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Why Howard Dean?

In response to a pointed question from a reader, I thought I'd talk about why I'm so excited about Howard Dean.

Back in 2001 or thereabouts, when I was still a medical student, the word on the street was that the only potential presidential candidate that might actually support universal health care was the obscure former governor of Vermont. To be a Dean supporter back then was utopian. It's very, very exciting to support an obscure candidate early and watch as he methodically earns his status as front-runner.

After browsing his policy statements on his website, I realized that I could do no better than to quote Howard Dean himself, and to urge people who wonder what all the fuss is about to visit his website themselves.

On health care:

For a year now, I have been traveling this country advocating a repeal of Bush's tax cuts so that we can provide universal healthcare and restore fiscal discipline.

I believe. . . that given a choice between having health insurance or keeping all of the Bush's tax cuts in place, most Americans will choose health insurance. My plan will cost $88.3 billion -- less than half of the president's tax cut -- with money left over to pay down the deficits run up by this administration.

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On foreign policy:

Last October, four of the major contenders for the Democratic nomination supported the President's preemptive strike resolution five months before we went to war without, as we now realize, knowing the facts.

I stood up against this administration and even when 70% of the American people supported the war, I believed that the evidence was not there and I refused to change my view. As it turned out, I was right. No Democrat can beat George Bush without the same willingness that John F. Kennedy showed in 1962. A President must be tough, patient, and willing to take a course of action based on evidence, and not ideology.


On Rural Communities: (and who else is even talking about rural communities?)

The bottom line is, though George Bush may choose his words to appeal to Americaís heartland, his actions are starving it. We must decide whether we will be a country that lives in fear of the slow destruction of our agricultural base, or whether will we honestly address the reasons it is falling apart.

I believe that we cannot give up on our nationís ranching and farming communities. In addition to restoring those measures that Bush has tried to undo, I believe we can foster an economic revival in rural America.

Comments

These are all good points, but Howard Dean is dead last in the google race for chickens.

See?