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The republican’s prosperity budget protects wealthy Americans at everyone else’s expense. While America’s less fortunate may have to prepare for the impact of safety net cuts, defense spending continues and the extreme cost of weapons systems prevail

 

The most expensive weapon system ever developed is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It’s years behind schedule, 70 percent over its initial cost projection, and its life-cycle cost could be as high as $1.5 trillion. Its production has experienced substantial cost overruns. Contractor Lockheed Martin and engine maker Pratt & Whitney have realized billions in revenue and profit. Moreover, it’s unnecessary.

In face of concerns over increasing debt and deficit, with an unnecessary, incredibly expensive system, and such a longstanding boondoggle, you would think Congress would act to curtail such programs. But Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and his peers are more concerned with repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and with watering down Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs that assist low-income and vulnerable Americans, the elderly and poor.

Read article here: Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity”: Easy Street for Some, Calamity for Most

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The assertion that the U.S. government would not use drones to kill Americans on their turf is an illusionary notion. Rand Paul’s thirteen-hour talkathon to block confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for director of the CIA was an unnecessary waste of time. Sen. John McCain’s “wacko bird” comment was at best entertaining. In face of America’s history of brutal, lethal force, both here and abroad, they, Congress, and the American people are not in touch with reality if they think it can’t happen here.


Read article here: Who’s Kidding Who — Drone Attacks on U.S. Soil Won’t Happen and Can’t Happen?

 

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Saturday marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Mỹ Lai massacre, a powerful reminder of the evil of war

Incomprehensible atrocities occur in war that seem inevitable but cannot be overlooked. America’s wars are not an exception, and Americans should be shaken up by this reality. War’s brutality clearly points to the fact they must end.

There are incomprehensible massacres that take place in every war by those engaged in them. The United States is not an exception, and Americans need to be shaken up to the reality of America’s wars and their consequences. Regrettably, there is always an attempt at whitewashing these crimes, only brought to light when those who participate in or witness them courageously report them. Concealment keeps Americans in the dark, but when we learn of them we simply cannot ascribe such acts to the “fog of war” or accept them by saying there are always innocent people killed in war, as if such acts are inevitable and should be overlooked. Americans should lend an unequivocal voice in opposition to them and advocate an end to war.

The massacres committed during the Gulf War and Vietnam War are the most horrific since World War II — particularly the savage cruelty of the U.S. Army’s Tiger Force platoon in Vietnam, and Charley Company platoon at Mỹ Lai.

Read article here: America’s Atrocities: No Gun Ri, Tiger Force, Mỹ Lai, Highway of Death,  Iraq and Afghanistan

 

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“Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima,” according to the Associated Press.

So here we go again: forces at work creating fear based on false data, drumming up public support for a military response to Iran’s nuclear threat. That fabrication is not any different from the “mushroom cloud” metaphor used to garner public support for the invasion of Iraq.

If people know the reasons why the United States and Iran hate each other, it should alert them to the possibility that such a claim may be false. The roots of the U.S.-Iran relationship of hate and mistrust go back some 60 years.

Read article here: Lies, Misinformation, Demonization Will Inevitably Bring On U.S.-Iran War

 

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Like his father Bob and Uncle Ted, former U.S. representative Joe Kennedy II has spent his life committed to public service. As a congressman, he addressed issues affecting people who did not have a voice in Washington, supporting issues like low-income housing, community reinvestment, and consumer protections.


Today, Kennedy is chairman and President of Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit he founded in 1979 that provides discounted heating oil to low-income families, senior citizens, and the poor.

In 2005, Kennedy’s Citizens Energy teamed up with the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and its subsidiary CITGO with the support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. That partnership …

Read article here: Citizens Energy-CITGO-Petróleos De Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Continue Helping Needy Americans Keep Warm

 

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