Posts Tagged ‘bipartisan’

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This just in…

(March 9, 2015)

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.  The targeted sanctions in the E.O. implement the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, which the President signed on December 18, 2014, and also go beyond the requirements of this legislation.”

FACT SHEET: Venezuela Executive Order

 

Wow. Talk about your FAKE “national emergencies.” This one slipped through in 2015. It explains much about why your TVs are completely full of shit this evening. It’s a bi-partisan Big Lie, and so the truth has no chance at all in this country.

 

 

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Joe Giambrone

Every time the word “bipartisan” makes it to print the world suffers.  When the two rival political syndicates line up in a row in favor of something, it’s because their masters feel so strongly about the issue that all other concerns are bulldozed away.  The American people are not those “masters,” not by any stretch of fantasy.

Bipartisan deals brought us the Iraq War resolution, the Patriot Act, the continuation of Guantanamo Gulag and infinite drone warfare, the naked aggression and support for terrorists in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and elsewhere, as well as the permission to spy on, disappear and/or execute American citizens without due process.  Bipartisan handshakes erased the right to peaceably assemble and had the Occupy protests beaten, sprayed and hauled off into oblivion.  Bipartisan backroom conversations arranged untold trillions of dollars to banksters, all with the promise of future payments by America’s grandchildren and their grandchildren too.

In 2006 the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) told us that, “Impeachment is off the table.”  This low point in the modern history of that criminal protection racket known as the US Congress sent a clear message to the world: presidential crimes are okay in this new America 2.0.  It didn’t matter if the list of criminal charges from Representative Kucinich were true or not.  The Democratic leadership, in an obvious deal to ignore violations of the Constitution in violation of their own oaths of office, gave a free pass to the Bush regime to continue its policies unmolested, no matter how illegal or immoral they happened to be.

That was bipartisanship.

It was next arranged that the top Democratic contender for the presidency would share this view of presidential power, the protection of war criminals and the cover-up and classification of state crimes.  Enter Barack Obama, a bipartisan wet dream for four years.  Barack told us how he would “look forward” rather than back at the torture, unlawful surveillance and wars of aggression launched by his predecessor.  Barack’s Justice (sic) Department wasn’t so blinkered and narrowed in scope when it came to crucial whistleblowers, however.  For those leaking the evidence of state crimes, like John Kriakou (CIA), William Binney (NSA) and of course Private Bradley Manning (US ARMY), Mr. Obama has easily made exceptions to his “forward” looking posture.  Documentarian Robert Greenwald is currently exposing Obama’s War on Whistleblowers.

Mr. Obama’s forward-looking zealotry applies only when it suits his imperial expansion agenda.  And lo and behold, that imperial project has always been the ultimate US bipartisan endeavor.  Even in the era of Harry Truman (D), we have “policy planning” at the US State Department that is clear, unequivocal and patently immoral and at odds with the lofty rhetoric of politicians at podiums.

“[The US Government] should stop putting ourselves in the position of being our brothers’ keeper and refrain from offering moral and ideological advice. We should cease to talk about vague and—for the Far East—unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.

We should recognize that our influence in the Far Eastern area in the coming period is going to be primarily military and economic. We should make a careful study to see what parts of the Pacific and Far Eastern world are absolutely vital to our security, and we should concentrate our policy on seeing to it that those areas remain in hands which we can control or rely on.
Memo PPS23, George Kennan, Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff. Written February 28, 1948, (emphasis added)

America is not a democratic republic, and is blatantly not a champion of democracy around the globe, as children are indoctrinated to believe.  America is a brutal, global military empire that has steadily expanded its reach and “action capabilities” since World War 2.  Many millions of casualties across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America have piled up in the post WW2 period, thanks in large part to US taxpayers.  With the creation of the “National Security State” in 1948 the US set out on a path of securing its insatiable roster of “interests” in every corner of the globe.  Using its secretive covert capabilities, such as the CIA, Special Forces, SEAL teams and contracted mercenaries, this centuries-long project was, and remains, a clearly “bipartisan” affair.

So is Congressional Gridlock the Only Hope?

Imperial control strategy, which dates back to at least the Roman Empire, posits a divide and conquer method (“Divide et impera”).  Keeping the enemies fighting amongst themselves weakens them and allows the controlling interest to strengthen.  This idea may have some relevance to the current situation with the US Congress.

As complex as modern politics can be, the two sided beast can be set on itself, with resulting self-immolation.  This may be the only chance the population has in the short term, as it seeks to oust the corrupt from high offices, presuming enough of the population is actually interested in doing so.

I’ve smiled more than once these past few days, now that Obama no longer gets a free pass in the media.  After turning his unlawful powers on the Associated Press, he instantly alienated and struck fear into the hearts of the formerly cowed, compliant stenography corps that had ignored so much criminality for so long.  If the crimes of Barack are fair game, then the world gets a reprieve.  If impeachment moves forward, the spectacle will distract these Mafiosos for at least a year.

It seems the more damage these Congress Clowns can inflict on each other, the less they can harm the common people like you and I.  They can only accomplish so much at a time.  We may be spared the Trans Pacific Partnership, more internet censorship, more “free trade” job export deals, more bankster bailouts, more armored troop carriers in the streets and more wars of criminal aggression, at least for a little while.

If the tipping point is reached and lying becomes an impeachable offense again, as with William J. Clinton, then the gloves may come off.  Each side may seek to bloody the other in an ever escalating tit for tat that leads to a flood of resignations, criminal charges and perhaps even a glimpse of that mythical Unicorn called “justice.”

No, I’m not that naïve. But it is nice to dream.

Joe Giambrone publishes Politcal Film Blog (@polfilmblog), and here’s a Hell of a Deal.

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

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Latest “Immigration Reform” bill creates biometric database of ALL AMERICANS controlled by high priests in the Department of Homeland Security (SS).

WIRED:

“Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

…It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”

For now, the legislation allows the database to be used solely for employment purposes. But historically such limitations don’t last. The Social Security card, for example, was created to track your government retirement benefits. Now you need it to purchase health insurance.

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Now it’s serious. Obama and this kakistocracy have squandered untold TRILLIONS on wars against nations that didn’t do anything to us, in the pursuit of global domination. Further, untold TRILLIONS have been printed and given to Wall Street Banksters so that when they bet trillions and lose, there are no penalties for them, these “masters of the universe.”

You do understand that one trillion = 1,000 billion dollars?

Ah, but who will pay the bill?

Austerity is an all out class war on you by the aristocratic ghouls who run Amerika. Heads they win, tails you lose. This is not a representative democracy, but an out of control empire, and the bills are officially due. Consider this the real world price tag for criminal ignorance and immoral apathy:

…here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times:

-600,000 food stamp recipients will be cut from the program

-Massive education cuts. According to President Obama:

“Once these cuts take effect thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. ”

-12 billion in Medicare cuts (more to come after 2013)

-Millions receiving unemployment will see their checks cut by 11% (an average of 132 a month)

-Federal funds to state governments will be cut, creating even more deficits for states and municipalities, and thus more localized cuts (the states have already made austerity cuts of $337 billion
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Also, 700,000 jobs are expected to be loss
, while 70,000 kids are also expected to be kicked off of Head Start

And this is just for 2013.

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According to the White House website
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-$130 billion in “savings” [cuts] to Social Security, by implementing a “superlative CPI.”

-$35 billion in “savings” [cuts] to the retirement of federal employees.

– $400 billion in health care “savings” [cuts], much of it Medicare cuts.

Obama cynically fails to mention the words Social Security or Medicare in the above plan, choosing instead to write in code (“superlative Consumer Price Index”).

 

Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People

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Obama’s Military Industrial Complex burning of the Constitution is in court. Due process and restraints on government power are now a thing of the past unless this suit can prevail:

 

“An independent journalist would be one approved by the armed forces.”

 

SNL skit on bank bailouts

Posted: October 25, 2011 in -
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An actually funny political satire on Saturday Night Live — who’d have thunk? Of course it was subsequently banned from rebroadcast because it calls out the “bipartisan spirit” of looting the treasury. Dems, Repubs, George Soros get theirs.