The mass media is often accused of not covering real
issues or real news. When it comes to politics, this is certainly
Politicians who repeatedly vote two different ways on the same
issue is a serious concern to most people. Education is a serious
issue affecting many Americans, as are tax-cuts, international
policy and abortion, to name a few. However, these are rarely the
issues that we hear about on big time network news. Journalism used
to have the ideal of informing but has become increasingly focused
on entertainment. This is why we hear more about the two candidates'
Vietnam War service than their current policies and proposals. This
is also why I have decided to put aside my usual smart-alleck,
lovable nature and dedicate a column to some of the real issues and
how Kerry and Bush stand on them:
Kerry says he is personally opposed to it but supports a woman’s
rights to have one at any time and for any reason. He even supports
the procedure of partial-birth abortion.
Bush opposes abortion as a form of birth control but makes
exceptions such as when birth would jeopardize the life of the
Bush gave across-the-board percentage tax cuts to all tax paying
Americans. The middle- and lower-economic classes had a larger
percentage of their taxes cut than the wealthy. Bush has made and
continues to make tax cuts a top priority in his fiscal policy.
Kerry has historically voted against tax cuts and says the he
will work to repeal Bush’s tax cuts if elected. He feels that tax
cuts are irresponsible because they decrease the amount of money the
government can spend. Kerry also voted against eliminating the
marriage penalty tax, but it was eliminated anyway.
Kerry supported Bush’s “no child left behind” legislation and
feels that school vouchers would cause already-underperforming
schools to crumble.
In his first term, President Bush has increased federal spending
on education by 59.8% from 2002-2003. He feels that school vouchers
will allow students of underperforming schools to use federal money
and choose which school they attend even private schools.
Bush created the largest intelligence-gathering network ever
assembled with the new Department of Homeland Security.
Kerry favors an international approach and conducting operations
of our country with the consent of the U.N.
Well, there you have it: Bush and Kerry on some real issues. I
like Bush because I feel that tax cuts fuel the economy by putting
money back into the hands of American citizens. If you think the
government does a better job of handling money than the average
American, maybe Kerry is your man. If being pro-choice is what’s
most important to you, vote Kerry, if it’s pro-life, vote Bush. I
could go on and on, but the point is, these two candidates are about
as polar opposite as any two candidates can be. We have many issues
to decide on, and Kerry protesting the Vietnam War or Bush avoiding
is not among them. Decide on the issues and have fun listening to
and reading about the other stuff, but don’t confuse the two.
OnTheIssues.org contributed the information in this column.
Jonathan is a junior in mass communications. You can e-mail him