Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dennis Kucinich on the Economics of the American Oligarchy

Article printed from CommonDreams.org
Published on Friday, July 15, 2011

Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen


by Dennis Kucinich

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the few. Let me give you some examples.

Take war. War takes the money from the American people and puts it into the hands of arms manufacturers, war profiteers, and private armies. The war in Iraq, based on lies: $3 trillion will be the cost of that war. The war in Afghanistan; based on a misreading of history; half a trillion dollars in expenses already. The war against Libya will be $1 billion by September.

Fifty percent of our discretionary spending goes for the Pentagon. A massive transfer of wealth into the hands of a few while the American people lack sufficient jobs, health care, housing, retirement security.


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Washington needs its compass corrected, and its clock cleaned



This October, let's all celebrate our successful War in Afghanistan's Tenth Birthday! It's our gift that keeps on giving (to those who profit from such enterprises.)

If Washington's "business as usual" suits you just fine, stay home and chill.

Or, click on the photo to join the fun!

As a warm-up, watch George Carlin's lesson on "The American Dream".

Friday, July 08, 2011

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address - January 17, 1961



The address is memorable for Eisenhower's warning about the threat of the burgeoning military-industrial complex (a term he introduced). That portion of the speech begins at the 8:20 mark. His sentiments seem sincere and heartfelt, in contrast to the cynicism pervading today's political landscape. (I know, I know, the 50s and early 60s were not such rosy times either!)

(Thanks to Tim S. for the link.)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I always look to "Russia Today" for the latest in local news...



The "haboob" or dust storm that struck Phoenix today. This is the type of weather event I was caught in on my motorcycle in Northeastern Arizona a few years ago. Today's was much more substantial!

(Links to the original videos: HD time lapse video by Mike Olbinski and YouTube video by Blaine Coury.)

Sunday, July 03, 2011

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