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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Morning Political Items

EuroYank : The Failure of Obamanomics

The data is in. Here’s what happened:
1. Household personal income (inflation adjusted) rose but every penny - and then some - went into savings or paying down debts. Consumer spending, on which Obama is betting to stimulate the economy, actually fell. None of the stimulus money was sent. None.
2. Meanwhile, to pay for this stimulus spending that didn’t stimulate, Obama had to borrow so much money that long term interest rates have almost doubled since he took office, forcing postponement of abandonment of business expansion and hiring across the board.


Stephen Harper makes a big deal of attacking Michael Ignatieff’s credentials as a Canadian because of his time spent outside the country.

Meanwhile, he as much as hands our medical isotope industry to the Americans by walking away from it. If that’s his idea of being a Canadian, he needs to spend some time outside the country.

J.W. Villiers, Fredericton

The real federal budget numbers are double the Harper government's most recent claims – but in line with an unprecedented series of federal fudget budgets. This again proves that our country is being run by an unashamedly partisan government that is willingly stiffing us for the bill while attempting to hide the total.

Eugene Parks, Victoria B.C.

 why Stephen Harper should not be Prime Minister. He shows us so frequently but today's example at the G8 exposed him quite well for the ruthless partisan he is. Can't exercise the proper statesmanlike judgment to know that an attack on a domestic political rival is not suited for the world stage. That judgment is entirely his responsibility. Not a penny ante aide's:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was forced to apologize publicly for attacking his political rival Michael Ignatieff at the G8 over a quote that was wrongly attributed to the Opposition leader by a senior Harper aide.

Steph’s blog  Iran and Propaganda

The British state run BBC and American state run VOA both broadcast in Farsi. These supposed Farsi services pump anti Iranian government propaganda into Iran round the clock, their purpose is to sow discord, incite violence and ethnic tensions, and spread disinformation. The Western media as been at the heart of the failed fascist coup against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It’s also been widely reported in the Western media that Iran has imposed restrictions on Iranian newspapers publishing reports about the recent riots unrest but Deputy Culture Minister Ali-Reza Malekian, categorically rejects that accusation calling them “sheer lies”, and pointing out that certain “Foreign media aim at provoking the chaos in Iran by turning a blind eye to the media ethics and by publishing fake news.” 

Eight members of the Basij have been killed during the riots and another 300 wounded defending Tehran from the insurgents. All eight Basiji were killed by gunfire, i.e. some of the insurgents were gunmen firing from the crowd. None of this is being given coverage in the western media or the fact that 200 or so insurgents are fascists not democrats.

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