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Government is not the enemy

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  • "We the People ... in order to form a more perfect union ..." Thus begins one of the crowning documents of human history -- the Constitution of the United States.
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  • Few statements have ever so nobly set forth the commitment of a people to their common life.
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  • Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed
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Peter Rogness, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Charlie Bloss for this contribution

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Is government us or them?

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With no public announcement, we have changed from a people sharing a common life to several hundred million individuals who happen to live near one another, and we risk losing our soul in that change.

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"We the People ... in order to form a more perfect union ..." Thus begins one of the crowning documents of human history -- the Constitution of the United States.

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"We" was the first word. In the preamble alone, the phrases "establish justice," "domestic tranquility," "common defence," "general welfare" and "blessings of liberty" all appear.

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Few statements have ever so nobly set forth the commitment of a people to their common life.

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Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed, Molly Ivins, TruthDig
Anyone who doesn’t think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers—this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.

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Special Report | For Profit Colleges

"When I look at it, it's a large pot of money readily available at the disposal of these institutions, with little accountability," said Donald Overton, executive director of Veterans of Modern Warfare, a veterans support group.

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  • For-Profit Colleges Cashing In On Veterans
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  • Documents: For-Profit Recruiters Sell Students Using 'Pain,' 'Fear'
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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For-Profit Colleges Cashing In On Veterans, Chris Kirkham, Huffington Post

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  • "When I look at it, it's a large pot of money readily available at the disposal of these institutions, with little accountability," said Donald Overton, executive director of Veterans of Modern Warfare, a veterans support group.
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  • The for-profit education industry has been under the microscope for months, following a scathing report from the Government Accountability Office in which undercover-camera footage showed recruiters engaging in aggressive, often deceptive techniques to enroll students.
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Documents: For-Profit Recruiters Sell Students Using 'Pain,' 'Fear'Chris Kirkham, Huffington Post

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  • A document from Kaplan University encourages recruiters to "Keep digging until you uncover their pain, fears and dreams" and to "Get to their emotions and you will create the urgency!"
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  • Whistleblower Exposes How Kaplan University Cheats Low-income Minority students and the Washington Post Benefits
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Whistleblower Exposes How Kaplan University Cheats Low-income Minority students, veterans, and single parents, and the Washington Post Benefits, Danny Weil, Daily Censored/Axis of Logic

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  • Private Vocational College—Kaplan University--operates vocational training programs that over-enroll students using Federal loans that leave low-income student indebted and unemployed.
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  • Kaplan University is owned by the Washington Post, which derives 58% of its entire revenue stream from Kaplan and its various subsidiaries and is well aware of the issues.
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Lobbying Group Accuses Government of 'Malpractice' In Undercover Report On For-Profit Colleges, Chris Kirkham, Huffington Post

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  • The for-profit college industry faces increased scrutiny as evidence mounts of its students leaving with debts they cannot afford to pay, given the low-wage jobs they tend to attain after graduation.
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  • For-profit schools enroll about 12 percent of students nationwide, yet the sector takes in nearly 25 percent of all student aid dollars and is responsible for 43 percent of student loan defaults.
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  • Whistleblower Exposes How Kaplan University Cheats Low-income Minority students and the Washington Post Benefits
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Tell Kaplan & the Washington Post: Stop Cashing In On Low-Income Students, Judith Meskill, Change.org

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What Conservatives Really Want

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  • The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.
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  • Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011.
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George Lakoff, Huffington Post

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The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.

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The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women's rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting, and on and on.

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Budget deficits are a ruse, as we've seen in Wisconsin, where the governor turned a surplus into a deficit by providing corporate tax breaks, and then used the deficit as a ploy to break the unions, not just in Wisconsin, but seeking to be the first domino in a nationwide conservative movement.

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MegaVote: How Congress is Voting

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  • Track your US Senators' and US Representative's votes by e-mail
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  • Follow Your State's News on Facebook!
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Track your Senators' and Representative's votes by e-mail

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Each week (that Congress is in session) you will receive:
• Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
• Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
• Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.

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Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.

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Follow Your State's News on Facebook!, Ryan Teague Beckwith, Congress.org

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  • Want to keep up with your state lawmakers?
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  • MegaVote: How Congress is Voting
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Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois

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  • A 300-member coalition helps raise taxes to save essential services.
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  • The Responsible Budget Coalition’s victory ‘provides a model for organizing,’ says Jeff Blum, executive director of USAction. ‘We can’t just be defensive.’
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options
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David Moberg, In These Times

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Not lying down: Illinois advocates and activists rejected the idea of massive service cuts. (Photo courtesy of Responsible Budget Coalition)

Last April, Sandra Wiekerson took a day off from her work caring for elderly people in their homes on Chicago’s northwest side. She joined 15,000 other Illinoisans in the state capital of Springfield for a historic rally and lobbying day.

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“Raise my taxes,” they chanted. “Show some guts, stop the cuts.” Participants in the ‘Save Our State’ rally, one of the largest demonstrations ever directed at the Illinois legislature, urged the state government to raise taxes so it could pay for essential services, including $6 billion in unpaid bills carried over from the previous year.

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The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) called the rally as part of a long, multifaceted campaign to fix fundamental flaws in the state’s tax structure that the recession worsened. The RBC is comprised of more than 300 groups, including social service agencies reimbursed by the state, public employee unions, and community, religious and citizen advocacy groups concerned about the welfare of vulnerable populations.

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Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy, David Blanchflower, Bloomberg News/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • You want evidence? Take a look at what's happening in Britain now.
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  • Lesson From Europe: Fiscal Austerity Kills Economies
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  • Media Unwittingly Plays Republicans' Deficit Game
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Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options, Alex Alben, Seattle Times | WA

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  • U.S. political culture and our education system have roles to play in the dire straits of our economy.
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  • Some ideas for building a better, more informed national consensus.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help

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  • Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long oil spill.
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  • An oil spill in the Gulf? Oh, well.
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AlterNet

Photo Credit: Public Citizen

In an emotionally charged meeting this week (Jan 9-15) sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, fishermen, Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long disaster.

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"Today I'm talking to you about my life," Cherri Foytlin told the two commissioners present at the Jan. 12 meeting. "My ethylbenzene levels are 2.5 times the 95th percentile, and there's a very good chance now that I won't get to see my grandbabies…What I'm asking you to do now, if possible, is to amend [your report]. Because we have got to get some health care."

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An oil spill in the Gulf? Oh, well, Los Angeles Times Editorial, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has dropped out of the headlines, and according to a recent federal report, the spilled oil itself has mostly vanished.

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Special Report | Madison, WI, Labor Riots

Coverage of the massive protests that are rapidly causing ripples coast to coast.

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  • Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money
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  • Tell Wisconsin: Don't Sacrifice Employee Rights
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Nation Special:  Madison, Wisconsin Edition, Peter Rothberg, Nation Magazine
Nation Magazine's John Nichols, a seventh--generation Wisconsinite, has been spearheading the magazine's coverage of the massive protests that are rapidly causing ripples coast to coast.

Scott Walker to 'Koch Caller': Thanks for All the Support, John Nichols, Nation Magazine
"Koch": [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.
Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. [Author's note: ethical violation much?] Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…
"Koch": Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]

We Have Our Invitation to The Class War in Wisconsin, Lou Kusay, OpEdNews

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  • The issue at the front line of the battle is the busting of the public unions, that is very clear. Everyone should also know that this is domino number one for the country -- they bust them here, they will bust them everywhere. This is not a matter of whether you like, or believe, in unions. This is a matter of a spike being driven right through the heart of working middle class America!
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  • "What's Disgusting? Union Busting!" Chant Wisconsin Crowds That Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver
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Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money, Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy

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  • The Republican Governors Association and the Kochs' Investment in Scott Walker
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  • Who Is Writing the AP's Headlines on the Protests -- the GOP?
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  • Citizens United v. FEC: The Decision, Its Implications, The Road Ahead
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  • A Supreme Act Of Judical Treason Against The People Of The United States
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Tell Wisconsin: Don't Sacrifice Employee Rights, Change.org

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  • Targeting: The Governor of WI, The WI State Senate, The WI State House
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  • Started by: Iliana Echo
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Support for the Madison Protesters, Not the Democrats, Billy Wharton, Bronx County Independent Examiner | NY

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  • The following is a letter sent in response to a solicitation I received today from the Campaign Director of the Daily Kos website.  I am printing it here since I think it may be of interest to those of us who support the demonstrations in Madison, but are looking for serious political alternatives to the mainstream parties.  It may also help to explain how Wisconsin got into the political mess it is in now.
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  • Wisconsin Democrats Also Took Tea Party Money
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  • Study Calls Wisconsin Public Workers Under-Compensated
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  • Wisconsin Corporations Skate as Governor Targets Public Employees
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Greenspan's Incompetence Badgers Wisconsin's Workers, Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t
If members of Congress are too intimidated to do what is needed to fix the economy, then Wisconsin's legislators should do what common sense dictates: follow the money. Rather than taking pay and benefits from schoolteachers and firefighters, it makes sense to take money from the people who have it. This means taxing Wisconsin's wealthy and its corporations. The tax increase only needs to be temporary, since the state budget should be fine once the economy recovers.

Wisconsin Still Laboratory of Democracy, John Nichols, in Capital Times | WI

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  • On my dad’s side, my ancestors came to Wisconsin in 1823 to mine lead near Mineral Point. My mom’s people arrived a decade later, settling in Wyoming Valley.
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  • I was raised with an outsized regard for Wisconsin, by a mother who made sure we never passed a Wisconsin historical marker without stopping.
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"What's Disgusting? Union Busting!" Chant Wisconsin Crowds That Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver, John Nichols,  Nation Magazine
"I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment,"  shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites protested their Republican governor’s attempt to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights.

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