Saturday, December 30, 2017

 

Occupy 1932

The Bonus Expeditionary Force, a.k.a. the Bonus Army, combined with Socialist labor organizers, are largely responsible for forcing Congress and President Roosevelt to implement socialist programs like Social Security and Medicare. Two of these veterans--occupying the U.S. Capitol lawn--were shot dead by U.S. Army soldiers sent to clear out them and their families, who were encamped in D.C. while seeking relief from the ravages of the Great Depression.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 

Reason for Hope

Saddled with Puritanical conservatives, the Republican Party is handicapped from the outset in its dogged pursuit of institutionalizing American fascism. In order to do that, they would need to put people to work, as the Nazi Party did in Germany. Punishing the downtrodden, by withdrawing social program support, only creates resentment among those who might otherwise have been their most loyal recruits.

As it stands, the only employment offered is mercenary work in the military, and while that poses its own problems, it also provides a sub-group of sociological misfits, trained in the science of killing. What could go wrong?

Saturday, December 23, 2017

 

Society in Ruin

In the zero-sum game of taxes and budgets, Congress decides who pays and who benefits. Mathematically, if some get tax cuts, then others have their taxes go up to cover the shortfall. In the world of the Puritanical conservatives now dominating Congress, however, we will more likely see social program cuts and public health service reductions. In plain English, society in ruin.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 

The LaRouche-Bakker Connection

Lyndon LaRouche began his jail sentence in 1989, serving it at the federal medical center in Rochester, Minnesota. For a time he shared a cell with televangelist Jim Bakker. According to Bakker, LaRouche believed their cell was bugged. In Bakker’s view, “to say LaRouche was a little paranoid would be like saying that the Titanic had a little leak.”
–Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

 

Privatization is Theft

As the Native American Rights Fund notes, privatization of Bears Ears National Monument is theft. For the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Ute, the many structures, sites and artifacts comprising their ancestral heritage at Bears Ears--now being looted--are worth fighting to protect. President Trump's revocation of Bears Ears National Monument--the first revocation in U.S. history--is "taking public lands that belong to the American people and selling it to the highest bidder."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

The Tyranny of Evil Men

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. — Pulp Fiction

Sunday, November 26, 2017

 

Betrayal of American Values

In July, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA) introduced a bill to preserve the nation's public housing stock, which loses thousands of units each year. Meanwhile, privately-owned, publicly-funded housing for the low-income, disabled and seniors is facing a crisis of its own, as landlords circumvent federal covenants on their properties, in order to illegally convert to market-based rents.

In August, Governor Inslee (WA) noted the decrease in federal funding for civil legal aid to low-income citizens fighting for their rights to health care, housing and safety. Calling President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for legal services "a betrayal of American values," Inslee added $5 million in new funding for legal aid.

Between 2010 and 2015, a million people were displaced from the San Francisco Bay Area alone, where rents tripled in that time-frame. With nowhere to turn, some of the displaced sought refuge in rural, quasi-public housing with federal rent-control. Now, under the Trump administration, that, too, could soon disappear.


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