I told you earlier that I would explain the student loan racketeering industry better than I did before. That is difficult to accomplish, however, given the sheer magnitude of the problem, and the number of years that this malignant problem has been rotting American society in the shadows, outside the illumination of national news media oversight. You might want to read the book “The Student Loan Scam” by Alan Collinge, available at Amazon.com, to learn the details. However, Collinge tends to be unreasonably diplomatic, and he is only concerned with seeking justice for student loan debtors (to his credit). I, on the other hand, seek both justice for students, and the criminal prosecution and imprisonment of certain student loan industry executives, corrupt members of the U.S. Congress, and certain individuals at the U.S. Department of Education. This corruption not only rots the core of our national principles of self-governance, but it presents a clear and present danger to the traditional American way of life itself. As I hope you’ll recognize here, the implications of what Al Lord, Congressman John Boehner, and others have done to student loan debtors, goes far beyond the student loan racketeering issue itself. It threatens our ability to compete effectively in a globalized economy.
New York police arrested several people during an insurance protest at the headquarters of UnitedHealth Group Thursday. Protestors carried signs and chanted ‘patients, not profits, medicare for all.’ (Oct. 15)
Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.
Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran – which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to “obliterate” – Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a “secret nuclear facility”, knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority. In colluding with the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, he bribed the Palestinian Authority to suppress a UN judgment that Israel had committed crimes against humanity in its assault on Gaza – crimes made possible with US weapons whose shipment Obama secretly approved before his inauguration.
Another good story from France’s war in Algeria, featuring our hero, Charles DeGaulle. DeGaulle, who had been in self-imposed political exile since 1946, came back into power in 1958 via a major political flareup concerning Algeria and the messy war therein. The army had been threatening a coup over a feared political sellout in Algeria, and the politically weak and fragmented Fourth Republic mostly wasn’t able to do much to prevent such a thing from coming to pass should the Army try. DeGaulle cleverly played the Army against the Fourth Republic, and visa-versa, and wound up being granted the presidency with near-dictatorial powers for the next six months while he and his colleagues rewrote the French Constitution, and established the Fifth Republic.
Reporting from the world’s most troubled hotspots, Mark Danner has seen countless deaths over ethnic and political divides, and witnessed firsthand how U.S. attempts to exploit those conflicts have resulted in disastrous unforeseen consequences. Danner speaks with Bill Moyers about Obama’s challenges in resetting the mindset of America from war to peace, and redefining the US as a nation.