imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Four More Years?

by Lex Concord Friday, Sep. 05, 2003 at 2:30 AM

With polls showing that up to 16% of the electorate is philosophically libertarian, this could be the real swing vote in 2004. Will libertarians decide that the Democratic candidate is the lesser of two evils for once? Or will they simply stay home in disgust on Election Day?

Four More Years?

Lex Concord

Just four short months ago, President Bush looked unbeatable. Iraq had fallen quickly with minimal American casualties, the economy was poised to recover, and the Democrats were in disarray. Today, the outlook is much less promising for the Republicans. Every day brings new reports of American deaths and terrorist activity in Iraq. The economy looks better in government reports, but not to the millions of long-term unemployed voters. Vermont Governor Howard Dean has emerged as the clear Democratic front-runner, speaking to large, enthusiastic crowds. If President Bush wants to salvage this rapidly deteriorating situation and win a second term, what should he do?

Promising more of the same from the past four years, or smearing Dean as too liberal won't cut it. More and more Americans are realizing that a tax cut today does little good if government spending spirals out of control, increasing the deficits and our future tax bills. Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, like Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, are nowhere to be found.

Dean is the governor of our most liberal state, but he has governed as a fiscal conservative, balancing the Vermont budget every year. Dean's support of the Second Amendment may be overstated, but so is the President's. Dean wants to increase federal government involvement in health care, but so does Bush. The President's campaign advisers may use Dean's support of civil unions for gay couples against him, but it's an issue that will likely appeal only to social conservatives who would never vote Democratic anyway. The rest of us will be concerned with more important issues.

If the President wants to win a second term, he should immediately announce a timetable for extracting all U.S. forces from Iraq. The invasion was supposed to be a liberation, and a liberated people should govern themselves. An immediate pullback might be impractical and leave Iraq in chaos, but a staged withdrawal, slowly turning control back to the Iraqi people and reducing the number of American troops at risk, would be a responsible course to follow. It would also serve to answer critics at home and abroad who are understandably confused on what the real motives for the invasion might have been. The timetable should be flexible, but in no case should extend past November 1, 2004. If President Bush wants to start erasing doubts about his integrity, a promise to be kept by Election Day would be a good place to start.

After dealing with the nagging questions about his exit strategy for Iraq, President Bush should turn his attention to another point of vulnerability -- his Administration's blatant disregard for our civil liberties. More and more Americans are realizing that the Patriot Act, like the war on Iraq, was both unconstitutional and unnecessary. Republican candidates can generally count on the support of pro-liberty voters, who view the Democrats as greater enemies of the Bill of Rights, but Bush should not count on the pro-liberty vote this time around, since he has done little to seek it.

With polls showing that up to 16% of the electorate is philosophically libertarian, this could be the real swing vote in 2004. Will the Libertarian Party finally break through with a significant showing, thanks to the Patriot Act? Will libertarians decide that the Democratic candidate is the lesser of two evils for once? Or will they simply stay home in disgust on Election Day? President Bush should make a bold move to reclaim this part of the crumbling Republican coalition. He should ask for Attorney General John Ashcroft's resignation, then pledge to tone down enforcement of the Patriot Act, and let it expire.

Bush may have the social conservative vote locked up, but fiscal conservatives are beginning to wonder why they voted for him last time. Starting with Bill Clinton's bloated budget, the President has increased federal spending by 20% in just three years. His unchecked spending increases and a soft economy have led to record budget deficits and a growing claim on our future wages for interest payments on the ballooning national debt. It's time to junk the "compassionate conservative" neosocialist platform, and draw up a new set of budget plans for the next four years, if Bush hopes to be around to implement them. Start with a 5% across-the-board spending cut the first year, then freeze spending for the next three years. Mandatory cost of living adjustments in some programs would force targeted cuts in others, but fiscal discipline and leadership on such a modest scale shouldn't be too challenging for any Harvard MBA worthy of that degree. Holding the line on spending for just a few years would quickly erase the deficit, and save American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

Will President Bush withdraw U.S. Forces from Iraq, dump Ashcroft, and reinvent himself as a true fiscal conservative? It hardly seems likely, given his record from the past few years. Small-government voters are unlikely to waste their votes on a Democrat, but as Bush continues to blur the differences between the two old parties, many will view a Libertarian vote as a more viable option. Libertarian candidates Michael Badnarik and Gary Nolan don't yet have the following of a Howard Dean or a Ross Perot, but at some point, Americans fed up with bigger government and declining freedoms will seek out a candidate willing to say enough is enough.

That candidate doesn't reside in the White House.


Lex Concord writes on politics and current events.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 9 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
I heard Dean speak Dan The Bassman Friday, Sep. 05, 2003 at 11:50 PM
Dean is a moderate wavemaster Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 12:45 AM
Dennis Kucinich pollster Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 1:46 AM
Pay NO ATTENTION to Dennis kuschinich Pay NO ATTENTION to Dennis kuschinich Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 2:36 AM
Kucinich is a Commie Justin Raimondo Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 3:11 AM
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 3:18 AM
Me pollster Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 12:57 PM
Justin Raimondo The ghost of Sen. Joseph McCarthy Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 12:58 PM
Gary Nolan Info more rational Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at 9:20 AM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy