Don’t forget the huge military budget vastly larger than Social Security, with ripe spots easier to cut
Preempt the Social Security Spat, Fight Against an Expensive Plane, an Overseas Base and the Cuban Embargo
There was some dramatic change this election. Don’t let it get eclipsed by dealing with Social Security first, Orthodox Jews used to be Republican, Miami Cubans used to vote to punish the Castro brothers, Islamophobes lost big, people used think they were warning of danger, suddenly wonder if they were baiting and causing trouble, the Prophet Mohammad as a porn film star is clearly begging for trouble. Those who thought gay marriage and pot would destroy country used to vote without fail. Peace group lists especially The Council for a Liveable World won most of the candidates it sponsored instead of just a few,
The big question is where do we place the eight Ron Paul Republicans in the house who also cheered their more than expected victories this year who tend to agree with peace advocates on foreign policy issues.
The Council for a Livable World lost only two highly contested Senate races that not all people who worry about war would necessary have picked. Shelley Barkley of Nevada who despite several votes the Council approved of didn’t call herself a dove, instead bragged about getting the Democratic convention to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, or to elect Richard Carmona, of Arizona ,who lost to Jeff Flake who happens to be the US Senator most opposed to the embargo against Cuba. I think peace won more then the peace voting lists claim.
Instead of arguing about Medicare, Congress could end the boycott of Cuba giving Americans a safe place to stretch their Social Security checks, some already retire to dangerous Mexico. Ending boycotts instantly creates jobs and tax revenue.
It’s claimed people now care more about domestic issues. However, if we dwell on foreign policy first insist on closing one foreign base and one expensive fighter plane Obama might close one where we might be about to be kicked out anyway, or a plane who he didn’t really want anyway. Kyrgyzstan would actually do the US a big favor by not renewing the lease on the $600 Million refueling station, as they seem to be determined to do. It is no longer called a base in response to local sensibilities. It is not impossible that this country might offer a huge rent increase again, less likely if there is a corresponding demand on the part of the American people to end it.
Even if there is only symbolic victories, it will heavily influence the arguments next year as Americans start remembering again how much of its budget goes to war related expense.
Some may say this article is flawed, why don’t we just demand that US troops come home from Afghanistan now, one of the biggest budget saving suggestions. However those we fight with, don’t long to have the US peace movement do well, even where not al Qaeda influenced, don’t work with the US peace movement like North Vietnam did, with exception of Americans coming over there to protest the drone war. Cuba will make at least cosmetic changes with a forced embargo vote to help make the US peace movement look good. Ending the embargo on Cuba would be a quick, satisfying and build confidence for the future. Nevertheless if we wait for US personal in Afghanistan to wonder if their next paycheck would bounce to get out of Afghanistan it could be extremely confusing and chaotic.
An ominous point, the US strong-armed 600 million dollar from a Dutch bank for bypassing US sanctions on Cuba and Iran,
No one in the world thinks the US has a right to any money over trading with Cuba. To the rest on the world it is theft or humoring a good customer. Though there is more agreement when it comes to Iran. Playing around with currency to punish Cuba, or even Iran could lead to currency confusion, it would be hard to have a meaningful exchange rate if the same funds are supposedly ether in a US or Dutch Bank as the world breaks into a brawl arguing over who owns what. If two little kids start making million dollar bets with each other it might get in the way of lending some money for a candy bar and expecting it back the next day. If chaos hits, that Dutch Bank might stop humoring the US and seize any US accounts in their bank to get there money back. Since there are no actual stacks of $20 anywhere the same supposed funds will be two places at once, making the actual exchange rate between the dollar and the euro an unknown. None of us knows exactly how much debt the world can endure without insolvency. But currency manipulation for the sake of punishment, of Cuba or Iran make the possibility of all out financial confusion that much sooner.
I am sure I got the details wrong but not the general seriousness of boycotts in relation to insolvency,
Council for a Livable World! Change your lose in Arizona to a victory by getting on the cause of ending the embargo of Cuba right now! Jeff Flake submit some new legislation to end the embargo! School of America Watch get moving on Cuba! IFCO work harder at ending the embargo not just defying it!
Elsewhere in the world people celebrate the victory of Chavez, or Aung San Suu Kyi, I had only sadness after McGovern ran for President and other peace candidate struggles. Today I celebrate, if I get others to join me there will be a lot more to celebrate in the future.
On January 14, symbolic change will happen in Cuba, Cubans will no longer need an exit permit for foreign travel, let’s make sure the US embargo ends on that date as well,
Next on January 20, 2013 the 609 seats Cuban Assembly will have elections .I have a fantastic idea changing it to 612 seats with three seats for overseas Cubans for the three top overseas vote-getters each overseas Cuban getting one vote with the three top vote getters seated in the Cuban Assembly, so US Cubans can demand the US set up diplomatic relations for an embassy in Washington and a consulate in New Jersey and Miami.
If Cuba and the US suddenly work together we can suddenly have a better world.
A new world was started November 6, 2012 as soon as we notice.
By Richard Kane