From DAVIDSON LOEHR
Chelsea Green Publishing
In this winter of worldwide discontent, a powerful moral and political spirit has arisen in the Middle East. There are already uprisings of ordinary people all over the world: nobodies dumping Somebodies off their thrones, as the world watches. It’s happening so fast our heads are spinning. But it’s clear that we will turn that moral spirit loose here at home: the next Egypt – or England — will be the United States.
It is maddening and insulting to hear our president and our lawmakers simply accept the idea that we must cut social services, education, Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security and other parts of our social safety nets – while the General Accounting Office has estimated that 83 of our top 100 corporations pay no taxes. There’s no good reason we should accept that, because it isn’t fair. It goes against the wishes of a large majority of our citizens. Many of our laws were bought by corporations whose lobbyists seduced many of our elected officials into selling out their country for private gain. If our government can’t or won’t see how unfair and morally reprehensible it is to use taxpayer money to bail out those who don’t even pay taxes, then it is up to us. And the ongoing protests in Arab countries show that we can do it.
There Is No Terrorism and We Are Not at War
As a Google search for “Americans killed by terrorists” shows, terrorism is a red herring: a bogus threat. We’re much more likely to be killed by lightning, peanuts, handguns and a dozen more everyday dangers than by terrorists. We’re being misled by propaganda used to take trillions of dollars of our tax money to deter a terrorist threat that isn’t there. “Terrorism” is used to frighten us, and as a blank check to cover any military expenditures or assaults on our civil liberties that our leaders choose.
Our tax dollars go to swell the coffers of the military-industrial complex, which alienates all Arab countries and much of the rest of the world. This is losing us both respect and allies. It also gives our elected leaders this red herring to keep us stirred up by the untrue claim that terrorists are everywhere and the sky is falling. More: No Budget Cuts…