Bill McGaughey, a Minneapolis landlord and author, is also a candidate
for President in 2004. If you want an outsider, check out this candidate:
* McGaughey is one of the nations leading experts on the economics
of work time, having authored a book to support the last major drive
for federal shorter-workweek legislation (A Shorter Workweek in the
1980s) and coauthored another with Eugene McCarthy (Nonfinancial Economics:
The Case for Shorter Hours of Work), which provided an economic and
moral justification for reducing work time.
* He has a strong sense of history and of historical trends. He is author
of Five Epochs of Civilization: World History as Emerging in Five
Civilizations published in 2000. A Chinese-language version will
be published in China this year. (See the books multilingual web
site, http://www.worldhistorysite.com. If you type predict the
future in the Google or Yahoo search engine, this website comes
up #1 on the list.)
* He was an early critic of NAFTA and free trade. His 1992 book A
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement: Do We Just Say No?, outlined
a positive alternative to free trade. It was used by leading opponents
of NAFTA to bring their members up to speed on these issues.
* As a small landlord in a less affluent neighborhood of Minneapolis,
he is intimately acquainted with big-city problems, including racial
and neighborhood politics, housing, and crime. He has prospered in the
city despite the efforts of elected officials and neighborhood groups
to run him out of business in 1995.
* A scrappy political fighter, he helped engineer the defeat of top
Minneapolis city officials in the 2001 city election. The following
year, he ran for U.S. Senate in the Independence Party primary against
the party-endorsed candidate. Embracing issues that were anathema to
the political establishment, he finished second (of three) in the primary
with 8,482 votes, or 31% of the total.
* A CPA, he is financially literate. His accounting career included
employment in manufacturing and public transportation. He has made money
as a stock-market investor.
* Not totally an outsider, he attended the same college as President
Bush and was in the same graduating class as Senator Joe Lieberman.
Bill McGaughey is a man with a vision of a better society. While the
other candidates tinker with problems, he puts forth basic solutions.
Having written the (world history) book, he understands the requirements
of politics in an age of entertainment.