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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:33 AM
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This is an excerpt of a conversation from Common Dreams.

"Howard Dean actually said it. In his brief moment of rebellion during the national health care debate, when he momentarily opposed the passage of the Obama "Health Insurance Reform" without a "Public Option", Dean was asked why. "Because it would irrevocably commit the United States to a purely private solution to health care", he said.

Not just health care...

The Obama administration has been beyond stubborn in its insistence on "private solutions". The point has been emphasized recently with the BP oil spill, from the attempts to cap the well, to the subsequent and inevitable clean-up. The machinery of the Federal government has been entirely sidelined as the responsibility for the leak and its aftermath have remained with BP. The word "responsibility" is not used in a legal or a moral sense here, but as a purely practical description. Whatever the degree of its supervisory role, or the sincerity or lack thereof of its motives, the government has made itself a mere spectator.

At the other end of the political football field stands the "Stimulus". With its satellite programs and associated spin-offs, the Obama stimulus represented more than $1 trillion of "anti-recessionary measures"... and in all of it, there was not a single example of a new, government-based, jobs measure. Other than aid for state and local budgets and a tiny proportion for locally initiated but privately directed "infrastructure" projects, the remainder went entirely to private concerns. Forget New Deal or even Hoover-style jobs initiatives. Nothing on the scale of even the Nixonian "jobs-training" programs was sponsored.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/29-8


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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:44 AM
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1. Education is another example -
with the pick of Arne Duncan that one was crystal clear.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:59 AM
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3. Everything...

water, air, the genome of natural organisms. What is this carbon trading scam but the commodification of our climate? It is worse than obscene, it is suicidal. We have no choice if we are to survive, we must adopt a rational economic model which meets human need. Yet we are going backwards....
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:50 AM
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2. k & r
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:45 AM
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4. K&R
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:25 PM
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5. Yikes
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:42 PM
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6. everything is being privatized, everything.
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 01:43 PM by Hannah Bell
the military, the mail, education, parks & monuments, government administrative functions, the states, the cities --

get in on the land rush now!
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:02 PM
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7. Sorry, too late to rec, but here's a kick.
Let those who have eyes to see, and ears to listen...
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