Steve G.

Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr on the ‘debate that wasn’t’

In Barack Obama, John McCain, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Press Release on September 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Writing in Huffington Post, Bob Barr says

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Senator McCain and Senator Obama. The viewers of this first presidential “debate” missed the opportunity for a true debate because the viewpoints I represent were not raised.

This was clearly a debate between big government and bigger government. The proposals for spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money for everything from bailing out Wall Street to bailing out Georgia (theirs, not ours) are simply irresponsible.

We, the United States, are living way beyond our means, and in this debate, there was not a single recognition–let alone an alarm cry–for the runaway spending of our government.

Barr denounces the “mad dash” to pass a trillion dollar “bailout” of Wall Street, calls for a Justice Department investigation of fraud and other criminal behavior at financial institutions, and stop the US from acting as the world’s policeman and occupying numerous foreign countries.

He concludes,

The debate tonight convinced me that neither McCain nor Obama want to, or can, change the direction of our country. With roughly 80 percent of all Americans saying our country is headed in the wrong direction, I am the only candidate who embodies their hope for true change.

The Washington establishment doesn’t want to face up to the challenges next administration will inherit. If you’re part of the 55 percent or more of voters who think the debates would be enriched by having me in them, let the news media know your feelings. The establishment will respond if public opinion is strongly in favor of my inclusion in the next two presidential debates.

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  1. Barr says, “The establishment will respond if public opinion is strongly in favor of my inclusion in the next two presidential debates.”

    Once again, Barr has set himself in an Alice in Wonderland pseudo-world. More evidence (I’ve presented evidence over and over again in the past about this) that Barr’s faith in government is strong.

    Barr believes that government is responsive to “people”, “the citizenry”, “public opinion”. Way too much credit to the coercers in arms . . the government bureaucrats. The state and its bureaucrats cares not one iota what “the public” wants, Bob. they care only about what lines their pockets, and the pockets of their favorite moneyed supporters.

    What would you expect though, Barr the former (and still?) CIA and Justice Dept apparachik?

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