Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2:

Too bad editors at Irving newspapers don't read the New York Times. On March 1, the NY Times reported that two, former US senators, both major figures in the congressional investigation of 9/11, have filed court charges that the American government has failed to act on strong evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia was involved in the 9/11 attack.

Well, it's understandable. The US has already killed over a million people who had nothing to do with the attack. I mean, who wants to do that all over again? Besides, Saudi Arabia is the strongest ally of the US in the middle east, its most reliable source of oil, and a major buyer of American weapons.

Anyway, don't worry about it. You'll never see the story in The Moncton Times and Transcript; so it can't be very important. (Today's front page, the whole page, is an ad for Bell.)

On the good side, the TandT continues to do a decent job of  reporting on the robocalls scandal. What it could use now is some intelligent comment on it. (They might have done it in an editorial today - but  the question of who should sell booze in NB was obviously a more important one.)

Briefly, what's happening is this. The extensive use of robocalls to disrupt the voting process is the most serious threat we have ever seen to our democratic system. (Yes. The most serious threat. Neither Germany nor Japan was ever in a position to threaten our democracy, not even if they wanted to.)
Already weakened by  news media which are, most of them, heavily biased and often lying, our basic freedom, the right to decide who will govern us, is now wide open to pyschological manipulation for anybody who can afford to buy it.

The great failing of our politicians of all parties and of our news media is reliance on confused shouting about who did or didn't do it. Everybody is guilty of that finger-pointing; and we will never get anywhere with that approach.

The starting point should be a thorough study to find out what happened. Next is to determine who did whatever parts of it were illegal,and to hold byelections in their ridings.

The next is to determine whether further laws are required and, if so, to propose them.

Elections Canada cannot do all of that. It has no mandate to do it. Nor has it shown much interest.

This is not a party issue. All parties seem to be trying to make it a party issue. But it's not. In fact, under our constitution, parties don't even exist. The issue is one for all of us. The issue is our right to the freedom that is essential to all other freedoms. It has nothing to do with which party you support.

Virtually all our elected representatives have been guilty of reducing this to finger-pointing. The worst, worst because he is the only one in a position to take useful action, is the Prime Minister. With a word from him, we can have the public scrutiny and the changes we need to save our democracy.

The great leader is the one who can rise above partisan shouting, and do what is best for the country. Shouted denials and counter-accusations are of no help to anybody. We need a Prime Minister who can lead not just a party - but lead the whole country. The next days will decide whether Harper is that man.

And today's editorial? It's a call for privatization of liquor sales in New Brunswick. Private business is so much more efficient. You can read all about in reports for Atlantic Institute of Market Studies. Right. The proof of that efficiency is in how many Americans - and Greeks and Irish and many more to come are  homeless and hungry. The private market is very efficient at puttinig money into the pockets of those who own it. Its history all over the world for centuries is that it's very bad at putting money into anybody else's pocket. And now, in this world crisis created by the private market, it's obvious to anyone with eyes that it's a disaster. Luckily, the owners have been wise enough to buy up polticians along the way, so they can get the benefits of a welfare state even as their profits continue to rise out of the poverty and wreckage they have created. (It's reminiscent of the way beautiful flowers can come up from a dunghill.)

NB liquor makes a profit. It's a profit that goes to us. Why on earth would we give that profit to somebody else?

But have you ever know the TandT to support anything but privatization? No way. Corporations intend to own and control everything - your water, your energy, your roads, your children, your health care, your governments and, of course, your booze.

That's been the push for the last fifty years. It has nothing to do with economics. It has everything to do with greed and power.

1 comment:

  1. We all know what happened when Alan Greenspan pushed for a marketplace unencumbered from government regulations. Look where our neighbor to the south is today. That could be us in the next couple of years.

    The American economy is enjoying a real inflation of six percent plus, because of the devaluation of the U.S. greenback due to its enormous debt to GDP, coupled with its warring, and ongoing actual jobless rate, etc.

    This new inflationary rate is leaving many pensioners, and families behind, even if they're lucky enough to have their pensions indexed for inflation at the old standard of 2 - 3 percent annually.

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