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Nuclear and Conventional Arms Pacts Stalled
by Rick Rozoff
January 23, 2010
2010 is proceeding in a manner more befitting the third month of the year, named after the Roman god of war, than the first whose name is derived from a pacific deity.
On January 13 the Associated Press reported that the White House will submit its Quadrennial Defense Review to Congress on February 1 and request a record-high $708 billion for the Pentagon. That figure is the highest in absolute and in inflation-adjusted, constant (for any year) dollars since 1946, the year after the Second World War ended. Adding non-Pentagon defense-related spending, the total may exceed $1 trillion.
The $708 billion includes for the first time monies for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which in prior years were in part funded by periodic supplemental requests, but excludes what the above-mentioned report adds is the first in the new administration’s emergency requests for the same purpose: A purported $33 billion.
Already this month several NATO nations have pledged more troops, even before the January 28 London conference on Afghanistan when several thousand additional forces may be assigned for the war there, in addition to over 150,000 already serving or soon to serve under U.S. and NATO command.
Washington has increased lethal drone missile attacks in Pakistan, and calls for that model to be replicated in Yemen have been made recently, most notably by Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who on January 13 also advocated air strikes and special forces operations in the country. 
The Pentagon will begin the deployment of 1,400 personnel to Colombia to man seven new bases under a 10-year military agreement signed last October 30. 
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices — 545 human beings out of 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
Senate Approves Bill to Give DC Residents Vote in the House
February 26, 2009
Washington, DC – After a centuries-long struggle, DC residents may finally get their vote in Congress. In a vote of 61-37, the Senate has passed the DC House Voting Rights Act (S.160).
“This is a historic moment for DC Vote and all who have worked on this issue,” said Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director. “Through the efforts of our coalition, volunteers, donors and supporters across the nation and world – we did it.”
“We are so grateful to Senators Lieberman and Hatch for their unwavering support of the bill,” added Zherka. “Their commitment to democracy for DC is undeniable; we couldn’t have come this far without their help.”
The bill provides the District of Columbia with a voting member in the House of Representatives. Currently, the District is represented by a non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who can vote in committee but not on the House floor. The Senate version of the bill was passed with a controversial amendment attached to repeal DC’s current gun laws – a measure added by Senator John Ensign (R-NV).
“Our opponents thought that they would either defeat our bill or diminish our victory by adding this gun bill amendment. They didn’t,” emphasized Zherka. “We passed a significant hurdle in our fight for full democracy for DC residents.”
Paul Craig Roberts
Is there intelligent life in Washington, D.C.? Not a speck of it.
The U.S. economy is imploding, and Obama is being led by his government of neconservatives and Israeli agents into a quagmire in Afghanistan that will bring the United States into confrontation with Russia and possibly China, American’s largest creditor.
The January payroll job figures reveal that every day last month, 20,000 Americans lost their jobs.
In addition, December’s job losses were revised up by 53,000 jobs from 524,000 to 577,000. The revision brings the two-month job loss to 1,175,000. If this keeps up, Obama’s promised 3 million new jobs will be wiped out by job losses.