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November 29, 2010

Okinawa Wants Our Base Out

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 12:19 pm

Approximately 25,000 American troops are based in the most populous part of Okinawa.  The US has offered to move them to a quieter area, but the Okinawans want them gone, and they have elected a Governor who has promised to get rid of them.  The usefulness of this base and its many troops, dependents, and civilian hangers-on is questionable even as North Korea flexes its muscles.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/asia/29okinawa.html?_r=1&ref=world

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November 28, 2010

“China Will Outpace Us”

Filed under: environment, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:54 am

China is already hugely outspending the US and UK on clean energy investments – lithium batteries, solar panels, electric cars – and while people like Sarah Palin are talking about Arctic slope oil drilling, Rep. Inslee points out that that is like investing in whale oil.  In ten more years we won’t even be playing in the same ballpark.

http://climateprogress.org/2010/11/27/inslee-anti-innovation-gop-clean-energy-china-eat-our-lunch/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29

November 26, 2010

The Bush Tax-Cuts Were Not Good For Growth

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:31 am

David Englehardt shows rather convincingly that the years of the Bush tax cuts were the worst for economic growth since World War II.  One must question why anyone would argue that maintaining the cuts would be good for future growth.  We should have learned that lesson.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/were-the-bush-tax-cuts-good-for-growth/

Will Vermont Be The Next Saskatchewan?

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:51 am

Vermont is moving with incredible speed toward instituting a single payer universal health care system  Details in the link.  If the states are the great “laboratories of democracy” where new ideas and programs are tried out before going national, this could be the beginning of something huge.  You might start eyeballing Green Mountain real estate.  Citizens and businesses will flock to Vermont if single payer becomes the law there.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/25/923327/-Vermont-moving-forward-with-Single-Payer!-Must-Read-(Update-1

November 24, 2010

25% Solution Has A New Name

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:55 am

The national organization working to drastically cut military spending and make funds available to our communities has been called “25% solution” and “move the money” and “safe security” and a few other things.  But it has adopted the name “New Priorities” because it wants this country to readjust its priorities to provide adequate funding for daycare centers, libraries, firehouses, hospitals, bridges, mass transit, green energy and to stop wasting our treasure on wars and weapons. So “New Priorities” is now a category in the list on the right and clicking on it will take you to articles on the subject.  The New Priorities Network’s under-construction website is www.newprioritiesnetwork.org.

Forward Single Payer!

This important meeting of the World Health Organization went right over the heads of the US media, but our Canadian friends wrote it up.  The important thing is that the WHO is calling for universal health care everywhere, including the USA.  Single Payer fans should not give up hope.  Colleagues in Vermont and California are very near to enacting a single payer law in their states and asking the Congress to grant a  waiver to permit them to ditch the recently passed “Health Reform Act” and put in a system that will work.  If you want to know more about this movement and steps being taken in Pennsylvania to get us single payer, go to www.healthcare4ALLPA.org.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Illness+medical+bills+plunge+millions+into+poverty/3866940/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

November 23, 2010

What Patriotic Millionaires Say About Taxes

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:01 am

Anyone who thinks keeping tax cuts for the 1% of Americans who earn more than $1 million will create jobs hasn’t been paying attention.  Even some millionaires call it nonsense. This is from John Nichols.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/156569/patriotic-millionaires-explain-tax-cuts-rich-dont-grow-economy

November 21, 2010

Letters About Social Security

Filed under: economics, Social Security — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:12 am

Sometimes the letters to the Editor of the New York Times consitute some of the best thinking and writing.  Today’s letters about Social Security seem to fit that description, and you are urged to read them and contemplate their collective wisdom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/opinion/l21social.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

What Will We Do About The Rich?

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:58 am

Our favorite Senator talks about the endless greed of the top 1% of earners in this country and the need for all Democrats to dig in and stop them.

http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/2010-11-21-02-18-55-news.php

November 19, 2010

A Song About Grocery Bags!

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:09 am

What the song doesn’t say enough is that switching to paper bags is not the answer.  Think of the trees. The trucks and logging roads. The paper mills. Get your reusable canvas bags out and use them!  If Los Angeles can do it, you can do it!

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