Fear Tour

After Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaks to a joint session of Congress about the threat posed by Iran, John Boehner is expected to announce additional speakers in what is being called the “Fear Tour.” Vladimir Putin of Russia is expected to address Congress about the threat that Cuba poses to the US. It is rumored that he will reveal a secret plan about a former Soviet/Cuban plan to invade the US via Florida. If successful, Cuba was promised the return of Florida and portions of Georgia to Cuban rule. Additional speakers on the Fear Tour have yet to be announced.

Syriza won, Greece pulls back from the brink

In Greek elections yesterday, the so-called the radical left-wing Syriza party won the overwhelming support of the Greek people. After five years of austerity, the Greek people have said “enough.” Syriza has pledged an end to austerity, but intends to retain the Euro as their currency. That may not be possible. The Greek meltdown was caused by Goldman Sachs selling them bad paper, possibly backed by US mortgages that went bad worldwide and caused the Great Recession. After five years of severe economic pain, the Greek people have voted an end to austerity. I wish them luck.

This is what Greg Palast had to say about the tragedy that was Greece in his book Vultures’ Picnic. Thomas Friedman voices the Washington consensus that the remedy for the Great Recession is austerity. The GOP tried to impose austerity here in the US, but lucky for us, they mostly failed. With our own currency, the US was not tied to the Euro as Greece is.

“So, while the streets erupted, while the bank burned, while in the midst of his sleepless, humiliating begging sessions with the IMF and the German Chancellor, Greece’s new Prime Minister George Papandreou was called away to a luncheon with a stout man with a combed-down mustache. Others in the Athens restaurant could be forgiven for mistaking him for a misplaced Bavarian Burgermeister. The mustache belongs to Thomas Friedman, the world’s most influential writer on economics. He is not actually an economist, but he plays one in the pages of The New York Times.

“Friedman had flown business class and had already visited the burnt bank, a ‘shrine,’ as he called it, to globalization.

“Friedman then arrived at the restaurant beaming with delight and, by his own account, dug into his fish with gusto. Greece had been ‘profligate’ but now faced the wonderful opportunity for ‘regeneration.’ The bubbly pundit was so excited by the prospect that Greece would now have to ‘cut public sector pay, freeze benefits, slash jobs, abolish a range of welfare entitlements, and take the axe to programs such as school building and road maintenance’ that you feared he would soil his underpants before the courier delivered his fresh ones.

“Friedman  ticked off with relish: 20 percent wage cuts, social security slashed by 10 percent, retirement age increased by four years, and massive cuts in government spending. While incomes fell, the national value added sales tax would rise by four percentage points. Friedman was thrilled.”

And that is what the Koch brothers want for the US.

“Je Suis Barack”: Barack Obama’s Accomplishments Must Always Remain In The Forefront Of The American Mind

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

You’re probably familiar with the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, an effort launched by veteran right-wing activist Grover Norquist nearly twenty years ago to promote, in perpetuity, the idea that Reagan was the modern-day equivalent of the Founding Fathers. (I first heard about this project in early-2007, when then-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick rejected Norquist’s call to issue a proclamation naming February 6 “Ronald Reagan Day” in the Bay State).

Those who endlessly promote Reagan’s “accomplishments” argue that they have to do so because progressives have a vested interest in tearing Reagan’s legacy down. (Of course, what they don’t acknowledge is that there’s so muchto tear down!) The right’s argument is pure projection. In reality, it is progressives who must go the extra mile in defending the legacy of Barack Obama.

This November marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Reagan’s victory over President Jimmy Carter. For the past thirty-five…

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