Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

Obama: Choose Between Sinking The Economy or Bombing It

You can see the speech in the above video. (Or you could have, had the White House been competent enough to make their video sharing code work.)

Ok, I give up. Here it is from MSNBC

I guess we can all bend over and kiss our donkey’s good-bye.

His balanced approach is so lop-sided, that I don’t know how he has the gall to ask us to support it. He wants the biggest sacrifice to come first from the people who have received the least benefit from the policies of the last 30 years.

Leave out the issue of fairness. His balanced policy approach will sink our economy. The Republican’s approach will smash the economy to smithereens as if it had been hit by a bomb. He asks us to choose between these two options.

Both sides should be forced to sit down and listen to every recorded speech Franklin D. Roosevelt ever made in a non-stop marathon. They should be given no food nor drink until they have heard every last word or agree to save the economy, whichever comes first.

Court Filing Reveals How the 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Was Hacked

Just to give you a hint at what is in the article New Court Filing Reveals How the 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Was Hacked, I have the following snippet:

Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio’s vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush’s unexpected victory. Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane crash.

Arnebeck asked Spoonamore whether or not SmarTech had the capability to “input data” and thus alter the results of Ohio’s 2004 election. Spoonamore responded: “Yes. They would have had data input capacities. The system might have been set up to log which source generated the data but probably did not.”

Franklin Roosevelt – Second Bill of Rights

Brent Abrahamson of The Massachusetts Observer  has put together a nice presentation around another speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The video part is shown below.

Brent’s text emphasizes the difference between the “We, the people” part of the preamble to our Constitution and the “I, me, mine, every person for him or herself and the devil take the hindmost” attitude that has returned since Roosevelt’s time.

My ears and eyes perked up when I heard the reference to the admonition here loosely quoted of “grave dangers of rightist reaction in this nation if such reaction should develop if history were to repeat itself and we were to return to so called normalcy of the 1920s then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad we shall have yielded to the spirit of fascism here at home.”

Greenberg’s Law Of Economic Progress (and its corollary)

Here is my new law:

Any measure of economic growth that counts progress as an increase in the total amount of wealth in the country while a large number of people are still unemployed is a faulty measure.

It may be hard to figure out the exact right measure.  It is easier to figure out when a measure is wrong.  I suppose a corollary to the above law would be:

Any measure of economic growth that counts progress as achieving full employment while decreasing everybody’s wealth to the poverty level is a faulty measure.

An Adult Conversation

Brent Abrahamson of The Massachusetts Observer  has put together a highlight presentation of a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt at Madison Square Garden (October 31, 1936). By putting this together, Brent has made a great contribution to the current debate. If you like it, frequent his website and send him email of your approval. Let’s make this video go viral by viewing it and promoting it to our friends to view.

I heard things in this speech the second time around that I had missed on first listen. You might have the same experience.

The link, The Massachusetts Observer, also has a transcript of the speech highlights. Here is a snippet of that transcript:

And, here is an amazing paradox! The very employers and politicians and newspapers who talk most loudly of class antagonism and the destruction of the American system now undermine that system by this attempt to coerce the votes of the wage earners of this country. It is the 1936 version of the old threat to close down the factory or the office if a particular candidate does not win. It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them.

But they are guilty of more than deceit. When they imply that the reserves thus created against both these policies will be stolen, they attack the integrity and the honor of American Government itself. Those who suggest that are already aliens to the spirit of American democracy. Let them emigrate and try their lot under some foreign flag in which they have more confidence.