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Stephen Lendman ~ Sanctions Wars

SteveLendmansBlog March 20 2013

steveLendmanCall it tit for tat. On March 20, Russia responded to Obama’s sanctioning Russian and Crimean officials as well as Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych. More on this below.

At the same time, Obama added insult to injury. His Thursday Executive Order “Block(s) Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine.”

Doing so escalates tensions further. He blacklisted 20 Russian officials and businessmen.

Economic sanctions may follow, he warned. Potentially targeted sectors include energy, mining, defense and engineering.

He represents the worst of rogue governance. He threatens world peace. It hangs in the balance on his watch.

Impeaching him is a national imperative. Humanity depends on it. Recklessness defines his agenda.

One crisis follows others. He’s in unchartered waters. Confronting Russia risks the unthinkable. He’s proceeding mindlessly. He issued a statement, saying:

“We’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government.”

“In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals.”

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Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up February 7 2014 [Video]

USAWatchdog

There was lots of news out of Washington D.C. this week.  First off, don’t expect a big fight over the debt ceiling.  Speaker of the House John Boehner has already signaled that there will be a debt ceiling increase even if he has to pass the legislation with Democrats.  He clearly does not want to take the blame for another government shutdown.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the country could run out of cash by the end of the month.  Here’s what you are not hearing.  Heard anyone in either party talk about the size of the increase?  Heck no.  I figure they will raise the ceiling at least $2 trillion to cover the two year budget deal they just passed.  That means the deficit will be at least $19.3 trillion in two short years.  Foreigners holding our debt must be stunned.  You know the numbers are big when .3 equals $300 billion.

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Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up December 13 2013 [Video]

USA Watchdog

The latest budget deal that House and Senate leaders have come up with can be summed up by saying it really is more of the same.  There are little spending cuts and little in tax increases.  There is something in it for everyone to hate.  The Tea Party did not get any meaningful spending cuts, and the liberal Democrats didn’t get much in the way of tax increases.  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democrats, “Embrace the suck.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner told conservative members, basically, to shut up.  Who cares if the deficit has grown more than $3 trillion in just three years?  At some point, the world is going to figure out the U.S. is not serious and is never paying back all this money.  That’s when the entire country will have a Detroit moment.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Debt Ceiling Hype

stevelendman October 15 2013

The so-called deadline to raise it isn’t one at all. Lots of ways can resolve it. Prioritized spending can keep government operating. It can prevent default.

From October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, an estimated $3 trillion in revenue will be collected. The Treasury can mint trillion dollar coins if needed.

The Fed monetizes debt by buying Treasuries. It’s purchasing about $1 trillion annually. It can double the amount if it wishes.

Doing so, of course, is madness. What can’t go on forever, won’t. Massive monetization debases dollar value. Doing so is back door defaulting. Short-term, nothing prevents it from continuing.

Technically the debt ceiling is unconstitutional. The 14th Amendment Section 4 mandates paying public debt obligations. It states:

“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

“But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”

Defaulting violates the Constitution’s “general welfare” clause. Article I, Section 8 states:

“The Congress shall have power to…provide for (the) general welfare of the United States.”

Having power means using it when most needed. It means doing so for the good of the country and everyone. It requires keeping government operating. It requires funding its obligations.

The so-called debt problem is an accounting one. The Treasury can issue any amount it wishes. The Fed can buy it all if needed.

It can cancel debt it owns. It can simply forgive it. It’s a bookkeeping entry. It’s money Washington owes itself.

Doing it creates lots of wiggle room. It would end the current standoff. It would prevent default.

It won’t happen whether or not the so-called deadline is passed. Bet on it.

Here’s where things now stand. An hour from now they may change. According to Defense News.com:

Senate Democrat and Republican leaders “are close to finalizing a debt-ceiling deal…”

It buys time. It gives Congress and Obama three more months to resolve differences. It averts new defense sequestration cuts.

Senate majority and minority leaders Harry Reid (D. NV) and Mitch McConnell (R. KY) respectively agreed on 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) funding levels.

If House Republicans concur, government reopens. It continues operating until January 15. It provides time to resolve differences.

Reid and McConnell are close to a deal to raise the debt ceiling until mid-February. In weekend talks, Democrats introduced a sequester replacement plan. Republicans balked.

Reid and McConnell agreed on $986 billion additional spending. It’ll end in mid-January without a sequester replacement deal in the meantime.

According to Senator Mark Pryor (D. AK), both leaders agreed on what 13 Republican and Democrat senators proposed. Passing a continuing resolution (CR) would keep government operating.

Doing so requires House and Senate approval.

At 9:56 AM EDT time today, The New York Times headlined “House Outlines Plan on Spending Debt Limit,” saying:

Doing so “would end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit into next year, but would also make some changes to the health care law.”

Their plan mandates Obamacare coverage for congressional and high-level administration staffers. It excludes them from receiving government subsidies.

It suspends the medical device tax for two years. It reopens government. It funds it through January 15. It increases the debt ceiling until February.

Other House and Senate Democrat and Republican proposals were floated. They’re being considered. So far, nothing is resolved.

At 11:30 AM EDT today, The New York Times headlined House “Republican Leaders Back Off New Plan,” saying:

“Republican leaders walked back from a plan that had emerged this morning. Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters there are ‘no decisions about what exactly we will do.’ ”

“We’re trying to find a way forward in a bipartisan way that would continue to provide fairness to the American people under Obamacare.”

House Republicans have different ideas on how to do it, he added.

According to The Times, they “appear intent to extract at least one concession…”

They want congressional members, Obama, Biden, and high-level administration staffers excluded from federal health insurance subsidies. They want them bound under the same Obamacare provisions as everyone else.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor calls it “our provision of fairness. No special treatment under the law.”

Stay tuned. Ongoing toing and froing has a ways to go. Debt default won’t follow. Whatever happens, ordinary people will be harmed most.

A previous article explained. Squabbles mask Washington’s longstanding class war. Neoliberal harshness explains it.

Bipartisan complicity demands it. Destroying social America is planned. Brinksmanship is theater. It masks what’s really going on.

Expect resolution to hammer ordinary people hard. It’ll hurt America’s most disadvantaged hardest. It’ll come incrementally.

It’ll eliminate social protections too vital to lose. It’ll leave growing millions increasingly on their own sink or swim.

It’ll reveal more than ever America’s dark side. It reflects heart of darkness wickedness writ large.

Expect the worst of all possible worlds ahead. It’s baked in the cake. Both parties agree.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached
at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Chris Hedges ~ The Folly Of Empire

TruthDig  October 14 2013

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask the real work of the crew, which is systematically robbing the passengers as the vessel goes down. The mandarins of power stand in the wheelhouse barking ridiculous orders and seeing how fast they can gun the engines. They fight like children over the ship’s wheel as the vessel heads full speed into a giant ice field. They wander the decks giving pompous speeches. They shout that the SS America is the greatest ship ever built. They insist that it has the most advanced technology and embodies the highest virtues. And then, with abrupt and unexpected fury, down we will go into the frigid waters.

The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. So did the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Men and women of stunning mediocrity and depravity led the monarchies of Europe and Russia on the eve of World War I. And America has, in its own decline, offered up its share of weaklings, dolts and morons to steer it to destruction. A nation that was still rooted in reality would never glorify charlatans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, House Speaker John Boehner and former Speaker Newt Gingrich as they pollute the airwaves. If we had any idea what was really happening to us we would have turned in fury against Barack Obama, whose signature legacy will be utter capitulation to the demands of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and the security and surveillance state. We would have rallied behind those few, such as Ralph Nader, who denounced a monetary system based on gambling and the endless printing of money and condemned the willful wrecking of the ecosystem. We would have mutinied. We would have turned the ship back.

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Sartre ~ Government Siege And National Rape

BATR Editorial on the State of the Nation

“We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.” – a senior administration official

All Americans share the shame of the charade that pretends to be the Federal Government. The governance class operates in a manner that thinks the voice of the people is irrelevant. The current shutdown of public services is a selected con game run by “Federalies” thugs. This latest extortion racket intends to break the spirit of reform and sensible opposition. The crony capitalist takeover of the health care system only benefits the corporatists. The insurance companies stand to reap tribute from the masses, while the special interest friends of the Obama syndicate get exemptions. Make no mistake, the den of thieves that defend Obamacare, as the “law of the land” is a herd of habitual liars.

The Democrats prove their symbol, the ass, is more stubborn than usual. The Senate refusal to conference with the House and observe the constitutional duties of Congress means that Senator Harry Reid and his cohorts own this shutdown. Barack Hussein Obama is busy campaigning and lecturing the recalcitrant Republican House members for not capitulating to his dictates. The hordes of zombie groups that luv Barry Soetoro still have not figured out that the promised free health care has a zinger of a cost.

The Republicans Senators, who just sit on their hands as Dingy Harry trashes and lies from the well of the chamber floor, refuses to react to Reid’s mea culpa, “saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates.” The long silence of most GOP RINO’s is taken as implied consent, has the beleaguered public frustrated and confused.

What is at stake is the total enslavement of the populace. This confrontation is not over Obamacare alone. No, it has more to do with the very nature of the representative government. Democratic principles are not synonymous with mob rule. However, when the entrenched Senators in safe districts refuse to pass a budget and demand that continued resolutions must keep funding unnecessary programs, you get an imperial government.

Speaker John A. Boehner makes a sensible argument.

FACT: Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in nearly four years. The president’s is late again (for the fourth time). Neither have a plan to replace the Obama sequester.

The last time Senate Democrats passed a budget was April 29, 2009 – nearly four years ago. One Democratic leader called budgeting “foolish.”

Only now that their paychecks are on the line under the GOP-led No Budget, No Pay Act are Senate Democrats talking about passing a budget. The “no budget, no pay” effort is supported by 72 percent of the American people.

“Ordinary people … meet their deadlines,” said President Obama. But his budget is late for the fourth time. That’s the most of any president. Ever. [SEE INFOGRAPHIC]

When the president finally submitted a budget last year, it received zero votes in the House and Democrat-controlled Senate. Zero.

House Republicans have routinely sought to address major challenges: the House passed budgets in 2011 and 2012 that protect and strengthen our entitlement programs for future generations; first voted to replace the president’s sequester in May 2012 and to address the rest of the “fiscal cliff” in August 2012; and more.

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Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up October 4 2013 [Video]

USA Watchdog

Government shutdown became a reality this week.  It’s the fault of both parties–end of story.  At its core, the fight is over the Affordable Care Act (or Obama Care).  The Democrats have one thing right:  Obama Care, like it or not, is the law of the land.  It doesn’t matter that it is a job killer or that people will be forced into part-time work.  It doesn’t matter that it is an enormous entitlement that will plunge the country deeper into debt.  It doesn’t matter that the Obama Administration has handed out hundreds of exemptions to unions and big corporations. It doesn’t matter that key provisions have been put off by the Obama Administration.  It is the law of the land, and the only way to change it is for Republicans to win back the Senate and the Presidency.

I think the Democrats love the chaos created by the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis because it gives them an issue.  But in the end, the government shutdown will end, and the debt ceiling will be extended.  Speaker of the House John Boehner said he would not allow a debt default.  He’s not that stupid.  This reminds me quote where a man was accused of being drunk by a woman and he shot back, “Yes I am, but tomorrow I’ll be sober and you will still be ugly.”  When the dust settles with the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, Obama Care will still be the Law and an unqualified disaster.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Obama’s Waging War On Humanity

Steve Lendman September 3 2013

He’s done it since day one in office. It rages nonstop. War on Afghanistan could continue for another decade or longer.

Iraq and Libya are out-of control cauldrons of violence. Syria’s the current eye of the storm. Obama intends escalating what’s ongoing. Iran’s turn awaits.

Syria’s Ministry of Information addressed how ordinary Syrians are affected. Obama bears full responsibility.

Sabotage damaged vital infrastructure. “Power nets, oil and gas pipelines, hospitals and schools” are affected.

“(M)ore than 1,700 schools, with losses of about 500 million Syrian pounds, have been devastated, besides targeting the teaching staff that has lost (dozens of) martyrs murdered by the treacherous terror(ists) wanting to take Syrian citizens back to the ages of ignorance and backwardness.”

Universal free healthcare’s compromised. Hospitals and health centers were “robbed and burnt out.” Medical professionals were murdered.

“More than 38 hospitals and 132 health centers (were) attacked and damaged by armed terrorist groups.”

Twenty-five hospitals were rehabilitated. Healthcare sector losses exceed 3.5 billion Syrian pounds. Electricity, oil and gas, as well as other sectors are affected.

Economic sanctions hurt. They’re fundamentally unjust. They’re punitive. They’re illegal. They harm ordinary Syrians most.

Government services are provided as well as possible. Syria’s committed to freeing the country of terrorists. A long struggle ahead remains.

About one in ten Americans support Obama’s planned escalation. About one-fourth of Brits back their own government’s involvement.

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Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up August 30 2013 [Video]

USA Watchdog

To bomb or not to bomb.  That is the question for President Obama on Syria.  This is the only real story to be concerned with as Syria is the domino that could spark World War III.  I am not being dramatic.  It looks like the President has already made his choice with five U.S. Navy destroyers off the Syrian coast.  Will our closest allies help?  In a word–No.  France says there should be a diplomatic solution.  The Parliament in the UK voted “No” to bombing Syria.  According to a recent poll, 91% of Americans do not want the U.S. to take military action in Syria.  It should come as no surprise the President is not going to get formal approval from Congress, even though nearly 120 members from both parties want him to.  Congress would surely vote No, and that would include many Democrats that think this this is a very bad idea.  Even so, it looks like the President and his “Red Line” talk on the use of chemical weapons in Syria has painted him into a very tight corner.  By the way, the Russian and Syrians say the rebels used chemical weapons, not the Syrian government.  If President Obama bombs, he looks like a cowboy and a loner.  If he holds back, he looks weak.  This is the ultimate lose-lose choice.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House John Boehner sent the President a letter asking him about his plan and goals.  Boehner did not ask the President to ask for Congressional approval.  Some say the President doesn’t need it and cite past presidential actions in places like Panama and Grenada.  Those places could not set off a global war.  The President has said this is a “shot across the bow.”  Firing a couple hundred missiles into a country is not a “shot across the bow.”  It is an act of war, just like firing missiles into New York City or firing missiles into a U.S. military base would be an act of war.

Also see Edward Snowden is Not a Traitor

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