Both parties cry out for more spending cuts to social programs which assist their own citizens while sending $7.5 billion to Pakistan to build schools and roads. Billions for Afghanistan to build roads in a country where the American installed President owns the national concrete company. An Afghan president who was elected Wisconsin style, with corrupt elections and vague promises to do better next time. Millions of dollars shipped off each year to build infrastructure in Mexico to speed the delivery of sweatshop goods while our own infrastructure languishes.
This week Quisling in Chief Obama will begin his public relations work to implement yet another free trade act, this one with the nation of Colombia. The Colombian government for their part of the bargain has promised to try and halt the murders of labor leaders. Colombia is considered the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. More dangerous than Iran and more dangerous than Venezuela and your government wants to open up free trade with these murderers.
Bloomberg- "This sets the stage for enactment of all three free-trade agreements in the next few months," Karan Bhatia, vice president in Washington for General Electric and a former deputy U.S. Trade Representative, said in an e-mail. "It is important to U.S. exports, to U.S. jobs, and to the credibility of the U.S. as an international trading partner."
"Vice President for General Electric and a former deputy U.S. Trade Representative," a former cabinet Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security now representing the company that sells the TSA scanners. Monsanto executives working for the Agriculture Department. Goldman Sachs employees who now run the Treasury Department. Pharmaceutical executives working in the Food & Drug Administration. Poison pet food, poison baby food, toxic drywall, failed banks, deadly medicines and your government, cries more! Democrats and Republicans unite as one as they cry out for still more! More!
Bloomberg- "This proves the United States can still lead on trade," Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business lobbying group, said today in a statement."
Bloomberg- "The trade agreement would boost U.S. shipments to Colombia by $1.1 billion a year from $12 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. For Colombia, the deal would lock in unilateral trade privileges that are subject to renewal by Congress, providing greater certainty to investors. The preferences lapsed in February, dealing a blow to Colombian textile makers and flower growers."
Read the paragraph above twice, a ten percent increase in U.S. sales but "the deal would lock in unilateral trade privileges that are subject to renewal by Congress, providing greater certainty to investors." Are they trying to say that Colombians would be investing in the United States and creating jobs? Or are they saying a greater certainty for U.S. investors in Colombia? They said it themselves, "the deal would lock in unilateral trade privileges that are subject to renewal by Congress," taking trade policy out of the hands of your government and codifying it forever with a nation which murders labor leaders.
There are a hundred reasons for rebellion; there are as well, a hundred reasons to look away. To pretend that these things are not as they appear to be, that this national Katrina in which we live was our fault after all. A life of complexity that wakes us at dawn with memories of the sweetness of our pasts versus the bitterness of our collective futures. The locks on the doors of the empty store fronts that mirror the locks on our own lives.
A government that does not put the well being of its citizens as its first objective is a tyranny. A government whose policies benefit the few over the many is a sham. A government that does not protect its elections makes itself a fraud. War is the failure of politics and a government whose politics are war is unholy and unclean. So then revolution begins not with a brick, or a shout, or a gun but with a realization. A realization that the responsibility for life falls on our shoulders and we are in the breech.
It begins in the beating of our hearts and in an unwillingness to accept fraud, sham or tyranny as a way of life.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable"
John F. Kennedy
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