Los Angeles, Sunday, February 3, 2008 -- It is two days before the California Primary. Accordingly, I am exercising the blogger's privilege to post information about my favorite candidate. See pasted below a video of a set of concise statements on Green Issues by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney at the Green Party presidential debate.
Please note the contrast between Ms. McKinney statements and the empty "change" mantra from Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton currently being celebrated by the corporate media. Notice Ms. McKinney talks about water, genetically modified foods, and green jobs.
All politics is local.
Irregardless of who wins the White House in November, the struggle for real change in California will go on block-by-block in cities, suburbs, and the rural countryside of our (no thanks to corporations) still beautiful Golden State. Cynthia McKinney and our Green Party activists are commited to this struggle like no Democratic Party Hacks in California.
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A partial list of contributors to Cynthia McKinney's Congressional campaigns:
Lockheed-Martin, Archer Daniels Midland, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, The National Association of Realtors, AFLAC, Inc., BellSouth, Verizon, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citigroup, British Petroleum, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and...drum roll please...Enron and Worldcom!
More interesting than that is this list:
In addition to Coca-Cola, McKinney's contributors include The American Crystal Sugar Corp., the Florida Sugar Cane League, The American Sugar Cane League, Dairymen Inc-Georgia, The Associated Milk Producers, American Sugarbeet Growers Assn., The Georgia Peanut Grower's Association and The Dairy Farmers of America. Why is this interesting? After taking all of this agribusiness money, McKinney failed to vote on four bills of interest to the industry (and this was early in her career when her attendance wasn't abysmal). The first three were amendments that would phase out government subsidies to sugar, dairy and peanut producers. The fourth was the Florida Everglades Amendment, which shifted the burden of remediating the effect of sugar-growing on the Everglades from the industry to the taxpayer.
How does a politician reward corporate lobbyists for thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and, at the same time, maintain a solid progressive reputation (and voting record)? Don't show up to vote.
The common factor in every blog slam I read on McKinney is that the slammers don't give even a pretend name and that they do not provide links. Isn't that interesting ?
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