Thursday, October 12, 2000

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  • The Great Tax Dodge

    In spite of daily reports of an America teeming with prosperity, the question of tax cuts is predictably one of the major issues in the upcoming presidential election. George W. Bush is proposing a tax restructuring plan that will cost $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, the structure of which has yet to be heard. Al Gore has promised $500 billion in tax cuts over the next decade. The back-and-forth sniping over billions and trillions of dollars in budget and surplus numbers promises for a confusing, contentious economic debate in the weeks ahead, leaving voters to wonder who is paying income tax in this country.

  • Debate Lite 2

    Well last night in Winston-Salem the second joint press appearance of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates took place. This time Al Gore and George W Bush were sitting around a table as they generally agreed on most of the night’s topics from foreign policy to juvenile justice and even racial profiling. The only real place moderator Jim Lehrer managed to find disagreement was on the topic of US military intervention. Gore supported most military actions of the last twenty years saying that the US military needs to be used for both humanitarian intervention and nation-building purposes. Bush on the other hand said the US did the right thing to not intervene in the massacre in Rwanda while he lauded the US training of the Nigerian military as a peace keeping force for Africa.

  • The Power Plays of the Enron Corporation

    Well we heard the debate last night between George W Bush and Al Gore, a joint press appearance that is all worked out before hand by the two parties in terms of what the parties will accept regarding questions and format. There is only one interviewer, Jim Lehrer, of the Lehrer News Hours on PBS, and many corporate sponsors, AT&T and Archer-Daniels Midland among the largest donors to the debates. But they are not allowed to single out any one corporate sponsor.