Monday, February 28, 2011

Re: [PDI] FW: Daily News Digest: Politics News

We saw the results of the privatization of some prisons in PA (?) recently
as a judge was sentenced for sending kids there when he has a financial
interest in the facilities . . .

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From: "Geraldine Perry" <>
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Subject: Re: [PDI] FW: Daily News Digest: Politics News

> Hi all,
> Concerning the spread of the present protests, shouldn't we also ask WHY
> did the basically non-existent Wisconsin budget problem become such a
> problem in the first place?
> Could it have anything to do with the privatization schemes being sneaked
> in through the back door all over the United States?
> For example there is that pesky addendum to Walker's so-called budget bill
> calling for the privatization of power plants:
> -
> and there is a similar Illinois bill proposed by Rep Connelly or some
> such. Seems the issue has for a while been on the PIRG radar screen (and
> not a few Chicagoans who suffered mightily when the parking meters, paid
> for by taxpayers were sold for a song to a consortium led by Morgan
> Stanley):
> - but why hasn't it been on the radar screen of all those protesters?
> Just who do these privatization schemes benefit? Certainly not we the
> people, who would most likely raise our voices in strong opposition if
> they knew the scope of this effort - which extends not only to parking
> meters and power plants but to pension plan privatization. Conversion of
> public pension systems to individual 401K accounts would certainly be yet
> another cash cow for Wall Street, but given the history of Enron etal,
> maybe not such a good idea for everyone else.
> Things will only get worse, much worse, especially for those not connected
> to Wall Street. The problem is systemic and has to do with the manner in
> which our "money" is created as "credit" - that is to say debt.
> There is a better way: the NEED Act:
> which will pay off the ENTIRE
> national debt within 20 to 30 years, and which reduce States current
> borrowing costs by 2/3's, all while adding no debt and reducing taxes
> substantially.
> This is easily the most important bill of our time, and all time - because
> from money flows all other things.
> I hope you will help spread the word,
> geri p
> On 2/27/11 10:17 AM, Dan Stafford wrote:
>> Here's just another series of examples of what corporate media is
>> reporting.
>> If you want to know about the NATION-WIDE protests, take a good look
>> around This morning. They even have a blog full
>> of photos from people AT the rallies. Even Texas and Alaska turned out.
>> Dan
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>> Yahoo! Daily News Digest: Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:01 AM PST
>> Signs of progress in averting government shutdown
>> AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 06:49 am PST
>> Lawmakers appear to be moving closer to a compromise that would prevent a
>> government shutdown, at least for now.
>> Largest crowds since Vietnam War march in Wisconsin
>> Reuters - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:03 pm PST
>> A crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people on Saturday waved American
>> flags, sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a Wisconsin
>> plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the
>> American labor movement.
>> Obama: It's time for Libya's Gadhafi to go
>> AP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 05:42 am PST
>> President Barack Obama has called on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to
>> leave power immediately, saying he has lost the legitimacy to rule with
>> his violent crackdown on his own people.
>> Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role
>> AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:59 pm PST
>> Tea party supporters packed a Phoenix convention center Saturday to hear
>> from two possible contenders for next year's Republican presidential
>> nomination an election the conservative populist movement is determined
>> to shape after helping the GOP to big gains in the midterm elections.
>> Trump says presidential bid isn't a publicity stunt
>> The Ticket - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:37 am PST
>> It's hard to take a prospective presidential candidate seriously when he
>> has no political experience, and when his current claim to public renown
>> is a reality TV franchise involving more than a little self-parody. But
>> Donald Trump suggests he's going to have the last laugh when he announces
>> a bid. Politico's Mike Allen reports that [...]
>> Georgia congressman condemns question about shooting president
>> The Ticket - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:42 pm PST
>> Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Friday he was "stunned" that someone asked
>> him "who's going to shoot Obama?" at a town hall earlier this week. Blake
>> Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday that the question
>> elicited laughter and provoked a sympathetic response from Broun: "I know
>> there's a lot of frustration with this president. [...]
>> Why Isn't the GOP Learning From Chris Christie?
>> The Atlantic Wire - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:21 pm PST
>> Daunted by the bitter budget battle in Wisconsin, GOP leaders in "several
>> states" are softening their positions on public employee unions, reports
>> the Associated Press. In Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) implored GOP
>> legislators to abandon a "right to work" bill. In Ohio, GOP senate
>> leaders have watered down a bill prohibiting collective bargaining rights
>> for public employees. Michigan's and Florida's GOP governors have agreed
>> to take a "conciliatory approach" to union groups. The question that
>> should come to mind for Republican strategists is why now? Whether one
>> considers the fight against public unions an example of malicious
>> Republican scapegoating or genuine budgetary problem-solving is beside
>> the point. Politically, there's a strong argument to make that
>> union-bashing has never been a more popular issue. In his cover story in
>> The New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai makes precisely that argument in
>> his assessment of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent successes: Not
>> only are public employees' contracts no longer untouchable for any
>> politician who wants to stay in office, but it turns out that the
>> opposite is true; taking the fight to the unions is a good way to bolster
>> your credentials as a gutsy reformer with voters who have been losing
>> faith for years in public schools and government bureaucracies. This,
>> more than anything else, is the lesson that Chris Christie has impressed
>> on his contemporaries.
>> Right now sees FLOTUS as fair game
>> Politico - Thu, 24 Feb 2011 04:43 pm PST
>> Except for an ill-advised trip to an expensive Spanish resort last
>> summer, Michelle Obama has escaped much of the criticism that has been
>> directed at her husband, keeping a relatively low-profile while primarily
>> focusing on childhood obesity, military families and the arts.
>> Decision time for Newt
>> Politico - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 03:47 pm PST
>> It's clear that Newt Gingrich is just days away deciding what to do next
>> about a presidential run.
>> Shutdown veterans of '95: 'Don't do it'
>> Politico - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 03:31 pm PST
>> Senate Dems and House Republicans seem willing to negotiate at least a
>> two-week measure.
>> US citizen recalls 'humiliating' post-9/11 arrest
>> AP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:47 am PST
>> Handcuffed and marched through Washington's Dulles International Airport
>> in his Muslim clothing, the man with the long, dark beard could only
>> imagine what people were thinking.
>> Govs to feds: Avoid causing states any more pain
>> AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:51 pm PST
>> Their states on the brink of financial catastrophe, governors pleaded
>> Saturday for the divided federal government to avoid doing anything that
>> would hamper the tenuous economic recovery back home.
>> Boy stuck 2 years in Ukraine arrives in Belgium
>> AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:56 pm PST
>> A baby trapped more than two years in Ukraine by bureaucratic hurdles has
>> arrived in Brussels with his parents, a pair of legally married Belgian
>> men, ending the couple's long legal battle to bring their son home.
>> Obama says Kadhafi must 'leave now': WHouse
>> AFP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:12 am PST
>> President Barack Obama has called on Moamer Kadhafi to "leave now,"
>> declaring that the Libyan leader had lost his right to rule after
>> attacking his own people to put down a popular uprising.
>> Lawmakers Come Under Rocket Fire in Iraq, Claim They Weren't Scared
>> The Atlantic Wire - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:18 pm PST
>> Five members of Congress came under rocket fire while visiting a military
>> base in Iraq Friday, Politico's Marin Cogan reports. They were herded
>> into a bunker and guarded by soldiers while they listened to the
>> explosions. But don't worry folks--they weren't scared, not for a minute.
>> Former Rep. Chris Lee may have been searching for transgender women on
>> Craigslist
>> Daily Caller - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:39 am PST
>> The Craigslist cruising of former New York Republican Rep. Chris Lee may
>> have been more expansive than first reported.
>> No shutdown after all? Senate Dems 'encouraged' by GOP short-term funding
>> plan
>> Daily Caller - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:02 pm PST
>> Senate Democrats suggested Friday that the upper chamber could come to a
>> short-term agreement to extend government funding with House Republicans
>> after all, which would put off the threat of a government shutdown for at
>> least two more weeks.
>> Mulling 2012 run, Pawlenty hits "union-coddling" Obama
>> Reuters - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:07 pm PST
>> Not known as a hard-hitting conservative, former Minnesota Governor Tim
>> Pawlenty got a standing ovation from Tea Party activists on Saturday as
>> he praised small government, the U.S. Constitution and took a swing at
>> "union-coddling" President Barack Obama.
>> Angry rallier screams about 'uneducated' Tea Party [VIDEO]
>> Daily Caller - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:47 am PST
>> A livid public union supporter rants during a Feb. 22 anti-Scott Walker
>> rally, shrieking about the Tea Party and in favor of unions, which he
>> says the country is based upon.
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