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Despite record unemployment, Congress votes to spend taxpayer money on war

With real unemployment at around 22% and the recent admission that Goldman Sachs gave billions of dollars of the ‘bailout’ money they received from taxpayers to “overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions“, how can Congress possibly vote to spend another $37 billion of taxpayer money on wars that only create more enemies for the US? Will Congress ever stop selling out the America people?

Not only was the new war spending bill approved by the House, there was also a domestic spending package originally attached to the bill (which ‘contained a variety of domestic spending measures, including $10 billion for a fund to avoid layoffs of teachers, $5 billion for Pell Grants for low-income college students and $1 billion for a program to help teenagers and young adults get summer jobs’ ) that was cut from the approved version.

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich join forces to push for U.S. withdrawal from Pakistan

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Kucinich on Afghan War: ‘Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy’

With an approval rating of 37%,there are calls to end the war in Afghanistan coming from every direction. Here’s some more reasons to do so:

Leadership is in disarray, some claiming that the U.S. is in the middle of a military quagmire (now the longest war in U.S. history) and failing to weaken terrorist networks. “‘Even Afghans are confused by Afghanistan,’ [McChrystal] says. But even if he somehow manages to succeed, after years of bloody fighting with Afghan kids who pose no threat to the U.S. homeland, the war will do little to shut down Al Qaeda, which has shifted its operations to Pakistan.” Read full Rolling Stone article.

Taxpayer money ending up in the hands of the Taliban.
ABC: “U.S. Paying Taliban For Safe Passage Of Supply Trucks! 3000 USD Per Truck!”

ABC: “US Military Helping Afghan Farmers Grow Opium Poppies!” this not only supports the drug trade, but also ultimately provides more money to the Taliban).

Ron Paul: “I remain skeptical that as foreign occupiers we can ever impose Western-style democracy on another country.” The RS article quoted above also notes that Karzai, the would-be new ‘democratic’ leader of Afghanistan, is reluctant if not outright avoiding this potential position—not to mention the fact his credentials are shady at best.

Kucinich to Congress: “Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy.” Last but not least, we can’t afford it.

More:

Petraeus: Afghan withdrawals a ‘process,’ not an exit

Why Petraeus won’t salvage this war

Fake TV News: Corporate Media is Propaganda

With a new story from Stars and Stripes out today (see link below)  about media manipulation, it seems like as good a time as any to review some examples of corporate media dishonesty:

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Files Prove Pentagon is Profiling Reporters, Stars and Stripes

Journalists’ Work Examined Before Embeds, Stars and Stripes

Also, don’t forget about “Operation Mockingbird”

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Here we have fake news (if this video is what it appears to be) from the 1991 Gulf War era:

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Video News Releases (VNR’s) are a whole other dimension of fake news:

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Here are some clips from a year or two ago about Pentagon dissemination of propaganda and talking points on the news:

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Lets not forget about the fake FEMA conference from a couple of years age where the FEMA employees were pretending to be reporters:

Ron Paul: Make Love (and Pay for Health Care) — Not War

A change to foreign policy and an end to our needless wars could cover the cost of health care for the elderly and poor.

But instead, Obama’s proposal is a bureaucratic, government solution to a problem created by the government in the first place and it will only make things worse. Obama is not ending the wars in the Middle East either (which are bad for the health of a lot of innocent people -AND- horribly expensive and bad for the economy as well. Unless you are a military contractor.)

Also mentioned in this video is RonPaulSingles.com. If you’re single then I guess you never know, it might be worth a try… (?)

Kucinich: War Soon to Be the Only Thing Made In America

From Raw Story, Dennis Kucinich addresses Congress:

…“We are destroying our nation’s moral and fiscal integrity with this war supplemental,” Kucinich argued on the House floor Tuesday. “Instead of ending wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan now by appropriating only enough money to bring our troops home, Congress abdicates its constitutional authority, defers to the president, and asks for a report. That’s right, all we are asking for is a report on when the president will end the war.”

Kucinich continued, “There is also money for the IMF, presumably to bail out private European banks. Billions for the IMF so they can force low and middle income nations to cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate America does to our constituents. And there’s money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, not necessarily from U.S. manufacturers because a ‘Buy America’ mandate was not allowed.”

“Another $106 billion dollars and all we get is a lousy war,” Kucinich said. “Pretty soon that is going to be about the only thing made in America – war.”

Ron Paul on North Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy

Here is Ron Paul with common sense (and correct) foreign policy regarding North Korea.

Ron Paul: Stimulus Bill Bad for America, Will Delay Economic Recovery