SA Column - Ralph Nader, the Conservative

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On illegal immigration, Nader's sharp right turn leaves posers like Romney and McCain eating his dust. While Sen. McCain was promoting amnesty and Gov. Romney was agreeing with him, Nader said of amnesty, "This is very difficult because you are giving a green light to cross the border illegally. I don't like the idea of legalization because then the question is how do you prevent the next wave and the next?"

Nader wants to strip corporations who hire illegal aliens of their business licenses and even sharply curtail HB1 work visas from the third world. McCain's Republican friend Lindsey Graham calls folks like Nader a "bigot."

Agreeing with our Founding Fathers, Nader believes that big capital can be every bit as dangerous as big government. While corporate-backed candidates like McCain and Romney continue to sing the praises of NAFTA in a down-turning economy, Nader joins the chorus of conservatives like Pat Buchanan and Duncan Hunter in saying that what's best for America is what's best for Americans, not transnational corporations.

In 1996, Nader sent a letter to America's top 100 corporations, with the simple request that they recite the Pledge of Allegiance before shareholder meetings. They declined.

On the ongoing collaboration between big government and big capital, Nader notes that when ordinary Americans lose money, they lose money. When corporations lose money, they have the government to bail them out. Nader supports ending corporate welfare.

Given the choice between Republicans like Romney and McCain, who call for open borders, stagnant wages, lost jobs, corporate welfare, and more wars, or a man of the left who wants to stop illegal immigration, save jobs, end Washington bailouts, and would prefer to spend tax dollars on Americans instead of Iraqis, I would gladly show Nader my Green card.

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