27 December 2006


The good news: John Edwards is running for president, and I think he is moderately more pragmatic than Hillary and has more substance than I have seen of Barak.

The bad news: Announcing from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, in spite of his rhetoric this morning about letting people pick themselves up, looks like we are in for more of the old Two Americas: the haves and the have nots garbage.

I was going to leave it at this, but googling Two Americas came up with this paper by the Heritage Foundation. It quotes Edwards in 2004 phrasing it this way:
"two Americas...one privileged, the other burdened...one America that does the work, another that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, another America that gets the tax breaks."

Of course this is simply untrue. The paper goes on to debunk this. As I have quoted elsewhere, the bottom 50% of Americans (by income) pay almost no income taxes at all, so if Edwards point is that the rich get the breaks, he has it exactly backwards!

Finally, the notion that Edwards is "announcing" his run for the presidency is silly. He never stopped running. I think that he was running for '08 while he was still Kerry's 'o4 VP candidate. Scott Ott over at Scrappleface has it about right:
With just 23 months before the next presidential election, former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, announced today that he would seek the Democrat nomination for president in 2008, 2012 and 2016, but refused to comment on his plans for 2020.

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