“Edwards and the Vision Thing” was about an issue that would put Edwards above and beyond Mrs. Nafta and the rest of the PAC rats. Saving New Orleans and universal healthcare are obviously issues that Edwards should make a strong stand about, but so will all the other candidates. They will make a pass at the energy crisis, but compromised by their support of the status quo, they will offer up ridiculously underfunded and ineffectual solutions.
The Clinton administration set aside a little over a billion dollars for its “Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles”. To put this completely inadequate effort in perspective, the cost of the current travesty in Iraq is approaching 500 billion dollars. That says everything about the priorities of the status quo and the politicians wedded to it and terrified of being called “liberal big spenders”
Of course Edwards will be called a “Big Spender”. Parents pay for their child’s college education. It’s a lot of money. Are they big spenders? No, because it helps set up their child for life. Well this would help set up America for generations to come.
Where’s he going to get the money?, he will be asked. The same place the Republicans get it when they decide to have a war or do one of their bailouts. Come to think of it, after GW stole the last election, maybe the American middle class should have incorporated, declared bankruptcy and got bailed out.
The coming scramble for diminishing resources will involve us in one Iraq after another, unless we break the stranglehold of the status quo. Edwards should bring together the people who have the expertise to create an alternative and the entrepeneurs who will develop it. There are a lot of top notch scientists who would be thrilled not to have to make their living designing new bombs, but rather discovering the next generation of alternative energy.