Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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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...


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...

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Flim-Flam Man and his Economic Advisory Board

Does this look like progressives and working people have a voice at the table?

David Bonior is being touted as a progressive voice for labor. Bonior is a gutless, worthless liberal who will suck up to anyone for a little prestige and a job. He sits on this Advisory Council with Hollywood wan-na-be turned politician and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, who has sat on her butt watching the Big Three destroy jobs and demolish perfectly good plants as they moved their operations overseas investing the wealth created by American workers in building huge, new, state-of-the-art auto plants in Brazil, China, South Korea and Thailand. In Michigan unemployment soars as people are being foreclosed on and evicted from their homes.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm lost no time in signing on to another casino "Compact" that will force another two-thousand workers to take jobs in smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages without any rights under state or federal labor laws.

With the recent announcement by General Motors that the huge GM Stamping Plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be closing, tossing over one-thousand auto workers out into the streets, David Bonior has suggested that Governor Granholm should use tax-dollars training these auto workers for jobs in the new Gun Lake Casino which will be managed by the Fertitta boys and skimmed by the Kansas City Mob.

By the time these "economic advisers" are done with their work, the United States should be well on its way to joining the ranks of the most impoverished nations on earth. The Wall Street coupon clippers will rake in the profits; the working class will get poverty and the problems.

With shit-bag Antonio Villaraigosa on this Transition Economic Advisory Board we might at least be getting a look at another future President of the United States. If I recall properly, Antonio Villaraigosa was involved in some payments on behalf of another dirt bag who was in prison but got off after some money traded hands which ended up with Hillary Clinton's brother before Bill Clinton pardoned him instead of framed-up Native American leader Leonard Peltier. A drug pusher goes free; a freedom fighter rots in prison. What Antonio Villaraigosa brings to this Transition Economic Advisory Board is a very keen ability to separate "juice" from "dead meat." Antonio Villaraigosa has been a big booster of Indian Gaming so he and Jennifer Granholm should have a lot in common as the great advocate for labor, David Bonior squirms wondering if anyone is going to wonder if anyone is going to ask him about the effects of second-hand smoke on more than two-million casino workers in this country employed at poverty wages without any rights under state or federal labor laws.

Actually, I'm surprised David Bonior doesn't have the same disdain for Antonio Villaraigosa as he does for John Edwards... must be with John Edwards, Bonior couldn't get close enough to cow-tow to a President, which has been his life-long ambition.

The Transition Economic Advisory Board will help guide the work of the
Obama-Biden transition team in developing a strong set of policies to
respond to the economic crisis. The Board includes:

· David Bonior (Member House of Representatives 1977-2003)

· Warren Buffett (Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway)-will
participate via speakerphone

· Roel Campos (former SEC Commissioner)

· William Daley (Chairman of the Midwest, JP Morgan Chase; Former
Secretary, U.S. Dept of Commerce, 1997-2000)

· William Donaldson (Former Chairman of the SEC 2003-2005)

· Roger Ferguson (President and CEO, TIAA-CREF and former Vice
Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

· Jennifer Granholm (Governor, State of Michigan)

· Anne Mulcahy (Chairman and CEO, Xerox)

· Richard Parsons (Chairman of the Board, Time Warner)

· Penny Pritzker (CEO, Classic Residence by Hyatt)

· Robert Reich (University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary,
U.S. Dept of Labor, 1993-1997)

· Robert Rubin (Chairman and Director of the Executive Committee,
Citigroup; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1995-1999)

· Eric Schmidt (Chairman and CEO, Google)

· Lawrence Summers (Harvard University; Managing Director, D.E. Shaw;
Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1999-2001)

· Laura Tyson (Haas School of Business, University of California,
Berkeley; Former Chairman, National Economic Council, 1995-1996; Former
Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors, 1993-1995)

· Antonio Villaraigosa (Mayor, City of Los Angeles)

· Paul Volcker (Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve 1979-1987)