August 2011, Week 1


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Tidbits, August 2, 2011

1.Re: Budgetary Deceit and America's Decline, from charles in 
2.Re: What do 'Flotilla Folk' do and why? from Isabel Thompson
3.Re Tidbits, August 1 from T.M. Scruggs


Re: Budgetary Deceit and America's Decline 

In a message dated 7/26/2011 7:26:30 P.M. Pacific Daylight 
Time, [log in to unmask] writes:

"The truth is that we need more federal spending to create
good jobs and remain globally competitive, not as some kind
of short-term "stimulus" but as a long-term investment in
education, job skills, science, technology, energy security,
and modern infrastructure. I travel around the world as part
of my job, and I can say without doubt that America has
failed to modernize the economy and is steadily losing its
international competitiveness." 
I can't help but wonder . . . if the trillion dollars already
spent in Iraq and Afghanistan had instead been spent on what
is described in the above paragraph, how radically different
our national stability and economic circumstances would be at
this very moment.

But as the saying goes, that horse is already out of the

It just doesn't seem clear to me how we can resurrect the now
anemic, hopelessly corrupt, if not entirely dysfunctional
economic engine that our country had once been.

As for the corporate crime cabals and corrupt banking cartels
on Wall Street, along with their comrades in crime in Wash DC
who engineered the largest, most complex global scale Ponzi
scheme ever devised in human history, the entire lot of them
should be rounded up and charged with economic treason.

In a different time, there would have been guillotines in the
public square, and baskets filled with heads . . . but I



Re: What do 'Flotilla Folk' do and why? 

Any chance of this being read on Fox news? Any news???
Thank you.  And thank you for your courage

Isabel Thompson 


Friends and allies,

This last paragraph by Mr. Dinelaker (from Tidbits - August
1) on Eugene Robinson's article nailed it:  the corporate
media is just that, and when Obama et al. get so far right
even liberals finally can't stomach the avarice, they call
for a "moderate" alternative that the Democratic Leadership
Council might approve of.  One doesn't need to be a socialist
-- when's the last time anyone heard Noam Chomsky on NPR?! --
just sincerely advocating reform to find oneself blacklisted,
or perhaps better put "in a black hole" as far as dominant
media outlets are concerned.

also in solidarity, 
T.M. Scruggs

On Aug 1, 2011, at 6:11 PM, Portside Moderator wrote:

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Progressives already have big ideas.  I would propose
that as a journalist you take a look at those
individuals who actually identify themselves as being
"progressive" and report on what big ideas they are
advocating.  In fact, I would call upon you as a member
of the media to create a space where these ideas can be
aired at least as much as the ideas of the Tea Party. 
Don't get frustrated when you find that difficult to do
because you will at least discover that it's not about
finding the right bumper sticker slogan but about
advocating that progressives who have been doing
exactly what you are calling for be allowed to be part
of the national debate.  Perhaps your current opinion
of "Why Progressives Need a Big Idea" would be revised
to "Why Progressives' Big Ideas Don't See the Light of
Day and What We Can Do About It".

In solidarity,

Andrew Dinkelaker UE Eastern Region President

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