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Where Do They Go?

4:30 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

Where Do They Go?
By David Glenn Cox

All along the watchtower princes kept the view of strange days and of self-same nights.

This month’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report expresses the symptoms of a lingering stagnation that smells. Actual new job hires were 17,000 in a labor population of nearly 157 million; two million more working compared to last year, with another two million more “no longer in the labor force.” Either way, split the difference as the number of officially unemployed grew for a third consecutive month to 12,332,000.

Wages rose at the ridiculously paltry rate of 0.5 percent, seasonally adjusted for three months and for the year; compensation rose only 1.9%. A desert sheik should run such a frugal household. At 1.9% wage growth, any plans for an economic recovery should be placed well off into the far distant future. It’s true you know, you can’t stand still. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. The numbers all meander around so, up one month and down the next, but never improving outside of a narrow range.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report says: “Employer costs for health benefits increased 2.8 percent over the year. In December 2011 the increase was 3.5 percent.” Who paid that increase? So the averages for Americans of all stations are falling backwards. Take heart ye of the class struggle, wages for the higher-ups are doing only proportionally better. Retail workers’ wages increased an average of ten dollars a week, while their boss made twenty. But either way it’s only McDonald’s money.

Weekly hours worked are down in every employment category year after year, save for business services and healthcare. It’s not just a slowdown in this industry or in that, it is a widespread malaise. In its January report the BLS is careful to mention in the footnotes: “Note: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of the January data.”

Median unemployment duration in weeks:

October – 19.6

November – 18.9

December – 18.00

January – 16.00

I never would have guessed that they adjusted the population controls, would you? Such adjustments make it difficult to assess changes over time through data comparisons and what they’re saying numerically doesn’t truly express the meaning existentially. It means if you were to lose your job today, on average, in a best case scenario, you won’t find a new job until June.

Now take a look at the average length of stay on unemployment.

The Brick Wall

12:01 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

The Brick Wall
By David Glenn Cox

Brick Wall

“Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

So, are you awake yet? Has the gentle coat of slumber slipped from your shoulders? Are you awake to this reality — as it really is and what it really is? Have you done your Christmas shopping yet, a time for celebrating saviors and by god, ours is long overdue. Have you hugged your kids today?

The august and esteemed members of our elected government have created a financial incident, for the purpose of debasing you, as a person, as a mother or as a father, as an individual and as a human being.

“Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point, answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only? Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead, but if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!” — Charles Dickens

Screw the numbers they talk about, they mean nothing. Screw the political parties they mean nothing. If you are a member of a major political party quit today, start new ones. If you would belong to a political party which would not only allow but oversee not only your own deconstruction and debasement, but that of your parents while snatching the future from your children all in one fell swoop, excuse me, but I have to ask, what is wrong with you?

Continued at: The Leftist Review

The Past Is Prologue

12:12 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

The past is prologue, the future is yet defined, the emergence of a Fascist police state is now clearly rising and almost impossible to argue against. From New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program to this from the, Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“Code enforcement officer fired after entering woman’s bedroom”

“He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom and yelled at me to wake me up to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice,” Masters told WJBF-TV News Channel 6 station in Augusta.

“I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” she said. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt, it scared the mess out of me.”

The video shows Vowell at the front door, then moments later walking slowly through the home and peering into rooms. Moments later Masters is seen nervously walking through the home. Vowell, who first denied he’d entered Master’s home, was fired Monday over the incident.

In a Facebook posting, Vowell said he called out to Masters several times before entering after he said he smelled something, according to the Columbia County News-Times.”

Of course he was fired, as he should have been, but where despite training, did he ever get the idea he could enter a citizen’s private residence over a grass citation? But a larger question prompts us to ask, was he fired because of his actions or because he lied about them to his supervisors? Why in a time of tight budgets are there still code enforcement officers on the payroll in the first place? Why should we keep even one code enforcement officer to make sure our grass is the appropriate length, when we are laying off school teachers?

War Correspondent

5:09 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

War Correspondent
By David Glenn Cox

There is a war going on our there, a war without and the war within, a war for the soul of America. For three years now, I have lived on its societies lowest wrung. I pay the tax rate of “zero” percent, which so many Republicans dream of paying. I sit here and I do what I do and I love what I do. I just hate the reason that I must do it. It is neither cute nor amusing to me, I am neither boastful nor proud about it, I am a war correspondent and I will continue to report the crimes against the people, unto the end because it is all that I have, it is my only tool.

Throughout these three years lost, I have talked with literally hundreds of people in various states, regions, occupations and situations across this country. We have 6.8 million American seniors living in poverty; those over forty struggle to find work. We have over with twelve millions officially unemployed, but unofficially, its many more. Their stories are all similar and yet individualized, there is an underlying theme to them all, of a people struggling just to get by and of a government which ignores their plight.

We live in fear for each day, locked outside of this economy, despite a resume’ filled with a twenty year career of a successful sales and management. I have been forced into day labor just to survive. I’ve shoveled rock and built fences, I’ve stained decks and torn out dirty carpet trying to keep this dream of mine alive. I began writing in my spare time not long before the world caved in. The ability to write had helped me to get through school and had assisted me in my business career. However, writing for a living is far different proposition than writing a business report or a term paper.

The decision to take up this strange craft did not come easily, but was instead a decision made for me. It was the inability to find conventional work which motivated me, hardly a day goes by when I don’t see or hear something which reminds me that I am living out a modern day version of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath.” When I question my own sanity and self-worth I hear John Steinbeck’s character, Muley Graves, “Do you think I’m touched? Cause if I’m touched, I’m touched and that all there is to it.”

That is a part of this experience which is repeated in each of these individual stories, people who have become invalidated, people having lost their self-worth and who are trying desperately to get reconnected with it. The Preacher Casey answered, “You ain’t touched, you’re lonely, but you ain’t touched.” I read the story the other day of another young woman, and she told her own tale of descent from prosperity into poverty. She lives in a tent now, in a campground in California and sells her belongings from a storage building to get by. She had inherited millions and she also had a fine education and yet in this country, she is homeless.

I identified with her immediately, because her story is so similar to all of our stories. That is why I do this, to tell these stories. This woman’s story was filled with rage and animosity, she’s been robbed and pilfered by the system and I understand that, I was robbed and pilfered by them as well. Only, she has not yet come to grips with where she is now, the new world in which she occupies space.

Al Joad: Ain’t you gonna look back, Ma? Give the ol’ place a last look?
Ma Joad: We’re going’ to California, ain’t we? All right then let’s go to California.
Al Joad: That don’t sound like you, Ma. You never was like that before.
Ma Joad: I never had my house pushed over before. Never had my family stuck out on the road.
Never had to lose everything I had in life. – (Grapes of Wrath)

To me at least, these stories are valuable. When stacked together they are news and these are the stories of real people whose miseries, by their preponderance, defeat any political spin or arguments of right and wrong. Because these people are our own people, they might have been rich or affluent a while back, but now they live here with us, with you and me.

Tom Joad: That ain’t it. It’s just, well as long as I’m an outlaw anyways… maybe I can do somethin’… maybe I can just find out somethin’, just scrounge around and maybe find out what it is that’s wrong and see if they ain’t somethin’ that can be done about it. I ain’t thought it out all clear, Ma. I can’t. I don’t know enough. – (Grapes of Wrath)

There is no other in this thing, no purpose in writing other than to tell a human story which is both true, tragic and needing to be told. Apparently, that concept has grown quaint in modern media circles. For seven years before the outbreak of WW2, Ernie Pyle traveled the United States telling the stories of average Americans for the Scripps-Howard news service. During those days, Ernie lived in relative obscurity with few newspapers showing any interest his columns.

At the outbreak of the war, Ernie went overseas and wrote the stories of the GI’s far from home. He wasn’t doing anything that he hadn’t been doing all along. He was telling the stories of the common people. His dispatches weren’t filled with facts and figures or the fluff reports released by headquarters, Ernie’s dispatches were about the people.

“A narrow path comes like a ribbon over a hill miles away, down a long slope, across a creek, up a slope and over another hill.

All along the length of this ribbon there is now a thin line of men. For four days and nights they have fought hard, eaten little, washed none, and slept hardly at all. Their nights have been violent with attack, fright, butchery, and their days sleepless and miserable with the crash of artillery.
The men are walking. They are fifty feet apart, for dispersal. Their walk is slow, for they are dead weary, as you can tell even when looking at them from behind. Every line and sag of their bodies speaks their inhuman exhaustion.

On their shoulders and backs they carry heavy steel tripods, machine-gun barrels, leaden boxes of ammunition. Their feet seem to sink into the ground from the overload they are bearing.

They don’t slouch. It is the terrible deliberation of each step that spells out their appalling tiredness. Their faces are black and unshaven. They are young men, but the grime and whiskers and exhaustion make them look middle-aged.

In their eyes as they pass is not hatred, not excitement, not despair, not the tonic of their victory — there is just the simple expression of being here as though they had been here doing this forever, and nothing else.
The line moves on, but it never ends. All afternoon men keep coming round the hill and vanishing eventually over the horizon. It is one long tired line of ant like men.” – Ernie Pyle

On D-day Pyle could have gone ashore with the first wave in Normandy, but instead he wrote about laborers unloading hundred pound ammunition cases in eighteen hour shifts. They were men assigned a thankless, mundane and repetitive task. But these common laborers knew that their task was not only necessary, but vital and Ernie knew it too. He knew that all of us matter and that there are no stragglers in this long line. When the war ended in Europe, Ernie reluctantly went on to the Pacific theater. Not because he wanted to go, but because he was expected to go.

He felt that he owed it to the mothers and fathers to tell the stories of their boys so far from home in the Pacific. Ernie lived with the soldiers and eventually he died like one of them. He was killed by a burst of machine gun fire on Ie Island just to the west of Okinawa. The lesson Ernie Pyle teaches is that it isn’t how we die, but how we live. It is what we live for and what we are willing to fight for.

As we waited at the bus stop this morning, a man holds his bicycle, his hair is greasy and his pants are unwashed. He is one of the multitude, one of the millions and one of the lost. As the bus rumbles along through working class neighborhoods I saw the legal notices pinned, taped and stuck to the front door glass. During a fifteen minute bus ride I saw three such notices. It is the announcement of three more households joining the society of the dispossessed, announcing three more households who are joining the ten million households who have gone before them into the road.

I watched a program on Public Television the other night about FDR’s tree army the CCC and fought back tears. I fought back tears because of the simplicity of the program, The simplicity of answers which could easily be implemented if only, if only, someone really gave a shit about the well being of our people. Our long line grows, but it does not move.

The Show Must Go On

4:01 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

The Show Must Go On
By David Glenn Cox

Back during the 2008 election campaign presidential candidate John McCain visited Florida with a five point lead over Barack Obama in the state’s election polls. Then inexplicably, McCain went into a room filled with senior citizens and gave a speech about the need to cut their Social Security benefits.

Florida as we know from our recent political experience is a must win state for any candidate serious about moving into the Pennsylvania Avenue address. Why would McCain go into a must win state and cut his own throat with a policy address at a campaign stump event. Did the McCain camp think these senior citizens would perhaps admire his candor?

During the Republican convention McCain could expect to receive a bounce in the polls, historically five to ten percent. All was on track; the conventions as conventions go are tightly scripted and choreographed. McCain went into the convention dead even in the polls with Barack Obama, so if all went well, McCain could expect to emerge from the convention with a comfortable lead.

Instead, McCain does the inexplicable, he chooses as his running mate a complete political unknown. Traditionally, running mates are chosen to bolster the ticket. Kennedy from Massachusetts chose Johnson from Texas to bolster the ticket geographically. In this case, McCain chose a running mate who could bring nothing to the table, neither a must win state nor with any semblance of a political following rather, he chose a political novelty act.

His choice of Sarah Palin created a sensation at the convention. She delivered a well rehearsed speech to media accolades but was quickly tripped up by such “trick questions” as, “What newspapers do you like to read?” The choice of Palin might have energized the base yet anyone serious about winning the election understood that the battle ground was for the undecided voters. McCain’s choice of Palin backfired on all levels, the conservatives actually preferred Palin to McCain. The Republican moderates questioned McCain’s judgment and feared an aging McCain and an inexperienced Palin in the White House. The undecided voters also feared a person with almost no political experience what so ever inheriting the White House.

It was as if John McCain was trying to lose this election and it is my unshakable belief that he was trying to do just that. On the other side we had no drama Obama, a meteoric political rise on a mediocre political career. He was going to deliver us from out of the political darkness of the Bush regime. He grave warm and fuzzy speeches about how he was going to help union workers and revive the middle class. It was all going to be so wonderful, lofty speeches against scenic backlit stages. A déjà vu replay of the young and vital John Kennedy with his beautiful wife and adorable children versus the grumpy, Nixon with a heavy five o’clock shadow at ten thirty in the morning.

So this is all ancient history, isn’t it? Obama won the election in a cake walk. He then began to keep more of John McCain’s campaign promises than his own. McCain advocated for a Federal spending freeze, Candidate Obama said no, President Obama said; let’s make it a three year freeze. McCain’s most famous tag line from his campaign was “drill baby drill” advocating for increased drilling in the coastal waters and the Arctic. Candidate Obama said no, but after the PB disaster in the Gulf of Mexico President Obama quietly open up more areas of the Gulf and sensitive areas in the Arctic for oil exploration. (Spill baby spill)

It seems that even as the electorate voted for change and they received only more of the same. An administration stridently right wing, advocating tax cuts for industry, loans for big business and budget cuts with a grave concern over the deficit. The Obama administration is the living reincarnation of the Hoover administration right down to the platitudes about the good times a coming.

Today, the current Republican Presidential field looks like Delta House at Clown College. Mitt the Marauder, the most detestable and unlikable candidate since Thomas E. Dewey, Romney is the nominee heir apparent just because as with John McCain he is the most unpopular candidate among conservative voters. Newt the nitwit tries running to the right attacking Romney like a hyena running down a wildebeest. Yet Newt’s own nemesis lives closer to home, it gets its mail at the same address as Newt and each day wears the same tie. Newt is afflicted with Pat Robertsonitis. When cornered Newt will most always says something outrageous.

Then you have Ron Paul, the safety valve, the wild card, the Republican Ralph Nader, the iconoclast threatening to split the party vote. Yet there is another wild card in the field, Rick Santorum is the unknown quantity. He’s got his Sunday go to meeting smile and his Catholic Christo- Fascist credentials which he plays up at every opportunity. Santorum creates a debate out of thin air calling a health and human services ruling concerning birth control a war on religious freedom.

98 percent of Catholics use contraception as the Catholic Bishops chime in continuing their 1,500 year unbroken streak of being wrong. 59 percent of Catholics agreed with the Obama administration in its ruling and 28 states all ready had this ruling in place. Santorum and the Bishops are creating a firestorm which will hurt Republicans in the fall. Creating a tempest in a teapot which will become a hemorrhage in the ballot box, where is the logic here? Why push an issue in which all but a tiny minority of the electorate disagrees with. If Santorum does eventually win the nomination, which he won’t, it will be a pyrrhic victory.

This should be easy peasey for Obama, just sit back and look presidential. Instead, in response to a non-issue the Obama administration manages to make two mistakes in a single move, first they answer a crisis which really isn’t there and then propose a cure for the non existent disease. By capitulating, the administration is admitting it made a mistake when it did not. They win no fans and only encourage more of “I told you so” scorn from the Republicans.

The Obama answer is one of the most convoluted rulings in American history. Try to follow this logic, Catholic and other Christo-fascist employers will not be required to provide birth control coverage through their insurers. Instead, the insurance companies themselves issuing policies to Catholic and other Christo-fascists institutions must provide birth control coverage not offered in the policy to the Christo-fascist employees at no charge!

It is a childlike absurdity, grade school behavior, “Johnny would you please ask your mother to pass the salt.”

Once again, Obama appears to weave left but has actually moved to the right by admitting that this is somehow an issue of religious freedom. He has effectively opened the floodgates to the sea of religious nonsense. Should churches and church schools be forced to use the same rules as private business? Should they be forced to install fire extinguishers or evacuation plans? Is the American’s with disabilities act also an assault on religious liberty?

National health insurance would have solved all of these stupid, stupid issues. It would have let the Bible thumpers return to their crystal cathedrals and preach the gospel of Jebus and allowed the rest of us get on with our lives.

Remember back when Barack Obama was in favor of a public option? Back before he sold us out in a backroom deal with the very people in the health insurance industry he told us were running up costs. Then this strange scenario was played out, where Obama says to the public, Gee, I tried real hard and we almost got it but maybe next time. The same scenario was repeated in the debate over extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Those dastardly Republican’s had Obama by the short hairs, if he didn’t give in to the Republicans on the tax cut he couldn’t get long term unemployment benefits extended. Only, it wasn’t the Republican’s who forced the showdown on extending unemployment it was Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson who cast the deciding vote by voting with the Republican’s for the sake of the deficit. Then suddenly, as soon as the tax cuts are extended Nelson has a change of heart and votes with the Democrats.

So the election season approaches, Obama finds himself reviled by the left wing of his own party, An administration which went so far as to castigate what they called “the professional left, they won’t be happy until we have a Canadian health care system.” Well yeah! An administration with a chief of staff who famously said; “Fuck the UAW!” and yet were are to believe that all is on the up and up.

That John McCain’s political suicide was an accidental death and Obama’s abrupt turn towards right wing corporate Fascism is actually just the new Progressive politics, sure it is. The economic crash was no accident; it mimicked almost perfectly the crash of the Mexican Peso in 1991. Who managed the bailout for the Mexican’s back then? Why it was none other than Goldman Sachs Chairman Hank Paulson, who engineered the project along with Paulson’s top protégé Tim Geithner.

The Mexican president’s brother in law was later arrested in Switzerland trying to retrieve one hundred million dollars of the ill gotten loot. The smirking inarticulate Bush is replaced by the smiling, articulate friendly Obama with his pretty family.

It’s all just coincidence isn’t it? It couldn’t be a manipulation of the public by the very people who benefit from owning your government.

“Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.”
- Niccolo Machiavelli

It is All One Big Thing

11:05 am in Uncategorized by Daveparts

It is all just one big thing, you know. The tentacles extend far and wide, but if you follow them long enough and far enough, they will lead you back to that same one big thing. Whether it is the economic crisis in Europe or the unemployment crisis in America, it is all really, just a part of that one big thing.

It is funny, in an ironic sort of way, that whenever mankind fumbles the ball in some unmitigated way that we can always look back over our shoulder and see the looming disaster as obvious. Why any dang fool could see what would happen, if you filled a gas bag up with millions of cubic feet of hydrogen and then attempted to park this behemoth with its skin electrically charged in a thunderstorm by tying it off to a grounded steel pole. A child knows what would happen if you rub your stocking feet on carpet in winter and then touch someone else.

That is our folly and that is a major defining component of our madness, this belief that we know better, and that even though we know better, that we can somehow control fate and that we can do that because… we have a system! Such logic as that keeps the casinos open and prosperous. We call those casino dwellers “suckers” for believing that they can cheat the odds and yet, the same logic is at work all around us.

Take for example the builders of the largest ocean liner ever built. The builders believed that they could cheat fate with watertight doors. The vessel handled poorly in trials and had no navigational aids save for human eyes and yet it plowed full speed through an ice field in the dark of a moonless night. The steel plates on the hull were riveted together, basically, bolted together so that one plate damaged would put pressure on an entire line of plates. So many of us today, now live in cities that we have little conception of what pitch black dark really is. Imagine, a night so dark that you could not see your hand at the end of your arm, then imagine running in that dark night through a forest of hardwood trees at full speed.

And the Country Went to Hell

12:03 pm in Uncategorized by Daveparts

And the Country Went to Hell
By David Glenn Cox

George Orwell wrote in his ground breaking novel “1984”that, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Orwell had a good grasp on the politics of Fascism and was only amiss in his time table. It is however, sometimes overlooked, that if he or she knows the past they can also predict the future. That all of these events, the stolen 2000 election, 9-11, the Iraq War and even Barack Obama’s election are milestones along a dark highway. They are ominous forebodings, yet now, the ruse is exposed.

We are living in the dawn of a great awakening. We the people; are taking to the streets in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War and our numbers are growing and will continue to grow in unstoppable numbers. We have seen reactionary forces respond with violence against the peaceful and unarmed, same as it ever was. We have seen the media lie and generate false stories, same as it ever was. In 1932, 400 hungry farmers outside Lawrence Kansas came into town to demand relief supplies. The farmers pleaded with the Red Cross that their children hadn’t had anything to eat in three days.

An attorney in town who was acting as an agent for the Red Cross promised to contact Kansas City to get authorization to release the relief supplies. The farmers warned that they would wait until five o’clock, but after five, they would take the supplies with or without authorization. This event was reported in the Hearst newspapers as, “Farmers Riot” There was no riot, there was unity, but no violence, the people had stood together and made promises which threatened to overthrow the bureaucracy.

War spending had forced government expenditures to exceed three times tax revenues, and the government responded by calling for austerity and cutting the Federal budget which in turn prompted a major economic recession. Was this in 2007, or is this our current economy? No, this was in 1920. The war economy had fostered and expanded industrial manufacturing and spurred a 43 percent growth in worker productivity. By 1929, the top one percent of wage earners controlled 40 percent of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 93 percent saw a 4 percent decline in real disposable income.

By the time the decade ends the bottom eighty percent of wage earners will disappear from the tax roles while at the same time tax rates for the wealthy fall to just 25 percent. The number of people with incomes over $500,000 jumps from 156 in 1920 to 1,489 by 1930.

Citizens United? As Eugene Debs once advised nearly a century before, “Who appoints our federal judges? The people? In all the history of the country, the working class have never named a federal judge. There are 121 of these judges and every solitary one holds his position, his tenure, through the influence and power of corporate capital. The corporations and trusts dictate their appointment. And when they go to the bench, they go, not to serve, the people, but to serve the interests that place them and keep them where they are.”

1922 – The Supreme Court strikes down laws against child labor.
1923 – The Supreme Court strikes down the minimum wage for women in Washington D.C.

1924 – Wall Street stocks begin to climb astronomically without any correlation to the economy as a whole. Wall Street speculators pay financial writers under the table to place positive news stories about specific companies in major newspapers. From May of 1928 until September of 1929 stock prices rise 40 percent.

Throughout the decade of the 1920’s the number of unionized workers falls dramatically, the United Mine Workers lose over 80 percent of their membership and the American Federation of Labor loses more than 40 percent of its members so that by 1929 more than half of all Americans are living below subsistence levels, and so it was in this climate, Herbert Hoover was elected President,

“The outlook of the world today is for the greatest era of commercial expansion in history. The rest of the world will become better customers.” July 27,1928

“Any lack of confidence in the economic future or the basic strength of business in the United States is foolish.” November, 1929

In 1929, business inventories rose to three times the level of the previous year. By August, the economy is in recession as industrial production drops by 20 percent. Wholesale prices fall by 7.5 percent and personal income drops by 5%. October 24th the Stock Market crashes with the famous headline in Variety, “Wall Street Lays an Egg.” Total stock market loses for the month equal $16 billion or more than half a trillion in current dollars.

In February, the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates from 6 to 4 percent. Federal Reserve chairman Andrew Mellon states categorically, “the Fed will stand by as the market works itself out: ‘Liquidate labor, liquidate real estate… values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wreck from less-competent people’.

“Definite signs that business and industry have turned the corner from the temporary period of emergency that followed deflation of the speculative market were seen today by President Hoover. The President said the reports to the Cabinet showed that the tide of employment had changed in the right direction.” News Dispatch (January 21, 1930)

The GNP falls 9.4 percent for the year as unemployment climbs to 8.7 percent. In 1931, the GNP falls another 8.5 percent as unemployment climbs to 15.9 percent. The President proposes no major legislation to address the crisis as Congress follows suit with no proposals of their own to address the growing crisis either. As 1932 begins, GDP drops at an astounding 13.4 percent as unemployment balloons to 23.6 percent. The stock market has lost 80 percent of its value in 24 months.

“It could be so much worse that these days now, distressing as they are, would look like veritable prosperity.” – Herbert Hoover

Forty percent of all the nations banks have failed or are failing, GNP has fallen 31 percent since 1929 as President Hoover forecast to the nation, “the worst effect of the crash upon unemployment will have been passed during the next sixty days.”

Over 13 million American’s have lost their jobs in a population of 150 million. Agricultural commodity prices begin to fall as the bubble in Agriculture is deflated. Farm land once selling for $700 an acre, has no takers at auction for prices under $50 an acre. The collapse of farm prices hastens the collapse of the banks as record foreclosures deplete local bank reserves. In August of 1930, Herbert Hoover addresses the American Bankers Association in Cleveland,

“During the past year you have carried the credit system of the nation safely through a most difficult crisis. In this success you have demonstrated not alone the soundness of the credit system, but also the capacity of the bankers in emergency.”

By October the President has begun to change his tune, “The depression has been deepened by events from abroad which are beyond the control either of our citizens or our government.” Okay, it’s bad but it’s not our fault. No differently than today, as government blames its citizens for the mortgage crisis.

“Mellon pulled the whistle
Hoover rang the bell
Wall Street gave the signal
and the country went to hell.” – Demonstrator’s placard from 1932.

The United States had no national system for unemployment, no national system of social security and no national system of health care. By the winter of 1932, two people an hour would be dying of starvation on the streets of Detroit Michigan. America’s cities were going broke, unable to assist the starving and destitute.

November of 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected President but will not be sworn in until March.

“Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.” FDR March 4, 1933

“Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.” FDR March 4, 1933

The parallels to our modern era are striking, the 60,000 members of bonus Army march on Washington in 1932. They were the original “Occupy” movement, So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this generation’s peaceful demonstrators are attacked with tear gas and gun barrels.

“The Hoover program –a crust of bread and a bayonet.” – Demonstrator’s placard from 1932.

Their generation had the “America First Movement” who were the original Tea Baggers. The “America First Movement” wrapped themselves in flags and were steeped in stale, rank, patriotic images of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as they railed against FDR’s New Deal calling it, are you ready? Socialism. Just as with the current incarnation of tea baggers, the America First Movement was nationalistic to the point of xenophobic. Xenophobic to the point of paranoia with a paranoia based largely on racism. Most importantly, the America First Movement was funded and backed by media and big business.

60,000 struggling veterans with their families came to Washington on their own from all over America, as the media described them as dirty and disgruntled. Well funded and heavily advertised America First rallies were covered live on national radio broadcasts. Plato wrote, “Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal’s alike.” There is nothing new under the sun, “I exhort you” Plato wrote, “also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

The world is in flux and the opportunity to make a difference in the world abound. Tomorrow is filled with yesterday’s regrets. History teaches that there are two roads which we might travel from here, one requires effort and makes no promises. The other road offers only a dark certainty, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” – George Orwell

The problems we face lie exposed, and so too, does the path home. The answer is in our unity.

Paulson pulled the whistle
Bush rang the bell
Wall Street gave the signal
and the country went to hell.

Mixed Messages

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Mixed Messages

By David Glenn Cox

It is morning and I have watched this Sunday expire from inside Freedom Plaza. The sundown was obscured by the buildings but as the light fades the plaza turns to soft pale shades of grey. These shades are in turn over taken by the flood lights from the Taste of D.C. next door and by the decorative lighting from the hotels and surrounding office buildings.

I make my rounds through the plaza to see all my friends both new and old. Andrea and Bert from the staff of the Old Elm Tree and the special Code Pink ladies from deep in the heart of Texas, they are all special. We are all special here. That is the lesson which I have gleaned. I have met so many really nice, really great and really special people.

That I believe is the consensus; the people are great, the management of the rally is only so-so. There is a frustration in the crowd that the leadership is either too touchy feely, gentrified or missing all together. As the sun burned down to the wick, a near full moon rises over the Capitol building. On the stage at the front of the plaza the General Assembly, the show front of public democracy decides issues of trivialities and non substance. A joke told in the plaza goes like this; there will be a planning meeting on Tuesday morning. What time that meeting will be held will be decided by the General Assembly at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Caligula’s Orgy

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By David Glenn Cox

You may not hear the clicking of jack boots but they are there just the same for we live in a sophisticated age of subverted sycophantic subterfuge, an age of slogans and jargon, of prayers and chants and an age of murder without remorse. We live in an age of terror where we are both victim and perpetrator. It is an age of perverted science and inverted logic where governments declare war on drugs and drug companies declare war upon the sick and suffering.

It has been ten years now since this country began beating its plowshares into swords and beating its people into submission. It has been ten years of Caligula’s orgy, ten years of banquets and fine feasts, ten years of high tech weaponry and low tech poverty, of high tax cuts and low wage cuts and an age of societal dissolution. A time when children go hungry and criminals go free, a masochistic time where we as a nation cut ourselves by punishing the poor for the crimes of the rich when the government of the people and by the people blames the people for the crimes of their government.

It has been ten years of the big lie when big tax cuts don’t cause deficits and big trust funds do. Where government openly admits to us they have misspent and squandered our money and then tell us brazenly that we must pay for their misdeeds while they lavish even more treasure upon those attendee’s to Caligula’s orgy.

That is in its purest form what fascism is all about, a Capitalist orgy. It means that criminals are not arrested for their actual crimes but only for who they are. Julian Assuage is a political prisoner as he violated the privacy of the wealthy and powerful. Bradley Manning is a truth criminal and Dick Cheney is a war criminal one is languishing in jail while the other is not.

McClatchy News September 1, – “A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.”

The Pentagon quickly cleared the troops of any wrong doing, wait, troops? We don’t call them troops anymore; our service men are now called heroes. Just like the rest of us our heroes live inside of this big lie. They are pawns and tools just like the majority of the rest of the American public, we who are about to be out sourced, downsized, marginalized, unemployed, foreclosed, cut off and ignored salute you.

This is fascism, for while the Capitalists gorge themselves new enemies must be sought out and procured to focus the public’s attention away from the truth. While I was reading the story of the CH-47 helicopter shot down in Afghanistan last month I came across a news story that said that our heroes were trying to capture leaders of Al Qaeda cell made up of local tribesmen, or in much the same way our own William Tecumseh Sherman was trying to capture leaders of Al Qaeda made up of local southerners.

Each CH-47 helicopter costs over $10 million dollars and there are 191 shiny new ones on order. The thirty American heroes, who died, are new age gladiators fighting senselessly in battles that do not matter and dying as gladiators always die, in gladiatorial splendor. Caligula’s orgy must have entertainment as a reason to cry and to unite and remind the public of the righteousness of our cause and the evilness of our enemies.

“The heroic battle for Stalingrad will become the greatest of all heroic epics in German history. The German press has one of its greatest tasks before of it. In the spirit of the special OKW communiqué to be issued later today, the press must report this stirring event; which outshines every feat of heroism known to history, in such a manner that this sublime example of heroism, this ultimate, self-sacrificing dedication to Germany’s final victory, will blaze forth like a sacred flame. The German nation, inspired by the eternal heroism of the men of Stalingrad, will dedicate even more nobly than before those spiritual and material qualities which assure the nation of the victory it is now more fanatically than ever resolved to win,” – Joseph Goebbels

Reuters – “We will press on and we will succeed,” President Obama said in a televised tribute to the dead. “Our troops will continue the hard work of transitioning to a stronger Afghan government and ensuring that Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists.”

Mr. Panetta, at a change of command ceremony at Special Operations Command in Florida, said the killings were a “reminder to the American people that we remain a nation at war” and promised to honor the dead by “showing the world our unyielding determination to press ahead.”

“As heavy a loss as this was, it would even be more tragic if we allowed it to derail this country from our efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and deny them a safe haven in Afghanistan,”

Reuters – “This one single incident does not represent any kind of watershed or trend,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan. “We still have the Taliban on the run; we’ve reversed the momentum that they had. But they are still going to inflict casualties. That’s what they do.”

Fascism is the co-opting of government, a coup d’état of government by corporate interests, a subverting the rightful government role of regulating business to a perverted role of business regulating government.

Bloomberg, September 2, – “President Barack Obama, siding with Republicans and business leaders, canceled tighter rules on ozone proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regulation in a slowing economy.”

“That message is being heard” by the White House, Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, which represents companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., said in an interview. “These are the kinds of signals that the economy and business needs to begin pulling money off the sidelines and start investing.”

Or government is bad and somehow it is up to business to fix the economy and in this case our government is bad. That does not mean that government should be done away with but only replaced. Just as a crooked cop is replaced by an honest cop but the Fascist’s want them replaced by no cops at all with the promise of being self regulating. This message of smaller government is the subliminal message calling for ever increasing fascism. They call for an end of the EPA and an end to the Department of Education but not an end to the Commerce department or the investment tax credit. This is basic nuts and bolts fascism, the buying and selling of government, of Citizens United rulings and Patriot Acts.

If you start at point A. and follow the bread crumb droppings until today the future becomes obvious. First came Free Trade acts, then bankruptcy reform and then came the housing bubble. Then came the 9-11 attacks followed in quick succession by instant and perpetual war, bank failures, housing collapse, bank bailouts, easy money credit for the banks and a jobless recovery for you.

The average Chinese industrial wage is $5.00 per day while the average American wage is $22.00 per hour so how productive must the American worker be to be competitive in an open market? The answer is they can’t, it is impossible. The Chinese factory can hire 35 workers for the cost of one American worker. That isn’t globalism, that isn’t a new economy, it is good old fashioned Fascism, a form of 21st century Feudalism, and so the Fascist’s scapegoat unions and workers, school teachers and fireman, the hungry, the homeless and the unemployed as they shout Corporation Uber Allis.

In 1942 during a German dinner party in a woman guest commented, “I guess we will never know who really set the Reichstag fire.” Hermann Goering slapped his knee and answered laughing, “I do, because I set it!” Just ten days before the fire Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary that very soon the Fuehrer would burn the Communist’s out of Germany.

Strange, that the word burn would be used before an arson attack, tipping the hand and implying foreknowledge of the event. The Reichstag building was burned February 27, 1933 and the Enabling Acts which destroyed the German civil liberties were passed into law less than one month later. History does repeat itself and sometimes it even rhymes. The Project for a New American Century, Section V of Rebuilding America’s Defenses, entitled “Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force”, includes the sentence: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor”

“It is a truth that a terrorist can attack any time, any place, using any technique and it’s physically impossible to defend at every time and every place against every conceivable technique. Here we’re talking about plastic knives and using American Airlines flight filled with our citizens, and the “missile damage” to this building [the Pentagon] and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center. The only way to deal with this problem is by taking the battle to the terrorists, wherever they are, and dealing with them.” – Donald Rumsfeld

They are in effect dealing with us as well; imploding the economic bubble has destroyed the economy far more efficiently than aircraft or missiles. The wreckage of the economy covers the tracks of so called Free Trade. The corporately controlled media blames the victims themselves in a well choreographed dance of knaves and misdirection. However the truth leaves behind fingerprints and competency exposes culpability, compare for example the government response to Hurricane Katrina and the government response to 9-11. How could it be that they should act so competently in one event and so miserably in the other as the Patriot Act was efficiently signed into law October 26, 2001.

Obama has called this the 9-11 generation but a more honest assessment would be the stolen generation. For we are victims of a grand crime against humanity, we are the victims of Caligula’s orgy complete with concentration camps, wars of aggression and torture. Torturing men, women, children and even the torturing of language. Forcing millions of Americans into poverty and denying them a right to a job and a decent standard of living. Meanwhile corporate profits soar as wages plummet, this is no accident, it is a strategy that was begun even before America’s own Reichstag fire was set and Caligula’s orgy continues unabated with little notice, even to notice that when the criminals burned the German Reichstag to destroy German liberty there was no one inside of the building.

The Outcast

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The Outcast

By David Glenn Cox

Professor Ward Churchill was fired from his teaching position at the University of Colorado for his comments surrounding September 11 attacks. Professor Churchill described the financial and technocratic corps of government as well as the commercial financial interests of America as “Little Eichmann’s.”

I no longer see this government as an entity which represents me or my interests nor do I see it as representing anyone that I know personally. What has taken place is a melding of state and corporate interests to where one can no longer tell where one ends and the other begins. Tens of millions of Americans have faced the terror of losing their homes in this land and this President, this corporate pitchman, pushes for a continuation of the investment tax credit so that corporations can take yet another tax deduction on research before off shoring the manufacturing process.

Officially nearly one quarter of America’s children live in poverty and the political class proposes only budget cuts. At a time of catastrophic national unemployment the political class calls for cut backs on unemployment compensation and healthcare programs. Are they mad? Do they not know the lessons of history? Do they believe that Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck can override the reaction to an eviction or foreclosure? Do they honestly believe that guns or laws will protect them from a hungry, struggling population?

I feel as if I’ve have been immersed in a bad dream from which I cannot awake. I’ve witnessed the changes in myself which unemployment and homelessness have wrought while I have witnessed the playback on our society as a whole. I no longer feel at home anywhere, I no longer have home town; I am from wherever I am at the time. I’ve lost my connection to a national identity and found a connection to these people like myself instead.

These feelings were made even more manifest recently as I tried to obtain a state photo ID card and was told that I needed a Social Security card to do so. I last saw my Social Security card while I still delivering newspapers as a child. I know the number but that is no longer good enough. So I went to get a replacement Social Security card and was told that I needed a photo ID to do so. Without these things I cannot fly on an airplane, nor ride a train, or bus. Under the Patriot Act, I violate the law just by walking the streets, I have become an untermensch, “Papers please.”

 I must now prove to the government that I am a citizen and a member of this society. A birth certificate and a food stamp EBT card from Georgia aren’t proof enough. The clerks stood smirking at the counter and turned others away while I was there and it appeared as if that was their goal, to turn away as many as possible. Like a customer service phone number or a Microsoft help box it is doublespeak as its purpose is the opposite of what it is named.

The American media is nothing more than propaganda instrument; take for example the multiple versions of Osama bin Laden’s demise. There is only one true version and we haven’t been told of it yet. How does that make our media any different from the German media of the 1940’s or Soviet media?  Our country operates two well known concentration camps, one in Cuba and the other in Afghanistan where we hold prisoners indefinitely who have not been charged with crimes and perhaps many more camps of which we have no knowledge of, are we to sleep better at night because of this?  Are we to believe ourselves indemnified from such treatment by our government in the future?

Then this same media tells us that 395,000 new weekly unemployment claims is a good number and a better than expected number, and then the following week they proclaim that 409,000 new claims is a bad number. It is still over one million new unemployment claims per month and two millions workers have left the job rolls entirely in the last year while millions more struggle on working part time. These millions fight a losing battle of trying to keep their heads above water as their cries for help are answered with silence from their representatives. While this government’s answer for the crisis is a tax cut for big business. Government will cut their payroll taxes for each worker they hire, imagine if John Kennedy had offered only tax cuts to build a moon rocket.

The sad fact is, this government don’t give a flying f*ck about us, they live their isolated lives in their little fuehrer bunkers and gated communities. They send their children to private schools which will never feel the effects of budget cuts. They shop at specialty shops and gourmet grocery stores which don’t stock Hamburger helper. A growing trend among the rich is the fractional ownership of private jets. No metal detectors, empting of pockets or removing shoes for them. The wealthy now also receive tax cuts beyond the grave thanks to a gift and estate-tax exemption of up to $5 million this year and next. The exemption is for people who died after Dec. 31, 2010, and now any unused portion of that can be passed by the estate to the surviving spouse, according to tax legislation enacted by Congress in December.

This country invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, we operate militarily in Pakistan. Our military has launched cruise missile attacks on Yemen and airstrikes on Libya as well as covert attacks on Iran. We’ve become this aggressive military predator and the phrase “god bless our troops” makes me want to vomit. Our media no longer question the correctness of these assaults on world peace and all that is ever questioned is the accuracy of our weapons. Of course Republicans in Congress questioned Obama’s use of the war powers act but it wasn’t anything but politics.

The wars will go on as the mob of good Germans will blindly cheer for a flag that doesn’t represent me. I’m neither a star nor a stripe; I’m not red, white or blue. I’m an American and I refuse to be a good German. I’m an American who wants peace, an American who wants prosperity for our people. I want good schools for all of our children and good jobs for their parents and security for their grandparents. This government says that this is time of austerity but in that austerity is nothing more than that same old fraud of guns over butter and war over peace.

Mr. Obama emerged from his corporate headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue the other day and began his reelection campaign. After two years of being the most corporate and most right wing President in American history Obama now speaks of jobs and fighting Republicans. How f*cking stupid does he think that we are? Obama gives tax cuts to the wealthy and give aways to the corporations, a stimulus one third the size per capita as Germany’s. Tax cuts for oil drilling, tax cuts for new cars and new houses. Obama reauthorizes the Bush tax cuts with no thought of authoring his own tax cuts. Obama took three billion dollars of GM’s environmental clean up bill and made it yours and mine. This while Obama was vaporizing the pensions of thousands of mid level managers at GM and Chrysler, meanwhile GM is one of the most profitable companies in China.

Obama’s green energy bill had $17 million in research funds to design new oil drilling bits. He opened the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling just as Ronald Reagan and both of the Bush boys had tried and failed to do. Obama has called for cuts in the prices oil companies pay to lease federal lands because Obama says it will create jobs. These are Obama’s jobs program; if we give enough to corporations they promise to create a job or two. This is a gross inversion and perversion of an American economy where American workers are forced by their government to compete with workers overseas who earn .83 cents an hour.

Now we are to believe that Obama is on our side? What should we hope for and what change is he promising us this time? Obama is a corporate front man, a face on the faceless warlike criminals who are riding our people into the ground. This is how you become a revolutionary by first becoming an outcast. It begins when the country of your birth no longer knows you and treats you as the problem. They ostracize you and marginalize you while claiming they want to help you as they piss on you and throw peanuts at you.

Of course we could vote for change as long as we can forget that courts stop vote counts and more recently a county clerk mysteriously found thirty thousand votes in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race. Florida was stolen in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 and even in the final analysis it is the parties who pick the candidates. Barack Obama ran for the Presidency in 2008 as a moderate and a reformer and has governed as George Bush’s protégée. The electoral process is dead and what you are in love with is but a ghost of that system.

A billion dollar Presidential campaign unfolds, Barack Obama versus whom? Tweedledee or Tweedledum, are we to be given a choice of President Michele Bachmann or President Rick Perry or four more years of Obama? Given a second term Obama will turn even harder to the right. He will reenter his corporate headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue and won’t emerge until its moving day in January 2016.

Whether you believe it or understand it, no matter whether you want to believe it or want to understand it, the revolution has already begun and the multitudes of ostracized, downsized, foreclosed, evicted, laid off and played off are forming. They number in the millions and their numbers are swelling rapidly.

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

  George Orwell