On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show (9-15-2009), Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post) and Representative Ron Paul are interviewed. What I really liked about this clip is the fact that Huffington and Paul agreed with a lot of the same things and were friendly and respectful to each other.
The topic of the interview focuses on the economy. Host Joe Scarborough points out that Paul predicted the housing collapse way back in 2003 when virtually nobody else on the Banking Committee, in Congress, or within the mainstream media did. Paul criticizes the Federal Reserve and says, "so with all these good intentions of helping poor people, the very people who are doing this are actually making it more harmful and hurting those they want to help". Huffington agrees "with Congressman Paul that this is not capitalism. This is not free enterprise capitalism". She then says that what we have now "is really (an) oligopoly. We have 92 smaller regional banks that have failed but the five big banks are bigger than ever, their profits are growing, their toxic assets are still on the books."
Both Huffington and Paul also agree that "Corporations, drug companies, and insurance companies" will come out well when the Medical Care Reform eventually passes (as it's probably just another form of corporate welfare, ala the bank bailouts). I know there are still folks who believe that Ron Paul would abolish everything in sight, but that is simply not true. In fact, he's the only one who has an actual plan for how to pay for the health care needs of those who have been taught to be dependant on the government to provide for them!
At the conclusion of this interview, Paul warns that by propping up all of the toxic assets, "we are working very hard to perpetuate this problem into the second great depression". Let's hope he's wrong, but he also predicted the 1987 Economic Recession in 1983 (The video link does not work, but the comments on Digg are hilarious).
The Bankers, Corporations, and Special Interests that OWN the Mainstream Media and virtually all of Congress are the same people that smeared and marginalized Ron Paul to ridiculous degrees.
For the Deaf/Blind readers, here is the transcript of the interview and of the book plug from the second video.
(PLEASE NOTE: You may have to use a different browser in order to see the subtitles. Make sure you click on "choose language as" and drag it to English in order to activate the subtitles)
On the topic of the Federal Reserve, I find it fascinating that Jim DeMint (a conservative), Bernie Sanders (a self-avowed socialist), Dennis Kucinich (a liberal) and Ron Paul can all agree to support H.R. 1207, "Audit the Fed". Here is a bi-partisan video featuring mostly Democrats like Representative Alan Grayson talking about why we need to Audit the Federal Reserve.
In the final comments for this post, here is a video of Paul dispelling the rumors and myths about H.R. 1207 (spread by those who want the status quo maintained) in a blistering speech on the House floor on 7-30-2009.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The hypocrisy of both the Left AND the Right is in full swing.
"1,000 page bills are being rammed through Congress that no one has read! They include 300 page amendments added at the last minute!" says the Left to the Right during the Bush 43 reign and following the passage of the Patriot Act. "1,000-page bills are being rammed through Congress that no one has read! They include 300 page amendments added at the last minute!" says the Right to the Left in 2009 following the passage of Cap-And-Trade through the House.
Bush 41 gives a School Speech in 1991 and the Left is furious! Obama gives a School Speech in 2009 and the Right is furious!
The Democrats heckle Bush 43 at his State of the Union speech in 2005, and the Right is furious! A Republican heckles Obama at his State of the Union speech in 2009, and the Left is furious!
The Left are furious about torture at Gitmo. Yet, very little is now said about Bagram being the new Gitmo.
The Left during Bush 43 back Cindy Sheehan and say "No More WARS!". When Obama becomes President, Cindy Sheehan is discarded to the side and those on the left are now saying "we need to be in Afghanistan!".
The Right in 1996 say "We need to reduce the size of Government". Then they go out and double the size of the Department of Education!
"Why do the Democrats hate America?" says the Right to the Left in 2004 after the Left criticizes Bush 43. "Why do the Republicans hate America?" says the Left to the Right in 2009 after the Right criticizes Obama.
Both sides are being hypocrites. But both sides are being plucked like the strings of a guitar via soundbites from the Mainstream Media Shills (O'Reilly, Matthews, Hannity, Schultz, etc.) and are too busy sniping at each other while the Corporations/Special Interests/Bankers that OWN the Mainstream Media (pot stirrers extraordinaire!) and virtually all of the Congressmen/women and Senators are laughing hysterically because the status quo never changes from one administration to the next. No REAL fundamental change is occuring in this country!
Ron Paul vs. Dennis Kucinich for the Presidency in 2012 would represent the first true "We The People" election in decades! Regardless of how one feels about either of the two candidates, very few people doubt that both are speaking truth to power and that both represent real fundamental changes in our country. So the question I have becomes: Does America really want change? Or do we want a mild tweaking of the status quo every four years? I, for one, am SICK of anything resembling the status quo. I close this post with a photoshop of the last 4 U.S. Presidents morphed together into one (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama). Nothing truly significant really changes from one administration to the next. It's time the American people woke up and realized this.