WHAT WE S H O U L D DO, updated

There are certain things upon which almost all Americans (one is tempted to say Humans) can agree upon. Some of them are, a clean and healthy environment, fewer crimes and less violence, better health and health care, more representative and cleaner government, stronger economies with more employment, better education, less drug use, more safety, more security.

These universal goals have been hijacked, some of them long ago. In some cases, such as the environment, the flaw is deep within the socio-economic structure. In others, it is the ascendant policy of a small number of revisionist, right-wing radicals. In *all case*s, logic dictates that we act in a way that we are not. In education and on the environment, the left needs to rethink its basis, just as much as the right.

dubya doesn’t read the Constitution

dubya doesn’t read the Constitution.

Heads up via Holden at First Draft.

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

….Section 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void….

Coincidence. (Lost leaders)

By sheer chance I watched “Today in history” on my local TV station today. Two events stood out from the several stories shown on this always excellent program.

The first story told of Robert Kennedy and his campaign for the Democratic nomination in opposition to LBJ’s divisive policies. Kennedy had just won the California primary when he was gunned down by Sirhan-sirhan.

“How convenient” runs shrieking through my mind, pursued by the thought police.

“What a shame” follows, her eyes red.

CALL TO ACTION: Support Wal-Mart Hunger Striker

There has been a bit of discussion lately around these parts about Ryszard Tomtas, the immigrant who was involved with the Polish Solidarity movement and is now staging a hunger strike after being fired by Wal-Mart ostensibly for trying to organize a union at a store in Loveland, Colorado. (Of course, they don’t admit this and claim he was fired for “horseplay”.)

For more info about this story check out these awesome diaries by our own intrepid Wal-Mart watcher, JRMonsterfodder.

A taste from the Denver Channel:

A Polish immigrant involved in Poland’s Solidarity movement in the 1980s is on a hunger strike after being fired from a Loveland, Colo., Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Ryszard Tomtas was fired Tuesday for “horseplay” he said, but he believes he was really fired because he was trying to organize a union at the center.

So what can we do?

More on the flip…

(cross posted at daily kos)

Wolfowitz at the World Bank?

John Kerry opposes the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to be President of the World Bank.


March 16, 2005

Statement by John Kerry on Paul Wolfowitz’s Nomination to be President of the World Bank

“Coming on the heels of the appointment of John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, this is now another mystifying choice by the Bush administration for an important role in the community of nations. It makes you wonder whether all the administration’s words about mending fences with our allies are just lip service. After Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz’s repeated and serious miscalculations about the costs and risks America would face in Iraq , I don’t believe he is the right person to lead the World Bank.”

But what Kerry doesn’t know is that Wolfowitz is really good with numbers.

Wolfie proved it prior to the war when he appeared before the House Budget Committee.

See below:

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who appeared before the House Budget Committee, refused to be pinned down, however, saying that uncertainty over the course that the war might take makes meaningful estimation of cost almost impossible. “If we cost every single (scenario), we’d maybe give you a range between $10bn and $100bn and you’d say that’s useless, and you’d be right,” he said. On the question of financial assistance from other nations, Wolfowitz said that he expects lots of contributions after the war, including from nations that oppose military action. CBS Article

Ten billion? Did he throw 10 billion out there?