Friday, June 30, 2006

follow the money

We are told nine billion dollars is missing in Iraq. That's what we're told, but how much is really missing? To paraphrase Senator Everett Dirksen: A billion here a billion there, before you know it you're losing real money.  On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld admitted that there's a report that concludes the Department of Defense can't account for $2.3 trillion, and that this was a threat to our security. That's $8,000 for every man woman and child in America. Then came September 11, and Mr. Rumsfeld like the rest of us forgot about that report.  The military admits it can't account for 25% of its budget.  Is this what happens when the "adults" are in charge?
If Social Security is in crisis, why did the money for tax breaks for the wealthy come from the Social Security trust fund? So many people on the take and so few dollars for the elderly and veterans benefits and education and health care and homeland security. Is it creative accounting or just outright theft? Then again, maybe they're just better magicians than Houdini. They certainly have a penchant for making money disappear? And as they are always wont to say about tax cuts for their wealthy backers, "It's your money." now which “you” to which they refer is up for speculation.
The question that must be asked is: Where are the media watchdogs? Are they so cowed by these gangsters that they are no better than Pravda, Taas and Izvestia in the former Soviet Union? If they devoted the time and effort to reporting on this grandest of all thefts as they did on a stained blue dress we'd all have a higher living standard and more faith in the institutions set up to serve "we the people." 
A sage said many years ago that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Barry Sussman
Vietnam 67 - 68


At 11:55 PM, Blogger REB 84 said...

It seems that throughout history, executive and/or royal authority has been gained via a ruthless determination to reach out and take as much power as people allow.

Idealogs have risen to power in large part because too many people are too easily led. A "bandwagon effect" leads to almost a cult like following of "true believers." These true believers have two main rolls (besides being cheer-leaders). They recruit new members or intimidate the opposition. Still, this dedication is not enough to maintain long-term power.

Totalitarian movements grow because far too many citizens are uninvolved with politics and don’t ask questions. These citizens are the disconnected, silent majority. The key to positive change in America lies not with divisive partisan politics. The key is tapping into the pent-up hopes and dreams of the disaffected, uneducated, and uninformed Americans who don't even bother to vote.

On a positive note, I recently found a very interesting website This site is one way silent majority can learn how to question.

It's Propaganda Lessons section is good complementary reading to OhioDem1's How to Sell a War I’m glad I found this site while Googling "question." It is encouraging to find fellow Americans who are taking positive actions to help wake up America.

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