January 2011

JFP 1/5: A Pledge of Resistance to Defend Social Security and Defund the Empire

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January 5, 2011

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A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)
If we had a "Pledge of Resistance" to defend Social Security, like the "Pledge of Resistance" that pledged to resist a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua, much of the support for cutting Social Security benefits would likely evaporate. Such a Pledge could force a national debate in which proposed cuts to domestic spending and proposed military spending are examined on the same chalkboard.

The deficit commission co-chairs' proposal to cut Social Security by lowering the cost of living adjustment would save $70 billion by 2020. By comparison, drawing down U.S. troops in Afghanistan to where they were when Obama took office would save $150 billion by 2014.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/a-pledge-of-resistance-to_b_804692.html

The Nation: A Real December Review for Afghanistan
The Nation's Greg Kaufmann talks to Michael Shank, senior policy adviser for Congressman Michael Honda, who says that U.S. "development" efforts in Afghanistan are not serious, just for show, fueling conflict; policing, negotiations, and development more effective than military for reducing conflict, but US is doing the opposite.
http://www.thenation.com/article/157439/real-december-review-afghanistan

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A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)

For the third time in the last 20 years, establishment voices, with high-profile slots in traditional media, are trying to convince the public to accept cuts to Social Security by endlessly claiming such cuts are necessary without giving coherent evidence to justify the claim. Twice, under President Clinton and the second President Bush, these voices were defeated. But they didn't give up. And now they are in striking distance of their goal: the fact that Republicans have taken over the House, combined with the fact that the President appointed a deficit reduction commission which nearly recommended a cut in Social Security benefits, and might well have done so if Rep. Schakowsky hadn't worked to undermine the co-chairs' plan, means that one can't be complacent; some reports have suggested that the President may indicate support for cuts to Social Security in his State of the Union speech. Of the two principal Washington political actors who will shape the outcome - the Republican leadership and the President's team - one is a determined adversary of the public interest, the other a very uncertain ally. The most successful anti-poverty program in U.S. history is again in grave danger.

Twenty years ago, Social Security was called the "third rail" of U.S. politics. Touch it, you die. But it turned out that was not true. The Establishment greedheads were not, in fact, afraid to try to mess with this wildly popular program. Maybe Wall Street political power is the third rail.

In these two decades, Social Security hasn't been the third rail. Instead, it's been the Grey Goose of folk song legend. The knife couldn't cut him and the fork couldn't stick him. Try as they might, they couldn't kill him. Can the Grey Goose survive the next assault?

JFP 1/4: 63% oppose war; GOP MEK support a crime? Iran Pres sought fuel swap

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January 4, 2011

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A House that Votes for Peace: Is There a Path to 218?
On July 1, the representatives of 44 House districts that lean Democratic voted against establishing a timeline for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, even as Speaker Pelosi and 61% of House Democrats were voting in favor.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/a-house-that-votes-for-pe_b_802292.html

60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Public prefers military cuts to cutting Social Security

In response to "what would you do first," 20% say cut "defense" spending, while only 4% say cut Medicare and only 3% say cut Social Security. (61% say increase taxes on the wealthy.)
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/22/60minutes/main7175226_page8.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

CNN Poll: U.S. opposition to Afghanistan war remains high

Sixty-three percent oppose the war, 35 percent in favor. Democrats: 74% oppose, 24% favor; Independents: 63% oppose, 35% favor; Republicans: 52% favor, 44% oppose. CNN finds "Tea Party" supporters the same as Republicans overall: 52% favor, 45% oppose. Poll conducted December 17-19, 2010.
http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/03/cnn-poll-u-s-opposition-to-afghanistan-war-remains-high/

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JFP 1/3: Sen. Graham calls for permanent bases in Afghanistan

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January 3, 2011

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A House that Votes for Peace: Is There a Path to 218?
On July 1, the representatives of 44 House districts that lean Democratic voted against establishing a timeline for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, even as Speaker Pelosi and other Democratic leaders were voting in favor.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/a-house-that-votes-for-pe_b_802292.html

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