This section has articles regarding the national economy, Bush's appointment
of judges to the Federal Bench, including the Supreme Court, Bush's dismantling
of many social service programs and environmental protection programs and in
general the Bush administration's all out effort to consolidate power in a small
neo-conservative group made up of the major players in the industrial, military complex.
The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair
The engine that drives the radical Christian Right in the United States, the most dangerous
mass movement in American history, is not religiosity, but despair. It is a movement built
on the growing personal and economic despair of tens of millions of Americans, who watched
helplessly as their communities were plunged into poverty by the flight of manufacturing jobs,
their families and neighborhoods torn apart by neglect and indifference, and who eventually
lost hope that America was a place where they had a future.
Pop Goes the Bubble!
This month's figures prove that
By MIKE WHITNEY
the so-called "housing bubble" is not only real, but
that its cratering faster than anyone had realized. As the UK Guardian reported just
yesterday, "the orderly housing slowdown predicted by the Federal Reserve will (soon)
become a full-blown crash".
All the indicators are now pointing in the wrong direction. Consumer confidence is
down, inventory is at a 10 year high, and the number of homes sold in July was 22%
lower than last year. As Paul Ashworth, chief economist at Capital Economics said,
"Things seem to be getting worse very quickly. Freefall is a strong word, but I think
it's the right one to use here." (UK Guardian)
Preparing for the Economic Typhoon
Posted on Tuesday, April 25 @ 09:20:43 EDT
Gold traders love George Bush. They know that his blundering mismanagement of
will keep gold soaring well into the future. In the last year alone gold increased nearly $200 an ounce
capping off a 5 year run that has taken it from $274 per ounce to $635 at Friday's close.
These are serious numbers and they reflect the uneasiness with the global political
situation (Iran, Nigeria)
as well as concern about the oceans of debt generated by our Oval Office numbskull.
Is it really possible for one man to single-handedly obliterate the world's most robust economy?
After 6 years of looting the public till, the cupboard is just about bare. Bush has chalked up
$3 trillion of public debt which sounds the death-knell for Social Security, public education, and the
social safety net.
Estimate $3.3 Trillion Missing From U.S. Treasury
While Americans worry about the disastrous effects on our economy of the accounting
scandals at Enron, WorldCom and elsewhere, an even larger accounting scandal has somehow
escaped the public consciousness. According to estimates, the Department of Defense and the
Department of Housing and Urban Development cannot account for over $3 trillion allotted to
them by Congress, amounting to thousands of dollars of missing money for every man, woman
and child in the country.
By John F. Ince, AlterNet
Posted on April 8, 2006, Printed on April 8, 2006
Last month, for the third time during the presidency of George W. Bush, the U.S. Congress
raised America's debt ceiling. By bumping up our own credit limit, the country's leaders
allowed us to technically avoid defaulting on our loans, but the move raises disturbing questions
resolve of our leaders to ever put the country on a sustainable borrowing path.
Economists and businesspeople have been warning for some time that sooner or later, America's
binge of borrowing must come to an end, or we will all suffer drastic consequences. Despite
widespread concern about America's increasing debt load, the issue lacks the sort of "sex
appeal" that the media needs to go at the issue more aggressively. And without media
attention, politicians feel little pressure to deal with the issue in a substantive way.
FEDERAL RESERVE ORDERS TWO TRILLION DOLLARS
TO BE PRINTED AND PUT INTO CIRCULATION!
By Special Report
Mar 28, 2006, 21:05
SOURCES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES
TREASURY ARE FLABBERGASTED!
INFO CORROBORATED BY THREE SEPARATE
U.S. TREASURY SOURCES
Six months ago, the Federal Reserve quietly announced
that as of March
20, 2006, they would no longer publish "M3" Data.
The "M3" was the amount of
cash the government printed to put into circulation,
As of eight days ago, M3 data is no longer being reported,
so there is
no way for the public, investors or bond holders to
know how much currency
exists - and no way to gauge how much a "dollar" is truly
12/05/2005 @ 1:01 pm
Filed by RAW STORY
WASHINGTON: Senator John Kerry (D - Mass.) made the following statement,
issued to RAW STORY, following Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s speech
this morning on Iraq. Rumors are circulating that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) could
be tapped to replace Rumsfeld.
Defecating in our Nest
By David Model
The battleground for defense of the environment is shrinking at an alarming rate.
Even seemingly untouchable protected areas of our increasingly fouled planet has
yielded to the corporate-owned politicians who are more concerned about winning
the next election than the health of the planet.
Internal Memos Show Oil Companies Intentionally
Limited Refining Capacity To Drive Up Gasoline Prices
Santa Monica, CA -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
(FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the
industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up
profits. The exposure comes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the oil
industry blames environmental regulation for limiting number of U.S.
Quotes from The American Taliban
Ann Coulter and many more known Americans
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them
to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing
only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we
killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."
"Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."
"Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity,
as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of 'kill
everyone who doesn't smell bad and doesn't answer to the name Mohammed'
America Is Running Out of Time
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
George W. Bush will go down in history as the president who fiddled while
America lost its superpower status.
Bush used deceit and hysteria to lead America into a war that is bleeding
the US economically, militarily, and diplomatically. The war is being fought
with hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed from foreigners. The war is
bleeding the military of troops and commitments. The war has ended the US claim to
moral leadership and exposed the US as a reckless and aggressive power.
US Congress votes to make Patriot Act permanent
By Bill Van AukenBy “unanimous consent” the United States Senate moved last Friday to
1 August 2005
turn the bulk of the repressive legislation known as the USA Patriot Act
into permanent law.
Passage of the measure followed less than a week a similar vote in the House
of Representatives that would not only enshrine the Patriot Act in permanent
law, but would significantly widen the police-state powers it grants the US government.
Frist Accumulated Stock Outside Trusts
By LARRY MARGASAK and JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writers
Outside the blind trusts he created to avoid a conflict of interest, Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist earned tens of thousands of dollars from stock in a family-founded
hospital chain largely controlled by his brother, documents show.
The Tennessee Republican, whose sale this summer of HCA Inc. stock is under
federal investigation, has long maintained he could own HCA shares and still
vote on health care legislation without a conflict because he had placed the stock
in blind trusts approved by the Senate.
However, ethics experts say a partnership arrangement shown in documents
obtained by The Associated Press raises serious doubts about whether the
senator truly avoided a conflict.
10/11/2005 @ 3:19 pm
Filed by RAW STORY
An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney's
Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year, RAW STORY can reveal.
They fix oil prices, don't they?
A Gusher Called Katrina
Date: Sunday, September 25 @ 08:44:59 EDT
Topic: Corporate America
By Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch
There is so much propaganda, faith-based economic theorizing and simple
ignorance and naiveté surrounding the question of soaring gasoline and oil
prices in this country!
For heaven's sake, of course there is collusion, monopolistic behavior and
price fixing in the oil industry. It's the way this particular industry operates.
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
THE LIES TO HIKE THE OIL PRICE
A more appropriate title for this piece would have been "Orchestrating
So I'd like to throw some things out that the public at large doesn't
know and never would. What I am about to tell is common knowledge in oil
circles but the worker ants at the bottom of the pyramid never question
what they see. I was an eye witness to what I am going to relate and
there are a good many others who could come forward if only they will.
Group: Internal memos show oil companies limited refineries
to drive up prices
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal
oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining
capacity to drive up profits, RAW STORY has learned.
Navy ship nearby underused
Craft with food, water, doctors needed orders
By Stephen J. Hedges
Tribune national correspondent
Published September 4, 2005
ON THE USS BATAAN -- While federal and state emergency planners scramble to
get more military relief to Gulf Coast communities stricken by Hurricane Katrina, a
massive naval goodwill station has been cruising offshore, underused and waiting
for a larger role in the effort.
The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious
assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water. It also can
make its own water, up to 100,000 gallons a day. And it just happened to be
in the Gulf of Mexico when Katrina came roaring ashore.
OPERATION BLESSING: THE FACTS
Posted By: Argus
Date: Thursday, 1 September 2005, 10:00 p.m.
No one is trying to demonize faith based Christianity as a whole here, in
much the same way that no one at STA believes all Muslims are violent bomb
The point of the initial post was the alarm bell raised that Operation Blessing
is a legitimate charity.
No less an "objective" source than the Virginian-Pilot newspaper which exposed
the fraud of Operation Blessing years ago, and it would only add to the tragedy
and suffering to funnel money to a proven criminal enterprise.
Don't Give Your Hurricane Donations to the
American Red Cross Establishment charities
have criminal history of stealing disaster funds
LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN CONYERS
The devastation along the Gulf Coast caused by Katrina and the
ripple effects throughout the entire nation are tragic beyond description.
What we are witnessing in Louisiana and Mississippi is the truism that
when disaster strikes, the gap between rich and poor becomes a chasm.
BUSH STRAFES NEW ORLEANS
WHERE IS OUR HUEY LONG?
by Greg Palast
Friday, September 2, 2005
The National Public Radio news anchor was so excited I thought she'd piss on
herself: the President of the United had flown his plane down to 1700 feet to
get a better look at the flood damage! And there was a photo of our
Commander-in-Chief taken looking out the window. He looked very serious and concerned.
That was yesterday. Today he played golf. No kidding.
New Orleans survived the Category 4.5 hurricane quite well.
New Orleans did NOT survive the Republican Party!
The inherent Bigotry, Classism and Greed of Compassionate
Conservatism KILLED New Orleans !
Katrina's 145 MPH winds caused some wind damage, the most obvious to the
plastic roof coating of the Superdome. Some windows were blown out. Some
houses lost shingles. Some trees were uprooted and signs blown down. There was
very little structural damage to New Orleans from the winds of Katrina. It is possible
that there would have been NO DEATHS in New Orleans from wind damage alone.
(It is a little early to state that with absolute certainty, but so far, there has been very
little structural wind damage visible in ANY of the pictures. The ROOF Structure of
the Superdome is intact.
Why the Levee Broke
By Will Bunch, Attytood
Posted on September 1, 2005
Even though Hurricane Katrina has moved well north of
the city, the waters continued to rise in New Orleans
on Wednesday. That's because Lake Pontchartrain
continues to pour through a two-block-long break in
the main levee, near the city's 17th Street Canal.
With much of the Crescent City some 10 feet below sea
level, the rising tide may not stop until until it's
level with the massive lake.
Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
By DOUG THOMPSON
Jun 4, 2004, 02:17
President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood
swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express
growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.
In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from
quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats
and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”
Bush's Obscene Tirades Rattle White House Aides
By DOUG THOMPSON
Aug 25, 2005, 06:19
While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch
effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the
scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes
obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him.
“I’m not meeting again with that goddamned bitch,” Bush screamed at aides
who suggested he meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother
whose son died in Iraq . “She can go to hell as far as I’m concerned!”
Zbignew Zingh: 'Pat Robertson's fatwah and the emergence of Medieval America '
Date: Sunday, August 28 @ 08:48:15 EDT
Topic: The Religious Right
By Zbignew Zingh, Dissident Voice
Pat Robertson was right when he suggested that the United States would assassinate
Venezuela 's Hugo Chavez.
Robertson, of course, is a hypocrite and one of this country's most effective ad men for
atheism. In the main, Pat Robertson is a medieval, witch-burning, fool. However, he
moves among people who are either within or near to the circles of power. They are
not nice people, but they are not fools. Robertson has either heard directly from this
country's rulers' own lips, or heard from reliable sources close to them, that the
US does, indeed, have President Chavez in its cross-hairs.
Congratulations President Bush-You Broke the Record
Heartfelt congratulations to President Bush, who on Friday August 19th
breaks Ronald Reagan's all-time record for most vacation days. The old record was
335 days, though Reagan took his sweet time of eight years to accomplish this
feat. President Bush did it in nearly half the time. And with another two
weeks of vacation on tap, he's obviously not content with simply breaking the
record, he's going to smoke that record right out of the hole.
Great going, President Bush! We knew you could do it!
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. issued a letter to Senators Kerry
and Edwards urging that they not withdraw from this case.
We have learned that the Kerry/Edwards campaign is preparing to withdraw
from the Ohio recount case, which is pending in federal court. This move comes
as Federal Judge Carr in Toledo prepares to hold a status conference on August
30 on this case, along with two other pending voting rights cases.
When most others stood aside, PDA stood for voting rights and untainted
elections in Ohio and in the halls of Congress. We stood to make sure that
every vote counts. We have continued to fight together without slowing down.
Report from Camp Casey Vigil
One Mother's Stand by Scott Galindez
Iraq Veteran Aidan Delgado opened the vigil with a heartfelt message: "In victory
or defeat the price is the same... A price that can not be measured in dollars or votes
but can only be measured in pain... We must make sure it is never paid again until all
other means have failed." In the foreground as Aidan spoke was a flag-draped coffin.
On the left side of the coffin, Iraq Veteran Hart Viges stood at attention. On the right
side, Charlie Anderson in full uniform did the same.
Authorities Swarm 77 Year Old Vet's Property Hours
After His Calling Bush A Liar On Radio Station
By Greg Szymanski
Don Stout looked up into the Midwestern sky one afternoon two weeks ago
and saw a strange helicopter flying over his five-acre piece of land in rural Albany , Ohio .
Before he knew what happened, the 77-year-old long-time resident, law-abiding
citizen and Korean War veteran had eight law enforcement officials swarm on his
property, checking the place out for marijuana.
Ari Berman: 'A democracy in name only'
By Ari Berman, The Nation
"The drama of the legislative process is never in the broad strokes," journalist Matt
Taibbi writes, "but in the bloody skirmishes and power plays that happen behind the
scenes." That is where the Republican leadership, bolstered by an army of lobbyists,
sinks its teeth into the arm of democracy.
Taibbi exposes the spectacular corruption of the current Republican Congress in
a shocking, maddening and revelatory report in this month's Rolling Stone magazine.
Luckily, Taibbi has an expert tour guide: maverick Independent congressman and
soon-to-be-Senator Bernie Sanders. Taibbi charts how over one month Sanders
introduces four amendments, all of which pass floor votes by comfortable margins.
None of them become law. "How Tom DeLay and his cronies subvert the popular will,"
could have been story's subhead.
ROLLING STONE EXPOSE: The Courageous Fight Inside
the U.S. House of Horrors
Rolling Stone magazine today released an absolutely awesome and epic piece that sheds
light on how Congress really works - or doesn't work - these days. The narrative follows
four bipartisan amendments authored by Vermont 's Independent Congressman Bernie
Sanders (a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006) who the writer notes "is the amendment
king of the current House of Representatives." That's right - "since the Republicans
took over Congress in 1995, no other lawmaker -- not Tom DeLay, not Nancy
Pelosi -- has passed more roll-call amendments than Bernie Sanders."
The magazine takes us on a one-month journey in which Sanders almost passed four
separate amendments. We get an up-close and nauseating view of how Congress -
which purports to be a democracy - now resembles a corrupt third world politburo.
Only instead of an authoritarian ideological dictatorship running the place, it is
Big Money that calls the shots on every issue.
An Unlikely Conversation With
The Cowards in Congress
Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of Congress...
But I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain
What shameful toads you are! Yes you, our elected lawmakers. Yes you, the
folks we sent to Washington in our names. Yes you, the most spineless,
cowardly and craven Congress people in history. Yes you, the most bullied,
gutless and shameful herd of legislators ever elected. And you know exactly
who you are.
Where in hell is your integrity? Where in hell is your self-respect? You’ve
been led by your submissive noses to do the bidding of liars and warmongers.
You’ve been suckered into applauding some of the most egregious crimes ever
committed by a US government. You’ve become such a pitiful collection of
sniveling sycophants. And you know damn well who you are.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 15 August 2005
This thing, the wheels are coming off it.
- Gen. Barry McCaffrey, after returning from an inspection of Iraq ,
They are sunburned and storm-lashed. They sleep in tents that sit along
the muddy earth of drainage ditches by the side of the road. They have been
heckled by "counter-demonstrators" who chanted "We don't care!" during a
rendition of "God Bless America ." They have been attacked by fire ants and
hassled by local health inspectors. On Thursday morning, at about 5:30am,
they were blasted awake by a fourteen-car convoy of Secret Service SUVs
which roared through the camp at high speed while leaning on their horns the
They have been jolted with fear when a local resident fired his weapon
into the air several times to make them go away. When the shooter, one Larry
Mattlage, was asked why he was firing his gun, he said, "We're going to
start doing our war and it's going to be underneath the law. We're going to
do whatever it takes." It is safe to say, therefore, that their lives have
The thing is, they've already won.
Watching The US Economy Crumble
Good News! Soon You'll No Longer Need An
Expensive College Education to Work in the US
By Paul Craig Roberts - 8-11-2005
The US continues its descent into the Third World , but you would never know it
from news reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' July payroll jobs release.
Documents Show Roberts Influence In Reagan Era
By R. Jeffrey Smith, Jo Becker and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, July 27, 2005; A01
Newly released documents show that John G. Roberts Jr. was a significant
backstage player in the legal policy debates of the early Reagan administration,
confidently debating older Justice Department officials and supplying them
with arguments and information that they used to wage a bureaucratic struggle
for the president's agenda.