Posts Tagged ‘Elitist’

by Greg Palast

January 29th, 2008

Here’s your question, class:

In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? Correct! $20.

Here’s your second question. The President also demanded that Congress extend his tax cuts. The cost: $4.3 trillion over ten years. The big recipients are millionaires. And the number of millionaires happens, not coincidentally, to equal the number of poor kids, roughly 15 million of them. OK class: what is the cost of the tax cut per millionaire? That’s right, Richie, $287,000 apiece.


Mr. Bush said, “In neighborhoods across our country, there are boys and girls with dreams. And a decent education is their only hope of achieving them.”

So how much educational dreaming will $20 buy?

-George Bush’s alma mater, Phillips Andover Academy, tells us their annual tuition is $37,200. The $20 “Pell Grant for Kids,” as the White House calls it, will buy a poor kid about 35 minutes of this educational dream. So they’ll have to wake up quickly.

-$20 won’t cover the cost of the final book in the Harry Potter series.

If you can’t buy a book nor pay tuition with a sawbuck, what exactly can a poor kid buy with $20 in urban America? The Palast Investigative Team donned baseball caps and big pants and discovered we could obtain what local citizens call a “rock” of crack cocaine. For $20, we were guaranteed we could fulfill any kid’s dream for at least 15 minutes.

Now we could see the incontrovertible logic in what appeared to be quixotic ravings by the President about free trade with Colombia, Pell Grant for Kids and the surge in Iraq. In Iraq, General Petraeus tells us we must continue to feed in troops for another ten years. There is no way the military can recruit these freedom fighters unless our lower income youth are high, hooked and desperate. Don’t say, ‘crack vials,’ they’re, ‘Democracy Rocks’!

The plan would have been clearer if Mr. Bush had kept in his speech the line from his original draft which read, “I have ordered 30,000 additional troops to Iraq this year – and I am proud to say my military-age kids are not among them.”

Of course, there’s an effective alternative to Mr. Bush’s plan – which won’t cost a penny more. Simply turn it upside down. Let’s give each millionaire in America a $20 bill, and every poor child $287,000.

And, there’s an added benefit to this alternative. Had we turned Mr. Bush and his plan upside down, he could have spoken to Congress from his heart.


-For more on Bush and education read “No Child’s Behind Left” in Armed Madhouse excerpted here.
-Also read Palast’s take on the 2007 State of the Union here.


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by Allen L Roland


America ceased to be free when it replaced Democracy, responsibility and true freedom with security and then exported it to countries like Pakistan under the guise of Democracy thus beginning the slow descent to a plutocracy and total loss of freedom. Bhutto’s assassination is dramatic evidence of this : Allen L Roland

Make no mistake about it, Pakistan is far more valuable to the Cheney/Bush administration as a non democratic state under the dictatorship of Musharraf than a democratic state under the possible rule of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto.

And don’t rule out the role of the CIA in Bhutto’s death two months before her death, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto sent an e-mail to her U.S. adviser and longtime friend, saying that if she were killed, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf would bear some of the blame. http://snipurl.com/1vy7r

And Musharraf never faced a serious demand from the Bush administration to protect Bhutto. http://www.middle-east-online-com/english/?id=23712

Witness the police abandoned Security Posts Before Bhutto was assassinated and here are two dramatic photographs from a video that captured the suspected assassin of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto as he aimed his pistol and fired ~ the most dramatic image clearly shows the hand of the assassin raised with a hand gun firing point-blank at Bhutto as she stood through the sun roof of the car leading her from a rally in Rawalpindi. Read – and see – the latest now on WND.com. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE ID=59438

Nothing will stand in the way of the implementation of the Cheney/Bush neocon global agenda and certainly not a democratic and free Pakistan for the greatest enemy of the Cheney/Bush administration is the people’s will and the truth.

Look for the Cheney/Bush administration to soon move troops into Pakistan to protect their Nukes under the guise of the War on Terror while the Musharraf government blames Bhutto’s death on Al-Qaida.

Sir Edward Gibbon sums up the consequences for a nation when they substitute security for responsibility. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all ~ security, comfort, and freedom. When … the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.” Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

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Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on Conscious talk radio www.conscioustalk.net

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Blackwater Worldwide is the new peace-keeping force for the U.N. Now if you have stopped laughing we need to look at this very seriously..

The U.N. is a front organization for our new ‘government/masters’ – seriously – ‘hide everything in plain sight’ – I’m sure you have heard that adage before. I am not going to cite anything here you have to do your own digging…

Now consider just what you DO know about Blackwater:

  1. They are mercenaries.
  2. They kill for money.
  3. They kill on command.
  4. They are merciless.
  5. They are remorseless.
  6. They protect government officials of a particularly stature.
  7. They now have equipment to ‘serve’ from air, land and sea.

Some of their equipment includes: a fleet of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, dirigibles, helicopters, a host of vehicles, and a bomb-resistant vehicle affectionately called Grizzly. Erik Prince, founder, is currently working to get Grizzly approved to operate on U.S. highways.

From Singularity, Peacekeepers:

§ Blackwater affiliate Greystone Ltd., registered offshore in Barbados, is an old-fashioned mercenary operation offering “personnel from the best militaries throughout the world” for hire by governments and private organizations. It also boasts of a “multi-national peacekeeping program,” with forces “specializing in crowd control and less than lethal techniques and military personnel for the less stable areas of operation.”

§ Prince’s Total Intelligence Solutions, headed by three CIA veterans (among them Blackwater’s number two, Cofer Black*), puts CIA-type services on the open market for hire by corporations or governments.

§ Blackwater’s aviation division has some forty aircraft, including turboprop planes that can be used for unorthodox landings**. It has ordered a Super Tucano paramilitary plane from Brazil, which can be used in counterinsurgency operations. In August the aviation division won a $92 million contract with the Pentagon to operate flights in Central Asia.

§ It recently flight-tested the unmanned Polar 400 airship, which may be marketed to the Department of Homeland Security for use in monitoring the US-Mexico border and to “military, law enforcement, and non-government customers.”

§ A fast-growing maritime division has a new, 184-foot vessel that has been fitted for potential paramilitary use…

*Suggestion: Learn more about Cofer Black. **Cheney made a statement that ultra light aircraft is great for enforcing martial law (sorry can’t find the quote).

And Blackwater’s primary purpose? To protect the elitist and follow orders. Period. Get the picture?

So that’s just a tad of information about these boys who are strapped to the hilt with weapons and have done some pretty God awful things in Iraq and Afghanistan, and looks like New Orleans too, and nothing is done. Why? Because they are following orders.

Now if you don’t know much about them and/or you still think that they are distant from ‘your world’ I suggest you better start learning some information fast because they are going to be the ones coming around to your door gathering up the guns and weapons you have or don’t have when the boom falls. And from what I’ve read they don’t care much WHO you are if you are not one of the ‘masters.’

And as these folks said

There is no reason for anyone in this country, anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun….And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.” Michael Gartner, 1992 in USA Today

Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control, to Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans… and so a lot of people say there’s too much personal freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it. That’s what we did in the announcement I made last weekend on the public housing projects, about how we’re going to have weapon sweeps and more things like that to try to make people safer in their communities.” President Bill Clinton, 3-22-94, MTV’s “Enough is Enough

We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money.” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in Foreign Affairs (July/August 1995)

…it ain’t going to be pleasant nor easy to set the new rules into place.

Getting nervous yet? You freaking SHOULD BE!

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