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Despite our phone calls, emails and letters, and despite the fact that most of them are up for reelection next year, the House passed the bailout of Wall Street totaling $850 Billion. If you are not enraged, then you should be. We still haven’t heard where this money is going to come from, could be Russia, could be China, it could be outright issued by  the FED; none of these are good options.

Remember what our founding father, Ben Franklin, said about debt in regards to war, “you’ll get the bill after the war is over.” That being said, we still haven’t received the bill for the $3 Trillion criminal war that King George II got us into. As Nobel Laureate Stiglitz expressed on Democracy Now! yesterday “the Fed engineered a bubble … the housing bubble facilitated people taking money out of their mortgages; … in one year, there were more than $900 billion of mortgage equity withdrawals. And so, we had a consumption boom that was so strong that even though we were spending so much money abroad, we could keep the economy going.”  Thus our plan to pay for the expenses during the war has failed and resulted in $850 Billion in losses, meanwhile the war which is the reason for this crisis has yet to be paid. [ Of course we are still there and it costs $12 Billion a month. And no matter whether it’s Obama or McCain in January, we’re not leaving anytime soon.]

While watching the House give their speeches about whether they favored the Senate’s changes to the bill, I noticed that a lot of them spoke as though this would be their last vote. Some of their term limits have expired, while quite possibly, some of them may have believed that they wouldn’t be voted into Congress again.

When I look at the rationality behind voting for this terrible piece of legislation, I think about the telecom immunity bill that was passed earlier this year. The Bush administration told them to spy and the Bush administration decreed that the corporations shouldn’t be held accountable for their decisions. Congress went along with it and passed the immunity bill. I’m convinced that the same thing has happened here,  the opinion of Congress was that it was the government who created this housing bubble, thus it should be the government who takes the fall. Wall Street was only operating under the framework set forth by the government.

Regardless whether my sentiments are correct, this is what Congress’s vote means: we the people are taking the responsibility for the failures on Wall Street. Our government set it up. Wall Street obeyed. Knowingly Paulson playing the role of the double agent in this game, Chairman of Goldman Sacs and Secretary of the Treasury, knew how it all would end. Thus this bailout was planned. Does it surprise you that it arrives on the last day before congress adjourns for the 2008 elections?

What we have is a case of the greater evil bailing lout out the lesser evil and the people suffer as a result. We needed that bill to fail and these crooks along with it. That is a reminiscent of the 2008 Election, where many voters are suckered into voting for the lesser of two evils; or as presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin said “the evil of two lessers.” The four 3rd party presidential candidates ( that are capable of winning the election) were aligned with the majority of Americans and against this bailout from the start.  Independent candidate Ralph Nader asked the most important question, “Is a bailout even needed?” But we don’t hear their voices on the debates now do we?

Opposition was nullified.  A debate wasn’t wanted. The bill has passed. Now Congress is adjourned.

As a Side Note:

We need to get these debates open. We need to get the people’s voices heard. The door keeps slamming on us, when will we kick it down?
Here is what we can do: Go to ThirdPartyTicket.com and pledge your support. We need to get a lot of support for this video (and others like it) on YouTube.com: http://breakthematrix.com/BreakTheMatrix/Why-not-include-them

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Okay, time for action. The first Presidential debate is Friday. And we’re getting stonewalled. They won’t let Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Mckinney, or Baldwin into the Presidential debates. So, here’s what we’re going to do. It’s a two step process.

Step one — call Barack Obama. Tell Obama he should demand that Ralph Nader (If you are for Bob Barr then you could replace Nader’s name with Barr’s in every instance of the script.) be included in the debates. And step two — e-mail the Commission on Presidential Debates. And let them know you are onto their game.

Here are the details.

Step one:

Call Barack Obama at 866-675-2008.
Hit 6 to speak with a campaign volunteer.
Once connected, politely deliver the following message:

Hi, my name is …

I was wondering if Senator Obama, being a believer in equal opportunity and equal rights, could insist that Ralph Nader and other ballot qualified third party candidates be included in the upcoming Presidential debates?

After all, Nader is on 45 state ballots.

And he’s polling well nationwide. And he could help Senator Obama challenge the corporate Republicans.

True, Ralph would critique Senator Obama for his corporate ties also. But isn’t that what democracy is about? Could you please leave this message for the campaign manager? Thank you.

Step two:

E-mail Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Here’s a sample e-mail:

Dear Janet Brown:

Greetings. You must be busy. Preparing for the first Presidential debate this Friday. So, I won’t take much of your time. Just wanted to let you know that the American people were not born yesterday. We know the deal. Take that little private corporation that you run. Controlled by the two corporate parties. And funded by big business. For the purpose of excluding independent minded candidates. Friday, two Wall Street candidates are scheduled to be in the ring. Barack Obama and John McCain. The one candidate who represents the American people, Main Street, if you will, will be on the outside looking in. So, here’s a simple request.
Drop your exclusionary restrictions. And let Ralph Nader into the debates. It will be good for your conscience. Good for the American people. (I believe it was The League of Women Voters that called your corporatized debates “campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity, and honest answers to tough questions.”) And good for democracy. Let the American people have a real debate for once. Main Street vs. Wall Street.

Thank you.

Signed

your name.

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This is in response to the youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE06O7lZuPo
Ralph Nader Interview by CSPAN

I recommend everyone to listen to what Ralph Nader has to say. His plans are more effective and progressive than any other candidate. When you look at the options available for such problems as the war in Iraq, Health Care, and the Israel/Palestine conflict, Ralph Nader has superior ideas. His plans begin with subjecting the corporations to the rule of law, demanding that they raise their standards, and removing their constitutional personhood, thus returning the power back to the American people.

On the war in Iraq, do you think that Iraq would be able to use its authority and establish an economy that could support its people if it didn’t have access to the oil in their country? Why are we occupying a territory and forcing its people to give us access to their natural resources? We should take the resources away from these corporations (Exxon, Shell, etc. Who by law have no allegiance to our country our any country) and place them back in the hands of the Iraqi people. Why do you think that there is so much violence in Iraq and furthermore why do you think Al Qaeda’s presence in Iraq grows stronger with each new day, simply because we are stealing from these people. Watch this video and hear what Nader has to say about Iraq; he can have us out in 6 months.

On health care, why are we not arguing for a single payer system? Why after all these years are we now pushing for a universal health care system? We are starting to move to a universal health care system because the corporations are finding it more expensive to manufacture their products here in the US than in other countries due to the high price of health care. So now we have the possibility of getting health care because the corporations see it profitable to do so. So here we are arguing over a broken health care system that is built to make money and not to help the people and the idea of a single payer system is completely off the table. Listen to Nader, he is calling for a single payer system and he has a plan to pay for it.

Concerning the energy crisis and the high price of oil, which we would normally see these as two problems, the ladder can be seen as a solution to the former. The rest of the western world is using this time, where oil is the highest price it has ever been, to invest the surplus of money that is accruing into new energies. Why are we not doing that? As Nader says, we’d have a lot of solar energy if Exxon owned the sun. When you compare the governments of other western countries to our own, we find that they have more social intervention into the market. When you look at the housing crisis and the bailing out of these big corporations (i.e. Fannie Mac and so on) you see that we are naturally moving to a more socialized state, like Germany’s government for instance.

Barack Obama has, like most politicians, told us one thing and did another. Just look at the FISA bill. As a democratic candidate, Obama is the best choice and when you compare him to the republican candidate, McCain, he would definitely make the better president. But why should we settle for the best of the worst? Why should we settle for another corporate candidate, especially when we don’t have to. Let’s get organized. Let’s elect someone for real change, who is not apart of this two party system that has been destroying our democracy.

http://www.votenader.org

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