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2014 Election & Plutocratic Psychopathy

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Barry Grey and Patrick Martin in “The US elections and the American plutocracy” declare that the Democratic and Republican parties agree on austerity, government spying, tax breaks for the rich and war.

Hunger, homelessness, joblessness, Detroit’s bankruptcy are not worth seriously addressing by either of them in this election cycle. Read below the fold...

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CIO report on privatization disasters shows that one of its main goals is looting.

In my blog post a few days ago about the unseen hand of the various 'free trade agreement' mandates to 'privatize everything' quietly strangling any "hope" of real "health care reform" in the USA, I had a lot to say about the 'FTA's' mandated forced irreversible privatizations of everything people need from and see as good about government, in secret, and the forces I see as driving it. Read below the fold...

Oh Little Town of Washington

Oh little town of Washington,
how still we see you lie.
The crap -- a cheap and mean-filled heap --
as silent drones destroy.

In your dark hearts harbored
the everlasting ploy
that hopes and fears of millions here
serious fleecing to provide.

Obama, born of Oprah,
we gathered all around
to push Bush out forever,
a sick, destructive clown.

Alas, our dream aborted.
The Cheney course remains.
Obama’s charm at doling harm.
He’s master of the game.

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Afghanistan: Colossal Pentagon Money Pit for US Tax Dollars

Of course Washington decries the corruption in Afghanistan and calls it out as a major obstacle to its mission there. That is certainly rich points out Dilip Hiro in “The Great Afghan Corruption Scam: How Operation Enduring Freedom Mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption” since the United States, due to grotesque incompetence, amorality and graft itself, has been an enabler and participant in the colossal corruption in Afghanistan. Read below the fold...

A Few Words Re Fertilizer Explosion & Implications

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From “Texas plant explosion highlights gutting of health and safety rules” by Andre Damon.

4-17-13, Wednesday, West Fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas

20 miles north of Waco (close to compound where in 1993 after FBI assault on religious compound 76 men, women and children died in a fire which inspired Timothy McVeigh to perpetrate the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 people -- West, TX explosion took place within 2 days of their anniversaries)

14 people dead

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Un-Corrupting Congress: A System-Changing Solution

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) abruptly announced his intention to retire from the Senate in 2014, on the heels of Harry Reid's failure to get the two parties to agree to reform the Senate's notorious filibuster after the 2012 election.

According to Harkin, the failure of filibuster reform will make it "virtually impossible" for Obama to carry out his vision for his second term. Read below the fold...

Mexican protests

There has been a movement brewing in Mexico against the corrupt duopoly (sound familiar?) that has been getting scant attention. Read below the fold...

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Ryan's Follies: Back to Liberty

More on liberty from Ryan's reply to the President's 2011 SOTU. These are about that old Republican hypocritical favorite, “small government.”

”The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.”

What planet does Congressman Ryan live on? The Democrats have done very little to increase the size of Government. The measure of that is that the average annual growth in Federal Government spending is the lowest it's been in the period since Dwight Eisenhower became President. In addition, Federal spending as a percent of GDP is still extremely low compared to National Government expenditures by the nations mentioned in my last post, and has only risen about 5 percentage points from Bush Administration levels, in response to the economic crisis, which, remember, was caused by policies avidly supported by Paul Ryan and conservative Republicans.

In addition, the President, much to his discredit, has done all he could to keep Government expenditures revenue neutral or revenue positive, beyond expenditures for defense, the stimulus, and increases in social safety net expenditures resulting from the recession. His health care reform bill is a disgraceful attempt to bailout the insurance companies without taking them over, because he would not entertain Medicare for All, since it wasn't “revenue neutral.” Never mind that enhanced Medicare for All would have saved the private sector $900 Billion per year in Medical Costs, and that the stimulus involved in an additional $800 Billion of Federal deficit spending would probably have created an addition 2 million jobs, at least. Read below the fold...

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Paul Ryan On Limited Government

In my last two posts I reviewed the deficit reduction aspects of Paul Ryan's Republican response to the SOTU. But Ryan also placed considerable emphasis on the idea of “limited government” in his response. In this post, I want to evaluate what he had to say on this theme.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government. . . .

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Sibel Edmonds on Congressmen, Pentagon officials, etc. selling secrets to Turkey, Pakistan and Israel

One of the craziest things I've read in a loooong time.

Sibel Edmonds was a former translator for the FBI. She was fired after raising a stink about some of the BS she was reading.

The guy interviewing her is a former CIA analyst.

American Conservative:

PHILIP GIRALDI: We were very interested to learn of your four-hour deposition in the case involving allegations that Congresswoman Jean Schmidt accepted money from the Turkish government in return for political favors. You provided many names and details for the first time on the record and swore an oath confirming that the deposition was true.

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potpourri

Not a frequent blogger, but here are a few things that are bugging me lately:
MSM where are you? Roll call reported this http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/...
and then it disappeared. Then big pharma is busted: Read below the fold...

New derivatives legislation "was probably written by JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs"

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The Nation:

Who drafted this dubious piece of legislation? Bankers (or their lawyers) did. The leading sellers of derivatives are an exclusive club of five very large financial institutions--Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs--that hold 95 percent of the derivatives exposure among the largest banks (the total contract value exceeds $290 trillion). These are the same folks who toppled the global economy and compelled government to intervene with gigantic bailouts.

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