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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Kids (and More) 4 Kucinich!

I love it when an 11 yr old gets involved in the political process. It spawns a passion that lasts. Of course I love it even more when that 11 yr old has a passion for progressive politics, otherwise it scares the bejeezus outta me! If ideals are formed around power and material possessions, opposed to compassion and growth, I fear for the entire human experience. This young man gives me hope..
Dylan Hallsmith recalls the moment that inspired him to launch a children’s campaign in support of a Democratic presidential candidate.

It was when the candidate turned off all the lights at a peace summit at the University of Vermont last fall, and lit a candle. The candidate said the candle represented the importance of every single voice in a democracy. His message was one of peace and unity.
[...] For an 11-year-old, Hallsmith has a fairly pragmatic approach to his political support.

“I like them both,” he said. “I plan to work for whoever wins the (Democratic) nomination (for president), but for now Kucinich has my vote. For one, Kucinich knows what it’s like to be poor. He wants to give people more money for education, and wants to put people back to work.” [more] also see: Kids 4 Kucinich!

Kucinich's 'Medicare for All' Offers No Role for Private Insurers
While several Democratic presidential candidates have detailed how they would help cover the nation's 41 million uninsured, Kucinich's "Medicare for All" proposal is far more interventionist because it would eliminate the role of private health insurers altogether.

Kucinich: Is the Administration Proving it is About Oil? 5/9/2003

In the wake of news that the Bush administration is proposing a U.N. resolution "granting the United States broad control over Iraq's oil industry and revenue"(Washington Post, May 9), presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich -- ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security -- issued the following statement:
"Today's news once again raises questions about the Administration's true intentions in Iraq. For months the Administration has said the war was not about oil, but its actions tell a different story.

"If Iraqi oil is for the Iraqi people, the United Nations should manage the oil profits until a credible Iraqi government is installed. The United States should not control the Iraqi people or their resources, nor should the U.S. dictate where their resources go.

"This move by the Administration to manage Iraq's oil revenue will undermine the US's ability to reconstruct Iraq and further harm the United States's credibility in the world community."

Kucinich to Congress: We Need More Funding for AIDS, Family Planning, Health Care 5/13/2003

Testifying today on behalf of the Congressional Progressive Caucus before an appropriations subcommittee, Dennis J. Kucinich called for increased spending for AIDS, family planning and our health care infrastructure.
While the Subcommittee is certainly faced with budget difficulties, we ask that it maintain a focus on federal programs that have worked in the past to provide health care, education and workforce support. The need for these programs becomes even more critical during our current recession. [more]
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