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Friday-Sunday, April 30, 2006


Bush's Need to Satisfy Dubai

WASHINGTON, April 27 — President Bush is expected on Friday to announce his approval of a deal under which a Dubai-owned company would take control of nine plants in the United States that manufacture parts for American military vehicles and aircraft, say two administration officials familiar with the terms of the deal………………………But Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and one of the foremost critics of the ports deal, said on Thursday that he would not necessarily have a problem this time around, in large part because the White House had given the deal a thorough review. Disturbing???????? You betcha! This article is buried in the business section of Friday's New York Times.

-Annmarie Polinsky, Retiree Benefits Advocate, CWA Local 1180



"Crude" Liars

or Bush's "Attitudes" and "Instincts"

"The temptation in Washington is to tax everything. The answer is for there to be strong reinvestment to make this country more secure from an energy perspective."
-President Bush, responding to the idea of taxing oil company excessive profits in a "windfall tax"

Bush didn't have to speak for us to hear his answer on that one. Taxing anyone who makes a lot of money, of course, is out of the question. Making the middle class pay for these excessive profits, which amounts to another "tax" on the middle class, is simply fine. GW even said that "Higher gas prices are like an extra tax on Americans." I guess they're only "like" an extra tax, but "not exactly like" an extra tax.

Nothing that the Bush administration does surprises me any more. After all, it was just a few days ago that the president said he ordered the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the US Justice Department to investigate what he termed "price gouging" by the big oil companies who sell us our gasoline. Today we hear a different story:

"Bush Sees No Evidence of 'Gas Ripoff'"
-A headline from Reuters, April 29, 2006


According to the article, Bush appears to have jumped the gun in his enthusiasm to clear his big oil-profiteering buddies.

"I have no evidence that there is any rip-off taking place,"
-GW

Wow... talk about the fastest investigation in history. It's utterly amazing!

The president did, however, add the following:
"But it's the role of the Federal Trade Commission to assure me that my inclination and instinct is right,"
-Bush

"Instinct?" We're relying on George W. Bush's "instinct" now? Is that the same "instinct" which saw GW bankrupt several his past ventures, all of which had to be rescued by "Daddy Bush's" own oil buddies? Is that the same "instinct" that is keeping us in Iraq? Is that the same "instinct" that makes GW tell us all that "Outsourcing is a good thing"? President Bush, your "instinct" just plain "stinks".

"My attitude is that the oil companies need to be mindful that the American people expect them to reinvest their cash flows in such a way that it enhances our energy security. That means expansion of refineries."
-GW

The "attitudes" and "instincts" of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush are at the top of my own, personal "fright-meter". The American people couldn't give a rat's behind how the oil industry reinvests their ridiculously high and obscene profits in eight to ten years from now. Gas is skyrocketing every day and they (we) need relief now. Americans are funny in many respects, not the least of which is sacrifice. When we Americans see other Americans sacrificing for the good of their families, their friends and their nation, they don't mind sacrificing themselves. but when we Americans see the retiring CEO of ExxonMobil talking a half-billion dollar retirement bus over to dog-track park, we want to know if, maybe, he could have taken just a "smidgeon" less; maybe some of that cash could have helped to ease our fuel-pump suffering. It isn't like big oil is losing money over this gas crisis without a shortage (have you seen any lines at the pumps?). They're doing just fine.

Some people have said that the reason there are no lines at the pumps while the prices skyrocket is because BIG OIL doesn't want to lose a penny. They're afraid that if they create a shortage, Americans will actually drive less. They're afraid that Americans who choose to drive, but have the choice of Mass Transit, will start using the latter and eat into their windfall profits. It's a fine line that BIG OIL, with President Bush's help, are walking. Make the prices high, but low enough to keep everybody buying gas, but not too high as to make people take the bus.

Think of gasoline prices as if they were the currency with which you and BIG OIL were using in a game of Texas Hold 'em. It's just the two of you left at the table and you are, of course, the short stack (the one with the least amount of money left). "G"lobal "W"arming Bush is the dealer and you suspect that he is helping BIG OIL cheat (wink-wink, nod-nod, say-no-more say-no-more). BIG OIL is in position (the one making the last bet) and they're holding a pair of aces. They can put you all-in (betting enough of their money to make you put all of your money in the pot just to call their bet) for fear that you'll just fold your crappy cards and wait for a better hand. So they have to figure out the perfect amount to bet that will keep you playing. You keep playing... they keep winning... you have less and less money left.

Sound familiar?

Now, Bush believes that we need to get off of our "addiction" to oil. So, you may ask, how does he plan on making that happen? You won't believe it until you see it for yourself in black and white:

"So it's a combination of people investing the cash flows, as well as regulatory relief, to enhance the ability for people to achieve the objective, which is more gasoline on the market which will help our consumers,"
-GW

In other words, According to President Bush, we need to allow the big oil companies a free reign over the land and the environment to increase the production of the one thing we're trying to get out of using.

 

Listening to George W. Bush is a lot like watching my dog chase his tail: you may think it's funny for awhile, but then you realize that you have a retarded dog.

Just how does allowing BIG OIL to police themselves ("regulatory relief); letting BIG OIL keep their windfall profits while prices rise ("investing the cash flows"); and reducing the already declining stock of oil that is being used by more and more of this planet's citizens ("more gasoline on the market") actually help our "addiction" to oil? Just how is increasing our available gas going to make us use less gas? "Here's a bigger cake than before, everybody. make sure you eat less."

Does it appear to anyone else that President Bush is getting ready to do his "pass the buck shuffle" on over to the FTC?

It's up to the FTC "to assure the American people that they're being treated fairly at the pump,"
-GW

I guess he'll do anything to take the pressure off his real constituents: BIG OIL. After all, they do own him, don't they? GW is pointing his crooked little finger at the FTC telling us all that it's their responsibility to make sure gas prices stay low. At the same time, his actions do nothing to help them or the people of the United States. They seem squarely set at aiding and abetting BIG OIL and his own, oil-stained pockets. Remember that Bush, Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney and Condoleezza Rice all came from BIG OIL and that is precisely where their loyalties and futures lie. Just because your stocks are in a "blind-trust" doesn't mean that they are truly hidden from you. Does anyone out there think that Cheney's or Rice's stock brokers, acting independently, sold even one dollars worth of their shares in ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Conoco Phillips; etc? Just how naive are you?

If I were Deborah Platt Majoras, the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, I'd be getting my affairs in order. Just wait until you hear "And Debbie... You're doing a heck of a job." And just what does happen if Ms. Majores' commission finds that BIG OIL is gouging, and that the oil crisis is nothing more than a hoax? (Remember Enron.) Does GW pat her on the back and tell her "Job well done, Debbie." or does GW kick her out to the curb to lie along with the likes of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, former terrorism czar Richard Clark and former Secretary of State Colin Powell? You can bet that by GW saying it's his "inclination" that there is "no gouging taking place", what he means to say to Commissioner Majoras, and her FTC that "There is no gouging taking place" and "Don't cross my 'instinct s' and 'inclination.'"

-Noah Greenberg



No More Independent Counsel

In the true Bush administration spirit, "If I broke it, don't bother trying to fix it," there will be no more independent counsels to watch over government. Remember, it took Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh seven years to expose the Iran-Contra scandal and present indictments. You may also remember some of those indicted: Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Lt. Col. Oliver North, former National Security Adviser John Poindexter and other Reagan appointees and flunkies, many of whom were pardoned by a complicit George H.W. Bush as president.

There were also some in the independent counsel office who abused their power. Can anyone say Ken Star? In his "pursuit of truth", Star spend almost $70 million dollars to find out that the president got "pleasured" in the Oval Office by an intern.

For that money, the whole independent counsel's office could have been "pleasured" over and over again.

Former Judge Star's crusade, which started in response to questions about a failed real estate deal called "Whitewater" in Arkansas presented some questions about Bill and Hillary Clinton's involvement in the failed enterprise. After a short time, Star's investigation revealed nothing about the Clintons' involvement other than the fact that they, too, lost a lot of money.

 

Maybe that is how Star and his counsels "pleasured" themselves, after all.

Star, abused his office's subpoena power to follow many other paths of attacks against the Clintons. One could even make the argument that these fruitless and pointless forays into the lives of the first family hurt the nation, the war on terror and the reputation of the United States worldwide. Some have even said that Star's actions amounted to  treason.

I agree. Ken Star's waste of American taxpayer money and time was merely done to create a distraction and to take the focus off of the many successes and advancements made by the Clinton administration, including: a huge surplus; considerably lowering our nation's poverty level; feeling safe at home; and much more. In retrospect, some say, Ken Star was the catalyst that helped get George W. Bush elected. Remember that Star was appointed by a panel of Republican judges.

The independent counsel can work, if not abused. Time limits and budgets are a couple of ways to keep an independent counsel from abusing his (or her) power. Viewing the independent counsel a generation later, we saw that in the wake of Watergate, it was necessary. In the wake of the scandals of the Bush administration, it will be necessary again.

-Noah Greenberg



Casey's Potpourri

GRANDDADDY GIVE AWAY THAT EVEN OIL COMPANIES SAY THEY DON’T NEED!
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) proposed an amendment to suspend the Royalty Relief Program that is a giveaway to oil companies by not making them pay royalties on drilling and oil extraction. Sen. Wyden was on the floor today promising to speak until he had a commitment for a vote on his amendment. Some of what he said:

“What we have is a brand new subsidy at a time when oil was already above $50 a barrel…The industry can’t claim they need this kind of incentive (royalty relief) like they did in the past (when gas prices were low). They have been drilling without an incentive. They do not need these record amount of subsidies…This is the granddaddy of all oil subsidies. This is the biggest and most unjustifiable of all subsidies.”

“I asked the major oil companies recently – Exxon, Mobil, Texaco, Shell, etc. – if they needed this incentive and they said they did not. Seems we should give Americans a break on their gas bills…because this royalty relief subsidy could cost a minimum of $20 Billion and with the cost of litigation it could cost up to $80 Billion.”

“It is going to be a long day because I intend to stay here and fight this rip-off…Somebody has to stay here at this until we drain this swamp. I don’t see how anybody can argue with the continuation of this program. I do not suggest scrapping the royalty relief program just not using it unless the price of oil goes way down (the reason it was originally created).The handling of this program is a disgrace. With the energy program was voted in the dead of night…Taxpayers should get some protection.”

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MI, suggested that scheduling Sen. Wyden’s amendment for a vote gave him preferential treatment over other Senators, “he’s asking for special treatment.” Is Sen. Cochran suggesting that he, as a republican, have never agreed to “special treatment” for any of his buddies? How outrageous for him to suggest that everything is scheduled in a fair way when this type of re-scheduling happens regularly. To Sen. Cochran’s credit, who ever knew of him before and at least in his republican testiness today he made himself visible in a minor way!!! I watch c-span all the time and never saw him before.

Many interruptions threatened to derail him, but he continued to hold the floor and was careful when he yielded for a question that he not give up the floor (you could almost hear the voice of Jimmy Stewart in his famous filibuster role). I had to leave and when I returned he was no longer on the floor, but had been for a total of 4 hours. I am still trying to find out if he was finally given a positive answer that his amendment would be voted on or if he was maneuvered off the floor. Either way I commend him on his effort to make a point and stand up for protecting the taxes and wallets of the American public and sent him an email to this effect.

(*Note: In reference to the above, GRANDDADDY OIL GIVEAWAY that talked about Senator Wyden taking the Senate floor and vowing to stay until he got a commitment to vote on his amendment to require the oil companies to pay the billions in royalties for which they were not being required to pay. He was inspirational in his earnestness to tell the truth and take a stand. Many republicans tried to ask questions and get him to stop and to derail him and in the end he was derailed. Guess who derailed him? Senator Reid the democratic minority leader! Reid says Wyden made his point and they needed to move on. Inspiration dashed again! I am starting to seriously doubt the leadership of Reid when he thwarts his own party to stand for something that Americans would see as in their best interests. And to hear that the Senate will now spend time next week talking about things much less important because the republicans want to again suggests that democrats victimize themselves in missing opportunities to capture America’s attention.)

LIVING IN ANOTHER UNIVERSE?
“First thing that was amazing to me as I travel around the country is that Americans are seeing something wrong at the gas pump.”

DUH! One of a few numb things Frist said on Hardball when he was interviewed 4/27/06. He was asked about what the Senate was going to do to help reduce gas prices. He was “happy to say” that there was a $100 rebate being proposed for all Americans and that would be important to people. Oh, and by the way, this rebate is being attached to the ANWAR amendment so you only get one with the other.

Is this guy for real? He seems as out of touch as when Bush Sr. was surprised when he saw scanners in a grocery store and thought it was an amazing new invention. Recently, research was done asking about name recognition and very few people had a clue who Frist was, lucky for him.

And the $100 rebate tied to ANWAR reminds me of when I was young and my mother offered me $3 and a haircut (I so much wanted short hair) if I would allow them to give up the puppy I had claimed from my dog’s litter. She was able to entice me with that $3 and a haircut to let go of something near and dear my heart. Is this any different?

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN…
A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss charges against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former top White House aide who was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges last year in the CIA leak scandal. In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton turned down a motion by lawyers for Vice President Dick Cheney's one-time top assistant, who challenged the authority of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to handle the case.

Libby's lawyers had argued that Fitzgerald was given too much power - more than the attorney general - and that the appointment should have been made by the president with the Senate's approval.

Walton said Thursday he did not need to "look far" in the law to reject the claim by Libby's defense team. The judge said there is no question the attorney general can delegate any of his functions. Walton said there must be a way to appoint special prosecutors to ensure that "the perception of fairness withstands the scrutiny of the American public" when high-level government officials are investigated for alleged wrongdoing. “The integrity of the rule of law ... is challenged to the greatest degree when high-level government officials come under suspicion for violating the law," Walton wrote. "And a criminal investigation of any individuals, prominent or not ... must be above reproach to preserve respect for the fairness of our system of justice."

PRESIDENT WALKING OVER CONGRESS AND REPUBLICAN FEELS IT AND FIGHTS BACK – SORT OF
Noting that Congress holds the power of the purse, a frustrated Senate chairman threatened to try to block money for President Bush's domestic wiretapping program. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Thursday he delivered a message to Bush that cut to the heart of the debate over executive power.

"I made the point that the president doesn't have a blank check," Specter said about their meeting Wednesday. "He didn't choose to engage me on that point." Without a pledge from Bush to provide more information on the surveillance program, Specter filed an amendment to a spending bill Thursday that amounted to a warning to the White House. The amendment would enact a "prohibition on use of funds for domestic electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes unless Congress is kept fully and currently informed." Specter also said he would turn the amendment into a bill and hold hearings.

"Institutionally, the presidency is walking all over Congress at the moment," Specter said. "If we are to maintain our institutional prerogative, that may be the only way we can do it."

Specter made clear that, for now, the threat was just that. "I'm not prepared to call for the withholding of funds," he told reporters later. "But I think that it is important to elevate the public consciousness as to what is going on," Specter said. "The four hearings we have had and the way the matter is drifting, in my view, is insufficient to safeguard civil liberties."
-From Laurie Kellman, AP, 5/27/06 and C-span Press Conference

At the press conference Specter said, “The program may be constitutional, but we do not know what the program is…We don’t know if the President has done anything wrong because we don’t know what the program is…The effort by the administration to justify the electronic surveillance is totally without merit…Attorney General Gonzalez has provided totally insufficient information…We’ve had four hearings and it hasn’t accomplished much because he [Gonzalez] won’t tell us anything …When you talk about (Senate) withholding funds you talk about real authority…I want to elevate public consciousness of what is going on here…We have seen no willingness on the part of the White House or Atty General to do very much…They don’t tell the Gang of 8 very much, in fact very little…You can’t fault a branch of government for exercising its prerogatives, but other branches have to exercise their prerogatives…We have an inert Congress that has not stood up to the Executive Branch…I am going to put this in the form of a bill and hold a hearing and investigate withholding funding.”

He then took a few moments to say how much he likes President Bush and how “engaged” and bright he is when you meet him close up and that it is too bad that doesn’t come across in his public image. Obviously, Specter is feeling the shaky limb he is climbing out on as he speaks out against Bush and his gang and felt it necessary to say some good things of Bush like “he is a good listener.”

SNOW JOB
'To our mind he is just moving from one part of the conservative infrastructure to another.' Karen Finney, Spokeswoman DNC

BONNIE AND CLYDE
"Looking to George Allen and George Bush to solve the gas crisis is like asking Bonnie and Clyde to solve the crime problem," Miller said.

In Virginia, one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for Senate, Harris Miller, accused Sen. George Allen (R) of siding with oil companies instead of backing legislation to protect consumers.

POLICY OR LUNACY?
CIA Director George Tenet reported the news that Saddam Hussein's Foreign Minister Naji Sabri was working covertly for the United States to a White House meeting attended by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The Bush administration was initially enthusiastic, Tyler Drumheller [26 year CIA veteran recently retired] says, but it quickly turned to cold indifference when Sabri told them the opposite of what they wanted to hear.

"He [Sabri] told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction program. The [White House] group that was dealing with preparation for the Iraq war came back and said they were no longer interested. And we said 'Well, what about the intel?' And they said 'Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change.'"

“It just sticks in my craw every time I hear them say it's an intelligence failure," Drumheller said. "This was a policy failure."

ANYONE WANT TO TAKE A BET?
Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) said he will confer with colleagues before deciding whether to schedule a hearing that would feature defenders of Rumsfeld as well as retired officers who have stirred debate in recent days by saying the secretary should step down. "I commit to making a decision on this request in the near future," Warner said in a statement, adding that the panel has a busy schedule. (4/26/06, Washington Post, Charles Babington)

Wanna bet if Warner will really call those who have spoken out against Rumsfeld?

BOEHNER BUMMER
House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) made it clear yesterday that the leadership would only go so far in punishing an industry enjoying record-breaking profits if that punishment could have broader negative consequences. In January, Exxon Mobil Corp. alone reported the highest corporate profit in U.S. history: $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the entire year.

REPUBLICAN PROSTITUTION FOR VOTES – ‘SAY IT AIN’T SO’
Apparently we are just about to become very familiar with the names Mitchell Wade and Brent Wilkes (ala Abramoff familiarity) as the FBI investigates them and their black books, hired prostitutes, escorts, and other involved parties. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that they are investigating Wade and Wilkes because they are known as the lobbyists who provide prostitutes on demand in exchange for VOTES. Duke Cunningham was one of the benefactors and seems many others as well. And guess where these rendezvous’ took place – The Watergate Hotel. Maybe the hotel should just change its name because the mere inclusion of its name in the story adds a sense of guiltiness.

-Casey Sweet



Health Care News

April 23: City councils that have passed resolutions endorsing H.R. 676, the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, include Baltimore, Maryland; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Moorehead, Kentucky. In January, the Kentucky House of Representatives Committee for Health and Welfare voted up a measure calling on Congress to pass the bill.

Of the 68 current Congressional backers, six had signed up as of February this year. Among the many union endorsements are those of the United Auto Workers, United Mine Workers, United Steel Workers of America, and the Service Employees International Union.

A 2003 poll reported that 49 percent of doctors support legislation to establish national health insurance (Indiana University poll, published in the 2003 Annals of Internal Medicine). Dr. George Alexander, Director of the National Association of Public Health Workers, is an outspoken proponent. A support group, Physicians for a National Health Program, has seen its membership rise from 10,000 to 14,000 in recent years.

http://www.larouchepub.com/pr/2006/060423conyers_support.html

-Forwarded by Robert Scardapane



New York City Health Care News

Resolution for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare

Hello, Everybody. Here is great news on the healthcare front. Please check out the exciting events below. There are things for everybody to do. Please note especially what's happening on June 7th, and see what you can do to participate.

RE: NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION:
We at Healthcare-NOW! are hoping that the New York City Council will pass the Resolution in support of Rep. John Conyers’ H.R. 676, National Health Insurance Act on or before June 7th--6/7/6. Our plan is to celebrate that City Council action and the progress toward a national single-payer healthcare system on 6/7/6 at the Learn-In and premiere of our new film “Don’t Be a Chicken,” at 6:00 PM at Local 1199’s penthouse, 330 West 42nd Street, on the evening of June 7th. We will be celebrating HR 676 all over the country on that date. Healthcare-NOW! activists are creating hundreds of events, demonstrations, hearings, and a number of dramatic actions.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Put June 7th on your calendar now and call your City Council representative this week.) Go to http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/ . Urge your City Council Member to sign onto the resolution and to be with us as a special guest on June 7th at the above event. Healthcare-NOW, 212-475-8350 www.healthcare-now.org.

NOTICE FROM PNHP (Thanks to Joanne Landy)
The following is a notice from PNHP’s New York Chapter and a copy of the resolution:
We are excited to learn that a bill urging the U.S. Congress to pass John Conyers' “United States National Health Insurance Act,” H.R. 676 (“Expanded & Improved Medicare For All”), has been introduced into the New York City Council by Oliver Koppell from the Bronx. Local initiatives like this are critical to building a movement for single-payer national health insurance. If you are in New York City, please help to get this bill passed: visit, call or write your City Council member and ask him or her to let you, Mr. Koppell and the public know of his/her support for the bill. The text of the bill is below.

A list of NY City Council members is at the end of this message. Please call or visit yours. The most effective way to let him or her know that you care deeply about this issue is to make a personal visit by yourself or, better yet, with a group of others from medical groups, churches, synagogues, labor unions, community groups, etc. (If people can't say they represent particular organizations, it's okay for them to say they are members.) Let me know if you plan to make a visit and would like other PNHPers to join you. I'll try to facilitate it. And if you can't go in person, do express your support by writing, calling or emailing. It can make a big difference!

To find out who your New York City Council representative is and how to get in touch with him or her, go to http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/ and follow the prompts from "Find Your District " (you may have to use street addresses that are not precisely yours, but you can figure it out).

All the best,
Joanne Landy, MPH
Executive Director
Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro Chapter

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 75
Resolution strongly urging the United States Congress to pass H.R. 676, which would provide universal healthcare for all Americans.
By Council Members Koppell, Fidler, Foster, Gentile, Gerson, Mark-Viverito, Sanders Jr., Palma, Brewer and Avella

-Whereas, According to the National Coalition on Heath Care, approximately 45 million Americans are without health insurance, and, in 2003, there were 8.4 million children uninsured in the United States; and
-Whereas, Health insurance costs for Americans and the number of Americans without health insurance continues to rise; and
-Whereas, According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, premiums for employee-sponsored health insurance in the United State have been rising five times faster on average than workers’ salaries; and
-Whereas, Working families are having an increasingly harder time making ends meet, and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of the population in New York City lives at or below poverty level; and
-Whereas, According to a recent study by Harvard University researchers, 50 percent of all bankruptcy filings were partly the result of overwhelming medical expenses; and
-Whereas, According to the National Coalition on Heath Care’s Facts on Health Care Costs, national health care spending is 4.3 times the amount spent on national defense; and
-Whereas, Physicians for a National Health Program reports that under a H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Plan, the country could save over $286 billion a year in health care costs; and
-Whereas, In addition to helping workers, a universal healthcare system could reduce the average cost paid by employers for employee benefits; and
-Whereas, The benefits from universal health care could include extending the life of untold numbers of Americans who, without health insurance, have higher mortality rates than the insured, according to the National Coalition on Health Care; and
-Whereas, Universal healthcare could benefit all Americans, especially those most vulnerable; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York strongly urges the United States Congress to pass H.R. 676, which would provide universal healthcare for all Americans.

Below is a list of NY City Council members. To find out who your representative is and to locate his/her contact information, go to: http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/
1 Alan Gerson Democrat Manhattan  18 Annabel Palma Democrat Bronx  35 Letitia James Democrat Brooklyn 
2 Rosie Mendez Democrat Manhattan  19 Tony Avella Democrat Queens  36 Albert Vann Democrat Brooklyn 
3 Christine Quinn Democrat Manhattan  20 John Liu Democrat Queens  37 Erik Martin Dilan Democrat Brooklyn 
4 Daniel Garodnick Democrat Manhattan  21 Hiram Monserrate Democrat Queens  38 Sara M. Gonzalez Democrat Brooklyn 
5 Jessica Lappin Democrat Manhattan  22 Peter Vallone, Jr. Democrat Queens  39 Bill DeBlasio Democrat Brooklyn 
6 Gale Brewer Democrat Manhattan  23 David Weprin Democrat Queens  40 Yvette Clarke Democrat Brooklyn 
7 Robert Jackson Democrat Manhattan  24 James Gennaro Democrat Queens  41 Darlene Mealy Democrat Brooklyn 
8 Melissa Viverito Democrat Manhattan  25 Helen Sears Democrat Queens  42 Charles Barron Democrat Brooklyn 
9 Inez Dickens Democrat Manhattan  26 Eric Gioia Democrat Queens  43 Vincent J. Gentile Democrat Brooklyn 
10 Miguel Martinez Democrat Manhattan  27 Leroy Comrie Democrat Queens  44 Simcha Felder Democrat Brooklyn 
11 G. Oliver Koppell Democrat Bronx  28 Thomas White, Jr. Democrat Queens  45 Kendall Stewart Democrat Brooklyn 
12 Larry Seabrook Democrat Bronx  29 Melinda Katz Democrat Queens  46 Lewis Fidler Democrat Brooklyn 
13 James Vacca Democrat Bronx  30 Dennis P. Gallagher Republican Queens  47 Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Democrat Brooklyn 
14 Maria Baez Democrat Bronx  31 James Sanders, Jr. Democrat Queens  48 Michael C. Nelson, Jr. Democrat Brooklyn 
15 Joel Rivera Democrat Bronx  32 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Democrat Queens  49 Michael McMahon Democrat Staten Island 
16 Helen Foster Democrat Bronx  33 David Yassky Democrat Brooklyn  50 James Oddo Republican Staten Island 
17 Maria del Carmen Arroyo Democrat Bronx  34 Diana Reyna Democrat Brooklyn  51 Andrew Lanza Republican Staten Island


-Forwarded by Carol F. Yost



In response to Pat Thompson's "Be afraid, be very afraid. To raise his poll numbers and assure Republican victory in November, they will surely do something -- whether it is invade Iran, or engineering another 9/11, something to scare people will surely happen," Billie M. Spaight writes:

Pat Thompson's statement sent chills up and down my spine. I believe it is entirely possible that the Bush crowd would manufacture one crisis or another. I have always had a feeling that the Bushies did have a hand in 911. I can't prove it--it's just an emotional feeling. But I have noticed how Osama bin Laden rears his ugly head everytime the Bushies need some backup. In my view, that crowd will stop at nothing.



In response to the lack of responsibility President Bush and the leaders of the Republican party have shown, Pat Thompson writes:

Bush had several failed companies before he became the baseball king (with a 1% investment in the purchase of the Texas Rangers -- their front man). He didn't have to take responsibility for his failed oil drilling companies -- he sold off his stock as they were going down.



A Neil Young Quote

"We are the silent majority now, and we haven't done a damn thing. We've stood by and watched this happen. But there's more of us than there is of them, and we have to do something. When people start talking and see they can get away with it, it's going to happen everywhere. It's going to be a landslide, it's going to be a tidal wave. This is just the tip of it."
-Neil Young, in his interviewed with the New York Times on his latest album, IMPEACHING BUSH

Can't you just feel it? The tidal wave is sweeping over Bush and the Rethuglicans. The Democrats will win big in 2006 and 2008!

I don't know about landslides. But I fear the "Tin Soldiers and "Bush" is coming." -NG


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