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June 19, 2008

 

I'm on vacation this week (until next Friday), so Note From a Madman might not appear in its regular schedule (like last night when I couldn't get a good wireless signal). However, I will endeavor to get it out as best I can. -NG


 

Missing Opportunities in Iraq

Nouri al-Maliki and his Iraqi government are learning from president Bush and his administration. This is not a good thing.

In a time when gas prices are rising like never before (the effect) and crude oil is selling at record prices (the cause), the Iraqi government and people should be raking in the dough from their black gold. And according to the looks of their treasury, they are.

But much like our President and his administration, any spoils go to the victors; and like in the United States, those victors don't live in poorer or middle class neighborhoods.

According to "experts", the Iraqi army is getting better at doing their job. Whereas that sounds like reason to bring our troops home sooner than later, there still remains many other problems in Iraq, not the least of which is the lack of jobs and the lack of infrastructure. One would think that the Iraqi government, with oil money coming into their nation, that the latter would help the former.

Unfortunately for the Iraqi people, it appears that one of the lessons their leaders learned from the Bushies is to keep the people down. One of the ways in which FDR helped bring us out of the Great Depression (an event forged under the true model of the Bush administration, President Herbert Hoover) was the great public works program which put Americans to work and took them out of the streets.

What the Public Works Administration did was to take out of work Americans - and they numbered about 25 percent of the workforce during the Great Depression - and put them in jobs that bettered our infrastructure. They built roads; they built bridges; and they began great works that transformed this nation from a burgeoning third world-type nation into the beginnings of the world power it was to become.

Then people work, they spend money, and they spend money putting other people to work. It has taken nearly eight years for President bush to realize that and the pittance of a rebate given to most of us will not make much of a difference in most of our lives.

In a similar fashion to our nation, Iraq doesn't have jobs to employ their people. Our jobs in this nation have been lost to overseas manufacturers and have been taken away by the greedy global corporatists who call George Bush "Friend". Iraq has their own problem and it's a problem that reminds me of the time of the Great Depression.

The Iraq government should be funding public works projects. They should be hiring engineers, architects, road designers and workers to build the new Iraq instead of sitting on their hands an their wallets in similar fashion to their American counterparts.

Perhaps Iraq needs their own FDR to get things going. However, as long as George W. Bush, or his would-be successor John McBush-McCain are in office, don't hold your breath.

-Noah Greenberg



A Solution to High Oil Prices

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

OPEC sells oil for $136.00 a barrel.
OPEC nations buy U.S. grain at $7.00 a bushel.
Solution: Sell grain for $136.00 a bushel.

Can't buy it? Tough! Eat your oil!

Ought to go well with a nice thick grilled filet of camel ass!!!

-Martin Brandes



In response to PROMINENT DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS JOIN "CITIZENS FOR MCCAIN", Eddie Konczal writes:

"Democratic 25th Precinct Chair Silverio "Silver" Salazar (Colorado)"
Democratic Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado! Wow, that's a big name. Oh, wait... this is "Silver" Salazar.

"Alderman Bill Mosby (Mississippi)"
Bill Cosby? Wow! Oh wait... this is Bill MOSBY...

Never mind...


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