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8.02.02
Politics and Economy:
Ask Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader Last week we called on viewers to pose questions they'd put to Ralph Nader if they had a chance. The response was overwhelming. Below are some selected questions on topics that range far and wide beyond the 2000 election.

Join the discussion on the boards.

Find out how he responded — read a transcript of Bill Moyers' interview with Ralph Nader



Here's what some of our viewers wanted to ask Ralph Nader:

ELECTION 2000

Mr. Nader, do you take any personal responsibility for the "selection" of George W. Bush as president and the subsequent intensification of the assault on the quality of our environment, the erosion of civil rights, the transfer of wealth to the richest and so forth pursued by his administration? Do you believe that a legacy of Bush appointees on the Supreme Court bench during a good portion of my daughter's generation differs in no real way from what Al Gore might have chosen for our future?
Sincerely, --Zane Jones

Why do you run for president knowing that the present electoral college system will prevent you from being elected to the office? Why not run for a seat in the House of Representatives or the Senate and build the Green Party to gain more representation in Congress to support a change in the election process? --John Maciejunes, Pasadena, CA

THE ECONOMY

What should the government be doing at a local and at a national level to create meaningful employment? --Greg Wetzel

Ralph Nader proposes that we raise the minimum wage to the living wage. If this were carried out, what would prevent a massive inflation that might keep the same people as impoverished as they are now? --Douglas Paulson, Lancaster, PA

Are you going to run again, and, if so, how do you plan to appeal of parents of young children, ie. how do you plan to address the costs and quality of child care available in relationship to wages for working people? --Cynthia Mohiuddin, Lake Oswego, OR

CORPORATE REFORM:

Mr. Nader, you've been America' most visible corporate watchdog for over 40 years. Are the reforms recently enacted and those under consideration adequate, and, if not, what else needs to be done to restore corporate credibility? --Joy Evans Martinka

Can corporate reform could be achieved through radical changes in corporate charters? --Gary Epstein, California


THE PRESS

I think I remember hearing that you supported the idea of a nationwide consumerism/activism TV network that would feature a lot of issues and people's efforts that currently don't tend to make the mainstream networks. Do you think that is a good idea, how likely is it that an activism network could become a reality, and what issues or stories do you think the mainstream networks are missing or overlooking right now? --David L. Roberts, Marshall, Missouri


SEPTEMBER 11

Many have said that a liberal administration would not have been able to respond effectively to the September 11th attacks. My question is, how would you have responded? --Michael P. Gallen, La Salle University


ENVIRONMENT

With the current state of over-production and over-industrialization, and the direct consequence that Earth's resources are thinning and deteriorating, how do you plan on convincing citizens that over-consuming is threatening our future even more? What political solution and outcome do you see, especially in America, where over-consumption is so deeply rooted in people's lifestyles? --Laurent Brondel, NYC

GREEN PARTY STRATEGY

Since Winona LaDuke has weighed in on the subject, I was wondering what you felt about the Greens running a candidate in Minnesota who appears to be no more progressive than Paul Wellstone. I know your candidacy offered a very different platform, but is this really the case here? Do you feel that it is important for the Greens to field as many candidates as possible whether or not they actually offer a distinct perspective? Or do you think that it might at times be best for the Greens to support or endorse other progressives instead? -Kathryn Sukites, Fairfax, VA

FUTURE OF THIRD PARTIES

Do you believe that there is a chance, eventually, that all non-Republicans and all non-Democrats can join forces — become a single party with a combined agenda — to completely overwhelm the two-party system? Why has there never been an effort to bring the Greens, the Libertarians, and all the other Independent parties together? --Matthew Scott Key, Colorado Springs, CO


MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

Dear Mr. Nader,

My question is: I am a middle class working guy. I don't have much time, money or expertise. I do have alot of frustration and feelings of powerlessness. What can I do to influence the direction our country and the world are moving in? --Gene Weismuller, Edmonds, WA


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