Friday, October 03, 2008
Here's my candidate for 2008. Ike Eisenhower WHY?
- Commanded the Allied Forces in WWII
- First commander of NATO
- Passed the Civil Rights act 1957 and 1960
- Created the Interstate Highway System
- Ordered the National Guard to force integration in the south
- Opposed putting ground forces in Vietnam
- Entered Hawaii and Alaska into the Union
- Created the "Eisenhower Doctrine" for the Middle East
- Gave the "atoms for peace" speech to the UN warning of the dangers of a nuclear arms race.
- Warned of the dangers of the Military-Industrial-Complex (he actually invented the term.)
Here's some Great Speeches by Ike:
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
-April 16, 1953
Thursday, October 02, 2008
and now some fun Eisenhower quotes:
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." President Dwight Eisenhower, November 8, 1954
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live? " -"The Chance for Peace" - a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors
"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations -- corporations.Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."-From his farewell address.
I'd like to quote John Nance Garner-
The Vice President is "Not worth a bucket of warm piss."
Cactus Jack was FDR's VP.
Here's another one from Cactus Jack:
"I gave up the second most important job in Government for eight long years as Roosevelt's spare tire."-Saturday Evening Post, 1963
and the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
and a dark wind blows
the government is corrupt
and we're on so many drugs
with the radio on and the curtains drawn
we're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
and the machine is bleeding to death
the sun has fallen down
and the billboards are all leering
and the flags are all dead at the top of their poles
it went like this:
the buildings tumbled in on themselves
mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble
and pulled out their hair
the skyline was beautiful on fire
all twisted metal stretching upwards
everything washed in a thin orange haze
i said: "kiss me, you're beautiful -these are truly the last days"
you grabbed my hand and we fell into it
like a daydream or a fever
we woke up one morning and fell a little further down -
for sure it's the valley of death
i open up my wallet
and it's full of blood
Congressman Tierney's Opinion Editorial first appeared in The Salem News on September 26, 2008.
It seems that nearly everyone agrees that something systemic must be done to address the looming financial crisis. Still, the Bush administration's assertion that Congress should immediately, without hesitation or question, pass a carte blanche demand that the Secretary of the Treasury have unbridled authority to use $700 billion of taxpayers' money to buy assets of questionable value from entities that acted horribly, is totally unacceptable.
This is, after all, the same administration that threatened imminent danger to the United States if it did not get immediate passage of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) regarding Iraq, only to have America learn, to its detriment, that such representations were false.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, while considered a smart man, is also one who, along with President Bush, Alan Greenspan and a host of others, continued over decades to fight off even reasonable regulation, failing dismally to supervise and oversee the financial industry.
Over the last 18 months, Secretary Paulson first told us everything was fine. He then followed with word of an impending crisis that was supposedly contained. Next, he embarked on a series of unsuccessful "fixes" for an economy deemed "on the brink," and last week, he proposed the largest government intervention since the Great Depression.
We are now faced with the consideration as to whether one should attack this crisis as the administration does by targeting illiquid assets that have lost value and "buying" them in order to halt the spiral of falling prices; or, whether to consider the opinion of other economic experts who suggest allowing the Federal Reserve to use its extensive funds and authorities to manage liquidity and address the lack of capital in entities by forcing them to raise equity and halt dividends.
Members of Congress owe it to those they represent, as well as to all Americans, to be skeptical as they consider possible solutions. Rash action and ill-considered legislation could have as dire and far-reaching financial consequences as the vote on the AUMF.
First, we should insist that leaders of both parties look beyond the "usual suspects" in seeking economic advice. A perspective different from those offered by the well-known economists and the other experts should be sought out.
If it is decided that support only exists to address the problem as the administration sees it — one of illiquidity — Congress will be focusing on modifying the bare-bones administration proposal.
Every premise of the administration's bailout should be questioned and examined, and alternatives must be analyzed.
How will the questionable assets bought with taxpayer money be valued? If the financial conglomerates could not find buyers, how does Secretary Paulson propose it be done now?
How will it be done without conflict or corruption, and with accuracy? Who will determine which assets will be purchased? How exotic will assets considered for purchase be? Who will decide which entities will be covered, and how will it be monitored?
Questions abound, and good answers have yet to be heard. In fact, we are told by Mr. Paulson and Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke that there is no guarantee their proposal will succeed. We have yet to hear them specifically describe the consequences of inaction, compared to what happens if this plan fails.
While we know that both run extraordinary risks of financial crisis, we also know that if the latter occurs, the taxpayers will be out some $700 billion in addition to the market failure.
Congress should act. But not act rashly. It is wise and prudent to take reasonable time (not weeks or months, but days, and possibly a week or so) in order to consider all factors, consequences and alternatives. We should establish some basic principles that should inform our direction. I offer a few here:
Any taxpayer fund should have a reasonable basis for the determination of its size;
The funds controlled cannot be left to one person, the Treasury Secretary, to manage without oversight and with immunity;
We should consider not just attempting to buy assets of highly questionable price and value. If the government is to act, it should exact a better position for itself (the taxpayers) and demand an equity interest;
No executive involved in an entity's demise should receive any bonus or "golden parachute," and their compensation should be adjusted to reflect the situation;
To the extent control of assets is taken, there should be a reconfiguration of basic mortgages and mortgages should be restructured with a reduction in payments to prevent foreclosures where appropriate;
Bankruptcy courts should be given the authority to adjust mortgage terms to prevent foreclosure where appropriate;
Regulatory reforms should focus on transparency, agency consolidation, accounting corrections and supervision, and requirements for proper amounts of capital; and,
Potential for having the cost of intervention paid for eventually so as to reimburse taxpayers for any anticipated loss, should be fully explored and pursued where possible.
Some of this may seem punitive to Wall Street gurus, but they were, after all, the ones primarily responsible by their misconduct.
For those who ask why Wall Street should participate in what might seem a "bad deal" for them, we must remind them that the alternative is to go out of business. That is the type of predicament they have put us in, and we need to be mindful not to follow the phony "free market" mantra some have espoused, where, as it is said, the profits are privatized, but the risks are socialized.
John F. Tierney, D-Salem, is currently in his sixth term as congressman for the Sixth Massachusetts District.
The Bios are from Wiki. 15 Republicans and 9 Democrats and 1 Socialist.
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- Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is the current junior United States Senator from Vermont. Sanders was elected on November 7, 2006, and is currently a member of the 110th United States Congress. Before becoming Senator, Sanders represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives for 16 years. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, but because he does not belong to a formal political party he appears as an independent on the ballot. Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments. He was the only independent member of the House during much of his service there and is one of two independent Senators in the 110th Congress, along with Joe Lieberman. Sanders is the first self-described socialist to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Sanders left the House in order to run in the 2006 election for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jim Jeffords and won the election with 65% of the vote.
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Here's a movie about New Orleans, its a current look at what this city is going through. Katrina happened in 2005, its 2008. What the hell happened!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What you need to do:
1.) If your not sure what district you live in go here. You can put in your address and get your 2 senators and your congressman.
2.) Once you know what district you live in go here. From there you go to their local page. They all have local phone numbers and local offices.
3.) If you can find their name on this list, that means they wanted this crazy plan without thinking about it; making a decision out of fear. If you look at this, the money wasn't going into the system right away. We have time to look at this and study it and think about Plan A B or C. You can read the whole bill here. The great "oversights" and the "no golden parachutes" are not there! Some committee assigned in APRIL next year will over see this! Come on people, lets not be stupid. Let them know its our money, treat it with respect!
Johnson, E. B.
Lungren, Daniel E.
Sánchez, Linda T.
Monday, September 29, 2008
McCain and Obama debated Foreign Policy? You didn't here the word Palestine and just one mention of Israel, but only in passing in a quote from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The debate could have not be clearer the "War" is taking place in the Middle East. Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Iran received most of the focus. While Afghanistan and Iraq are at a state of war Israel is receiving vast resources from the United States. But Not a word was said, the silence was deafening.
Foreign military sales Israeli Air Force:
Note: This is not a comprehensive listing of U.S. military sales to Israel.
|2001 - 2005||$4,772,175,000||$1,551,007,000||$6,323,182,000|
- FMS - Foreign Military Sales
- DCS - Direct Commercial Sales
- Source: "Facts Book: Department of Defense, Security Assistance Agency," September 30, 2005.
Foreign military financing (to Israel from the United States)
Note: This is not a comprehensive listing of US ESF and military aid to Israel.
- FMF - Foreign Military Financing (direct military aid)
- ESF - Economic Support Fund (open-ended monetary assistance that can be used to offset military spending and arms purchases, as well as for non-military purposes)
- Supplementals are special one-time grants meant as a complement to already allocated aid
- NADR-ATA - Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining & Related Programs
- Source: "Congressional Budget Justification for Foreign Operations," Fiscal Years 2001-2007.
Foreign Aid Grants and Loans
Other U.S. Aid (12.2% of Foreign Aid)
Interest to Israel from Advanced Payments
Total Benefits per Israeli
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of U.S.
Aid to Israel
Interest Costs Borne by U.S.
Total Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
Total Taxpayer Cost per Israeli
Sunday, September 28, 2008
These numbers are a couple of years old, military spending is higher now. I don't really think an explanation is necessary, this speaks for itself. One thing to remember is that the Iraq war is not part of the national budget, its mostly paid for by other discretionary expense bills.
George W. Bush 43rd President of The United States of America. You leave the White House the most world wide hated President. You leave the most unpopular president in America. You have been a motivation for the largest protest since the 1960's. You have been criticized throughly by Republicans and Democrats. Even within your inner circle you have been criticized. You lost control of your own White House. You have brought shame on the Oval Office. Clinton who was impeached and disbarred is far more respected then you.
How did this happen? You had every chance to become the hero in chief. The attacks on September 11, 2001, The War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina, and the topple of Saddam Hussien to name a few. These were moments that lend themselves to creating heroic President. But your reaction and your plans only divided the country. Now we face tragic economic conditions and you have been so completely discredited that the American people immediately rejected your plan, Democrats swiftly criticized it, and your own conservative Republicans rejected it out right.
Franklin Roosevelt faced similar situations but he rallied popular support. He inspired people during an economy with 25-30% unemployment, and a war with American casualties measured in the hundreds of thousands. Not only did FDR become popular but was able to win 4 presidential elections. If you could run again, I think we know what would happen. So as the world says farewell, I just want you to remember you are to blame for your own disrespect. You have a place in history forever, and you will not be forgotten; but history will not look kindly on you.