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...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How is the WAR ECONOMY working for you?

My thoughts for the day...

How is the WAR ECONOMY working for you? 

The United States is the wealthiest country in the world.

This wealth created by working people is being squandered on fighting two wars, financing the Israeli killing machine and funding over 800 U.S. military bases on foreign soil protecting Wall Street's greedy interests--- instead, what we need is a public health care system of 800 primary care facilities serving as bases of support for over 30,000 neighborhood public health care centers spread out across the United States providing free health care for all Americans which would create around ten-million new, good-paying jobs with affirmative action enforced.

We wouldn't trust a private-for-profit free enterprise system to teach our children to read and write so why would we continue to rely on this failed private-for-profit health care system? Public education provides quality education for our children and a public health care system will provide us with a world-class health care system.

As for anyone concerned about the high cost of health care; VA, the Indian Health Service and the National Public Health Service have all proven we get the best health care at the best price through public health care.

Even a Dumb Donkey should be able to comprehend the benefits from peace.

How is the WAR ECONOMY working for you? Does it make you sick?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Getting Americans back to work is easy but the dumb donkeys don't know what to do...

What we need to do in order to put America back to work is create even larger government jobs programs than what we have with the largest government jobs program to date: the military which is our largest employer and least productive.

To start with the Civilian Conservation Corps and the WPA programs should be started up again on much larger scales than the military--- we should be looking at around 15 million jobs between these two programs.

Then we should place the more than 3,700 closed and idle mines, mills and factories under public ownership and bring them back into production producing what society and people require to live better lives.

Third, we need a national public health care system which would create up to ten-million new, good-paying jobs providing the American people with free health care. We already have three very good socialized health care programs of a similar nature in this country which work very well: VA, Indian Health Service and the Public Health Service and I have yet to hear any of the Tea Baggers suggesting we close down any of these socialized health care systems.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense can understand that there is no way under current economic conditions that we will ever have anything close to a full-employment economy if we leave job creation to the "free-market, private sector" of Wall Street coupon clippers and parasitic vultures.

Any country that can afford to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and maintain over 800 foreign military bases scattered around the globe protecting cheap resources and cheap labor markets for Wall Street certainly can find the financial resources to implement these kinds of public works programs.

The way to create jobs is to look at what society and people need to live better lives and what is required to solve our problems... putting people back to work by solving our social problems is the only way to go about getting out of this economic mess we are in.

Another suggestion that would solve a very pressing problem for most working class families would be a national system of public day care and pre-school centers... this would create well over four-million new jobs.

I find it interesting these politicians working for Wall Street's merchants of death and destruction have no qualms about spending more and more on these dirty imperialist wars of Obama's and the Democrats initially begun by George Bush; but, when it comes to spending on what working people need to live better lives there is always this concern about "fiscal responsibility" and "where the money is going to come from.

Well, if we don't have the required funds to do all of this after ending these dirty wars, then just tax the hell out of the rich to pay for it all--- this is what redistribution of wealth is all about. Tax the rich until they squeal like the big fat pigs they are. Tax the hell out of their income and tax them to beat hell on their property and mansions.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

WE need to break the back of institutionalized racism if Minnesota is going to move forward…

The business interests controlling the MN DFL refused to allow a full discussion of the issues confronting Minnesotans at the State Convention in Duluth... Mark Dayton was nominated from the floor by Greg Paquin a Native American Indian union pipefitter and Melendez, completely ignoring Robert's Rules of Order, refused to allow his nomination to stand. If delegates wanted the right to vote for Dayton at the convention this was their right and no one else's.

Mark Dayton was not even allowed the courtesy of entering the convention even though he was nominated and there were hundreds of seconds to the nomination.

Both Kelliher and Entenza have a proven track record of the inability to stand up to the Republicans and the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association which forces more than 40,000 Minnesotans to work in smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages without any rights under state or federal labor laws and the union bosses who are completely out of touch with the rank-and-file of their memberships work in cahoots with the Democrats and the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association to perpetuate these injustices and the Minnesota AFL-CIO works in league with the racists who control the MN DFL preventing the enforcement of affirmative action on public works projects... these union bosses are now split between supporting Entenza and Kelliher who have not lifted one little finger in opposition to this institutionalized racism while Mark Dayton has stepped forward and stated in no uncertain terms that he will push ahead with a state-owned casino challenging the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association's injustices towards all working people including Native American Indians who suffer most at the hands of these casino managements. Dayton has also made it clear that affirmative action is the law of the land and he will see to it that all Minnesota Departments and agencies enforce its implementation... neither Entenza nor Kelliher have had the moral or political courage to do this while the DFL State Central Committee held its meeting in Bemidji, Minnesota where the largest public works project, the Bemidji Regional Event Center, is going up without the implementation of affirmative action while a notoriously racist, anti-labor, union busting outfit, VenueWorks, has been hired to manage the facility, again without implementing affirmative action.

Minnesota has a large Native American Indian population and there isn't one single Native American Indian among the more than 200 state legislators and the leadership of the Minnesota DFL has enforced this racism through its undemocratic control and manipulation... both Kelliher and Entenza have been a party to this institutionalized racism in their "leadership" capacities. This institutionalized racism has prevented a progressive blooming that Minnesota is known for. Anyone who challenges this institutionalized racism deserves to be elected. This institutionalized racism has created the fertile ground for the most reactionary politics--- in both the Democratic and Republican parties to thrive--- thus leaving us saddled with the mess we are in where our public institutions are literally crumbling, falling apart... and in the case of the I-35 Bridge, falling down. Racism helps breed the kind of corruption that has taken hold over the years.

If Dayton doesn't win in the primary I'll look for a principled minor party candidate to vote for--- unfortunately the Green Party has shown itself to be just as racist as the leadership and most of the politicians in the Minnesota DFL--- we saw this with Rhoda Gilman's racist attacks on Jeff Hayden, and her racist attacks on Jeff Hayden helped set the stage for affirmative action not getting enforced in Minnesota because Jeff Hayden has been one of the few state legislators trying to push this issue forward with no support from Margaret Anderson-Kelliher or Matt Entenza.

Even the Communist Party USA has dirty hands when it comes to institutionalized racism in Minnesota as its National Committee member, Mark Froemke, working at the behest of the AFL-CIO pushed the vile racist Collin Peterson down the throats of 7th Congressional District Delegates by preventing Curtis Buckanaga from being nominated by 7th Congressional District delegates to challenge Collin Peterson who is getting away with boasting that he is "more conservative than my Republican opponent."

The Minnesota DFL, the Minnesota State Legislature and obviously the Republican Party is mired in a cesspool of institutionalized racism and if Mark Dayton can lead the way out of this swamp as the only thing he does it will have been worth it to elect him.

Vote for Mark Dayton in the MNDFL Primary.

Alan L. Maki
58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell Phone: 651-587-5541

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