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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

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Obama's "vision."

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez made a speech. In just these two paragraphs of his speech are lie upon lie that are such big lies it would take an entire book to refute these lies. Here is what he said:

"I can assure you of this: your issues and your work are receiving unprecedented attention at the very highest levels of the federal government. President Obama has laid out a vision based on the fundamental principle of opportunity for all. No matter the circumstances of your birth or the zip code you live in, you should have a chance to live out your highest and best dreams. How far you get should depend on how hard you work.

There are a few pillars of this opportunity agenda. First, it means creating good jobs that pay good wages. It means access to a world-class education for everyone, beginning in early childhood. And opportunity also means making sure hard work is rewarded — with a wage you can live on, savings you can retire on and health care that's there when you need it."

In a way, I feel sorry for people who believe this; but, who are the people who believe this? They are the muddle-headed, self-serving, well-heeled upper-middle class intellectuals who have never worked a day in their lives and have no concept of what life is like for working class families now caught up in the crisis of everyday living, struggling to make ends meet, many from day-to-day, others from pay-check to pay-check because for all working people there is a "cost-of-living crisis" Secretary Perez, in spite of being the United States Secretary of Labor--- like Obama and the rest of these Dumb Donkeys--- will not even acknowledge.

What "opportunity" is there for any of the more than forty-million Americans, working class Americans, now living in poverty?

What "opportunity" is there for the more than 90-million workers in this country struggling to survive who are only a pay-check or two away from poverty according to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal?

We have a Secretary of Labor talking about "a wage you can live on" who has refused to acknowledge that the only measurement of whether or not a wage is a "living wage" is how it compares to the actual cost-of-living using the figure from his own department's Consumer Price Index (CPI).

"Health care?" Perhaps the biggest sick joke of all is Obamacare--- with it, one major illness will wipe out any working class family.

"Retirement?" The Social Security Trust Fund has been looted by a bunch of thieves--- the thieves are our own government.

"World-class education for everyone?" Yes; Finland has it and the United States ranks below the country U.S. imperialism has forced into poverty--- Cuba.

Cuba and Finland come out ahead of the United States in both education AND health care.

"President Obama has laid out a vision based on the fundamental principle of opportunity for all."

Yes, Obama is very good at "laying out visions." In fact, Obama is the all-time master of "laying out visions."

The problem is, Obama's "visions" never materialize into programs--- except for programs that continue to redistribute the wealth to the elite super-wealthy .25%.

Kind of ironic, but the Koch brothers who pretend to hate the Democrats even as they contribute to their campaigns, have done better than anyone because of Obama's programs for "change."

The Koch brothers now own and control more wealth than the bottom 40% of our entire population.

The 1% accumulated over 34-trillion dollars in capital (from exploiting the workers in the mines, mills and factories who created this wealth) just since economic hard times--- when Obama came to office--- hit the world.

Obama jokes about redistributing wealth as being on par with his having shared his peanut butter sandwich with another child in school.

No doubt Obama gave his peanut butter sandwich to a a child who was allergic to peanuts because his Wall Street "vision" of the world is killing the rest of us.

All of this begs the question:

In future elections, what should we be supporting and organizing for?

In my opinion, we should be participating in the electoral arena fighting for peace and an end to these dirty imperialist wars making most of us poor while enriching the 1% (the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction)--- the masters of war (the Military-Industrial Complex); making the "living wage" Obama and the Democrats promised but refused to deliver when they had the opportunity a reality; we should place legislation on the table for a National Public Health Care System--- socialized health care; we need to bring before the American people a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity;" we should participate in the elections with the intent of challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

When all is said and done, we need a new "vision" backed by real programs that will improve the standard-of-living for the many instead of the few.

To accomplish this we are going to need to free ourselves from Wall Street's two-party trap.

We need to build a working class based progressive people's party that is anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist with a working class agenda led by grassroots and rank-and-file activists as free from the manipulation and control of the foundation-funded outfits and the millionaire labor leaders as from Wall Street.

We need to organize local, state, regional and national conferences all across this country to discuss all of this... the sooner the better; later may be too late because Wall Street's insatiable greedy drive for profits just might end up killing us all because it appears the wrath of an angry Mother Nature has had enough.