April 5, 2011
davidcnswanson on Apr 5, 2011
April 4, 2011
Interviewed by David Swanson
While Congress bickers and the President dithers, roads are crumbling, bridges are failing, dams are cracking, and water and sewer systems are leaking all across the United States. If that’s not enough to worry about, the government is threatening to default on the $2.5 Trillion it has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund, and few private employers are offering decent retirement plans.
A simple solution to all of these problems can be found in a secure national retirement system that allows all American workers and small-business owners the opportunity to participate in a tax-free infrastructure fund invested in the bonds issued by state and local governments.
The US government lies. Sure looks like most Americans gobble up false and misleading information that is nothing less than political propaganda. Take the highly hyped unemployment number for March, 2011 of 8.8 percent that moved like a tornado through the media and was praised by Democrat politicians and the White House. As if that number is accurate, as if it fairly describes unemployment. It does not. What is called by experts, such as Leo Hindery, as the real unemployment number was actually 17.7 percent, which is remarkably higher. To appreciate that much higher number is to throw a large bucket of cold water on all the political spin on the economic recovery.
“America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.” (President Barack Hussein Obama, Al-Azar University, Cairo, 4th June 2009.)
George W. Bush embarked on the casual snuffing out of uncounted, unique, human lives in majority Muslim populations, chillingly called it a “Crusade.” President Barack Hussein Nobel Obama did not go that far, he left that to the French Minister of the Interior, Claude Guéant who, on 21st March, praised President Nicholas Sarkozy for having: “headed the Crusade …”
“What’s broken is the basic bargain linking pay to production. The solution is to remake the bargain.” — Robert Reich, Aftershock
“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin . . . seems like more of an assault on unions.” — President Obama
In the logistics of Class Warfarin we greedily consume the tenets of a globalized technocapitalism, accept its savagery, including a resulting plutocracy and wealth gap that expands faster than the debt. We consistently misidentify antidotes as the poison and the poison as an antidote. Ralph Nader says that we are in a tug of war but only one side is pulling. In Class Warfarin we are actually pulling on the wrong side. In Class Warfarin there is only one side that we can identify: the wealth side that we are always about to join. Of course, there is the Jerry Springer, now the Jersey Shore, side of underclass buffoons that, unlike ourselves, will never be Winners.
Yesterday, 3/29/2011, I was a juror and today I feel like I’m the one who put the last nail in the coffin of justice. I did my job, but I couldn’t deliver justice. I participated in a system that no longer works and by doing so allowed the illusion to persist that we are a nation of laws and that justice in America is blind. In so doing I helped validate a system that allows injustice to persist. I can’t change today what I did yesterday. And yet I can’t honestly say that had I done something else, it would have made any difference at all. My heart is breaking.