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Old 11-12-2004, 01:29 AM   #16
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So how in touch with ordinary people's lives do we think a multi-millionaire like Bush is? How about the numerous US senators who are millionaires?
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:37 AM   #17
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Wasn't Bush the least rich of the two main tickets. Politics needs obscene ammounts of money because money buys influence and makes indiscretions go away.
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:42 AM   #18
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Wasn't Bush the least rich of the two main tickets. Politics needs obscene ammounts of money because money buys influence and makes indiscretions go away.
That's depressing, but no doubt true in many cases. That aside, how much do we think Bush, Kerry or any other multi-millionaire can understand what it's like to be poor? After all, isn't that why the person who started this thread was criticising celebrities who make political statements?
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The Senate has been called "a millionaire's club". Politicians are people who chase money and power. Most, if not all, celebrities are artists who had to pay their dues and just last in the business, show business is very hard to make it in, and the majority of people who go into acting or music or whatever never become rich and famous, they have to change careers because they're not making money. Initially no one makes money and it's a struggle that can last years. My sister's ex-husband tried to make it as an actor. He even had an Equity Card, but to no avail. He had to work at another job the whole time he was in theatre. It's not all sequins and glitter in that business, trust me. If you're in any of the arts you have to struggle. If you're successful, you're under a ton of pressure to keep on "producing". There is a difference between a thoughtful, intelligent activist like Bono and someone who just shouts cute slogans or whatever. But, before you judge these people, take the whole picture into consideration, not just bits and pieces of a whole.
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I respect what Bono is doing because he's a uniter, not a divider. Also, the AIDS issue can unite the right and left, as well as America with the rest of the world.

Bono is a great example of a celebrity who takes matters into his own hands, especially because he's become non-partisan and willing to work with both sides. I'm not so sure about all these Bush-bashing celebrities. That's what I've really grown tired of.
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You're right, Bono is a unifier, not a divider. That's probably the main reason he's been able to accomplish what he's been able to accomplish. He can go in and talk to President Bush, Senator Frist, *and* liberals like Senator Leahy.
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