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David Horsey | Initiating Obama in the GOP Fraternity / SeattlePI.com

The Time for a 21st Century Public Works Program Is Now!

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Despite all points to the contrary, the Democratic Party refused to heed the call for a Public Works Program that former labor secretary Robert Reich and Kenseyian economist Paul Krugman have both called for. With no demand being generated by the private sector to support hiring, a skeleton workforce doing more work and an ever growing unemployed and underemployed contingent, a contradiction is being created around President Obama’s insistence that the private sector be the sole driver of economic growth. The private sector, which has huge reservoirs of cash, is refusing to hire workers because employers know that American workers cannot afford to buy their products. This political callousness has been devastating for the working class.

Tobias Michael, Workers' Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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The United States government must intercede in the job crisis that is gripping America. The open wound of the Great Recession is still oozing pain and misery across America, and the crisis has spread to the rest of the world. We are not afforded the luxury of waiting for a super democrat majority in order to organize a new future, not that the Democrats would offer any help even then.

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The necessity of a massive jobs’ program is becoming even more apparent with every dismal statistic that is announced. Here are a few factors that we must consider when we review the breadth and scope of the jobs crisis.

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One third of working families in US struggling to meet basic needs, Jerry White, World Socialist Web Site

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  • The ranks of the working poor swelled by another 1.7 million as corporations used the economic downturn to wipe out full-time positions and force ever-larger numbers of workers to take part-time, temporary and low-paying jobs.
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  • The rich get richer, with government help
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  • For Whom Does the Bell Toll?
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Report: 104 Republicans In Congress Want To Privatize Social Security

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  • That means giving more to Wall Street and leaving more for military spending
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  • List includes Minnesota reps Michelle Bachmann and John Kline
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  • Bachmann’s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ Off Social Security, Medicare
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  • Rep. Ryan (R-WI) on Social Security Cuts Plan: 'If I Lose My Job Over This, Fine'
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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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Mike Perkins, American Medical Systems

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

This is the second installment in a three-part series on legislation that may emerge from a GOP-controlled Congress. Click here for part one on ending birthright citizenship.

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After their attempt to privatize Social Security in 2005 was met with widespread public outcry, the GOP’s strategy on Social Security has been two-fold. First, Republicans deny they are interested in privatization. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently told the Wall Street Journal that “no one has a proposal up to cut Social Security,” (his own book proposes doing so), while conservatives in the media have tried to argue that Republicans don’t actually want to privatize Social Security.

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The second tactic has been to obfuscate their privatization plans by sugarcoating them in flowery, palatable language. President Bush’s privatization plan is a prime example. In his 2005 State of the Union, President Bush said we needed to “save” Social Security and give younger workers a “better deal” by having “voluntary personal retirement accounts,” the poll-tested language for privatization. Bush now says his greatest failure was not privatizing Social Security.

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Bachmann’s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ Off Social Security, Medicare, Lee Fang, Think Progress
This past weekend (Feb 6-7), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addressed the right-wing Constitutional Coalition’s annual conference in St. Louis. She had dropped out of the Tea Party Convention occurring on the same day in Nashville to make the appearance.

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Ryan On Social Security Cuts Plan: 'If I Lose My Job Over This, Fine', Christina Bellantoni, Talking Points Memo
Rep. Paul Ryan is blaming the "Democratic attack machine" even though members of his own party don't publicly support his plan to dramatically cut Medicare and Social Security and effectively privatize those entitlement programs to end the deficit.

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Obama to blink first on Social Security, Robert Kuttner, Politico

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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Get Ready for a G.O.P. Rerun

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  • You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like to take a hammer to Social Security and a chisel to Medicare, is back in control of the House of Representatives with the expressed mission of undermining all things Obama.
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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

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You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like to take a hammer to Social Security and a chisel to Medicare, is back in control of the House of Representatives with the expressed mission of undermining all things Obama.
Once we had Dick Cheney telling us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and belligerently asserting that deficits don’t matter. We had Phil Gramm, Enron’s favorite senator and John McCain’s economic guru, blithely assuring us in 2008 that we were suffering from a “mental recession.”

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(Mr. Gramm was some piece of work. A champion of deregulation, he was disdainful of ordinary people. “We’re the only nation in the world,” he once said, “where all of our poor people are fat.”)

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Obama to blink first on Social Security, Robert Kuttner, Politico

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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The Merger of Journalists and Government Officials

"What an astounding feat to train a nation's journalist class to despise above all else those who shine a light on what the most powerful factions do in the dark and who expose their corruption and deceit, and to have journalists - of all people - lead the way in calling for the head of anyone who exposes the secrets of the powerful."

Glenn Greenwald, Salon/Reader Supported News
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\r\nThe video of the CNN debate I did last night (Dec 27) about WikiLeaks with former Bush Homeland Security Adviser (and CNN contributor) Fran Townsend and CNN anchor Jessica Yellin is posted below. The way it proceeded was quite instructive to me and I want to make four observations about the discussion:

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(1) Over the last month, I've done many television and radio segments about WikiLeaks and what always strikes me is how indistinguishable -- identical -- are the political figures and the journalists.  There's just no difference in how they think, what their values and priorities are, how completely they've ingested and how eagerly they recite the same anti-WikiLeaks, "Assange = Saddam" script.  So absolute is the WikiLeaks-is-Evil bipartisan orthodoxy among the Beltway political and media class (forever cemented by the joint Biden/McConnell decree that Assange is a "high-tech Terrorist,") that you're viewed as being from another planet if you don't spout it.  It's the equivalent of questioning Saddam's WMD stockpile in early 2003.

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