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Fascist Priorities of the US Govt Shutdown

We Americans in the bottom 99% or maybe 95% are again enduring another lap on the sickening and ever-impoverishing roller coaster of Disaster Capitalism engineered for us by our betraying, corporate-captured government leadership. The lower we are on that percentage continuum, the wilder and meaner the ride. Read below the fold...

Obama’s ‘Clueless’ Act re NSA at Press Conference

Obama held a Friday press conference and continued to lie about the illegality of the NSA surveillance programs.

Obama, according to Barry Grey in “Obama’s press conference: The smiling face of a police state,” seriously wants the citizenry to believe its discomfort over Edward Snowden’s NSA mass surveillance revelations is just a poor job of public relations between his administration and the American population.

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Obama, the F-word, & the Criminalization of News-Gathering

The f-word is fascism.

The first amendment matters. Should matter. Apparently not so much to the Justice Department and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Bill of Rights Circled the Bowl in Boston -- FLUSH!!!

Barry Grey in "American democracy in shambles" writes:

With the implementation of a state of military siege against the population of Boston last week, the American ruling class has crossed a historical, legal and political Rubicon.

The die is cast and the sun is setting on the democratic forms of rule that have existed in the United States for the past two centuries.

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Libby's Political Stew: Behind SOTU Speech's Razzle Dazzle

Here are some “realpolitik” excerpted takes on Obama’s State of the Union Address from Glen Ford, Norman Solomon, Barry Grey, Pepe Escobar, Matthew Rothschild:

Glen Ford of BAR in “Obama’s State of the Corporate Union”:

It was an impassioned performance by a cynical politician who offers little but corporate tax incentives and continued austerity. Barack Obama peppered his State of the Union address with up-tempo buzzwords about illusory “progress,” but the president’s substantive message was that he is determined to complete the austerity bargain he struck with the Republicans in 2011. ...

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Obama’s jobs program is almost entirely a corporate tax incentive scheme, to bribe corporations to send home the jobs they sent offshore, where they have also hidden tens of trillions from taxation – a subject not deemed worthy of mention in a national discussion of shared sacrifice and patriotic obligations.

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US Citizens Goose-Step to Voting Booth & War with Iran

A vote for either Obama or Romney will be an endorsement for a war with Iran.

Both evil Romney and supposedly lesser evil Obama are committed to more war in general and committed to obliging Israel’s strident insistence for a war with Iran.

All American citizens should think of this as they cast their ballots. Think of their own participation -- their enabling -- the greatest crime against humanity -- WAR. Read below the fold...

Spineless Oversight Protects & Encourages Poisonous Snakes

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Barry Grey in wsws:

Just last month, Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), gave an interview on the occasion of the publication of his new book on the bank bailout in which he complained of the failure to hold to account any of the bankers responsible for the financial disaster. “It was shocking how much control the big banks had over their own bailout,” he said.

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Obama's SOTU: Military Mayhem & 3d-Wrld US Job/Wage Bullshit

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Barry Grey of wsws has the grimmest but most reality-based analysis of Obama’s Tuesday night State of the Union message.

Grey:

The speech was actually one of the most reactionary State of the Union addresses ever delivered. Obama placed his “blueprint” for the US economy within the framework of a chilling celebration of the American military and its criminal activities around the world. Among the achievements he cited were the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the bombing of Libya and murder of Gaddafi. He spoke with particular pride of the extra-legal drone assassinations in Africa and the Middle East and concluded with a paean to the Navy SEALs who murdered Osama bin Laden.

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Faux-Jobs-Summit 6-13-11: Obama HEARTS Corporate CEOs

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RE-POST from 6/19/11

Barry Grey’s “Obama promotes corporate profits in the name of job creation” is a depressing update on Obama’s recent Durham, North Carolina meeting with his “Jobs and Competitiveness Council.” The money paragraph:

The reality is that corporate America, with the support of the government, is using mass unemployment as a bludgeon to drive down wages, destroy working conditions and force workers to accept poverty wages and sweatshop conditions. The same process is unfolding internationally, as the bourgeoisie utilizes the crisis of its own making to destroy social gains won by the working class over more than a century of struggle.

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Faux-Photo-Ops/Faux-Jobs-Summit of Shameless Corporate-Supplicant Obama & Bloodsucking CEOs 6/13/11

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Barry Grey’s “Obama promotes corporate profits in the name of job creation” is a depressing update on Obama’s recent Durham, North Carolina meeting with his “Jobs and Competitiveness Council.” The money paragraph:

The reality is that corporate America, with the support of the government, is using mass unemployment as a bludgeon to drive down wages, destroy working conditions and force workers to accept poverty wages and sweatshop conditions. The same process is unfolding internationally, as the bourgeoisie utilizes the crisis of its own making to destroy social gains won by the working class over more than a century of struggle.

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