Priorities of a Corrupt Government

Not quite three weeks ago, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. On Wednesday afternoon, he put his signature on the largest military spending plan in the history of the world.

Such is the plight of an agent of change in the city of stasis.

Months ago, Obama and his defense secretary, Robert Gates, outlined a bold overhaul of the Pentagon’s weaponry — and they succeeded in killing off the F-22 fighter and a costly new presidential helicopter. But defense contractors and their agents in Congress defied a veto threat and forced Obama to accept new engines for the F-35 fighter and lots of other things the military says it doesn’t want or need.

Just as we are close to passing a Health Care Bill that not only already is a windfall to Insurance Companies even before it is watered down twice more (once in the Senate and once in the House and Senate reconciliation…..

President Obama just signed the biggest Military Budget in world history….a budget that includes items that even the military does not want.

The cost of the House Health Care Bill over ten years is 890 billion dollars. It would have been about 80 billion less but the alleged “Fiscal Conservative” Blue Dogs who allegedly object to excess spending…..spiked the part of the bill that would have saved that money for the Public.

Yes, the folks who say that they are concerned about spending just made the Bill cost more. That more pretty much goes right into the InsCo’s coffers.

So….we have Fiscal Conservatives spending more of the taxpayers money to benefit the InsCo’s and an already obscenely bloated military buying things it does not want.

Instead of say, using that money to protect troops. Or bring them home.

While at the same time, we find out that more taxpayer money was paid to Hamad Karzai’s brother…the Drug Lord…through the CIA. When drug money is what is funding the people who are killing Americans. Who are only being killed because the Afghan’s refused to be occupied by yet another foreign power.

As their brothers and husbands rot in the allegedly former torture prison at Bagram….under the Detention Programs that are as direct a violation of the Human Rights we are allegedly in Afghanistan to impose on the allegedly barbarous Taliban….who we are assassinating with a drone program that the UN is now questioning as yet another American Human Rights violation

UNITED NATIONS – US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN’s top investigator of such crimes said.

“The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.

“My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” he said.

As the debate rages over whether we should send more troops to Afghanistan or not….because THEIR government is corrupt.

Whatever you may think of Obama….one thing is clear. He alone will not, absolutely NOT, be able to “turn the Titanic” of our corrupt, war mongering, Corporate Owned Government around without some kind of major shakeup of a corrupt system whose priority is enriching Corporations. Corporations who are just fine with ‘earning’ money of off the deaths of Americans who need health care, the deaths of Americans who volunteered to “keep America safe” at the risk of their own lives, and the death of the Afghan people.

The Corporate Corruption of America for the benefit of the merchants of death runs far to deep for a mere President to affect.

Just as much as we were literally sold a bill of goods that Obama would make more than cosmetic changes to this corrupt system, Obama was sold a bill of goods in thinking that the problems of the American Empire could be solved through working the system.

The fact that he was “forced” to sign a 680 billion dollar defense bill including things that the military does not want is just the latest proof of how deep the corruption runs. Whether Obama is a conscious tool of the corrupt or an unwitting one does not really matter.

Because either way he alone will not be able to change it…even if he wanted to.

America’s priorities, the priorities of the American people, no longer matter. That much has been made clear in the “transition of power” after the last election. The problems we face run far deeper than politics, and thus far deeper than any politician can solve.

Only The People can stop the madness.

Only the United People.

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  2. an INCREASE in the atrocities to come.  The idea is that the misery has to reach such an explosive level that even the stupidest of sheeple might just have to admit something is amiss.  This would be the death of the “Illuminati”, the New World Order bunch, the super elites of global parasitic human exploitation.

    • Edger on October 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Nothing wrong that a little perspective change won’t fix, right?

  3. you guys do it. I don’t even read half the stuff you do and all my *’o’meters are broken.

    We need some good theme music for the new movement too, doncha think? lol

    • dkmich on October 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Obama is no different.  

    • Edger on October 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Prorities?

    • TMC on October 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I get it. Change the names but not the games. Well, some of the names.

  4. Gloom Spreads on Economy, but GOP Doesn’t Gain

    That pessimism has fed into what Mr. Hart called “total disgust” with Washington. Just 23% said they trust Washington to do what is right most of the time or just about always, a level not seen since 1997, 1995 and before that 1982, the last time unemployment reached the current level.

    That, coupled with the surging “wrong-track” number, should be a red flag to Democrats a year after their 2008 electoral sweep, Mr. McInturff said. But with the economy coloring attitudes across the board, there is time for the party to recover.

    “This rupture with Washington is magnified because of the scope of economic concerns,” he said. “When things are OK, people say, ‘Oh, that’s just Washington.’ When things are bad, they look to Washington for help and ask, ‘Can these guys help me?'”

    Indeed, for all the conservative clamor over Mr. Obama’s actions on the economy, 63% of respondents said the government has either done the right amount of intervention or needs to do more. Among loosely aligned voters in the middle of the electorate, a clear plurality, 42%, said government has done too little to fix the economy.

    42% is a clear plurality? of the loose middle? what?

    ‘almost a majority of a minority’…?

    whatever.

    well. Strike while the iron is hot, I say. You can pick up the pace now, Buhdy! 🙂

  5. I’m still waiting for you to respond to this comment.  It addresses what you’ve been doing really well.  Want me to repost it here?

  6. (Reposted and reworked from earlier)

    As I’ve said before, there needs to be a new historic bloc.  This is really only possible if we can “bank” the power of the so-called “disempowered,” i.e. the power of those whose power does not count in those rarefied circles where the “big decisions” are made according to the ideologies of convenience (the “Washington Consensus,” money, property, national sovereignty, the chain of command, and so on).

    What you see at Orange is usually an attempt to graft some perceived “important goal” (the “public option,” for instance) onto the old ideologies of convenience.  This is a losing strategy because it pays little or no attention to how power circulates under the old ideologies of convenience, which is also to say to the hegemonic structure or to the historic bloc.  So what they will get is a “public option” which will mean next to nothing while the insurance companies raid everyone’s bank accounts some more.

    Trying to bring about something radically new means creating new relationships between people (this is ultimately what “socialism” and “democracy” are about if they are to be granted substance, although both these concepts can be taken the other way and eviscerated).  It’s about creating something to replace domination; its ultimate product is the stable ecosystem, though the transition to new relationships is the thing to be worked out.  

    Budhy, you’ve been into meta for long enough.  Here you’ve retreated a bit, going back to railing against the foolishness of the old historic bloc: “The Corporate Corruption of America for the benefit of the merchants of death runs far to (sic) deep for a mere President to affect.”  You’ve figured out, though, that this needs to be handled at a micro-level beneath politics: “The problems we face run far deeper than politics, and thus far deeper than any politician can solve.”  

    In your earlier diary you asked your audience: “What is the goal, what are we fighting for?” you’ve asked in a previous diary.  “What is it we want to create?” you’ve asked.  There are plenty of possible answers.  Anarchism, socialism, economic democracy, ecological discipline, Zapatismo.  We want to know what you’re DOING in that regard.  Give us your voice on what you think works, and what is in need of further development.  Go for inquiry; don’t just stop with questions, or with the standard jeremiad.  

    • jamess on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 am

    of our Corporate Owned Government.

    We really need our own,

    Non-Corporate Cable Channel,

    to document this stuff!

    I wonder if George Sorros has a few Billions, to spare?

    lol

  7. it’s done to benefit their lobbyist sugar daddies pals, and bring US tax dollars to their own districts.  For the war profiteers and for the wall street banker pirates, our “representatives” will do just about anything to rob from the taxpayers (the people who aren’t rich enough to protect their money from the IRS).  

    Then our duly elected “leaders” will fight to the death to keep from letting any of the taxpayer contributed $$’s be used to benefit said taxpayers in the form or health care, education, or any other type of programs that would directly positively impact them.  It’s apparently just plain lots more profitable and pleasurable for them to channel our money into things that blow up people and property than into things that save lives and make life better for the country and the planet.

     

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