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, April 8, 2011

Resolution Calling for Re-Ordering of Priorities

Resolution Calling for Re-ordering of Priorities:

Whereas Minnesota is faced with a $5.028 billion budget shortfall; and,

past budget cuts have resulted in painful reductions in essential
services and future cuts would further erode the quality of life for
and, in fact, endanger the lives of many citizens; and,

many cities and communities in Minnesota are laying off police,
firefighters, teachers and other essential employees; and,

past budgets have been balanced by cutting social services, under
investment in essential infrastructure, and other measures that push the
crisis onto local governments and the poor; and,

Minnesota taxpayers even during these times of economic crisis and
fiscal austerity are poised to pay the equivalent of the entire state
biennial budget, more than $35 billion over the next two years, for
their share of the Defense Budget of the Federal government; and,

Minnesota taxpayers alone have already spent more than $27.5 billion,
and will spend $8.4 billion more over the next two years for the ongoing
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and,

Whereas 58 cents of every dollar of federal discretionary spending is devoted to military purposes; and,

military spending priorities at the national level negatively impact
budgets and quality of life at all levels of government and society;

Whereas our nation desperately needs to better
balance its approach to security to go beyond military defense and
include the economic, social, and environmental needs of our
communities, state, and nation;

Therefore be it resolved
that we, the Legislature of the State of Minnesota call on Senators
Klobuchar and Franken, and Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen,
McCollum, Ellison, Bachmann, Peterson and Cravaack as well as
Congressional leadership and President Barack Obama, to shift federal
funding priorities from war and the interests of the few, to meeting the
essential needs of us all.

Approved [date]

By Jack Nelson-Palmeyer and Bill Hilty

Show Me The Money

An Obama supporter has asked me a question...

The question...

"You think Obama is a loser, gee he is the President, what are you?"

Here is my answer...

In a DEMOCRACY people who respect DEMOCRACY never are so arrogant to suggest that the President is somehow better or more important than anyone else.

Who am I? I am one more American citizen fed up with Obama's wars and his dedicated support for Wall Street's attempt to reap greater profits by making us pay for these dirty imperialist wars abroad through austerity measures here at home which are making us all poor.

Had Obama been honest enough to run on an agenda of what he really intended to do he never would have been elected president in the first place--- he would have been a loser in the 2008 Primaries.

We now need a Primary Election where Obama's ideas and his agenda will be challenged by someone honest enough to state their real ideas for real CHANGE--- at least this is my HOPE.

I do agree with you that Obama is the President; and this is a big part of what is wrong which now needs to be corrected.