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Time to Say a Resounding 'No' to GovernmentGordon Duff Salem-News.com
No More Second Chances...
(CINCINNATI) - The “Tea Party” has spoken, using their congressional bludgeon. America’s working class has to pick up the bill for decades of waste, corruption, illegal wars, payoffs to Israel and massive tax cuts to the richest 1%.
When we are done, the average retiree will receive benefits, frozen for years due to rigging COLA (Cost of Living Allowance), Social Security for less than 2 years before dying.
What the president and congress put on the table during this first attack, few know of. Military pay, veterans benefits, pensions, medical care, all are classified now as “entitlements.” What didn’t disappear this time will eventually go. It is only a matter of time.
Let’s add more things to the list, see if we can push the savings even further. It’s time we got serious about debt, time we stopped screwing around.
We have 4 chronically underperforming bureaucracies that, not only waste money but threaten our freedoms. These are:
We are currently in two wars, a decade or more old, Iraq really started in 1991 and 2003 was simply a “flareup.”
We thank Wikileaks and Congressman Ron Paul for proving the first Gulf War was in response to the invasion of Kuwait, an attack approved by the White House. Read the cable here.
Despite the fact that we have continual claims that Al Qaeda, the mythical terror organization is plotting against poor innocent Gaddafi, I think the BBC made their point very well:
We can go further than that. Osama bin Laden was an innocent man who worked for the CIA until the day of his death in 2001. We can prove it, that and so much more. For an outline on some of that case, enough to discredit those peddling Al Qaeda scares and bin Laden fairy tales, go here:
With no Al Qaeda, responsibility for 9/11 entirely with Bush and Cheney, no enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, it isn’t about bringing the boys and girls home or bringing the dead back to life, it’s time we asked for our money back.
Take a moment and watch this video by Anthony Lawson:
There has been a general refusal on the part of the United States military establishment to accept that the Cold War is over. Now that we can prove the war on Saddam and the subsequent military operations that made use of the army built to fight the Soviet Union in Europe were orchestrated by treasonous acts by two Bush presidents, we no longer have any excuse for keeping this capability alive anymore. This is where we start:
As for corporations, there is no reason to tax them out of existence. However, if corporations have “moved overseas” to avoid paying taxes, set up phony operations in the Cayman Islands or a dozen other safe havens, they either account for their activities there, bring those funds home and pay the taxes on them or say goodbye to America. Fugitive warrants will make the lives of those who are now estimated to have moved over 65% of America’s former commerce “off the planet” more colourful and al fresco.
A few minor changes in government will be a good start. The “electoral college,” something no one understands has to go. Votes, from now on, are paper, counted on the spot and carefully registered, at gunpoint if necessary.
The “seniority system” in congress that has allowed crooked politicians from the most backward parts of the country to run everything, make rules, dictate to presidents, silence all opposition, crush reform, ends now.
Our legal system will have to be totally trashed, depoliticized, with courts eliminated, replaced by citizen arbitration panels and political control over law enforcement and the judicial system eliminated.
Laws have to be in plain English only.
We can no longer afford our legal system, it has to go.
Drugs have to be eliminated from America, stopped at the border totally and organizations like, for instance, Congress and the CIA that are involved in narcotics importation on a massive scale, Afghanistan, Columbia and Mexico have to be rooted out and the guilty punished, yes, by those same citizen arbitration panels.
The medical system doesn’t need to be publicly controlled. Nurses must be allowed to open medical practices and compete openly with doctors. If some choose to partner with doctors and drive down costs, compete with other businesses to deliver better services for less money, they should all be allowed to do that.
Our current system is an artificial monopoly that exalts the expensive and incompetent and stifles competition.
Many recent moves in the drug business, pushed by crooks in government, such as those that allow patents to be placed on simple and inexpensive medications once freely available, raising their prices a hundredfold, have to be recognized as the criminal fraud they are.
The mortgage and credit card systems in the United States have to be eliminated entirely, they have failed and nearly taken all of us down with them. Only medical thievery has done more damage than these to areas.
All lobbying organizations, political groups,”think tanks” and “not for profit” or “non profit” organizations, churches included, that involve themselves in politics or government regulations should be taxed.
The United States Supreme Court, as with most state supreme courts, should be elected, 4 year terms and include non-lawyers. Would any of you have Justice Clarence Thomas defend you on a speeding ticket? Nuf sed.
Senate terms would be 2 years and senators would be required to represent a minimum of 4 million people.
New senate districts, when redrawn, would be done so with straight lines only, no islands or convoluted snakes as with congressional districts.
Congressional districts will be redrawn to reflect contiguous geography and no longer be tortuously gerrymandered so as to deny “equal protection” as guaranteed by the constitution and ignored by the crooked as hell Supreme Court.
In the end, the new America would have 5% employed by the government and military, not 43% or more. Honest work would be rewarded by honest pay. The sick would be treated by honest professionals subject to the same accountability we expect from the people who clean our carpets and fix our cars.
Courts would no longer be run by judges selected in smoke filled rooms by local oligarchs while our lawyers, in many ways those who should have been the best and brightest, those most capable of contributing to the wealth of our communities, pour through endless pleadings based on legal concepts Napoleon or King John would no longer recognize.
This is simply what we have to do to save ourselves, save our country and save the future of our children.
We won’t be able to make this omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran. A 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. Duff is Senior Editor at one of the most widely read Veterans Online publications Veterans Today
He is an outspoken advocate for veterans and his powerful words have brought about change. Gordon is a lifelong PTSD sufferer from his war experiences and he is empathetic to the plight of today's veterans also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to feature Gordon's timely and critical reports on Salem-News.com, a news organization staffed by a number of veterans, particularly former U.S. Marines. You can send Gordon Duff an email at this address: Gpduf@aol.com
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