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Ron Paul & Ralph Nader: A Libertarian-Progressive Alliance?

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Ron Paul and Ralph Nader joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch to discuss the possibility of fighting the establishment through a libertarian-progressive alliance.

Drummond: Plenty of money for war, but far too little to help nation’s jobless

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By Tammerlin Drummond Oakland Tribune 06/01/2010

I have two friends who have been out of work for over a year.

One was a high-ranking record industry executive. The other was a successful freelance writer who trotted the globe on plum assignments.

Up until two years ago, their careers were thriving. They owned their homes.

Then the bottom fell out.

The record industry executive got a pink slip from the company where she had worked for 12 years. Meanwhile, the freelance writer’s phone stopped ringing and the assignments dried up.

When I check in with them by phone, I can hear the panic and frustration in their voices.

They have sent out résumé upon résumé, and tapped their network of family, friends and business contacts.

Yet they still haven’t been able to find work. One is barely a step ahead of the foreclosure sheriff. Their self-esteem is in the toilet.

They’re among the 6.7 million Americans who have been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.

Not having gainful employment is not, as some right-wingers seem to think, a matter of choice.

No one I know is deliberately trying to stay out of work to collect the government’s $450 per week unemployment subsidy when they are used to making comfortable salaries.

Many of the jobless — certainly the millions eligible for unemployment benefits — are out of work through no fault of their own.

They had the misfortune of building careers in industries that imploded around them.Our unemployment crisis is a matter of math, not a lack of morals.

There are simply far too few jobs for too many seekers.

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Written by laudyms

June 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Haitian airport shut for 3 Hrs so Hillary could land

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Witness to a nightmare                 SocialistWorker.org

January 18, 2010

Jesse Hagopian, a teacher in Seattle and contributor to SocialistWorker.org, was in Port-au-Prince with his 1-year-old son to visit his wife when the earthquake hit. His wife, an aid worker, works until the evening on most days, but by sheer luck, she came to the hotel where they were staying early on Tuesday–just minutes before the quake struck at 4:53 p.m. This spared Jesse and his family agonizing hours or days trying to find one another amid the chaos.

Within hours, the hotel where they were staying became known as a place where some medical help was available, because another hotel guest happened to be an emergency medical technician. Jesse got a crash course in treating severe injuries–broken bones, head wounds and more–as people desperate for help kept arriving.

Jesse spoke with Eric Ruder via telephone from Port-au-Prince on January 15 and 16 about the crisis unfolding around him. On Sunday, he and his family were able to travel from Haiti to the Dominican Republic……..

WHAT DO you think of the Obama administration’s response so far?

ON SATURDAY, Hillary Clinton flew into Haiti to oversee the relief effort–supposedly. But I think her trip to Haiti tells you all you need to know: They had to shut down the airport for three hours so she could land, which meant that no actual aid flights could come in.

And this happened at a really critical time, because we’re right at that point where every extra ounce of water matters. At this point, people who have been without water are facing imminent death. But they stopped the aid shipments so Clinton could give a canned speech from Haiti about how much the U.S. is doing to help.

And in any case, the U.S. government is sending more boots on the ground and more guns to help with “law and order.” But this isn’t what the Haitian people need. They need people with shovels, and people to give them water. And of course, “law and order” is threatened by the lack of aid. Emphasizing troops over aid creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that will lead to serious bloodshed….

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