Saturday, May 22, 2010

Obama's direct attack on free speech

Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites

Disturbing audio has emerged of White House information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a previous white paper called for banning “conspiracy theories,” demanding that websites be mandated by law to link to opposing information or that pop ups containing government propaganda be forcibly included on political blogs.

You will be force fed your government propaganda. If you dare to turn off Faux News or CNN and choose to try to get your news elsewhere, the Obama administration likes the idea of 'mandates' to force every political blog to link to government information that they insist that you see.

Welcome to Obamaland. Regardless of whether this becomes law or not, they've told you what they want. Like Bush saying he'd love to be a dictator, eventually their true desires slip out. Obama would really love a law requiring that every political website give his point of view.

I keep saying 'Please stop voting Democrat'. Or Republican for that matter. You are killing us and our country by doing so.

Why does a democracy have a 'communications czar' anyways?

Since we have to have budget cuts to pay for Obama's wars and the Wall Street bailouts and the Bush tax cuts that are now guarded by Democrats, couldn't we at least cut the 'communications czar' before taking away Social Security and Medicare? How about a 'czar reduction plan'? We got many more czars in this country than any democracy should have? Shouldn't we be able to save some money by getting rid of a few?

Obama's Tiananmen?

Student Strike at University of Puerto Rico Enters 28th Day

University students in Puerto Rico are on strike. The administration and the government of Puerto Rico are trying to cut funding. And of course, as one would expect under Obama's rule, the cuts are aimed at students and staff .... and especially at poor students who get financial aid.

The students and staff are on strike, and have shut down the university's campus' across the island. There is only one American response to such an act. The campus' have been surrounded by armed riot police, and the riot police are using starvation to try to end the strike. Wall street's riot police are at it again.

Most parents urge their children to study. American parents in Puerto Rico are reduced to trying to throw bread and water in to their children over the fences. The video includes film of the riot police attacking a parent who wants the students to have some food and water. Welcome to Obama's America ... parents trying to throw food and water to their children, and being grabbed and arrested by riot police for doing so.

As someone who watched Obama's riot police outside his coronation convention here in Denver, this isn't a surprise. This is the Democratic response to any who protest rule by wall street and for wall street. Obama's riot police are at work again.

In Puerto Rico, they are trying to organize a general strike to support the students. Too bad the rest of America can't learn from that. The best thing to do would be to join the strike, and to do similar to protest our own university cuts, fee hikes and privatizations. Puerto Rico isn't the only place where wall street's depression is being used to attack the democratic idea of public education. Apparently the decedents of the Sons of Liberty now have to learn from Puerto Ricans how to defend their democracy.

And make no mistake. An attack on the idea of public education at all is a direct attack on democracy. Democracy can not survive with an uneducated public. Which is why public education has been under direct attack for at least the last 30 years.

At some point, Americans will have to choose what's more important to them. Wall Street? Or democracy? Its rapidly appearing as if we can't have both.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Feingold -- Why the Finanical Reform Bill doesn't go far enough

Why the Finanical Reform Bill doesn't go far enough by Sen. Russell Feingold.

A very good article, as far as it goes. Like most Democrats, Mr. Feingold seems at best to tiptoe around the edges of the problem. But, at least unlike most of the other Wall Street Democrats, he at least seems to see that there is a problem.

Banks have a very special role in our free market system; they are rationers of capital. When fewer and fewer banks are making more and more of the critical decisions about where capital is allocated, there is an increased risk that many worthy enterprises will not receive the capital needed to grow and flourish.

Close. But the real problem is that as there are fewer and fewer big banks it becomes easier and easier for them to operate as complete crooks and rig the system.

If the mafia controls one of fifteen local trash companies, you can (maybe) choose not to do business with them. But, when they control the only trash company that will pick up your trash, then you have no choice. And of course, they know this too which is why they set it up that way so they can masssively overcharge you and rip you off.

That's today's 'financial' system. If you think of it as being the mafia, you've got it about right. They just don't speak with Italian accents and hang out at the local meat shop. But, they operate in exactly the same way.

Take a look back at the Goldman Sachs hearings a short while back. Mr. Feingold's statement refers to GS's legitimate way of making money. But, what was really happening was that GS was not only making big fees supplying money to companies, but then they were secretly working behind their customers backs to bet against them in the markets. It was a rigged game. Companies and individuals who thought they were hiring GS to work for thier interests instead were really playing in a world where GS was using its enormous financial clout to make sure they failed ... as long as they did so in such a way that GS made even more money.

That's not a case of 'gee, its unfortunate that money didn't get allocated properly in a market with big consolidated banks.' Instead that's a case where the big consolidated banks are using their financial clout to screw you coming and going. You'd be better off dealing with Tony Soprano.

Feingold's ok, but I like Thomas Jefferson better.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

The banks do have 'issuing power' today in the form of the private Federal Reserve. And, its kind of a quaint little distinction anyways when the banks today own the whole damn government.