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Green Party: Living in a Fantasy World

Representatives of the Green Party, ISwitched.org sent out a press release today “Billionaire investor Warren Buffett for President? Some Green Party voters say “Yes”!”. At first glance, I was amazed that a party that endorses nationalized health care would get support from Warren Buffet. However upon reading closer, it appears that the Green Party has no viable candidates and is hoping only to throw big names into the debate and show that they would support them if they ran. Such other notables as Oprah Winfrey (next week: “Dictators who round up dissidents and the countries who love them”) and Susan Sarandon (hey who needs the 2nd amendment?).

So why did they headline Warren Buffet? I admire the man, but not for the same reasons that they cite: “modest lifestyle and attacks on excessive executive compensation” and “ability to self-finance a competitive campaign for President”. My impression is that they think he’ll bend to the meager weight of the Green Party in a bid to run, that he would turn on his heels on such issues as nationalized healthcare and gun control when he has stated in the past that “Government can’t deliver a free lunch to the country as a whole. It can, however, determine who pays for lunch.” (excerpt from Dividend Voodoo).

The Green Party is deluded and appears to be casting a wide net in the hopes that they will catch a viable candidate other than Ralph Nader, who has already capitalized (books, speaking tours, etc.) on his run in 2000 and appears to be going nowhere.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at July 10, 2003 4:20 PM