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Obama was never formulated to cure you!

Posted by msrb on August 18, 2009

Obama is like morphine!

He wasn’t manufactured to cure your socioeconomic gangrene; he was prescribed to ease the pain as the corporate power cut off your limbs.

When we called President Obama the ‘Presidential Trojan Horse,’ and compared the White House with a McDonald’s franchise, Google blocked the posts. For the record, however, our descriptions have proven to be spot on! The corporate power has never been so abusive under the reign of just about any of Obama’s predecessors.

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The Presidential Trojan Horse will carry the corporate power right inside, where they couldn’t reach before!

And to those of you who say, ‘ah, but we elected him!’ We say, face it; you had NO real choice!

“Now Make Me Do It”

by Ralph Nader

Never much of a fighter against abusive corporate power, Barack Obama is making it increasingly clear that right from his start as President, he wanted health insurance reform that received the approval of the giant drug and health insurance industries.

Earlier this year he started inviting top bosses of these companies for intimate confabs in the White House. Business Week magazine, which proclaimed recently that “The Health Insurers Have Already Won” reported that the CEO of UnitedHealth, Stephen J. Hemsley, met with the President half a dozen times.

These are the vendors. They and their campaign slush funds cannot be ignored in the power struggle over the legislation percolating in the Congress. One public result of these meetings was that the drug industry promised $80 billion in savings over ten years and the health insurance moguls promised $150 billion over the same decade. Mr. Obama trumpeted these declarations without indicating how these savings would be guaranteed, how the drug companies could navigate the antitrust laws and what was given to the health care industry by the White House in return.

We have now learned that one Obama promise was to continue the prohibition on Uncle Sam from bargaining for volume discounts on drugs that you the taxpayer have been paying for in the drug benefit program enacted in 2003.

Unknown is whether the health insurance companies were also promised continuation of Medicare Advantage with its 14% added taxpayer subsidy to induce the elderly to make the move out of public Medicare. Also unknown is whether the Medicare public option that Mr. Obama formerly espoused but since has wavered on has been put on the concession table.

The whole secret process is seedy and demonstrates cruel disregard for the millions of American who, whether in dire need of medical services or not, voted in “change we can believe in.”

By stark contrast, President Obama has never invited to the White House the leading consumer-patient champions in this country who favor full Medicare and free choice of physician and hospital—often called “a single payer” system. Open to the corporate barons who have failed decade after decade to deliver what patients need, the White House door is closed to the likes of Dr. Quentin Young—a founder of the Physicians for a National Health Program and an old Chicago friend of Obama’s, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, who heads Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Drs. Marcia Angell, Stephanie Woolhandler, and David Himmelstein, who are nationally known and accomplished single payer advocates or Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the fast-growing California Nurses Association.

Mr. Obama even tried to exclude any advocate of a single payer system—previously favored by Obama and still favored by a majority of the American people, doctors and nurses—from his roundtable meetings convened to receive the views of different constituencies.

“Make me do it” was the advice of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to reformers when faced with legislation he desired but did not have the votes for in Congress. Mr. Obama is not exerting that plea for people power. Were he to do that, he would be encouraging daily public hearings in the Senate and the House on the bureaucratic waste, greed, overbilling, collusion, and fraud that many in the corporate world have inflicted with their costly, pay or die health care industry.

Such publicized hearings would keep him on the offensive. It would arouse the public and focus energies on the main problem—the corporatization of medicine. This commercialism has left tens of millions of people without health insurance, caused 20,000 fatalities a year, and cost Americans twice or more per capita than have full Medicare systems in western countries, which have better health outcomes than the U.S.

Further indication of Obama’s corporate dealings is that he never identified himself with a specific bill with a House and Senate number that he could rally the people around. No wonder people are confused, frustrated and angry. President Obama did not stand for an unambiguous proposal.

He thereby emboldened both the cash and carry Blue dog Democrats to rebel and the Republican yahoos to launch their lies and distortions via Rush Limbaugh and similar trash media.

Obama is about to make his biggest mistake to date by favoring the bipartisan deal his assistants are working out with Blue Dog Senator Max Baucus and his Republican counterparts on the Senate Finance Committee. This proposal has no public option, no consumer protections or restraints on the mayhem and skyrocketing charges of the so-called health care industry.

Already the less corporate-indentured bills being reported from the House Committee by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and his allies are getting short-shrift from a White House that clearly views the forthcoming Baucus-Grassley “compromise” as the “more practical” go-to legislation.

There is reliable word that the AFL-CIO will endorse whatever Obama approves, with the exceptions of the California Nurses Association and the Sheet Metal Workers’ union. The latter, through their president, Michael J. Sullivan, announced in late July that it was suspending all future campaign contributions to any candidate for Congress or the Presidency.

Already over sixty progressive members of the House, headed by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) have declared opposition to these unacceptable compromises moving forward in both the House and the Senate.

So is gridlock around the corner? Will there be a health insurance reform of any stripe signed into law this year? It depends on the alliances that settle for the lowest corporate denominators being blocked by the unyielding principled stands of the progressives who want something that puts patients above the failed profiteering vendors.

The guess here is that Obama will sign anything which squirms through a cowardly Congress that cannot give to the American people in 2009 the health care system Congress stopped President Harry Truman from establishing in 1950.

It is up to the people of our country to “make him do it” whether this year or next. A mere one million immediate calls to members of Congress by one million assertive citizens will start sobering up these legislators who think they can get away with another sale of our public trust.

The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. The full Medicare, single payer bill (backed by nearly ninety legislators) is H.R. 676. The go-to citizen group for your sustained engagement is singlepayeraction.org. The rest is up to you, the majority, who want to put the people first.

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10 Biggest Threats to the US National Security

Posted by msrb on October 20, 2008

submitted by a reader

List of 10 Biggest Threats to the US National Security in the past 12 months

The following institutions/states/individuals posed the biggest national security threats to the United States in the past 12 months:

The list is presented in the descending order of severity of the threat to the US national security [worst threat first]

1. Wall Street

[Wall Street refers to the bankers, Zionist operatives, Jewish supporters of Israel, Federal Reserve people, centurions of political economy …] Between them, the cabal rob the American public blind as they hold the nation at ransom for the sake of monetary profit.

2. Big Oil

The Big Oil protects the carbon economy frustrating any move toward sustainable energy [and lifestyle] alternatives.  Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are responsible for rapid climate change with catastrophic consequences.

3. The State of Israel

Israel dictates the US foreign policy. The US foreign policy, paralyzed by the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the unwinnable wars, have cost the country about $3 trillion. The debt has driven America toward bankruptcy and overshadowed her economy and domestic policies – the most egregious example of the Israeli “tail” wagging the American “dog.”

4. George W. Bush

George W Bush and Company’s disastrous and illegal invasion of Iraq, which was based on pure lies, is driving America to bankruptcy. Under Bush, White House has served solely the interest of Big Business and their lobbyists in Washington against the public interest.

5. The Congress

Neglecting its duty, the Congress and its leaders [awa, GOP and Dems backbone members responsible for nominating candidates] are failing [working against the interest] of the American people. A cheerleader and a rubber stamp for the executive branch, Congress has delegated its war-making powers to the Executive. “The passivity and indifference of Congress and its leaders to their independent and assertive role fit perfectly with the Bush administration’s assertive and protective attitude toward executive power and its aversion to sharing information with Congress and the public.”

Why are 306 million people shackled in the name of democracy by a 2-party political system, both of which are operated by the cabal?

6. Judicial Branch: The United States Supreme Court

See explanation in No. 5 above.

7. The US military

“From the moment the United States assumed the permanent military domination of the world, it was on its own–feared, hated, corrupt and corrupting, maintaining ‘order’ through state terrorism and bribery, and given to megalomaniacal rhetoric and sophistries while virtually inviting the rest of the world to combine against it.” See Sorrows of Empire.

8. The Media

The role of the [corporate] media is one of filtering the news [see Google: A Conspiracy Against the People,] suppressing the truth and desensitizing the populace. Aided and abetted by the media, the above elements are free to act against public interest. See also a criticism of Herman and Chomsky’s “propaganda model.”

9. Toxic Pollution

Toxic pollution of the air, water and soil, erosion of topsoil …  caused by excessive human impact on nature (overproduction, overconsumption …) by way of the exponential growth economy, the bedrock of corporate greed, are driving the ecosystems to imminent collapse. Nearly every single one of the 24 ecosystems, as defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report, are now collapsing. As of End March 2008, the MSRB-CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the full impact of human consumption and activities on the Earth’s life support systems, stood at a terminally high level of 177.43, a rise of about 3.5 percent over the previous year. In other words, the full human impact including the ecological footprint and the damage inflicted on the living environment by his activities in the 12-month period ending March 2008 was 77.43 percent higher than the load which the planet’s ecosystems in their optimum states [let alone their current, degraded states,] can cope with.

10. Food poisoning agents and spread of diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose number one responsibility is that of regulating and supervising the safety of foods and dietary supplements [as well as drugs, vaccines, biological medical products, blood products, medical devices, radiation-emitting devices, veterinary products, and cosmetics] in this country. In February 2009, only after 600 consumers had sickened and 8 others died from suspected salmonella outbreak related to infected peanut butter and peanut paste produced in “glaring unsanitary conditions,” did the agency inspect one of the processing plants responsible for the outbreak. The FDA had not inspected the plant since 2001.

Search also for entries on food poisoning on this blog and at FEWW.

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