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Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
by Andrew Barbano
Oct 31, 2012 | 2821 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here’s a presidential candidate I can and cannot support.

“We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the offshoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These are the solutions a majority of Americans are clamoring for.”

That’s a statement from Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who ran against Myth Rumpney for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Alas, neither she nor the late great George McGovern appear on the Nevada ballot.

I looked her up after learning she wants free higher education for all Americans: “Let’s bail out the students!”

Then I found this from Romney: “Equal opportunity for all Americans in education and housing is essential if we are going to keep our nation from being torn apart.”

So wrote Housing and Urban Development Secretary George Romney in talking points he drew up for a meeting with the president in 1972. Richard the Rotten fired the good man for his efforts.

I spent last Sunday evening in a restaurant cheering the San Francisco Giants. I met some fine young people, including a bartender with an anthropology degree who worries about his future. I gave him the Barbwire 60-second cure for what ails us: Free public education as far as you are able. Free health care. Progressive taxation coupled with curtailment of corporate welfare tax subsidies. I included many of the Jill Stein/George Romney views above.

He wondered why no one is saying such things. Why, indeed.

My young beer buddy asked what’s around the corner. I replied that if Romney the Lesser wins, we face Great Depression II. If President Obama is re-elected, we (ahem) only confront a double-dip recession.

Former Tribune writer Joshua Silavent got it right last year when he forecast a “post-dated recession,” meaning that when the too-small original stimulus runs out, we won’t have any gas left in America’s tank.

I told my new friend that our best hope lies in Obama turning into a Franklin Roosevelt alpha-dog once America decides to meander mitt-out Mitt.

Romney the Elder proved so correct. Widespread economic opportunity, not tax cuts for rich people, will solve just about all societal ills.

The Arab spring and Al Qaeda spring from similar roots: lack of hope for a better economic future. Much the same applies to so many young people in the industrialized west as globalization sweats workers while denying global warming.

Vote wisely or not at all.

Much more at

WOULD’A COULD’A SHOULD’A DEPT. Come Wednesday, Sen. Harry Reid and Nevada Democrats may rue not having nominated Sheila Leslie for U.S. Senate.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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