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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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Saturday, July 19, 2014

ANOTHER PARADE


  • MB and I made the hour long drive to Hallowell, Maine today for their annual parade where we carried this banner.  There was a small peace delegation (about 10) that we joined in the parade that passes through the heart of the riverside community.  Like always there was a huge crowd of people lining both sides of the downtown portion of the parade route and we got a good reception.  Many people took photos of the banner.
  • Obama announced yesterday that he wants to privatize more of the public commons.  Due to the fact that Republicans and Democrats can't agree on how to fund road repair the president is proposing to turn America's highways over to private investors.
Here is some reporting on this story from Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

Speaking beside a project to repair a closed interstate highway bridge in Wilmington, Delaware, Obama called for making it easier for states and local governments to access private capital for roads, bridges and other infrastructure. 

“So far Congress has refused to act,” said Obama, who criticized lawmakers for failing to fully fund federal infrastructure projects through the Highway Trust Fund . “I’m going to do whatever I can to create jobs rebuilding American on my own.”

It seems fairly obvious to me what is going on here.  Both corporate dominated political parties play good cop - bad cop and the response is "We have no other choice.  We have to privatize in order to keep the roads and bridges open!"

Watch closely and see how public roads, bridges, sewer & water systems and even state and national parks will be increasingly put on the auction block.  What's next?  Disney takes over Jellystone Park?

Look at what happened to Detroit.... Michigan turned over the running of that depressed city to a private corporation and now they've decided to shut off poor people's access to water.

Solution:  Stop spending $1 trillion a year on endless war, space weapons technology, NSA surveillance, nuclear weapons, and the rest of the military madness and we could afford to fix our roads, sewer systems and a whole lot more.

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