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Kucinich for Congress

Anyone following the 2008 presidential race probably already knows that Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has finally thrown in the towel and ended his bid for the White House. What few know is that Kucinich's congressional seat is up for grabs and there are a handful of Democrats trying to snag the Democratic nomination from him. The "front runner" in that race is Joe Cimperman, a Cleveland Councilman who, ironically, doesn't even live in Kucinich's 10th Congressional District. Cimperman has already picked up some high profile endorsements, including The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, but I just can't bring myself to throw support over to Cimperman.

Granted, Cimperman is an alum of my high school and university, I've seen him give a few speeches, and he even scored me tickets to see John Kerry in 2004, but his case against Kucinich is weak and his endorsements are misguided. Currently, Cimperman is running on a "Dennis misses vot…

The Case Against John McCain

I'm baffled that John McCain won the New Hampshire primary, especially after all the bone-headed things he has done and said during this campaign. First was the incident when McCain got angry at some high school kid and responded by saying, "thanks for the question you little jerk. You're drafted." Then we had the senator going on stage and singing "bomb bomb Iran". Recently McCain made the comment that 100 years in Iraq would be "fine by me". But what really really wanted to make my head explode was a comment he made during the South Carolina Republican debate the other night.

Here is the context: the moderator asked a question, directed at Ron Paul, about how best to solve the Israel/Palestine conflict. Paul's response was that we should remove ourselves from the Middle East; that the United States is not an honest peace broker, and as such we shouldn't concern ourselves with fixing this conflict. Rather, Paul said, we should trade with …

Fox Sinks to a New Low

I should preface this post by saying that I would not vote for Ron Paul - I will most likely be voting for the democratic candidate, regardless of who gets the Republican nomination.

OK - now thats out of the way. I think it is easy to see why Ron Paul is so appealing, especially to young people, intellectuals, the "internet generation" and those aggressively interested in politics. Paul is not your typical politician; he takes strong stances on issues and sticks to his guns, regardless of popular opinion. He is willing to take unpopular positions, because he truly believes it is the right thing to do. And I hate to admit is, but on a lot of issues, he is probably correct. Social Security and Medicare are in big trouble - the train might not derail for many years into the future, but Paul isn't afraid to talk about correcting the problem now. The weak dollar and constant fed rate cuts might put a band-aid on our current economic squeeze, but probably just prolong the ine…

Votes For Sale

I was listening to Fair Game on PRI tonight and a story came on about a study at New York University, which found that 66% of students there would sell their presidential vote for a year of free tuition and 20% would give up their vote for an iPod. I'm not sure what disappoints me more... the fact that people care so little about our country that they are willing to put a price tag on their vote, or the fact that in this country, with enough work, you really can "buy an election".