The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Gallery of Rogues:
What the candidates say about the Iraq war and the economy

Jan 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton:

On the Iraq War

“It is time to begin ending this war – not next year, not next month – but today.”

But completing the process is apparently going to take quite a while – until 2013, according to Clinton, to get even half of all U.S. troops out of the country!

On the economy

“We need to rebuild the middle class.”

How? Clinton proposes more tax breaks for the corporations. This was Bush’s program and it’s helped destroy the “middle class.”

Barack Obama:

On the Iraq war

“What we’ve seen is a distraction from the battles that deal with al Qaeda in Afghanistan.”

Nice way to prepare people for the next war he wants U.S. troops to fight, not end this one.

On the economy

Like Clinton, Obama proposes more tax breaks to the corporations. This does not create more jobs or income for ordinary people.

John Edwards:

On the Iraq war

“I made a mistake,” (when he voted to authorize the invasion).

He shouldn’t have. Many other people saw through Bush’s lies from the start. Why didn’t he?

On the economy

“Don’t get me wrong – it is a good thing that some Americans are doing well.”

Like Republican Huckabee, Edwards says he would like working people to be rewarded for their hard work. But also like Huckabee, he isn’t ready to say that corporations and the wealthy are going to have to give back to working people some of the wealth they have stolen from them.

Mitt Romney:

On the Iraq war

“I think we’re going to know in a matter of months if it (Bush’s troop surge) is working or it’s not working.”

He said this back in May. Thousands more Iraqi’s have since died. More than 4 million have now been driven from their homes, the majority of them since the surge began. More U.S. troops died in Iraq in 2007 than in any year since the invasion. And this is what he means by “working”!

On the economy

“America must remain the world’s economic superpower.”

America’s super-workers (some of the most productive in the world) have been going backwards. This is what he proposes to maintain.

Mike Huckabee:

On the Iraq war

“Setting a timetable for withdrawal is a mistake.”

Where have we heard this before? Oh, yes – from Bush.

On the economy

“My goal is not to make rich people poor. What I’d like is an economic system that can make it so poor people can get rich... “

Yes, but rich people have been getting richer by making the rest of us poorer.

John McCain: On the Iraq war

“It is my obligation to encourage Americans to give it (Bush’s surge plan) a chance to succeed.”

McCain said this back in April. Like Mitt Romney, “success” for him means more death and destruction.

On the economy

“I’m for a ‘pro-growth’ tax policy.”

Another candidate in favor of more cuts in corporate taxes and maintaining low taxes on the rich – none of which of which has spurred economic growth, only more speculation by the rich..

Ron Paul:

On the Iraq war

“Leave right now.”

Ironically, the only major candidate who calls for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops is the most right-wing. However, while Paul wants to end the war in Iraq, he wants U.S. workers to support him in a war against part of the U.S. working class itself – immigrant workers.

On the economy

“The talk must stop. We must secure our borders now. Enforce visa rules. No amnesty for illegal aliens.”

Paul reinforces the bosses’ divide and conquer tactics, used to distract working people from the attacks the corporations have carried out against all of us.