Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Choose Your Poison in Senate Primary

by Kyle Michaelis
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This handy little voter guide accompanied an article in today's Omaha World-Herald trying to sort out the differences between the Republican challengers looking to face Sen. Ben Nelson on the November ballot.

Honestly, where does the Republican Party find these people?

The only thing that really puts David Kramer ahead of the pack is that he at least has the sense to prioritize balancing the budget. Since Pete Ricketts is already in the top 1% of wealthy Americans who have received the lion's share of the Bush tax cuts while the budget defecit has ballooned to record levels, it's nice to see that he at least supports bankrupting our country on principle.

And Don Stenberg - Christ, what a pansy.....so eager to please that he's not even willing to say whether he'd restore fiscal discipline or cut taxes. It's not a hard question.

Other than that, these candidates' respective slavery to the far-far-far right-wing of the Republican Party is blatant as could be.

If there was any question that deserved no answer it was whether the Iraq War has made this country safer. There's no evidence to support it, and more American lives have now been lost there than were lost on September 11th, 2001. Yet, these clowns pile up on one another to be the biggest cheerleader. How sad.

And look at this - all three are for keeping the minimum wage frozen at its lowest level in 50 years.

All three are against raising fuel-efficiency standards despite this nation's energy crisis and the fact that the required technology has been around for years.

All three are willing to let religion dictate that protecting embryonic tissue is more important than saving actual human lives.

Sure, you can argue the point on some of these issues, but CLEARLY, as a whole, these are not Nebraska's values - at least not the Nebraska of common sense, conservation, and compassion that I know and love.

Let's just get this primary over with. I'm sick of having to follow Generic Republican K, Generic Republican R, and Generic Republican S in the news. The fact that one of these jokers is still going to be around until November is bad enough, but putting up with three of them has simply become unbearable.


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