US Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, a Democrat of Ohio
According to his web site, he is a "leader of the Progressive Caucus of the congressional Democrats who combines a powerful activism with a spiritual sense of the essential interconnectedness of all living things. His holistic worldview carries with it a passionate commitment to public service, peace, human rights, workers rights, and the environment. His advocacy of a Department of Peace seeks not only to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society, but to make war archaic. His is a powerful, ethical voice for nuclear disarmament, preservation of the ABM treaty, banning weapons in outer space, and a halt to the development of a 'Star Wars' - type missile defense technology...Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1946. He is the eldest of 7 children of Frank and Virginia Kucinich. He and he family lived in twenty-one places, including a couple of cars, by the time Kucinich was 17 years old."
Taxes & Spending:
Based on ratings from taxpayer advocacy groups such
as National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform, this candidate shares
very little of their views-about 16%. According to the Concord Coalition, he agrees with a third of their positions on balanced budget issue.
Kucinich vowed to create a New Deal-style program to create public works jobs. "As president, I'll make sure that workers' rights are enshrined in a workers' White House,'' Kucinich said.
"As the next President, I will move forward, in the tradition of Franklin
D. Roosevelt, to create a full-employment economy."
He voted against eliminating estate taxes.
Social Services Funding: Voted "yes" on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. Voted "no" on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks.
Voted "no" on legislation to expand the ability to of religious organizations to participate in federally funded social programs.
Kucinich proposes a cabinet level Department of Peace. Among other things, the department would encourage the exchange of faith-based values.
Welfare: The Children's Defense Fund, an organization concerned how poverty and
welfare cuts effect children and families, recently gave him a score of 100%. BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee gave him a score of
Security & Terrorism: Voted no the USA PATRIOT-Act. He announced in February 2003, that "The Office of Homeland Security has raised the ‘National Terror Threat Level’ to ‘high’ is striking evidence that the Administration’s war rhetoric and massive troop build-up around Iraq, far from making our nation more secure, is putting our nation at greater risk."
Voted "yes" on the "Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001", a bill to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts by imposing restrictions on student visas and among other things, it creates a centralized 'lookout' database.
Foreign Affairs: "If the U.S. is going to launch an unprecedented preemptive war, the Administration needs to prove that Iraq poses an immediate and imminent threat to the United States, Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to make that case to the United Nations (UN) Security Council." Voted agaist the Use of Force-Passage. Favors a Palestinian state. Opposes military tribunals, suspending due process and habeas corpus.
Kucinich wrote that a War with Iraq would be a "waste of up to $1.9 trillion in our tax dollars, wrecking our economy while, at the same time, the Administration gives out a trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthy."
Education: Favors increased federal funding of public schools. Voted "yes" on requiring states to test students.
Congressman Kucinich states on his website that he "strongly believes all students, regardless of economic background, deserve an opportunity to attain a higher education." It is Congressman Kucinich’s goal that the option to attend college or a career school is possible for all students and adults.
Healthcare: Kucinich believes that all Americans should have access to health care. The most efficient and just way to do this is by establishing a national health insurance program. He is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2505; the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001.
Social Security: Opposes privatization plans. Voted "yes" on a Social Security "lockbox".
Illicit Drugs: Co-sponsored H.R. 2291 - The Drug-Free Communities Reauthorization Act. This bill reauthorizes the Drug-Free Communities Act, which sends federal money directly to local coalitions working to reduce drug use through education and drug prevention programs.
He also believes that a safe, free and just America is undermined, not bolstered, by the costly and ineffective War on Drugs. Criminalization over treatment has led to increased violent crime, misdirected resources of law enforcement and restricted Constitutional liberties.
Trade: Says he would cancel NAFTA and withdraw from the World Trade Organization.
Ex-felons' Voting Rights: Cosponsored in H.R. 2830 - Voting Restoration Act: A bill to give ex-offenders the right to vote in Federal elections once they have completed their sentences, including probation or parole.
Gun Policy: He received an "F" from the NRA, and 100% from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Abortion Policy: He received a 10% score from Planned
Parenthood and a 75% from the National Right to Life
Committee. However, on in early 2003 Kucinich said "as president, I would protect that right [to abortion], and I would also make sure that appointees to the Supreme Court protected that right."
Environmental Policy: He received a 95% score from the
League of Conservation Voters.
Minority Issues: He received an 86% from the NAACP.
Civil Liberties: He received a 66% score from The American
Civil Liberties Union.