They both agree we have to cut the taxes on the rich; they agree that we need to increase energy production and neither one of them puts much emphasis on conservation if they mention it at all; they both agree with Secretary Arne Duncan when it comes to many ideas about education including the privatization of the education system and increased advertising to children.
The list goes on based on either their statements or their action; although in some cases they contradict each other and in many cases when they agree it isn’t in the best interest of the majority of the public; or they agree to tell the public what they think they want to hear; but they often indicate that their policies are different.
They agree that single Payer Health Care shouldn’t be discussed let alone implemented; they agree that we should continue with the surge, at least for now, even though it is clearly backfiring; neither one of them are seriously willing to acknowledge many of the inconvenient facts about their foreign policies. By going along with the Presidential Commission on Debates they have both indicated that they agree that the alternative parties that gain their support at the grass roots without massive campaign contributions should be shut out of the process if at all possible. This also clearly implies that they both agree that the majority of the public should have little or no influence on how the campaigns are run and that it is the campaigns that should have complete control over what issues are discussed; otherwise they would have filled out their questionnaires on Project Vote Smart or found some other way to make their positions clear without limiting their campaigns as much as possible to supporters or things that will advance their chances without educating the public about many of the issues that they choose to ignore.
They do, of course, disagree on some things and this includes many important issues but there are plety of alternative candidates that address these issues as well and even the issues that they disagree on are just used to manipulate the public to distract them from many other issues that they put off limits.
No sincere democracy would present only the candidates that have sold out to the majority of the public as “viable;” and let the corporate media have nearly complete control of the discussion. If there is a chance that this election is going to be democratic it will be based on how many people use alternative media outlets to get their information and refuse to allow the corporations to narrow down the choice to these two establishment candidates. Basically they both agree with the policies that have been dictated to them by the corporate interests that have been donating to their campaigns regardless of what the public wants on many issues including, according to Adam Davidson, the biggest secret of the election is that the candidates basically agree about the economy. He cites polls that indicate that the American people want social security to be protected; but a close look at the policies of both these candidates raises doubts about whether either one of them will do that, although the corporate media is trying to convince the majority of the public that they’re the only candidates they can choose from.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are likeminded on Palestinian issue, according to Chris Bambery; and they have many of the same positions on other issues related to foreign policy; and except for the rhetoric on protecting the environment. The difference on this is mainly that Barack Obama does a better job pretending to protect the environment than Mitt Romney while he has been reducing regulations even while they were in the process of cleaning up after the BP disaster. Noam Chomsky goes into these “Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid” further in the following article.
Neither of these candidates has a lot of support amongst the majority of the public as far as I can tell; nor do they have solid support among their own bases, based on my best estimate of the coverage of the issues, polls, and what I hear from many of the people that debate it either in person or on line. the most statistically representative of these sources would be the polls if I thought they were well done but I don’t. They’ve been jumping all over the place and they did little if anything to explain how they conduct these polls and many of them are highly suspect. Recently a Pew Research Poll indicated that both Romney and Obama have 47 percent among women voters while Obama had a lead of eighteen points a month ago, 56 to 38 percent. This is just one of many polls that I find to be highly suspicious. The methods of these polls, as I said are rarely discussed but they do an enormous volume of them, so it is hard to imagine that they take the time to get a diverse segment of the population and they almost certainly don’t ask the right question. For one thing they don’t even include alternative candidates in most polls; and they almost certainly get many responses from people that give them quick answer without worrying about whether or not it is the way they would vote. I recall the only poll that was asked to participate in over the phone and I agreed until I heard the first question and realized that it was an incompetent poll and told the person that and she responded by saying these were the only options which I considered bad so that was the end of that poll for me. Many other people might have continued to provide answers to be polite and they would have screened out those that thought like me making the poll unrepresentative.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is such a disaster that it is hard to believe that anyone would vote for him yet the polls have consistently given him a fair amount of support even though, until recently he has been trailing behind. Either these people that support him are mindless zombies or there is something seriously wrong with the polls. Barack Obama does a little better job pretending to address the issues but even that doesn’t stand up after many people think things through, assuming people actually do think things through.
There are plenty of people on both sides of the political spectrum that have become so fed up with the candidates that have been presented to them and it appears as if this is almost certainly much more than the corporate media would lead most people to believe. The large amount of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement is just a part of the protest movement that ahs recognized that neither of the establishment candidates recognize the best interests of the majority of the public. This includes many African Americans that many people might expect to be supporters of Barack Obama. Tavis Smiley and Cornell West are among the few that have had some access to the corporate media but there are many more including Bruce Dixon who is a major contributor to the Black Agenda and wrote the following article; other contributors are also opposed to both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
As I indicated in my previous Blog, Censorship partly prevented at debates: Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson and Democracy Now Present issues, there are other choices that the corporate media don’t want people to know about or they want the public to believe that they aren’t “viable.” This is the same scam they give us every four years. Cenk Uygur had Jill Stein on his show yesterday and she did a great job presenting her views on the issues. Prior to his interview with Jill Stein and on many of his previous shows he has complained about both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and how they have sold out to the corporations and that neither of the two are looking out for the best interest of the public. Unfortunately for some reason the way he introduced Jill Stein was to start and end by saying that she has absolutely no chance of winning which is a typical tactic for political pundits that want to suppress votes for third party candidates even while pretending to support their positions on the issues. It may be a tough challenge for Jill Stein but with people like Cenk Uygur presenting it like that it is clearly hypocritical and contradicts his criticism of the candidates that have both sold out. He could have easily presented it much better but there is a good chance that many people recognized this for what it is and that Cenk Uygur is like many other political pundits that are only pretending to support the public while spinning things so that in the ends the same candidates will gain office and do little or nothing to address many of the issues as they have in the past.
This continues to get worse every four years and there is no reason to believe that it will end any time soon unless people stop falling for the same old scam; and with the massive protest movement there is some indication that that might be happening. Even if Jill Stein can’t win, which I’m not conceding yet, the better she and other alternative party candidates do the clearer it will be to the establishment that we aren’t going to fall for the same scam any more.
Furthermore with all the environmental damage and economic disasters as well as wars going on it is clear that we can’t stand by and let them continue pursuing a course of action that is down right insane without leading to catastrophic consequences. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are not giving up despite the bad treatment they receive from the pundits that sometimes pretend to provide them with some support; they’re going to be at the site of the next debates protesting and addressing issues with or without the help of the corporate media and it will still be possible to hear from them through alternative outlets and get some positions on issues that Mitt Romney both agree on or decline to acknowledge at all.
Contrary to what the corporate media would have us believe we won’t be throwing away unless we vote for one of the candidates that they chose for us instead we would be throwing away our vote if we Vote for someone that has sold out and is clearly going to betray us once he gets in office.
The following are some other articles that are worth reading on the subject; including some that I have cited previously.
“No Style, All Substance?” by Nina Moliver
Closer Than You Think: Top 15 Things Romney and Obama Agree On
“Guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates” with list of things that they don’t address by Greg Orr
Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, A Recipe for American Decline That No One Will Be Debating