Archive for December, 2009

THE HEALTHCARE BILL, 12-31-2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009




Kill any bill that fails to provide real reform.


Write your legislators.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

The House and Senate have both offered health care reform bills and now a final bill will be hashed out in Joint Session.

The Senate health care bill as it stands is a farce:

*     no Public option

*     no Medicare buy in

*     mandated subscriptions for millions that cannot afford payments.

*     See Bob Herbert’s  article in the NYT, 12-28-09

This is another blatant insult to citizens that voted for real change last year.

Stop this give away to the insurance industry and tell corporate Democrats to provide real reform.

Go to the site below to contact yr reps.
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Then tell yr reps to initiate public funding of legislators  so this does not happen repeatedly.
Without public funding of campaigns, legislators are beholden to the special interests that pay them.
As the late Molly Ivins said “You dance with the one that brung ya.”

Unless legislators are funded entirely by public taxes (at a cost of less than $50/year per registered voter),
we can expect no significant reform in crucial major issues that interfere w/ special interest’s bottom lines.

*     Health care reform

*     Climate change

*     Middle East wars

*     Environmental protection

*     Nuclear stockpile reduction efforts.

*     World poverty

Issues like these must be taken seriously in order for our kids to inherit a sane world and this can’t happen as long as politicians are payed off by corporate interests.

The Greenbacker

LORD MONCTON AND CLIMATE CHANGE, 12-21-2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The video (below) exemplifies typical right wing hysteria.

Lord Monckton and the right wing hysterics find evil in the climate bill – World Domination!
Check out the commentary at the end of the video – Christians!
It makes me wonder if Christians read.
Certainly not the Climate bill.

The Climate Bill focuses on climate, not world domination.

Do these people really believe  US politicians would give up aspirations of empire and world hegemony for a mere *Climate Bill*.  After all, look at some of the things this country is willing to do to show and maintain hegemony in the world.
We have hundreds of military bases in ~ 134 countries.
We are involved in two wars of occupation and are threatening a third (Iran).
Remember Vietnam?  Korea, Haiti, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chili, Operation Cobra,   Guatemala, Iran?
Pols that engage in ops like these are garnering power, not giving it up.

I wonder if Monckton has read the PNAC and the DPG (Defense Planning Guide) of 1992.
These are a couple of  neocon treatises that actually do call for world domination – at any price.

If you Google PNAC or DPG, and I recommend you do, check out the list of cosigners.
Familiar names!

Here is something about the DPG of interest:

The 1992 draft Defense Planning Guidance (DPG), crafted by then-Defense Department staffers I. Lewis Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, and Zalmay Khalilzad, is widely regarded as an early formulation of the neoconservatives’ post-Cold War agenda. Under the auspices of then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Libby and Wolfowitz, two of the few neoconservatives given posts in the realist-dominated administration of George H.W. Bush, were given the task of producing the DPG, a classified document that outlines U.S. military strategies and provides a framework for developing the defense budget. Because it would be the first DPG since the end of the Cold War, the officials had the daunting task of devising what essentially would be an entirely new framework for U.S. defense policy. In preparation for the drafting, the officials held a number of meetings with outside experts. Notable among the participants were Richard Perle, Albert Wohlstetter (former mentor to Perle and Wolfowitz), and Andrew Marshall, head of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (see James Mann, The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet).

When the draft DPG was leaked to the New York Times and Washington Post, it created an uproar among Democrats and many administration figures, spurring the White House to immediately and publicly retract it. Among its more salient points, the draft guidance called for massive increases in defense spending, the assertion of lone superpower status, the prevention of the emergence of any regional competitors, the use of preventive—or preemptive—force, and the idea of forsaking multilateralism if it did not suit U.S. interests. It called for intervening in disputes throughout the globe, even when the disputes were not directly related to U.S. interests, arguing that the United States should “retain the preeminent responsibility for addressing selectively those wrongs which threaten not only our interests, but those of our allies or friends, or which could seriously disrupt international relations.” According to the draft DPG, the United States must also “show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.”

The guidance argued, “Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia.

http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1992_Draft_Defense_Planning_Guidance

The Greenbacker


WARNING! Goodbye U.S Sovereignty… Hello One World Government !

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddQvhdCyhe4

SAINTHOOD FOR PIUS IX, 12-20-2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009


Sainthood for Pius XII…..

According to what I have read, Pius XII was a promoter of the WWII ‘ratlines’ that channeled Nazis and other fascists and war criminals out of Europe and into the new world (with much of their stolen booty…).   In any accounting the ratlins were established under his watch at the Vatican.

False names and passports were provided and agreements were reached between the Vatican and western countries such as Argentina, Brasil, Chile and the US and Canada.  These ratlines served to keep some of the worst Nazi perpetrators out of the hands of war tribunals and were ‘fostered by the Vatican’ then headed by Pius XII.

Here is one accounting of Vatican involvement in ratlines:

Bishop Alois Hudal was rector of the Pontificio Istituto Teutonico Santa Maria dell’Anima in Rome, a seminary for Austrian and German priests, and “Spiritual Director of the German People resident in Italy”.[9] After the end of the war in Italy, Hudal became active in ministering to German-speaking prisoners of war and internees then held in camps throughout Italy. In December 1944 the Vatican Secretariat of State received permission to appoint a representative to “visit the German-speaking civil internees in Italy”, a job assigned to Hudal.

Hudal used this position to aid the escape of wanted Nazi war criminals, including Franz Stangl, commanding officer of Treblinka, Gustav Wagner, commanding officer of Sobibor, Alois Brunner, responsible for the Drancy internment camp near Paris and in charge of deportations in Slovakia to German concentration camps, and Adolf Eichmann.[10]— a fact about which he was later unashamedly open. Some of these wanted men were being held in internment camps: generally without identity papers, they would be enrolled in camp registers under false names. Other Nazis were in hiding in Italy, and sought Hudal out as his role in assisting escapes became known on the Nazi grapevine.[11]

In his memoirs Hudal said of his actions: I thank God that He [allowed me] to visit and comfort many victims in their prisons and concentration camps and to help them escape with false identity papers. [12] He explained that in his eyes:

“The Allies’ War against Germany was not a crusade, but the rivalry of economic complexes for whose victory they had been fighting. This so-called business … used catchwords like democracy, race, religious liberty and Christianity as a bait for the masses. All these experiences were the reason why I felt duty bound after 1945 to devote my whole charitable work mainly to former National Socialists and Fascists, especially to so-called ‘war criminals’.”

These Vatican papers were not full passports, and not in themselves enough to gain passage overseas. They were, rather, the first stop in a paper trail—they could be used to obtain a displaced person passport from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which in turn could be used to apply for visas. In theory the ICRC would perform background checks on passport applicants, but in practice the word of a priest or particularly a bishop would be good enough.

http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/world/2009/12/19/D9CMC4P03_eu_vatican_john_paul_ii/index.html

What else would you expect from a religion that denies and protects it’s pedophiles and declares the pillage of the new world in the 16th century to be an ‘act of purification’.

The Greenbacker

THE HEALTH CARE REFORM MESS, 12-19-2009

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Look at this mess in health care ‘reform’

Why not scrap it and start over – may have to dump some legislators in order to do so, or deal w/ Senate Filibuster rules via reconciliation, but until dealt with in a rational manner, this monster will continue to rear it’s ugly head and bite us.

Taxpayers have to pay for ‘subsidies’ and unless healthcare costs are made competitive by a public option, increased tax monies will continue to go toward subsidizing the huge paychecks and administration of private insurers.  They have shown no desire to mend their ways and need to be given little consideration on the health care issue.
Unfortunately, their consideration seems to be foremost in this legislative process.    Millions of dollars, about $1.5M/day (Harper’s) is being spent by these corporations and their lobbies to scrap or neutralize health care reform, promoted by a team of legislators that reside firmly in the pockets of private healthcare corporations.

Health care is paid for by citizens and needs to benefit citizens in the best and most efficient manner possible.   If private insurers are in the way of this, and they are and have been, then private insurers need to be discounted.  The important thing here is to spare citizen’s lives w/ decent health care, not to augment the bottom line of greedy private corporations and clueless politicians.

Why not extend Medicare?  The infrastructure is in place.

It’s not a perfect plan but administrative costs are ~ 4% compared to 20-40% for private insurers. That’s a hell of a savings to taxpayers that are going to have to look forward to paying for climate change, wars, poverty, Bush administration excesses etc in the very near future in addition to healthcare costs – all in the absence of significant improvement in employment prospects.

A year has been spent on this waste of Congress’ time.  And this hash still has to be rectified in Joint Session next year.
I think ‘rectified’ is an excellent term for what is happening to us on the health care issue.

The Greenbacker

PUBLIC FUNDING, AGAIN! 12-17-2009

Thursday, December 17th, 2009



What remains to be done if this farce is allowed by the Court?
Fund political candidates exclusively with public taxes, that’s what!

Call any other source of gratuity ‘bribery’, which it is, and outlaw such action.

Publicly fund elected official’s campaigns, exclusively w/ tax money.

Then the issue will be given egalitarian treatment – nobody will get to legally bribe politicians.

Public funding may be the only way to circumvent ‘corporate personhood’.   No donations, no gratuities, nothing from any source outside of public tax monies.

Of course, Congress could override a Supreme Court decision and create an amendment to the Constitution but that’s about as likely as flying elephants….

This would cost each registered voter ~ $25/ year in new taxes and would go a long way to guarantee representative government, which is what we pay for and should be able to expect.

Do the math:  ~ 125MM registered voters X $25/yr => $3B/yr+  which yields over $6B for each 2 yr election cycle.

This is plenty of funding to more than provide for even the most extravagant campaign which the 2008 election cycle certainly was.   Even so, the 2008 election cycle cost less than $5.4B  ($1.6B for presidential campaigns, alone), according to the Wall Street Journal.   And off year cycles cost much less. (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/23/cost-of-2008-election-cycle-53-billion/) .

The problem, of course, is getting this past Congress as, if done right, it would mark the end of ‘gratuities’ like fancy parties, golf trips, plane rides and other gifts that so appeal to some legislators.

Corporations are not ‘persons’.   They don’t vote, and are not accountable in that they can’t be made to serve jail time for malfeasance.  They have no ethics other than servitude to their bottom line, and think only in the short term.  They don’t breath the air nor drink the water they pollute.  However, they are vastly capable of buying votes, and they do this as a matter of course and consider it a ‘cost of doing business’ and a tax write off.  Does that make them  ‘persons’?

Mandating the public funding of elected officials is the first thing Obama should have done upon entering office. This would insure  Congress acts in the best interests of  voters rather than special interests, K street, C street and other monied groups able and willing to buy votes.

Public funding would have opened the way for effective legislation affecting health Care, middle east wars, climate change, world poverty, banking and finance regulation and so many more things vital to the needs of our country than the puny support of a corporation’s bottom line or the lining some legislator’s pocket.

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson was right to call ‘Whore’ to legislator’s that sell out to special interests but what name can you give a corporation that acts typically and exclusively in it’s own interest w/o regard for the future or for others on the planet?
Even a snake won’t do that, but our Supreme Court calls them ‘Persons’, and bequeaths upon them 1st Amendment rights.

The Greenbacker