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Forum Post: More War Abroad and More Austerity Here at Home

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 20, 2012, 7:44 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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“We gather at a fiscal cliff of our own making and refuse to see the implications of our unrestrained spending for war.”

Washington, Dec 20 -

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today spoke on the House floor in strong opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“In this discussion over the NDAA, we arrive at a moment where we meet the moral consequences of our nation’s choices over the past decade. We chose war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and perhaps later on Iran. Inexplicably, we have created openings for Al Qaeda and radical fundamentalists as a result of our interventions.

“At home, we choose a false notion of security over personal freedom, even if it means that we look the other way when the very language of this bill opens the door for indefinite detention of Americans. And we choose poverty over plenty by giving over half a trillion dollars for the Pentagon, and nearly $90 billion for wars, including Afghanistan, while facing reductions in domestic spending.

“We put war on the nation’s credit card, including a charge for the war in Iraq, which was based on lies and may ultimately cost $5 trillion. We gather at a fiscal cliff of our own making and refuse to see the implications of our unrestrained spending for war. But when it comes to providing for the long term security of our seniors, a cynical ploy using the Consumer Price Index is being used to cut Senior’s Social Security benefits.

“When did America become more concerned about the control of and the security of foreign lands than the retirement security of its own people? Unending war abroad means austerity here at home. It’s caviar for the Pentagon and cat food for seniors.

“Our choices are being made again with this bill, but when will we choose for America - -Jobs for all? Education for all? Housing opportunities for all? Retirement security for all? When will we choose freedom over fear? When will we break the hold which fear has over this nation?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqwOKCndMIM&feature=youtu.be

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[-] 3 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 1 year ago

Just joined Kucinich Action ! Love that guy and Alan Grayson !

September 21, 2011 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced an employment bill reforming our money system: The NEED Act proposes a historic money reform, containing all the monetary provisions of the American Monetary Act including ending “fractional reserve” banking.

“Over time, whoever controls the money system, controls the nation.”

The real outcomes in society – whether there will be general economic justice or corrupt financial privileges for the few – are usually determined by the structure of a society’s monetary system.

http://www.monetary.org/

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Dennis is one of the few people I truly admire. Dennis and Chris Hedges are at the top of my list.

I love all the videos on youtube of Alan Grayson grilling Ben Bernanke. Alan Grayson is one of my favorite people because he doesn't give a shit about being politically correct. "What happened to the money?"

HR 2990 is a solution to many problems in this country!

[-] 2 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 1 year ago

Ellen Brown J.D. presents some very important ideas at http://WebOfDebt.com and http://publicbanking.wordpress.com/

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

thanks for the links!

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Dennis is the freakin man. I wish he would immediately form some action group and start leading something January 1st.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Kucinich Action.

http://action.kucinich.us/page/s/bold-voices

They recently voted to support Alan Grayson.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Perhaps we can get him to align a tour with Rocky.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

When did America become more concerned about the control of and the security of foreign lands than the retirement security of its own people?

Unending war abroad means austerity here at home. It’s caviar for the Pentagon and cat food for seniors.

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

building military hardware is more profitable
when we stop corps from owning our democracy, this will end

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Ending legal insider trading by congress is the key.

Every other western nation deems insider trading to be one of the most serious of crimes in politics. WTFU America. The mafiosa run your business for you.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Every other western nation lets their criminals run rampant in the banking sector as well.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Not in Australia, mate.

Australia’s banks face the biggest class action in corporate history for overcharging their millions of customers about $5 billion in penalty and late fees over the past six years.

Leading litigation funder IMF Australia will pay for more than 10 class actions against the banks, including the big four - Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac and National Australia Bank - in an effort to claw back at least $400 million in what its lawyers will claim is a systematic gouging of banking customers.

The men behind the biggest ever class action

The action comes at a delicate time for the banks as politicians accuse them of exploiting their heightened market dominance - in the aftermath of the global financial crisis - to rachet up fees and charges to unreasonable levels.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/fee-gouging-banks-face-huge-class-action-20100512-uw8h.html#ixzz2Fxbqnpqh

I now get two text messages reminding me of a late payment on my account, and there's no late fees charged. The class action is now seeking refunds for all illegal fees charged in the last six years.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Did Australia experience a housing bubble through cheap money?

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

We called them "low-doc" loans.

The housing bubble here is based on where mining is happening. Mine shuts down, bubble bursts. Our economy is supported by China's need for our base resources.

I am under no illusion about our precarious position, and danger of complacency regarding the push for globalisation of resources and labour.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

There wasnt massive refinancing? Perhaps it is different in Australia.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Our economy is prosperous.

Our bailouts were directed at increasing employment.

Treasurer Swan was named the best in the western world a coupla years back.

Our opposition politicians are complaining about our defecit being around 2% of GDP.

I'm still under no illusions re a possible future collapse. Our consumerism is ridiculous and our children are under-educated and becoming fatter every year.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

wasnt this already passed a few weeks ago?

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

that is correct