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2008 Independent for for President; 2004 Reform nominee; 2000 Green nominee:
Ralph Nader on the Issues

Ralph Nader on Abortion

  • Supports NOW�s agenda on Reproductive Rights. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports stem cell research. (Feb 2008)
  • Roe v. Wade is not at risk, even from GOP Supreme Court. (Oct 2002)
  • If Roe is reversed, decision just reverts to the states. (Sep 2002)
  • Threats to overturn Roe are �scare tactics�. (Nov 2000)
  • Women should decide whether to use RU-486, not government. (Oct 2000)
  • No government role; let women privately decide. (May 2000)
  • Roe v Wade is safe; GOP must back off pushing it. (Feb 2000)

Ralph Nader on Budget & Economy

  • Half of federal budget is now military spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Jobs lost may not be replaced by new ones. (Jul 2003)
  • 47 million full-time workers make less than $10 an hour. (Oct 2000)
  • Use surplus to rebuild country & provide for communal needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Top priorities: Infrastructure; poverty; preventive health. (Jul 2000)
  • High gas prices are the fruit of corporate power. (Jun 2000)
  • People indicators are down despite good economic indicators. (May 2000)
  • Two-tiered economy is unhealthy & troubling. (May 2000)
  • Allow citizen lawsuits for waste in govt spending. (Feb 2000)
  • The economy is down, when measured by human yardsticks. (Feb 2000)
  • Fed worries wrongly about wage inflation over profits. (Nov 1999)
  • Spend surplus on public works & infrastructure. (Jul 1999)
  • 1990s S&L crisis cost taxpayers billions. (Dec 1998)
  • GNP fails to measure quality of life. (Dec 1995)

Ralph Nader on Civil Rights

  • Safeguard the Constitution; the flag can take care of itself. (Oct 2008)
  • Ban desecration of the Constitution; not flag desecration. (Jan 2008)
  • Patriot Act associated with abuse of Muslim�s civil rights. (Nov 2004)
  • Get rid of gay discrimination fully, not halfway. (Jul 2004)
  • African Americans progress is too slow-we can do better. (Mar 2004)
  • Women are still second-class citizens in school athletics. (Jan 2003)
  • Questioned anti-female bias at 1950s Harvard Law School. (Oct 2002)
  • Truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. (Aug 2000)
  • Disagrees with ACLU on spending money as free speech. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports �impenetrable protection of privacy�. (Oct 1996)
  • Differentiate discriminatory justice from indiscriminate. (Oct 1996)
  • Political discourse narrows when media serves Mammon. (Dec 1995)

    Gay Rights

  • Nader supports gay marriage; but gay groups support Gore. (Nov 2000)
  • Equal gay rights, including civil union. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports Civil Union in Vermont and elsewhere. (May 2000)
  • Long history of fighting in sexual politics. (Feb 2000)

Ralph Nader on Corporations

  • Washington DC is corporate-occupied territory. (Feb 2008)
  • Obama & McCain differ, but neither takes on corporations. (Feb 2008)
  • Corporations have too much control over people�s lives. (Jan 2008)
  • Corporations control government; that defines fascism. (Jan 2008)
  • Citizens� agenda for cracking down on corporate crime. (Oct 2004)
  • No eminent domain gifts to private enterprises. (Aug 2004)
  • Legislative �tort deform� for consumers, not corporations. (Jul 2004)
  • Economic powers control our lives and our elections. (Jul 2004)
  • Capitalism can lead to fascism. (Jul 2004)
  • Corporations should not legally be counted as individuals. (Jul 2004)
  • Giant corporations roam the Earth making people into serfs. (Jul 2004)
  • Corporate politics is only free speech because money talks. (Oct 2002)
  • Major parties both focus on wealthy interests. (Oct 2002)
  • Net worth is $3.8 million; owns corporate stocks. (Oct 2002)
  • Consumerism is about corporations vs. citizens. (Sep 2002)
  • Shift power from corporations to consumers. (Oct 2000)
  • Ethical rules should REQUIRE reporting corporate misconduct. (Dec 1998)
  • Legal delaying tactics cause crisis in confidence in law. (Dec 1998)
  • Corporate state gives away public assets to private monopoly. (Dec 1998)

    Auto Safety

  • Instrumental in food safety laws as well as auto safety. (Feb 2008)
  • Auto safety devices are simple & cheap; but take years. (Oct 2000)
  • Safety regulation works; but Auto Safety Agency sold out. (Oct 2000)
  • More regulation for auto safety, with criminal penalties. (Oct 2000)
  • Cancel R&D giveaways to auto industry; let them do it. (Oct 2000)
  • Gore has given auto industry and other polluters a free ride. (Oct 2000)
  • Motor vehicles are the greatest environmental hazard. (Feb 2000)
  • DOT: Focus on safety and mass transit. (Oct 1996)
  • Automakers avoid replacing internal combustion engines. (Dec 1995)

    Consumer Rights

  • Long history of pushing for reforms to make consumers safer. (Oct 2008)
  • Instrumental in Consumer Product Safety Act and related laws. (Feb 2008)
  • Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare. (Sep 2000)
  • Address corporate crimes piecemeal AND by revoking charters. (Feb 2000)
  • More public disclosure of corporate lawsuit outcomes. (Dec 1998)
  • Billing quotas pressure corporate lawyers to pad bills. (Dec 1998)
  • Stop giving corporations the same rights as people. (Dec 1995)

    Corporate Welfare

  • Scrutinize even �good� corporate welfare which helps public. (Oct 2000)
  • Corporate welfare is a function of political corruption. (Oct 2000)
  • S&L bailout helped bankers & hurt consumers. (Oct 2000)
  • Rules needed for examining & challenging corporate welfare. (Oct 2000)
  • Disallow benefits to companies except for public purposes. (Oct 2000)
  • Stadiums & other local tax abatements ignore small business. (Oct 2000)
  • Federal regulation of state & local abatements & subsidies. (Oct 2000)
  • Bailouts: require payback; practice prevention by regulation. (Oct 2000)
  • Legislation to eliminate all corporate welfare. (Oct 2000)
  • $1000 bounty for suing for abuse of corporate welfare. (Oct 2000)
  • Big business influence hurts democracy. (Jun 2000)
  • Corporate sponsorship turns debates into beer commercials. (Jun 2000)
  • Corporate government has hijacked political leadership. (Feb 2000)
  • States & the public should oppose corporate tax breaks. (Apr 1999)
  • Role of government is to counteract power of corporations. (Apr 1996)
  • Coined the term �corporate welfare�. (Jul 1995)

Ralph Nader on Crime

  • Opposed 1996 expansion of the federal death penalty. (Feb 2008)
  • Crime in the suites worse than crime in the streets. (Sep 2002)
  • Decreasing unemployment reduces crime; not enforcement. (Aug 2000)
  • Death penalty does not deter. (Aug 2000)
  • Moratorium on executions. (Aug 2000)
  • Some executed by death penalty were innocent. (Jul 2000)
  • Pollution & toxic exposure cause more deaths than homicide. (Jun 2000)
  • Death penalty does not deter & is discriminatory. (Jun 2000)
  • Focus on crime prevention instead of harsher sentences. (Jun 2000)
  • Police must follow the law too. (May 2000)
  • Product liability suits are a pillar of democracy. (Mar 1996)
  • Lawyers & victims need unlimited contingency fees. (Mar 1996)
  • Regulatory agencies are needed to fight corporate crime. (Dec 1995)

Ralph Nader on Drugs

  • The drug war has failed, despite $50B annually. (Feb 2008)
  • Rehabilitation, not incarceration. (Jul 2004)
  • Women targeted by tobacco and alcohol companies. (Feb 2003)
  • Failed War on Drugs endangers communities. (Oct 2000)
  • Legalize marijuana, and treat addiction as a health problem. (Sep 2000)
  • Treat hemp like poppy seeds, not like heroin. (Sep 2000)
  • Remove industrial hemp from DEA drug list. (Jun 2000)
  • Replace Drug War with treatment and alternative sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports legalization of industrial hemp. (May 2000)
  • Solution to addiction is information, not prohibition. (Oct 1994)
  • Rated A+ by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)

Ralph Nader on Education

  • Abandon standardized testing; focus on teaching civic skills. (Oct 2000)
  • Invest in K-12 education; that will reduce poverty. (Jun 2000)
  • Teach democratic principles & citizenship in schools. (Feb 2000)
  • Kick Channel One & commercialism out of class. (May 1999)
  • Focus on civic & consumer education. (Oct 1996)
  • Support choice within public schools. (Jun 2000)

Ralph Nader on Energy & Oil

  • It is time to break our addiction to fossil fuels. (Feb 2008)
  • End subsidies of entrenched oil, nuclear, & coal interests. (Feb 2008)
  • US lags behind Europe & Japan in renewable energy. (Oct 2004)
  • Kyoto treaty is so watered down there�s nothing to fight for. (Nov 2000)
  • Drilling Alaska is a temporary fix for an inebriated system. (Oct 2000)
  • More renewables & more efficency to stave off global warming. (Jul 2000)
  • Raise CAFE standards; treat SUVs like cars. (Jul 2000)
  • Congress should revive energy policies before crisis. (Oct 1999)
  • Promote energy independence to avoid foreign wars. (Oct 1996)

Ralph Nader on Environment

  • Instrumental in establishing EPA, CAA, and CWA. (Feb 2008)
  • Dems surrendered to the auto industry on safety & pollution. (Oct 2002)
  • Charge agribusiness for water; stop charging more to people. (Oct 2000)
  • Mining companies get free mines for campaign contributions. (Oct 2000)
  • Highway pork leads to sprawl, air pollution, global warming. (Oct 2000)
  • End all commercial logging in National Forests. (Jul 2000)
  • Head off a genetic engineering rampage. (Feb 2000)
  • Protect whistleblowers on health, safety, & pollution. (Feb 2000)
  • Corporate collectivism leads toward ecological disaster. (Feb 2000)
  • More funds to maintain National Park system. (Jul 1999)
  • Ridiculous to sell public land for corporate gold mining. (Dec 1998)
  • National corporate charters for environmental bankruptcy. (Mar 1996)

Ralph Nader on Families & Children

  • More & more family functions are outsourced to corporations. (Feb 2007)
  • Corporations are commercializing the world of the child. (Jul 2004)
  • Democracy needs youth�s energy & participation. (Jun 2000)
  • Commercialism & TV make childrearing more difficult. (Jun 2000)
  • Support personal responsibility; teach dispute resolution. (Jun 2000)
  • TV ads targeting kids are �electronic child molesting�. (Feb 2000)
  • Corporate TV marketers are raising our kids. (Oct 1999)
  • National speed limit saves lives. (Mar 1996)
  • Commercial TV separates children from parents. (Dec 1995)

Ralph Nader on Foreign Policy

  • US should be the world�s humanitarian superpower. (Feb 2008)
  • Corporate activity destroys the third world. (Jul 2004)
  • Redefine national purpose to solve Third World scourges. (Jun 2000)
  • Support foreign peasants instead of foreign dictators. (Jun 2000)
  • Support social and economic justice across the globe. (Jun 2000)
  • Assist Russia & Israel in moving towards better governments. (Jun 2000)
  • Selling arms is not a good way to conduct foreign affairs. (Feb 2000)
  • Cuba: corporate sales of junk undermines their system. (Feb 2000)
  • Support human rights as cornerstone of US foreign policy. (Jun 2000)

Ralph Nader on Free Trade

  • In anti-globalization book, �The Case Against Free Trade�. (Feb 2008)
  • WTO makes trade supreme over labor, environment & consumers. (Feb 2008)
  • Free trade isn�t win-win: we�re exporting jobs. (Jul 2003)
  • High-tech jobs lost to foreign countries. (Jul 2003)
  • NAFTA and GATT supersede national and state laws. (Sep 2002)
  • Restrict IMF power, or abolish it. (Oct 2000)
  • End export assistance; it�s corporate welfare. (Oct 2000)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO �as if human beings mattered�. (Oct 2000)
  • Subordinate the commercial to human rights, enviro, & labor. (Jul 2000)
  • It�s not free trade; it�s corporate-managed trade. (Apr 2000)
  • NAFTA failures: $50B Mexico bailout; 400,000 exported jobs. (Oct 1996)
  • China & other dictatorships have no real free trade. (Jul 2000)

    Globalization

  • Globalization is a betrayal of workers and environment. (Nov 2000)
  • Seattle sparked movement to question corporate globalization. (Feb 2000)
  • �Battle of Seattle� convinced president to reconsider WTO. (Dec 1999)
  • Global trade concentrates power & homogenizes the globe. (Dec 1999)
  • WTO�s �trade uber alles� hurts environment, health, & safety. (Dec 1999)
  • A growing movement: international labor rights. (Aug 1999)
  • Multinational corporations challenge democracy. (Oct 1994)

Ralph Nader on Government Reform

  • I believe in strong regulatory agencies. (Nov 2008)
  • $13M for �educational� party conventions wastes tax dollars. (Jul 2004)
  • The two parties are proxies for corporate government. (Jul 2004)
  • National Youth Convention bypasses electoral fluff and bluff. (Oct 2002)
  • Lack of election opponents let corrupt pols stay in office. (Oct 2002)
  • Concentrated party power weakens democracy. (Feb 2000)
  • Ken Starr had conflict on partiality, and corporate ties. (Dec 1998)
  • Focus on anti-trust enforcement to help small business. (Oct 1996)
  • Government delivers more service than people realize. (Dec 1995)
  • Give voters more voices and choices. (Feb 2007)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • No PAC money, no commercial donations; only individuals. (Feb 2008)
  • Public funding of campaigns would fight corporate control. (Feb 2008)
  • Clean money means clean elections. (Oct 2002)
  • Dems & GOP say they want campaign reform, but do nothing. (Oct 2002)
  • Green Party does not take PAC, soft, or corporate cash. (Oct 2000)
  • No private money in public campaigns. (Aug 2000)
  • Spending campaign money is not free speech. (Feb 2000)
  • Public campaign finance; 12-year term limits. (Feb 2000)
  • Public election financing, with free TV & radio time. (Feb 2000)
  • 100% publicly funded campaigns, by $100 tax checkoff. (Oct 1996)

    Citizen Empowerment

  • Big problem in politics is excessive concentration of power. (Oct 2008)
  • Government become unresponsive to citizen groups in 1979. (Feb 2008)
  • Civic engagement fights corporate-government fascism. (Oct 2004)
  • Democracy gap: people must claim power, or the greedy will. (Jul 2004)
  • Giving information to people overcomes propaganda. (Jul 2004)
  • Change requires a critical mass of the involved. (Jul 2004)
  • Non-violent demonstrations are ignored by the press. (Oct 2002)
  • Primary architect of Freedom of Information Act. (Sep 2002)
  • Empower citizens via accurate information from govt. (Feb 2000)
  • Reinvent democracy via new tools for citizen empowerment. (Feb 2000)
  • Secret lawsuit settlements deprive public of power to decide. (Dec 1998)

    Legal Reform

  • Supreme Court nominees should have a sense of justice. (Aug 2000)
  • Justices need sense of justice & sense of history. (Jul 2000)
  • Supplement Legal Services Corporation with free lawyer work. (Dec 1998)
  • Tighten ethics rules on lawyers, to judge cases on merits. (Dec 1998)

    Voting Reform

  • For fair ballot access and fair debate access. (Feb 2008)
  • Instant Runoff Voting makes all votes count. (Jan 2008)
  • Taking away votes from Democrats gains leverage. (Jul 2004)
  • Advocate to allow people to vote �no confidence�. (Jul 2004)
  • Denying D.C. vote is colonial mentality by congress. (Oct 2002)
  • Government obstacles to voting make our elections oppressive. (Oct 2002)
  • Increase voting by weekend and holiday Election Days. (Sep 2002)
  • Allow voting for �None of the Above�. (Feb 2000)

Ralph Nader on Gun Control

  • Support Brady Bill & thoughtful gun control. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports trigger locks, licensing, & banning some guns. (Jun 2000)

Ralph Nader on Health Care

  • For single-payer; all major candidates oppose it. (Feb 2008)
  • Billing fraud and abuse costs $200B. (Feb 2008)
  • Single-payer health care plan over for-profit care. (Feb 2008)
  • 3.5% payroll tax to fund universal healthcare. (Sep 2002)
  • Enforce fair drug prices if sponsored by govt research. (Oct 2000)
  • Medicare prescriptions covered under universal health care. (Sep 2000)
  • Price restraints on drugs; limit profiteering. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes assisted suicide laws for terminally ill. (Aug 2000)
  • Cradle-to-grave health care better than Clinton�s plan. (Jul 2000)
  • Use Canadian system as a model for US. (May 2000)
  • Health care is a universal human right. (May 2000)
  • Recast health care in a non-profit mode. (Mar 2000)
  • Keep commercialism out of maternity wards. (Aug 1999)
  • Make medicines affordable in Third World. (Jul 1999)
  • Challenge the monetization of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO review procedures must be independent of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO plan: accountability, doctor-driven, independent review. (Jul 1999)
  • Stop shifting liability from HMOs to doctors. (Dec 1998)
  • Stop firing doctors for pointing out bad conditions at HMOs. (Dec 1998)
  • Big Pharma blocks selling generic drugs to Third World. (Dec 1998)
  • Criticizes �sweetheart deal� for big tobacco. (Nov 1998)

    Tobacco

  • Council for Tobacco Research is for propaganda, not research. (Dec 1998)
  • Tobacco industry hid truth via attorney-client privilege. (Dec 1998)
  • Let FDA regulate nicotine as an addictive drug. (Mar 1996)
  • Tobacco is the world�s worst air pollutant. (Oct 1994)

Ralph Nader on Homeland Security

  • A wasteful defense is a weak defense. (Feb 2008)
  • Hold Bush accountable for torture & illegal war. (Feb 2008)
  • Solving Palestinian-Israeli conflict would reduce terrorism. (Feb 2008)
  • End secret detentions & restore civil liberties. (Feb 2008)
  • Bush should apologize for failing our troops. (Nov 2006)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act; end secret detentions. (Nov 2004)
  • Weapons corporations indirectly control tax dollars. (Jan 2003)
  • Bush attacks civil liberties while saying he defends them. (Oct 2002)
  • Cut defense budget by $62B by reducing waste & fraud. (Sep 2002)
  • Corporate welfare: taxpayers fund defense industry mergers. (Oct 2000)
  • Deter wars by being attuned abroad. (Oct 2000)
  • Kill F-22, Seawolf, Osprey, & other gold-plated weapons. (Oct 2000)
  • Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell is discriminatory against gays. (Sep 2000)
  • SDI doesn�t work; money better spent elsewhere. (Jul 2000)
  • Stop using weapons sales to determine foreign policy. (Jun 2000)
  • Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies. (Jun 2000)
  • Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize. (May 2000)
  • Stop unneeded defense of prosperous countries. (May 2000)
  • Defense frameworks: how to wage peace while building weapons. (Feb 2000)
  • Popular participation instead of corporate involvement. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports Test Ban Treaty & arms control. (Feb 2000)
  • Arms race is driven by corporate demand. (Feb 2000)
  • F-22 aircraft is unneeded; and dangerous to fly. (Feb 2000)

Ralph Nader on Immigration

  • Migrant workers are exploited; crack down on employers. (Nov 2008)
  • Address immigration as part of worldwide economic justice. (Feb 2008)
  • H1B visas in US cause �brain drain� in Third World. (Feb 2008)
  • Don�t criminalize the border; but no open border either. (Oct 2000)
  • Guest workers OK, with labor standards. (Oct 2000)
  • Support democracy abroad so fewer will immigrate. (Oct 2000)
  • Immigrants don�t come for welfare; restore safety net. (Jun 2000)
  • Don�t blame immigrants for social and economic problems. (Jun 2000)

Ralph Nader on Jobs

  • Taft-Hartley keeps workers defenseless against globalization. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports a living wage of at least $10 an hour. (Feb 2008)
  • Focus on family farms instead of large agribusiness. (Oct 2000)
  • U.S. farm policy should focus on family farmers. (Sep 2000)

    Labor

  • Living wage spreads economic expansion to reach all areas. (Oct 2000)
  • Repeal Taft-Hartley; strengthen unions. (Oct 2000)
  • Unions struggle even in heart of union country. (Sep 2000)
  • Vote for a union supporter, not against Republicans. (Aug 2000)
  • Message to Democrats: Don�t take labor for granted. (Jul 2000)
  • Raise the minimum wage immediately. (Jun 2000)
  • Functional wages are falling despite economic boom. (Jun 2000)
  • Top CEOs make 415 times entry wages. (Feb 2000)
  • Limit executive salaries & perks. (Feb 2000)
  • Student pressure can help oppressed textile workers abroad. (Aug 1999)

Ralph Nader on Principles & Values

  • Organize to give the president some backbone. (Feb 2008)
  • The two parties steal elections & can�t even count the votes. (Feb 2008)
  • The only true aging is the erosion of one�s ideals. (Feb 2008)
  • Hillary is a panderer; Obama is too abstract & general. (Feb 2008)
  • Bloomberg run would add to debate, but not stop a Nader run. (Feb 2008)
  • The �money horse race� is unhealthy, rancid politics. (Feb 2007)
  • Hillary is a panderer, flatterer, & corporate Democrat. (Feb 2007)
  • For 2008, likes Bloomberg, Gravel, Kucinich, & Bill Moyers. (Feb 2007)
  • New book, �The 17 Traditions�, about his upbringing. (Feb 2007)
  • Hillary is a corporate Democrat, a panderer and a flatterer. (Feb 2007)
  • Listening is the first of the �Seventeen Traditions�. (Feb 2007)
  • Bush is turning the U.S. into a police state. (Jul 2004)
  • Saw anti-Bork campaign as constituency-building opportunity. (Feb 2003)
  • Gore & Bush both ignore youth issues in favor of fat cats. (Oct 2002)
  • �Priceless� ad caused lawsuit but got priceless attention. (Oct 2002)
  • Nader �stood� for president in 1996 (didn�t �run�). (Oct 2002)
  • Political systems benefit from outside competition. (Sep 2002)
  • Dems will lose until they become more progressive. (Sep 2002)
  • Bush intensifies contradictions and galvanizes progressives. (Sep 2002)
  • Ran because unable to get hearing with president or Congress. (Sep 2002)
  • Suffers from Bell�s Palsy. (Sep 2002)
  • Experience to run government comes from suing most agencies. (Oct 2000)
  • Focus on broader distribution of power. (Aug 2000)
  • Spoiled political system spawns spoiled candidates. (Jul 2000)
  • Uses personal income as societal change agent. (Jun 2000)
  • Opposes concentration of power & monied interests. (Mar 2000)
  • Counter �democracy gap�: raise expectations in politics. (Feb 2000)
  • New populism: citizen participation over commercialism. (Feb 2000)
  • Expand agenda to voter, worker, consumer, shareholder. (Apr 1996)
  • Struggle against commercialism based on priceless things. (Oct 1994)
  • Sacrificed personal life because civic work is a joy. (Oct 1994)
  • Power corrupts, unless it fears loss of power. (Oct 1994)
  • Pushed consumer protection in �Nader�s Raiders�. (Feb 2000)

    Green Party

  • Both major parties don�t like competition. (Oct 2008)
  • Running because 61% think both major parties are failing. (Feb 2008)
  • Two parties have been converging; both flunk for the future. (Feb 2008)
  • Ready for Democratic lawsuits against ballot access. (Feb 2008)
  • Greens focus on substance; day-&-night vs. major parties. (Jan 2008)
  • Green nominee, but declined rival Green Party USA. (Oct 2002)
  • Waited 16 years; Dems no different than GOP about power. (Nov 2000)
  • Attract new voters to build future party. (Oct 2000)
  • Vote conscience rather than choosing between drab and dreary. (Sep 2000)
  • One purpose of campaign is moving Democrats Left. (Jul 2000)
  • The DemRep duopoly obstructs citizenship. (Feb 2000)

    Seventeen Traditions

  • Raised to challenge preconceptions and reject conformity. (Jan 2007)
  • Had �a lucky choice of parents� who passed down traditions. (Jan 2007)
  • Grew up in Winsted CT, a mill town where everyone walked. (Jan 2007)

    Spoiler Issue

  • Gore responsible for 2000 election; Bush responsible since. (Feb 2008)
  • Democrats should landslide Republicans in 2008. (Feb 2008)
  • Dislikes �spoiler� label and �strategic voting�. (Oct 2002)
  • Gore beat Gore -- look at TN, AR, and WV, not FL. (Sep 2002)
  • Wants credit for a Democratic Senate in 2000 election. (Sep 2002)

Ralph Nader on Social Security

  • Social Security should not be voluntary; keep community. (Nov 2008)
  • Candidates focus on elderly because young people don�t vote. (Oct 2002)
  • Social Security is solid; pending bankruptcy is nonsense. (Sep 2000)
  • Pensions controlled by people, not banks or insurers. (Feb 2000)
  • Social insurance is government at its noblest. (Jan 1999)
  • Social Security privatization replaces certainty with risk. (Jan 1999)
  • Fears loss of retirement funds in privatized investments. (Jan 1999)

Ralph Nader on Tax Reform

  • Corporations should appreciate taxpayers for their subsidies. (Apr 2008)
  • End perverse incentives that reward Wall Street speculators. (Feb 2008)
  • Stop tax cuts and start dealing with real problems. (Jun 2003)
  • Tax code loopholes benefit corporate donors & cost taxpayers. (Oct 2000)
  • Sunshine on tax loopholes; sunset on tax breaks. (Oct 2000)
  • Put meat in the process of progressive taxation. (Oct 2000)
  • More taxpayer input into tax & spending policy. (Feb 2000)
  • Tax breaks for big business hurt families. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax breaks to big business unfairly hurt small business. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on under-taxation of corporations, not income tax. (Oct 1996)
  • Against flat tax; keep progressivity. (Oct 1996)

Ralph Nader on War & Peace

  • Take troops out of Iraq. (Nov 2008)
  • Rapid and responsible withdrawal of US military from Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Stop saber rattling against Iran; start negotiating. (Feb 2008)
  • Bush should never have invaded Iraq. (Nov 2006)
  • Responsible six-month withdrawal from Iraq occupation. (Jul 2004)
  • Impeach Bush & Cheney for 5 falsehoods on Iraq war. (Apr 2004)
  • Bush is acting as a selected dictator. (Jul 2003)
  • US oil companies & Bush Admin eye Iraqi oil. (Feb 2003)
  • US deserves to know the influence of the oil industry. (Feb 2003)
  • Americans don�t believe in Bush on Iraq. (Jan 2003)
  • Palestinian statehood and security for Israel. (Sep 2002)
  • Afghanistan: Bush burned down haystack to find needle. (Sep 2002)
  • Wage peace and anticipate conflicts abroad. (Oct 2000)
  • Should have anticipated Yugoslav breakup by �waging peace�. (Jul 2000)
  • Forget �hot spots�; ask �How did we get into this?�. (Jun 2000)
  • Iraq: Trade sanctions strengthen Saddam. (May 2000)
  • Bosnia: Force acceptable to help against mass slaughter. (Oct 1996)

Ralph Nader on Welfare & Poverty

  • Visit poor cities to put faces on poverty statistics. (Oct 2002)
  • Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes. (Oct 2000)
  • Attack corporate welfare kings, not poor welfare queens. (Oct 2000)
  • Limit executive compensation to 30-to-1 over lowest pay. (Oct 2000)
  • Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty. (Oct 2000)
  • Democracy can�t co-exist with gross income inequality. (Jun 2000)
  • Retail malls siphon off business from central cities. (May 2000)
  • Homelessness is peaking despite good economy. (May 2000)
  • Big business lobbying subordinates democracy. (Feb 2000)
  • Lawyers have duty to do pro bono work for the poor. (Dec 1998)
  • Housing legislation converted pro bono to profit. (Dec 1998)
  • Training & earned income credits are corporate subsidies. (Apr 1996)

    Homelessness

  • Severe shortage in affordable housing. (Jun 2003)
  • 14M families spend half of their income on housing. (Jun 2003)
  • 1.35 million children are homeless. (Jun 2003)
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