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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Biden, Trump and the media that gives us these fools.

We are seeing the exact same patterns from the media with Joe Biden we saw with Hillary Clinton...


They never exposed her lies as they presented Hillary Clinton as the candidate best able to defeat Trump.


Then they allowed Trump to tear her apart.


They are now doing the same thing with Joe Biden...


They are setting Biden up to be torn apart by Trump.

Trump's stimulus package

Trump’s “stimulus package” is based on a real cold calculation his number crunchers came up with.


He intends to pay for this by intentionally letting our elderly population die from the coronavirus.


What will be saved over time in Medicare and Social Security payments will pay for his Wall Street bailout while he thinks working people will settle for a miserly check or two.


This is the way these fascist bastards think and do things

Just put it on your credit card.

The advice to working people from a real capitalist politician:


Don’t worry about the bills, just use your credit card.

The face of corruption in the U.S. Senate

Two things about this story:


One: How did he know to sell?


Two: Did he use insider information.


Oh; there is a third question, isn’t there:


Being on the Intelligence Committee did he know that the United States government labs are responsible for creating this deadly virus?


Why didn’t this wealthy Republican Senator share the information he had with the public so everyone could have bailed out of the stock market like he did... so much for being concerned about the welfare of the people and the economy...


Oh... the economy:


Since these politicians knew what was coming why didn’t they take measures to defend the economy instead of just worrying about their own stock portfolios?


Lots of criminal activity requiring a Congressional investigation here...


But!


Did a bunch of members of Congress look out for their own personal fortunes before considering the well-being of the country?


And is that why there hasn’t been one peep about the need for an investigation into all of this blatant corruption?



Richard Burr belongs in prison and so do those others who committed the same crime. This is one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history.

Are you sick of the corruption?

The other day I said most people in this country don’t even know what they just witnessed.


Heck, what I should have said is most people in this country don’t even know they just got fucked over by their own government.

Payments to the poor now!

Why don’t these bastards just forget about the well-heeled upper middle class crowd making over $75,000.00 a year and double payments to the poor?

Senator Richard Burr... insider trader

Republican Senator Richard Burr and every single member of Congress and Trump and his Cabinet who used insider trading to protect their fortunes as they withheld the facts about the coronavirus from the American people for so long should be tried for treason.

Jack Ma donates to the fight against the coronavirus

Who will be distributing these and how will they be distributed?


This is a very generous show of solidarity from Jack Ma, the farsighted Chinese billionaire, humanitarian and Communist.

Jail the Senate insider traders

Why does it take the truth so goddamn long to leak out in our great bastion of freedom and democracy?


This is sheer treason in the full sense of the word. These Senators put their financial interests before the health of our entire Nation.


If this isn’t treason; what is treason?


This is the betrayal of our country and the American people.


“The Criminal Justice Act 1990 abolished the death penalty, setting the punishment for treason at life imprisonment, with parole in not less than forty years.”


Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) each sold millions of dollars in stocks within days of the Senate holding a classified briefing on Jan. 24 with Trump administration officials on the threat of the coronavirus outbreak.


Criminal Penalties for Insider Trading:


“The maximum prison sentence for an insider trading violation is now 20 years. The maximum criminal fine for individuals is now $5,000,000, and the maximum fine for non-natural persons (such as an entity whose securities are publicly traded) is now $25,000,000.”


Martha Stewart went to prison for much less of a crime; what makes these wealthy public officials who violated the public trust immune from prosecution?

Insider trading in the U.S. Senate... looking after their own stock portfolios instead of protecting pensions.

At least four U.S. Senators used insider trading to protect their own personal fortunes.


These United States Senators never lifted a finger to protect the pensions and 401k’s of tens of millions of working people as their hard earned savings were stolen out from under them by the Wall Street swindlers.


And you are going to keep voting for these politicians?

Trump and his "honorable" people

Trump says he finds the Senators who engaged in the treasonous insider trading scandal to be “honorable people.”


This says everything we need to know about Trump.

Corruption in the U.S. Senate

Diane Feinstein accused China of delaying getting out information about the coronavirus yet she withheld critical information from the American people while she was protecting her own stock portfolio.

Forgivable loans for business... bill collectors for students

Why is Trump giving “forgivable loans” to businesses?


Should students have been given “forgivable loans?”

A new party needed along with mass struggle

If we are going to win against these sleazy, crooked and corrupt politicians we must understand the organization has to be built outside of the Democratic Party with the understanding any honest Democrats will join us in our struggles and on our terms... not their phony “Resistance” which is as phony as the Democratic Party itself.


We need a new party.


We need to build organizations capable of building mass movements.


And these mass organizations will have to fight for real solutions to our problems not fall for these slick campaign gimmicks intended to suck us in to the Democratic Party which is part of Wall Street’s two-party trap.

Something to think about... as Trump prepares to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Here is something everyone is going to have to think about...


Why are all these politicians making plans in secrecy concerning our health and well-being rather than making plans and decisions openly and in full view with the involvement of the citizenry?


And now we learn secret plans have been made to “suspend the Constitution.”


In many places like Lake Worth Beach, Florida which has a huge population living in poverty with much of the population people of color, during this time of crisis and government restrictions being imposed, the government shut off water and the people had other services like electricity turned off for failure to pay their bills on time and then they are ordered to stay in their homes.


Now, Trump says one thing pretending to be all compassionate with this hypocritical feigning of empathy, while on the other hand all of these heavy-handed measures are being used against the people.


And we are led to believe the National Guard and the military is being mobilized to help people when there is another totally different scenario unraveling...


Trump and these politicians know people will not tolerate being treated in this way and the government is preparing to wage war against the people.


This government is intent on making the American people pay for an economic crisis that was already in the making using the coronavirus as a pretext to bailout the Wall Street banks and corporations...


Crisis capitalism... any crisis is used to erode and subvert the Constitution and Bill of Rights as the banks and corporations get bailed out of the mess they created in the first place.


And we must take seriously the accusation being made by the Chinese that this coronavirus has its origin in a U.S. bio-warfare lab... if this all wasn’t by intent and design, Trump and these sleazy corrupt politicians sure are taking advantage of this pandemic to the hilt to carry out their reactionary agenda.


The way they are intentionally mismanaging this health care crisis can’t possibly be by accident or even attributed to sheer stupidity or lunacy- Trump’s two better traits.


Trump’s continued intentional racist characterization of the coronavirus as a “Chinese virus” is a sure sign that he had a hand in making the decision to start this deadly pandemic; it’s characteristic of the bully who starts a fight and then blames the violence on the victim... Trump has done this incessantly, always using racism and bigotry, when it comes to every problem... he creates the problem then blames the victim and then he gives himself credit for solving the problem even though the problem he created hasn’t even been resolved... so why wouldn’t we think Trump has had a hand in setting this coronavirus free against humanity?


Remember, the economy was already collapsing well before the coronavirus ever entered the scene and Trump was claiming the economy was sound... not just sound, but he used all of his stupid adjectives he always attaches to each of his lies.


Keep in mind, the Trump Administration has plans to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights for the states purpose, not for the health of the Nation, but for the stated purpose of arresting and indefinitely detaining people without trial.


If anyone should be arrested and indefinitely detained it should be Trump and all of these sleazy crooked and corrupt politicians.


How can we trust politicians to do what is right by us after they intentionally delayed action that would have protected the health of tens of thousands of people from this deadly virus and the pensions and 401k’s of tens of millions of people they take an oath to protect and defend and used what they learned in secret meetings and hearings to protect their own financial interests and make a fortune off this crisis to boot?

Mass struggle is needed to win a better life

It’s easy to become frustrated and pessimistic about life in these very troubled times thinking people are not going to act in a way to make things right as these sleazy, crooked, corrupt, lying and Wall Street bribed politicians try to drag us down the road to hell.


But, we have to remember there is an equation that must be followed if we are going to be successful in turning things around:


Education plus Organization plus Unity in Action equals Victory.


We will will all have to pitch in and do what we can... we must articulate our problems and we must articulate the solutions we are seeking and not allow these politicians who are never in our side but always end up siding with the Wall Street parasites and vultures but only after they have tricked us into believing they are working for us... they turn out a good spiel of campaign gimmickry, just enough to make us think they are working for us and taking care of our problems so we don’t organize and then then stick a knife in our back before we can figure out what is going on. Then we wonder how the heck did this happen?


We should know by now since Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have led the Democrats in doing this to us over and over again for many decades. And they are doing it again right now.


We, as working people, we need our own organizations and a new political party... let the honest Democrats join with us rather than us getting sucked into the treachery and betrayal that is our lot when we allow and enable a bunch of opportunist politicians to manipulate us.


The Democrats will never advance a working class agenda for peace, social and economic justice in defense of democracy and the Constitution and Bill of Rights... we need our own organizations and our own party to advance our own working class agenda... why would we think any politician accepting bribes from our Wall Street enemies would ever be on our side?

Has anything changed?

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No one is joking about the coronavirus anymore

Trump and his Republican colleagues made fun of, and cracked jokes, about the coronavirus when it was in China instead of taking the proper measures to educate people and his supporters can still be found who are saying this is all some kind of concoction created by the Democrats and “fake news” to scare people.


So, once, again, we find Trump creating a problem and then claiming he has nothing to do with the problem as he claims everything is under control when nothing could be further from the truth... so far from the truth that he is going to have the police and military enforce measures in response to the problem Trump created in the first place by not taking this deadly disease seriously... using it instead to spread his racist poison and bigotry.

Money vs human lives

China risked its socialist economy combating the coronavirus- people first; the only thing Trump thinks about is saving the capitalist economy and “The Market” with people being a second thought if even that... money, money, money this is the only thing that concerns this billionaire moron Trump.


What a contrast between two systems.

Say "no" to Trump's anti-Chinese racism

Trump continues his racist use of “Chinese virus.” Isn’t it time he be challenged? It shouldn’t be up to the Chinese people alone to condemn this racist attack.

Everything is skyrocketting according to Trump

Trump talks about a “skyrocketing economy;” the only thing skyrocketing are deaths from the coronavirus.

Trump's anti-Chinese racism

(CNN) The chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American caucus on Saturday said it is "dangerous" for President Donald Trump to continue referring to Covid-19 as the "Chinese virus" at a time when misinformation has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans or anyone in the US who looks East Asian.


"It is dangerous for him to continue calling it the Chinese coronavirus," Rep. Judy Chu, a California Democrat and the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on Saturday. "He is creating more xenophobia every single time he does that. And we can see the results in what's happening to Asian Americans across this country."

When the government bails out a company the government should own the company or at least get equity in the company

Trump wants to bail out Carnival Cruise... why not simply nationalize the company?


In 2002 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001. The Carnival Corporation was ordered to pay $18 million in fines and perform community service, received five years' probation and must submit to a court-supervised worldwide environmental-compliance program for each of its cruise ships.[38]


For dumping oiled waste into the seas and lying to cover it up, Princess Cruise Lines was fined $40 million in 2016. According to federal authorities, it was the "largest-ever criminal penalty" for intentional vessel pollution. Officials said that these practices began in 2005 and persisted until August 2013, when a newly hired engineer blew the whistle. As part of its plea agreement, ships of the parent company Carnival Cruise lines were subjected to a court supervised environmental compliance plan for five years.[39]


For violation of the probation terms of 2016 Carnival and its Princess line were ordered to pay an additional $20 million penalty in 2019. The new violations included discharging plastic into waters in the Bahamas, falsifying records, and interfering with court supervision.[40]

Do you want to send me to Washington to lobby on behalf of the working class?

Are you fed up yet?


Do you want to send me to Washington to lobby on behalf of the working class?


All the politicians in Washington claim they are doing what they do for the workers in this country yet those of us workers who produce the wealth of this Nation now being squandered on militarism and wars along with bailing out the Wall Street banks and corporations have no voice nor seat at the table in the decision-making process... this is not democracy.


Make no mistake about this: labor with no small amount of help from Mother Nature creates all wealth.


Unemployment is headed for a forty-year high with many economists predicting unemployment levels could far surpass those levels of the Great Depression of the 1930’s as Trump tells states they should not release the data on unemployment.


On top of this, we learn this coronavirus is being used by Trump’s Attorney General as an excuse and pretense to “suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights;” another move towards fascism rather than citizen participation in the democratic process.


Emergency measures are needed now.


Our entire health care system should be nationalized and place under public control so we can bring an end to this pandemic with the intent to create a National Public Health Care System as the final outcome... a system based on the model of public education which has served us so well: Publicly funded, publicly administered and publicly delivered.


A basic income guarantee: $2,000.00 a month for every adult and $100.00 a month for every child in the family.


Fund these emergency measures by ending these dirty imperialist wars and taxing the super-rich millionaires and billionaires.


The Wall Street banks and companies we bail out we must get equity in, and a seat at the decision-making table; or, in the alternative, these banks and monopolies must be nationalized and brought under public control.


We need a “Twenty-First Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity for All”... the president and Congress must be made legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment with real living wage jobs... a National Public Health Care System providing the American people with free health care through community and neighborhood health care centers would cost far less than what it is now costing to maintain over 850 U.S. military based on foreign soil protecting Wall Street’s investments... and, this would create over twelve-million jobs paying real living wages.


It’s time we once again begin talking about real living wages based on the actual cost-of-living so everyone in this country has a decent standard-of-living.


Had we been investing in education, science and health care (all of which create jobs) instead of militarism and these dirty imperialist wars we would not be in the mess we are in today with this corona virus pandemic and an economy on the verge of total collapse.


Working people must speak up; we must assert ourselves in defense of our health, our livelihoods and our rights.


We must insist we have a voice in the decision-making process because these Wall Street bribed politicians are never going to do what is right by us or the Nation.


We must not continue to surrender our votes getting nothing in return and we must learn to use mass struggle, in addition to our votes, to get what we want and what we are entitled to because our labor creates the wealth of the Nation... the millionaires and billionaires who have been hoarding this wealth we have created and use that wealth to control the political life of this country create diddly-squat.

Everyone has a voice in Washington... except for the working class

Something to think about:


The working class of this country has no voice to lobby for us in Washington.


Hint:


Maybe this is a big part of the reason we always end up holding the shitty end of the stick even though we create all the wealth?

Shopping and the coronavirus... a new experience

I just went shopping today for the first time in Trump’s new America at H.E.B. and I don’t think things are going to be alright based on my experience.


Waiting in line to get into the store two men cut in front of me. When I said something they just pretended I wasn’t there and the monitor responsible for preventing such rudeness just shrugged his shoulders.


Many prices were raised on staples, especially meats; capitalist price-gouging taking advantage of us during these circumstances.


Many items had strict limits posted.


Many people wore masks or gloves often both.


At the checkouts there were little red signs on the floor to assure six foot spacing.


By the time I got out of the store there was a long, long line of people waiting to get in.


Welcome to Trump’s new America.

The line cutters

I have been to two places today and experienced people cutting in front of me.


I just left the Lakeway UPS store. I was waiting in line with four people behind me and a woman comes walking up right in front of me.


When I ask her what she is doing she says, “I’m in a hurry.”


I told her, “Yes, you are the only person in such a hurry you have to just cut in front of everyone.”


She didn’t respond nor did she go to the back of the line.


Must have been a Trumper.

Health insurance costs skyrocketing instead of the economy

Just received notice that my Medicare Supplemental insurance went up over 20%.


So much for Trump’s great for-profit driven free-market health care scam.

Which came first... a collapsing capitalist economy or coronavirus

Can any thinking person still argue that the capitalist economy is not in the process of collapsing?


But, the source of the problem is a crisis of overproduction- in other words, workers are so underpaid they can not afford to buy back what they have produced.


The coronavirus did not cause this economic collapse but was a factor in making the crash come faster and harder.


It’s going to be a long, long time before the capitalist economy “rebounds.” Many people will now suffer as Wall Street tries to place the burden of this economic crisis on the backs of the working class... but the richest of the rich will make huge profits from the misery they have created by being so greedy.


Like with the coronavirus, many of the filthy rich will suffer the consequences of the monopoly capitalist economic crisis, too; but they will not suffer like working class families even though they will cry the loudest.

NPR = Neo-liberal Public Relations.

Listened to NPR (National Public Radio) take up Steve Bannon’s line that included a racist, anti-Communist diatribe of outright lies and slander against China.


Shameful.


Disgusting.


NPR = Neo-liberal Public Relations.