Tuesday, April 27, 2004

On the matter of what to do about Iraq, John Kerry is spinning his wheels because he has nothing to offer which truly differentiates him from George W. Bush. Kerry says simply that he will do the same thing Bush will do, but will do it better; thus Eleanor Clift rightly recognizes that "Kerry's position on Iraq is so similar to Bush's that voters can't distinguish between them".

Now this winner of a message has migrated from Iraq to the ballooning US current account deficit.
Sen. John F. Kerry may favor cooperating with other countries on most international issues, but on the subject of trade, the Democratic presidential candidate yesterday accused the Bush administration of failing to be confrontational enough.

Kerry asserted that the administration has "stood by" as foreign nations have broken trade rules, and he vowed that as president he would take a tough stand against practices such as the "manipulation" of currencies by China and Japan. A centerpiece of his trade policy, he said, would be the reinstatement of a legal mechanism giving the White House special authority to go after individual countries that maintain particularly high barriers to U.S. goods. That mechanism, known as "Super 301," expired in 2002.

"We will not turn a blind eye to clear trade violations when American jobs are on the line," Kerry said in remarks prepared for delivery in Wheeling, W.Va. . . .

The trouble is, Bush also proclaims himself to be a free-trader who enforces U.S. trade laws vigorously -- the stance the president took, for example, when he slapped tariffs on imported steel in 2002. So Kerry's position, in essence, is that he would be more effective and aggressive.
Kerry seems all set to run as a 'good government technocrat' after the example of Michael Dukakis. Only God can help us now.


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