Liberty & Power: Group Blog
Of the three candidates on most of our ballots there is only one who says categorically that he would not bomb Iran -- of course, the mainstream media tells us that we should not even consider voting for him, Gary Johnson. No matter which one wins a pro-war person will be in charge. But take comfort in the fact that war is good for the press and means higher television ratings so do what they tell you and do not vote for peace.
So GDP is growing at about 2 percent. (That's not the same as "the economy.") The rub is that it's driven by consumer and government spending. Real economic growth requires investment, and investment has not recovered. But private (real) investment requires savings--that is, deferred consumption. So increased consumption is not a path to economic growth. Increased sustainable consumer spending is an effect not a cause of economic growth.
We have two main party candidates running for president and they are both completely ignorant about economics but you will not see this kind of analysis of their debates on televison because the mainstream media does not want voters to know that fact
David T. Beito
Viewed in hindsight, George McGovern was the last major party nominee I could have voted for. No Democratic or Republican candidate did more to challenge the post-war "bi-partisan" foreign policy of world policing. Less well known was McGovern's unorthodox views (at least for a Democrat circa 1972) on economic policy. He endorsed an end to Richard Nixon's wage and price controls calling for a "free market" in prices instead. His advocacy of social liberalism and civil liberties led Republicans to demonize him as the candidate of "acid, amnesty, and abortion."
President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have at least one thing in common when it comes to Iran. All are guilty of flagrant self-contradiction.
Tell your students the Republicans want more debt that they will have to pay for all of their lives. more war that will kill and wound some of their friends, and more people in prison for non-violent offenses. That is why they have been trying to keep Gary Johnson off the ballot.The news media also wants more debt, more war, and more people in prison that is why they are telling us to forget Gary Johnson is in rhe race. Unfortunatly the Democrata want the same things.
I support the troops therefore I am going to vote for Gary Johnson those who vote for war monger Barack Obama or war monger Mitt Romney do not support or care about them.
David T. Beito
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." – Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
If I read one more article or hear one more pundit telling me how important the upcoming presidential election is I believe I will vomit. No matter whether we elect Barack Obama or Mitt Romney the American people will still have trillions of dollars of ever increasing national debt and they will still have to come up with billions eventually trillions of dollars out of their own pockets to pay interest on it for which they will receive no education for their children, no health care for themselves, no increased ability to defend from real rather than media created threats, no infrastructure to help them earn a livelihood, no advances in science, no cleaner an environment but the government will get the privilege of borrowing even more money with which to buy our votes and the big banks will get funds from the federal reserve created sham money at 0 percent interest which they can loan to people and businesses at 20 percent interest. This system is good for politicians like Obama and Romney, the military industrial complex, the prison guards union, the thousands of government bureaucrats who feel entitled to control the minutest aspects of our lives however it is not so good for ordinary people. If the voters had to pay directly for the government’s racist cruel drug war, the deaths and maiming of our sons and daughters in endless conflict that makes America no safer, the opportunity destroying senseless regulations and the ever present corporate welfare which forces us to pay for things we do not want and keeps us from having things that we do desire and f[nd necessary rather than through the gradual and not so gradual erosion of the value our money and our ability to get the things that we do want and need it would be much more difficult for the government controlled mainstream media to convince them that the government was doing all of this to them for their own good.
The reason we are told this election is so important is not because of who wins or loses, this time, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but because the mainstream media wants us to demonstrate our acceptance of the principle that government exists to benefit us. The fact is that government really only has concern for the politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats who have control of it and the wealthy who can pay to decide who gets that control. We must remember that those in the mainstream media are not truth tellers but in fact are story tellers and the essence of any good story is conflict. Pitting Blacks against Whites, rich against poor, women against men, the users marijuana against the users of alcohol or legal pharmaceuticals no matter how harmful, environmentalists against energy producers, Muslims against Christians, those who want to live in peace against the lives of our sons and daughters is good for the media it helps them sell newspapers and boosts their viewership. This is how the government maintains control over our lives.
The mainstream media will not allow anyone to this challenge this corrupt and abhorrent system and only those, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, completely devoted to it will be allowed to speak in favor of their slightly different versions of it. Despite the fact that voters in at least 47 different states are going to go into the booth in November and have the option of choosing to vote for Gary Johnson most will not know this because the mainstream media is intent on hiding this truth. Therefore during tonight’s non-debate there will be no discussion of the ineffectiveness, brutality and cost of our misguided war on drugs and that it will continue is a given, the suggestion that our perpetual warfare against so many of the rest of the world’s people makes us less safe while bankrupting our government will not find a voice, and the reality that our government cannot continue finance its out of control spending with money created out of thin air without causing the money that the people do have from becoming worthless will be given lip service but neither Obama nor Romney have shown any willingness to act upon this problem whatsoever.
I am not going to watch tonight’s event because I am tired of being lied to all of the time but I am going to vote. Those who argue that voting is wrong because you are giving tacit approval to the system have a point but in this instance there is a clear way to vote against the system. When I vote for Gary Johnson I will be saying no I do not approve of this kind of rule that allows politicians to decide what is in my best interest when it usually is not but rather in their best interest. A vote for Gary Johnson si not just a vote against Obama and Romney or a vote for either one of them it is a vote against their system of debt, warfare, and control over your personal life.
'Turning Bedouin village into Jewish settlement is racist'
Government's decision to convert Umm al-Hiran into Jewish settlement enrages Bedouin residents; 'You can’t just take an Arab and put a Jew in his place. This is Nakba of 2012,' they say
The continuous struggle of the Bedouin community in southern Israel has once caused a stir in a move Bedouins are calling "racist."
"They say they want to evict us because of illegal construction," Salim Abu Al-Kian, 53, told Ynet. "We are ready to reach a settlement on the matter. We're willing to issue permits for homes that have yet to receive them. Unfortunately, the state does not want to help us. They want to expel us from our land. We have no value to them," he said.
The new village will be built in place of the Bedouin village which currently houses 500 people.
Amna Abu Al-Kian said that she would be willing to die before leaving her home. "I have six children and we have nowhere else to go to."
"Instead of the state helping us, we are thrown out to the street like animals," she exclaimed.
'We can live alongside Jews'
Other residents of the Bedouin village could not understand the council's decision and offered an alternative solution. "We wouldn't mind living alongside Jews. I wouldn't object to us being neighbors," said Salim Abu Al-Kian.
"You can’t just take an Arab and put a Jew in his place. This is racism. This is the Nakba of 2012," he added.
Another Bedouin resident said "we're citizens of the state of Israel. Israel claims to be a democratic country but it has neglected its citizens for decades. Why not recognize our rights? We have been the most loyal to Israel since its establishment. They can't keep pushing us into a corner."
Attorney Suhad Bshara from the Adala Center said that the "government's decision coincides with Israel's policy to expel the Bedouin residents from their lands and destroy their homes in order to clear the land for Jewish settlements."
The authority charged with regulating Bedouin towns in the Negev said that many of the residents have already found a solution – they are to move to the nearby newly-constructed Bedouin village of Horah.
Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report