Daily Archives: December 3, 2009

Dennis Kucinich has my Quote of the Day…

“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?”

– Congressman Kucinich in a Press Release today.

Snow on Under The LobsterScope until January 4…

…thanks to our hosts at WordPress.com. We’ll have snow falling on our main page through Christmas. Almost makes me feel like I’m back in New England!

This afternoon’s entertainment… Reid takes on Gregg

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)–ranking member on the Budget Committee– for authoring a detailed memo advising Republicans on the procedural mechanisms they can use to delay health care legislation.

Take a look:

You can see Sen. Gregg’s actual memo over at TPM.

A very good summary of where the Democrats are on the Health Care Bill from Chris Dodd:

As many of you know, I was born and spent a large part of my life in Connecticut, where I voted for Chris Dodd when he first ran for the Senate. Somehow, this has kept me on his e-mail list (and apparently the good list – not the one that simply asks for money). I got this today with a good summary on the Democratic Caucus this week and I pass it on to you:


Dear Bill,

We had a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus yesterday, and I wanted to send you a quick update about the health care reform bill.

First of all, we had big news Monday when the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the cost of the reform bill to consumers. The CBO confirmed that our bill would lower health care premiums for almost everyone in America. Whether you have insurance through your job or purchase your own coverage, your premiums will likely go down under the current bill.

This was a watershed moment in this debate, because Republicans are making the cost of premiums one of their primary talking points. They insist that premiums would go up for middle-class Americans, and tout studies by their friends in the insurance industry to make their point. But the unbiased, nonpartisan CBO provides the definitive answer to questions about pending legislation, and its report shows once and for all that the vast majority of Americans will see their premiums go down.

Does this mean the Republicans will stop fighting our health care reform efforts? Of course not. In our Democratic Caucus meeting yesterday, we discussed the ongoing efforts by Republicans to delay, obstruct, and kill this bill using every means at their disposal. Their latest weapon of choice is the politically motivated poison pill amendment.

They are going to try to force Democrats to make politically difficult votes, votes that if they succeed would end our chances for passing a reform bill. In the Caucus meeting, we discussed the importance of maintaining the unity needed to beat back these efforts from the Republicans.

While they are working to kill this bill, Democrats are working to make it even stronger. A great example is an amendment, proposed by my friend Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, which would protect women’s health services. (NOTE: This amendment passed this morning 61 -39)

There’s a long debate ahead of us, and the continuing support that you have shown our reform efforts are helping us face the relentless attacks from the Republicans. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,


Chris

Do we learn from History?

…even RECENT History? I’m beginning to wonder what we can possibly do to change the way we interact with the world.

This long article on Washington’s Blog is worth the read. Here’s a clip:

clipped from www.georgewashington2.blogspot.com

What Empires Have Said Throughout History: “One More Surge”

A leading advisor to the U.S. military, the Rand Corporation, released a study in 2008 called “How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida“. The report confirms what experts have been saying for years: the war on terror is actually weakening national security.

As a press release about the study states:

“Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors, and our analysis suggests that there is no battlefield solution to terrorism.”

In fact, starting right after 9/11 — at the latest — the goal has always been to create “regime change” and instability in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and other countries.
The goal was never focused on destroying Al Qaeda. As just one example, the U.S. let Bin Laden escape in 2001 and again in 2007.
Indeed, the goal seems to have more to do with being a superpower (i.e. an empire) than stopping terrorism.
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