Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Monday, March 02, 2009

BONUS COVERAGE

I'm sitting in Union Station in DC waiting for the 10pm train to Boston. MB and I are worn out from a long day. The protest at the capitol coal plant was splendid with several thousand in the march. Young folks were also filling the halls of congress with their easily identifiable green hard hats on. The cops refused to arrest anyone. It was very cold.

* In the photo above the latest right-wing working class "star" who goes by the name "Joe the Plumber" (remember him from the recent campaign?) was in DC this past weekend to promote his new book. At his book signing at Borders he only sold five copies and the event, which was to last for three hours, was called off after the first hour. The market for hate shock-jocks appears to be over saturated.

* In a piece posted on Counterpunch, former Reagan administration official turned anti-war critic, Paul Craig Roberts has the following to say about Obama's proposed 2010 budget:

"Obama is requesting $130 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2010 plus a $75 billion supplemental request for the wars during 2009. This $205 billion is on top of $534 billion for the Pentagon in 2010, for total military spending of $739 billion.

"The Chinese government’s budget shows China’s military spending at $59 billion in 2008. (The Pentagon claims Chinese military spending is between $97 billion and $139 billion.) Russia’s military spending in 2009 is projected to be about $50 billion.

"In the midst of the greatest economic crisis in US history when trillions of dollars are being added to US national debt, Obama’s budget spends more on two pointless wars than the total military spending of China and Russia combined. Obama’s wars serve only the profits of the military/security complex and the promotion rate of military officers. The longer the wars continue, the larger the number of officers who can retire at higher ranks, thus further swelling future annual deficits and the national debt.

"Moreover, as is becoming apparent, the Bush/Obama war in Afghanistan cannot be fought without fighting a war in Pakistan."

2 Comments:

OpenID parallelnormal said...

what a vision: i must say that his loneliness there makes me feel better

3/3/09, 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, anyone who disagrees with you brownshirts is a hater.

It's the new "racist".

You clowns overplayed that one too.

Want to see a hater and a racist? Say "Alan Keyes" in front of a white liberals.

They just can't help themselves and you don't have the balls to post this comment.

3/7/09, 10:39 PM  

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