MARCH 19 & 20 Global Days of Coordinated Actions on the 2nd Anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" Invasion of Iraq. Find an action in your area.

March 18, 2005

Economic Meltdown
Sorry, But We‚re Toast     

  Don‚t look now, but Bush‚s house-of-cards economy is about to come crashing to earth. Just yesterday the Commerce Dept announced that the trade deficit soared to an all time high of $665 billion in 2004; a whopping 25% increase from the previous year. America‚s gluttonous appetite for cheap foreign goods and its inability to produce more of what it consumes is quickening the country‚s inevitable day of reckoning. Despite the rosy projections from the Bush clan and their friends in the media, the probability of an economic meltdown becomes more likely every day. Does the average American have any idea of the catastrophe that‚s facing us?   

Apparently, not. As the AP‚s Martin Crutsinger says, „The deficit for 2004 was not only a record in dollar terms but also as a percentage of the total U.S. economy, climbing to 5.7 percent of the gross domestic product, up from 4.8 percent of GDP (news - web sites) in 2003. (By way of comparison; Argentina collapsed when its trade deficit hit 4% of GDP) more....

March 17, 2005

Wolfowitz.
Drilling for oil in Alaska.

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My apologies to Mary (you know who you are) for having this poster by Kyle Goen on my website. Click on it to get pdf's of it and others like it.

March 16, 2005

Democrats Warn on GOP Judge Rule Change

Democrats threatened Tuesday to slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush's controversial court appointments. more....

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http://www.democrats.org/freespeech

George Bush has appointed judges to lifetime positions at a better rate than any president in nearly three decades. More than 95% of his nominees have been approved. Only ten nominees have been refused -- all because they are unqualified and out of the mainstream.

But that's not enough. And on this issue, as on Social Security, it is becoming more and more obvious to everyone that the Republican leadership is out of touch with reality.

More Americans voted against George Bush than any sitting president in history. And that same day, across the country, the Democratic candidates for Senate received over 4 million more votes than Republicans.

Americans did not endorse the fringe agenda to dismantle Social Security. And they did not endorse dismantling the system of checks and balances that have served our country for over 200 years.

Please tell your Senator to stand up for free speech:

http://www.democrats.org/freespeech

This is not a partisan issue -- it is an American issue. And we all must act together in order to protect our democracy.

March 15, 2005

Brand USA is in trouble,
so take a lesson from Big Mac
by Naomi Klein

Instead of changing his foreign policy, President Bush is changing the story

Last Tuesday, George Bush delivered a major address on his plan to fight terrorism with democracy in the Arab world. On the same day, McDonald's launched a massive advertising campaign urging Americans to fight obesity by eating healthily and exercising. Any similarities between McDonald's "Go Active! American Challenge" and Bush's "Go Democratic! Arabian Challenge" are purely coincidental.

Sure, there is a certain irony in being urged to get off the couch by the company that popularised the "drive-thru", helpfully allowing customers to consume a bagged heart attack without having to get out of the car and walk to the counter. And there is a similar irony to Bush urging the people of the Middle East to remove "the mask of fear" because "fear is the foundation of every dictatorial regime", when that fear is the direct result of US decisions to install and arm the regimes that have systematically terrorised for decades. But since both campaigns are exercises in rebranding, that means facts are besides the point. more....

March 14, 2005

This War Walks Among Us
by Norman Solomon  
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....the wounded do not disappear. They can speak for themselves. And many more will be seen and heard in this decade. Thanks to improvements in protective gear and swift medical treatment, more of America's wounded are surviving - and returning home with serious permanent injuries.
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....the U.S. military's surgical teams "have saved the lives of an unprecedented 90 percent of the soldiers wounded in battle," the New England Journal of Medicine reported in December.

Back in the United States, thousands of survivors are now coping with injuries that might have been fatal in an earlier war. Many have lost limbs or suffered other visible tragedies, but often the affects are not obvious. The Iraq war is causing an extraordinarily high rate of traumatic brain injury, and the damage to brain tissue is frequently permanent.

This month the Defense Department released data showing that the official number of U.S. troops "wounded in action" in Iraq has gone over the 11,000 mark. more....

March 13, 2005

Social Security Stance Risky, Democrats Told
Bush Could Outflank Their Rigid Opposition

What worries some Democrats about the debate over Social Security is that Bush stands for something and they do not, other than opposition to the creation of private accounts. So far, party leaders believe that posture has served them well. But some Democrats fear that Bush, by having pushed for changes and by appealing to younger voters with his proposal for the accounts, will score a political victory even if he does not get the main element of his plan. more....

March 12, 2005

Framing vs. Fencing: A post-Lakoff analysis. What This Amounts to is That the Democrats Have to Destroy the Credibility of the Leninist-Type Extreme Right Wing Opposition, Which the Dems are Ham-Fisted About Doing. ... read more at the Daily Kos
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