Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:18 AM
Segami (7,862 posts)
Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan Calls GOP ' CRANKS & CRAZIES
It's been a tough week for Mitt Romney and the Republicans. His campaign has been downplaying comments he made about Obama supporters being ovelry dependent on the government. And now this... just weeks from the November election, his party is getting criticised from the other side of the planet. Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said Friday the biggest hazard to the world's economy is the fact that the GOP has been hijacked by extremists. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN TREASURER WAYNE SWAN SAYING:
"Let's be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world's biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over a part of the Republican Party." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN TREASURER WAYNE SWAN SAYING: "Despite President Obama's goodwill and strong efforts, the national interest there was held hostage by the rise of the extreme Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. There can be few things more alarming in public policy than a political movement which was genuinely prepared to see the government of the United States default on its obligations in order to score a political point."
Its hard to say how Swan's remarks may or may not hurt the Governor come election time. There are about 6 million Americans living abroad.
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Sat Sep 22, 2012, 01:14 AM
xfundy (4,139 posts)
1. Even upside-downers can see it!
What a twisted mess the Greedy Old Pigs have made out of the political process. And, yes, it will affect the entire world.
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Sat Sep 22, 2012, 11:46 AM
valerief (40,034 posts)
4. Ha! British penal colonies
The British used North America as a penal colony through a system of indentured servitude. Convicts would be transported by merchants and auctioned off to plantation owners upon arrival in the colonies. It is estimated that some 50,000 British convicts were sent to colonial America, representing perhaps one-quarter of all British emigrants during the 18th century. The British also would often ship Irish and Scots to the Americas whenever there were rebellions in Ireland or Scotland, and they would be treated similar to the convicts, except that this also included women and children.
When that avenue closed in the 1780s after the American Revolution, Britain began using parts of what is now known in Australia as penal settlements. Some of these included Norfolk Island, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and New South Wales. Advocates of Irish Home Rule or of Trade Unionism (the Tolpuddle Martyrs) often received sentences of deportation to these Australian colonies.. Without the allocation of the available convict labor to farmers, pastoral squatters and Government projects such as roadbuilding, colonisation of Australia would not have been possible, especially considering the considerable drain on non-convict labor caused by several goldrushes that took place in the 19th century.
Bermuda, off the North American coastline, was also used during the Victorian period. Convicts housed in hulks were used to build the Royal Naval Dockyard there, and during the Second Boer War, Boer prisoners-of-war were sent to the archipelago and imprisoned on one of the smaller islands.
In colonial India, the British had made various penal colonies. Two of the most infamous ones are on the Andaman islands and Hijli. In the early days of settlement, Singapore was the recipient of Indian convicts, who were tasked with clearing the jungles for settlement and early public works.