August 27th, 2004

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...and featuring Alan Greenspan as the Grim Reaper!

Alan Greenspan used his Federal Reserve pulpit today to preach the wonders of scaling back medicare and social security benefits, saying that the economy -- such as Bush and he left it -- may not be able to support medicare and social security in the future.

Nevermind that Greenspan pushed for both Reagan's *AND* Bush's regressive tax cuts that left this country horribly in debt, without once suggesting -- as any good economist would -- that both tax cuts were very poorly designed as far as stimulating economic growth.

Nobody wants to talk about Greenspan's toadying behavior and inconsistant and often contradictory economic advice he's given this country for years. He is only still around because he's become a fossilized establishment; the ultimate yes man and a shill for all seasons.

If he wants to cut costs, then the first, most obvious thing to do would be to nationalize health care. Give us the same health care plan as him, and do something to control the runaway cost of medical treatment, while guaranteeing that the savings are passed on to patients, not corporate executives.

And if he still wants to cut medical benefits for old people -- a move which will most assuredly kill thousands of people a year -- then perhaps we should consider quality of life and cost/benefit issues and start cutting benefits/killing people who are older and have passed the age where they are more of a burden on society than a benefit, requiring more expensive care.

How about drawing the line at those who are, say, 78 or older?! That sounds like a nice round number to me...



You first, Alan.
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Former Texas Lt. Gov. said he helped Bush dodge 'Nam.

From Joshua Micah Marshall's weblog:
"I got...I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard when I was the Lt. Governor of Texas, and I'm not necessarily proud of that. But, But I did it, and I got a lot of other people into the National Guard because I thought that's what people should do when you're in office and you helped a lot of rich people. And I walked to the Vietnam Memorial wall the other day and I looked at the names of the people that died in Vietnam, and I became more ashamed of myself than I've ever been because it's the worst thing I did was help a lot of wealthy supporters, and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard. And I'm very sorry about that, and I'm ashamed. And I apologize to you, the voters of Texas."</a> - Ben Barnes

Video available here.

Please give this issue more attention -- post about it on your journal, or send it to your local newspaper. It's very much appreciated!
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Israeli spy loose in the Department of Defense

CBS News has learned that the FBI is about to arrest a high-level Israeli spy working in the highest levels of the Pentagon. (Watch CBS' video.) This spy both passed on highly classified information and influenced the highest-level decisions relating to Iran and possibly Iraq. Most damningly, last year, the spy turned over a presidential directive outlining our nation's policy to Iran when it was still in the draft phase, thereby allowing Israel to influence the outcome. There are also indications that the spy may have done similar things to leak and influence U.S. policy in Iraq.
Apparently, this information was given to members of AIPAC -- Israel's major lobbyist organization in the US -- who turned them over to the Israeli government.

I hear that the spy works directly under Douglas Feith, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. This shouldn't surprise anyone, however.