper, who bought his rifle in his own name, would have been identified after the FIRST day of his killing spree). He is not afraid, as many Democrats are, of the NRA. His message to them: “You like to fire assault weapons? I have a place for you. It’s not in the homes and streets of America. It’s called the Army, and you can join any time!”
  6. He will gut and overhaul the Patriot Act and restore our constitutional rights to privacy and free speech. He will demand stronger environmental laws. He will insist that trade agreements do not cost Americans their jobs and do not exploit the workers or environment of third world countries. He will expand the Family Leave Act. He will guarantee universal pre-school throughout America. He opposes all discrimination against gays and lesbians (and he opposes the constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage). All of this is why Time magazine this week referred to Clark as “Dean 2.0” — an improvement over the original (1.0, Dean himself), a better version of a good thing: stronger, faster, and easier for the mainstream to understand and use.
  7. He will cut the Pentagon budget, use the money thus saved for education and health care, and he will STILL make us safer than we are now. Only the former commander of NATO could get away with such a statement. Dean says he will not cut a dime out of the Pentagon. Clark knows where the waste and the boondoggles are and he knows that nutty ideas like Star Wars must be put to pasture. His health plan will cover at least 30 million people who now have no coverage at all, including 13 million children. He’s a general who will tell those swing voters, “We can take this Pentagon waste and put it to good use to fix that school in your neighborhood.” My friends, those words, coming from the mouth of General Clark, are going to turn this country around.

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