HIGHTOWER: The Flim-Flam Campaign

Well, there we have it: Gore-Bush. Dull versus Dullard.

No matter which one of them wins, AT&T, Microsoft, Boeing, Disney, and Exxon wins. They're among dozens of giants that have put at least $50,000 each into the pockets of both camps, not only buying the loyalties of the candidates, but also controlling the political debate. So, basic kitchen-table issues that matter to most people will not even be on the table for discussion, because the money masters of the GoreBush flim-flam campaign don't want their candidates -- or you and me -- talking about such troubling issues. Here are just a few examples of what the Democrat and Republican will NOT be discussing, much less challenging:

The Mugging of the Middle Class. Gore and Bush gush about the glories of the razzle-dazzle Wall Street "Boom," but neither mentions that 8-out-of-10 Americans are experiencing more bust than boom, with corporate downsizings, farm bankruptcies, and family debt soaring.

Merger Mania. Every industry is being consolidated and conglomerated by huge corporations swallowing each other to become MegaHuge, gaining monopoly power that cuts our jobs, raises prices, squeezes out small competitors, reduces service, and bullies our communities. Yet Gore and Bush quietly take millions from the merging barons and stay eerily silent.

Globaloney. Rapacious corporations are empowered and even subsidized by our government to export U.S. jobs, exploit foreign workers and the environment, and undercut our very right to self government. Gore and Bush, however, are funded by the corporate globalists, so neither will see, hear, or speak any evil about this outrage.

This is Jim Hightower saying ... On these and dozens of other key issues -- from the stupid "drug war" to the crying need for universal health care -- Gore and Bush are not engaged in an election, but in a scurrilous scam to preserve the status quo. And "status quo" is Latin for "the mess we're in."

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