Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with a crush on Amy Goodman. For those of you who don’t know, Amy Goodman is a 9-foot-tall journalist with a golden Dictaphone and a pad of paper the size of Rhode Island. She’s quickly becoming a spokesperson for independent media – and for good reason. She once took a surprise call from Bill Clinton, hell-bent to promote his book and the democratic platform. So, Slick Willy called her at the Democracy Now! studio live on the air, and right off the bat asked him this: “What do you say to people who feel that the two parties are bought by corporations, and that they are … at this point feel that their vote doesn’t make a difference?PRESIDENT CLINTON: “There’s just not a shred of evidence to support that. That’s what I would say. It’s true that both parties have wealthy supporters. But let me offer you … let me just give you the differences. Let’s look at economic policy. First of all, if you look at the last eight years, look where America was eight years ago, and look where it is today. We have the strongest economy in history. And for the first time in 30 years, the incomes of average people and lower income working people have gone up 15 percent after inflation. The lowest minority unemployment ever recorded. The highest minority home ownership. The highest minority business ownership in history. That’s our record.”If you look at our proposals, what do we propose to do? We propose a tax cut that helps average people, for child care, for long-term care. For paying for college tuition. For retirement savings. We propose to invest large amounts of money in education, health care, the environment, in our future. And we propose to keep paying down the debt, because that keeps interest rates lower.”What do the Republicans propose? A tax cut that’s three times as big. Most of it goes to very wealthy people. The top one percent of the people get as much money as they would spend on health care, education and the environment combined. They propose to privatize Social Security, and if you add the two things together, we’ll be back in deficits which means the economy will go down, you know, and interest rates will be higher for ordinary people.”Bill went on to get flustered and hang up on our goddess reporter, who eventually asked him about a mentally challenged man he executed while governing the great state of Arkansas. Thanks to http://www.democracynow.com for helping us read her little confrontation. He didn’t get many plugs in about his book.And with the Democratic Convention making the news with the beating of protesters and footage of our vague, look-alike politicians, we all need a little more Democracy Now!***For those Republicans giggling at our Clinton bashing this morning, buy yourself a cap. Newsmax.com, or “America’s News Page,” is selling USS Reagan hats for $19 (not to mention special edition Ronald Reagan medals) and take a slightly different approach than Democracy Now!For example, under the headline “Socialists Join Communists in Backing Kerry,” they write: “We’ve already reported how Communist Party USA has endorsed John Kerry for president, and now we’re pleased to note that Democratic Socialists (isn’t that redundant?) of America has chimed in as well.”The socialists say: “Kerry was hardly the first choice of our members. Most supported Dennis Kucinich or Howard Dean in the Democratic primary elections and would be very critical of Senator Kerry’s voting record on trade issues, as well as his support for the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq; but the most important concern of our members now is to defeat Bush.”So, Summit Up readers, if you’re truly interested in democracy, wake up every morning and read these two sites. You’ll understand how news can be gift-wrapped and delivered with any context you want.For Newsmax, Kerry is the devil. For Democracy Now!, Kerry is slightly less than the devil. But then again, that’s good enough to get you elected, right?***Left wing, right wing, who cares. It’s Wednesday, which is properly placed in the middle. Let us know where you’re sitting right now at email@example.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just define “Democracy” on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.
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