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10/14/2011

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Mr. Roboto

It's exactly because I know this country is finished that I am more passively dismayed than I am actively disgusted. Now that Democratic Party Kool-Aid drinkers are identifying liberals who are sick of kidding themselves about the Democrats as being just as much the enemy as the reviled other party (never mind how very much the Democrats have been enabling the reviled other party for so very long and especially recently), I have decided that I refuse to be emotionally affected in any way by the nonsense of the domestic politics industry. That phase of my life is over now. Period. If that makes me a bad person, then Hail Satan. Booga-booga! :-D

Enjoying the Show

"If you just read the quotes above and you're not disgusted, go away. There's nothing I can do for you."

LOL

CHilke

Isn't it nice that in this era when Democrats and Republicans can find no common ground, that there's one thing they can still both agree on almost one hundred percent? I'm referring to free-trade agreements that outsource American jobs and make corporations wealthier. Lest you think there are two parties in America:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.

http://news.yahoo.com/congress-passes-3-free-trade-agreements-003629553.html

Nice piece of propaganda there about creating jobs and putting Americans to work. Because free-trade agreements have done such a bang-up job of that over the past few decades, right? Now Americans can look forward to competing with Panamanian and Columbian workers, and with South Koreans - the only people in the world who work longer hours than Americans. FireDogLake comments:

"That giant sucking sound you hear today is the sound of jobs being outsourced as President Obama signs into law three free trade deals; South Korea, Colombia and Panama. According to the Economic Policy Institute, passing the Korea Free Trade deal will likely cost this country 159,000 jobs."

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/10/13/that-giant-sucking-sound/

Gee didn't candidate Obama promise to "take a look at" free trade agreements like NAFTA? Isn't that why he won out in the primary over Hillary? And now he's passing George W. Bush's free trade bills. Jesus wept. The New York Times looks at who the losers will be. See--

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/whose-jobs-are-at-risk-in-free-trade/

And see --

http://news.yahoo.com/rich-man-revolutionary-015800949.html

Basically what we've learned is that the only thing that can get through congress are not jobs bills but free trade agreements that will make jobs for those hardest to employ vanish even faster. And that this is the only thing both parties overwhelmingly agree on.

Will the last person in America please turn off the lights?

joonsae

It was only a matter of time before some elements of the establishment tried to co-opt the occupations.

Thankfully the vast majority of occupy x protesters I've come across do not buy into this garbage, and are well aware that Democrats as well as Republicans serve the narrow interests of the ruling class. I don't think they will be able to turn the occupy movement into a bunch of Obama voters - most of us have all been thoroughly disillusioned (and some of us were never that illusioned in the first place - I did not cast a vote for Hopey McChange), at least about the sorry state of American politics.

The country is absolutely finished, but I'd like to think the protests represent the first shoots of something that might come after the collapse finishes (the collapse is of course already well on its way). If America's transformation to a third world country is completed, maybe we can finally get around to having a real revolution here - like the ones they sometimes have in third world countries.

CHilke

@ joonsae

I've often said - if you want to see the future of America, it's basically a fatter version Mexico without the culture or social cohesion.

Bill Hicks

Lessee...the Democorps controlled CONgress from 2006 to 2010 and did precisely NOTHING to end the wars or to reverse the trend of economic injustice, and yet they want to be given ANOTHER CHANCE?

Definitely worthy of a Friday Rant.

Unbound

Not too far off from today's theme is this piece from The Lookout a Yahoo News blog: More Americans Than Chinese Can't Put Food on the Table, by Zachary Roth.

Sorry for not including the url, it's a mile long, if you're interested a simple web search we'll get you there.

Here's the opening paragraph (the 2nd sentence could have been pulled straight out of this blog):

"The number of Americans who lack access to basic necessities like food and health care is now higher than it was at the peak of the Great Recession, a survey released Thursday found. And in a finding that could worsen fears of U.S. decline, the share of Americans struggling to put food on the table is now three times as large as the share of the Chinese population in the same position."

The last paragraph states:

"Meanwhile, Gallup found that just 6 percent of Chinese said there were times in the past 12 months when they lacked enough money for food for themselves or their family, compared to 19 percent of Americans..."

Food for thought -- pun intended.

John Andersen

Visited Occupy Portland today, and will go again tomorrow. They have a workshop tent where anyone can present a workshop. I'm going to try to give a workshop tomorrow on progressive leaders in Oregon history.

I love that this is happening here in Portland, and around the world.

There is definitely some hope.

Shawntoh

Folks, we'd all better brace ourselves further. Please see below...

The part that gave me the creepy feeling is the couple who has the last name of Bland who are quoted.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/15/national/a004836D90.DTL&type=business

Now, after reading that, just take it easy, we just need to all relax and get ourselves together quickly now as much as possible, okay?

Yes, I know the feeling--it reminds of something out of a Samuel Beckett play--as I'm waiting for you-know-who to show up.

Peace...

Hey You

Yes, corruption is syphoning a lot of value out of this economy, but it seems that some people who have cellphones and cable TV are placing higher priorities on paying those fees than on spending their money at grocery stores.

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