to Nicholas Johnson's Dennis Kucinich Page
Who comes closest to your dreams and beliefs . . .
Kucinich or Dean?
Note: This page was
originally prepared June 25, 2003, before seeing Bob
Harris' comparable comparative list, which I recommend you also examine.
Both he and I would welcome from you suggestions for additions or revisions
or citations to sources. -- N.J., June 27, 2003.
|choice protected as essential privacy right; Supreme Court nominees must support; Medicaid funding||supports choice, but poor must pay or do without|
|Balanced Budget||desirable, but secondary to social needs||a top priority; he says he's "to the right of Bush"|
|advocates public financing
of national campaigns
|alleged to have cut Vermont's public financing budget as Governor; no comment on public financing of national campaigns|
||opposes; will work to repeal
for federal crimes
||favors (for terrorists, death of children or police); but "only after fair trial"|
||will transfer DOD $$ from waste and excess to education, environment and health care; will create Department of Peace||"increase military capabilities abroad;" opposes cuts in DOD budget; no comment on Kucinich Department of Peace|
||more treatment, less criminalization; supports medical use marijuana||opposes even medical marijuana; advocates more funding for "drug war"|
|Education||public funded, pre-K through college||no comment|
|Environment and Energy||invest in alternatives (hydrogen, solar, wind)||"promote use of renewable energy"|
|Family Farms||will break up agribusiness conglomerate monopolies||no comment|
|Gun Control||advocates assault weapon ban||has NRA backing; opposes more federal legislation|
|single payer, universal coverage, publicly funded, privately delivered for all; benefits direct to people; reduce pharmaceutical costs and profits not just flow through more tax dollars||profit-driven system; age-specific; health care tax dollars to insurance companies, HMOs, employers, pharmaceutical companies; "absolutely favors" limits on Medicare spending increases|
||as chair of largest House caucus organized 2/3rds Democrats' vote against war resolution||would have delayed 60 days then gone to war (essentially Bush's timetable)|
||mandatory "livable wage"; package of "workers' rights;" public works employer of last resort||no comment|
|Patriot Act||voted against; will repeal||will modify|
|Sexual Orientation||gay-lesbian "complete equality"||gay-lesbian itemized rights; state, not federal issue|
|Social Security||will fight to defend age 65 eligibility||"would entertain" increases in eligibility age|
||repeal tax cuts for wealthy; retain estate tax||repeal tax cuts for wealthy; no comment on estate tax|
||first act: repeal NAFTA and WTO, substitute bilateral "fair trade" agreements||supports NAFTA
||will sign ABM, Int'l Criminal Court, Kyoto, Land Mines, others||will "take another look
at" Kyoto, but "has concerns"
Here's how Dennis Kucinich summarizes the differences between himself and the others (from a June 27, 2003, letter to supporters):
I offer a fundamentally different vision for the Democratic Party and the nation -- a populist vision that can galvanize heartland voters, inspire new voters and bring back 3rd-party and independent voters into a winning coalition for next November.
Other Democrats promise guns and butter. They say we can't cut a Pentagon budget that rivals the military spending of all other countries combined. I offer common-sense cuts in a bloated military to pay for enhanced domestic programs of environmental cleanup, sustainable jobs programs, fortified Social Security -- at no added expense to middle class taxpayers.
Others propose slow, incremental changes to our bureaucratic, corporate-controlled healthcare system; I offer streamlined national health insurance for all.
Others defend a globalization regime that has driven down labor and environmental standards worldwide. I will replace NAFTA and the WTO with bilateral, fair trade pacts that lift up standards, and protect the planet. I was there in Seattle, marching alongside environmental and union activists.
I led opposition in the House to the illegal, fraudulent Iraq war, and I am still demanding answers every day on Capitol Hill. I'm the only candidate who voted against the so-called "Patriot Act."