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None of the frontrunners should lead country

By Lynne

Last year, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney left the Democratic party and decided to seek the Green party presidential nomination. Last month, Ralph Nader announced his fourth presidential run, his second as an Independent. Last week, former Senator Mike Gravel announced that he was leaving the Democratic party and seeking the Libertarian party nomination.

But the two-party system still has three main presidential candidates remaining, whose combined fundraising will make this the most expensive election campaign in history.

Frankly, I don't want any of them in charge.

(continued) Barack Obama:

The man certainly gives a good speech. But change is something you get from the cashier at your local supermarket — a lot more valuable than campaign trail rhetoric, no matter how charismatic the speaker. He’s raised enough money that I expected to know more about his actual policies.

Hillary Clinton:

I didn’t watch Dynasty when it was a top television show and I don’t want to see a re-run of the Clinton family in the White House. But it’s great that she is still in the race. Primary season isn’t over and millions of voters haven’t had a chance to be heard. Elections are about choice and the Democratic Party Convention in August is an election, after all.

John McCain:

I fundamentally disagree with McCain on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a women’s right to control her reproductive health and so much more. His health care plan makes me sick and he barely even has an environmental platform.

“I believe climate change is real” is not coherent public policy designed to protect the planet’s finite resources; it’s nothing more than a lame sound bite for his campaign video. And McCain scored a big fat ZERO on the League of Conservation Voters scorecard for 2007:

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) scored 0 percent in 2007 (24 percent lifetime) due to missing all 15 votes scored, including the key vote on repealing tax giveaways to big oil — a measure that failed by only one vote.

You can’t get any worse than that. Okay, sure, he’s busy on the campaign trail. But missing votes on important legislation on fuel efficiency, oil refineries, water resources, eminent domain, renewable energy, population and farm bill subsidies is absolutely appalling — especially for someone who calls himself a steward of the environment.

Webster’s dictionary defines stewardship as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care” and, to me, that implies actually doing something. Like, for example, showing up to vote.

Most of us would be fired if we had that kind of attendance record — especially workers making the extremely low minimum wage McCain didn’t want to increase.

Last I heard, McCain is drawing a paycheck as a US Senator. I wonder if his ethics reform package has anything to say about elected representatives acting like their taxpayer-funded jobs are pet projects?

McCain likes to tout his bold solutions for reforming government but he voted against full voting rights for the District of Columbia. The concept of no taxation without representation must not be his cup of tea.

His “moderate maverick” label — I’m not buying it.

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