Obama's not going to win the nomination—the base that made him a nominee is gone—and if he did he’d need a miracle to get elected. We need a nominee who will stand up to the moneyed interests in the nation.
As far as I can tell, only a few electable people have stood up to the interests of the financial elite. They include: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT), and Senator Russ Feingold (former D, WI). Congresswoman Pelosi has led the House revolt against Obama’s capitulation. Senator Sanders is filibustering the Senate to block this capitulation passing the Senate. Senator Feingold has consistently been against this capitulation though he was just replaced by a Tea Party candidate.
Hilary Clinton has said she would not run so she's not in the poll although she's been critical of the tax cuts for the wealthy.
How serious is this issue of tax cuts for the wealthy? Both liberal Krugman and conservative Stockman think it will undermine the nation's economy. Summarizing a recent seed, I wrote:
Paul Krugman, Nobel-prize winning economist, and David Stockman, Reagan's budget director, agree that Obama's giving into Republican demands on the tax issue will jeapordize the entire nation and have huge major fiscal crises in the world markets.
Krugman wrote that "giving in to Republican demands would mean risking a major fiscal crisis — a crisis that could be resolved only by making savage cuts in federal spending."
Stockman said the tax deal proved that Republicans are not serious about cutting spending and warned of a coming "major upheaval in the world bond market."
The article for which I am summarizing is here.
There are other issues equally important to the future of our nation, but in this early poll I’m asking you to choose among candidates who are willing to stand up against the financial elite. I’ll also have the usual “don’t care” and “none of the above.” You are also invited to address any issues raised in this short piece and by the poll. Happy voting and commenting!