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Americans spend less time and effort to decide who to vote for than buying a new car. Less than half of Registered Voters vote in the Midterm elections. Republicans vote in mass because they include seniors, college educated, and right wing nuts.
Your future and the future of your children and grandchildren may be decided whether corporate and nutty Republicans rule or less corporate and more sympathetic to the plight of the Middle-Class and half of American families making less than $50,000 a year in income.
Politicians and all of us are not perfect, but if you don't vote, we will certainly go down the sewer. Stop being scared. Things are getting better because of Democratic Bills passed largely with almost complete Republican opposition to bills no matter how many actually supported most of them. This was not an accident. Most Americans don't pay attention to what is happening in politics and get all their information from lying ads, almost completely on the Republican side who lie to scare us. They want to keep the abortion and other issues on the table rather than making a serious attempt to stop them completely so they can win elections. How much longer are we going to be fooled.
In 2004 Bush put the marriage amendment by states to help get their voters out and won the election with the help of serious election fraud in Ohio where Republicans in charge hid their crimes. Some went to jail but most escaped prison cells.
Are we going to allow the criminals to take charge again?
Jim Kawakami, Oct 29, 2010, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
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Panel: BP, Halliburton Ignored Cement Flaws
The White House panel investigating the Gulf Coast oil spill says BP and one of its main contractors, Halliburton, ignored critical design flaws weeks before the explosion at the Macondo well. On Thursday, the National Oil Spill Commission said multiple tests showed the cement slurry used to seal the well was unstable and unlikely to hold. The companies still went ahead with their cementing work despite the findings. Halliburton has previously claimed the tests had proved the cement’s reliability.
US Intelligence Spending Tops $80.1B
The Obama administration has disclosed US intelligence agencies spent some $80.1 billion during the previous fiscal year. It’s the first time in over a decade the US government has disclosed its intelligence budget. In a statement, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said intelligence spending has reached an "unacceptable level."
Audit: US Can’t Account for $17.7B in Afghan Spending
A new government audit shows the US can’t account for nearly $18 billion earmarked for the Afghan war. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says the government doesn’t know how some $17.7 billion obligated to over 7,000 contractors has been disbursed.
Inquiry: Pentagon Official Misled on Spy Program
A Pentagon inquiry has found a senior official deliberately misled top military officers when he established a spy program run by private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The official, Michael Furlong, established the off-the-books operation to help track and kill suspected militants. Furlong has claimed his superiors authorized the program.
... Mr. Furlong received a regular Army commission in May 1977 as a distinguished military graduate from Loyola University, serving for 25 years. During his military career, he held assignments with the Joint Staff, Army Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. European Command. Mr. Furlong was also a defense contractor for eight years. He was the project manager for the establishment of three U.S. government-funded independent television and radio networks on the ground in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He also served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and in the Secretary of the Air Force's Space Policy Office. As an on-site contractor for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Mr. Furlong received the Secretary of Defense's Exceptional Public Service Award for his strategic influence work following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ... http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=11344
Report: Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
A new investigation has found the private prison industry played a key role in the drafting and passage of Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law.
According to National Public Radio, the bill was formulated at a Washington, DC meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, last December. The group brings together state legislators and major corporations, including the nation’s largest private prison firm, the Correction Corporation of America, CCA. Attendees helped write the bill, gave it a name, and then voted to approve it.
The bill’s eventual sponsor, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, then brought it back to his home state. The ensuing months saw a frenzy of lobbying to enact the bill. According to NPR, thirty of the measure’s thirty-six co-sponsors received campaign donations from lobbyists working for CCA and two other major private prison companies. In an internal document last year, the CCA predicted that contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement would bring in "a significant portion of our revenues."
Poll: Latinos See Widespread Discrimination
A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of Latinos in the United States think they experience discrimination fueled by anti-immigrant sentiment. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the number jumps to 70 percent for Latinos born abroad. Half of respondents say the US has become less welcoming to immigrants in the last five years, and over half say they’re worried they or their family members could be deported.
US Life Expectancy Falls to 49th
A new study says life expectancy in the United States has plunged over the last decade. According to Health Affairs, the US now ranks forty-ninth in the world in life expectancy, down from twenty-fourth place in 1999. The study authors cited what they called the United States’ "uniquely inefficient" healthcare system as the primary cause.
Clinton Pressures Meek to Drop Senate Bid
And former President Bill Clinton has acknowledged he tried to convince Democratic Congress member Kendrick Meek to abandon his Senate bid. Polls show Meek is running a distant third behind Florida Governor Charlie Crist, an independent, and Republican front-runner Marco Rubio. A Clinton spokesperson said the former president told Meek to drop out of the race and endorse Crist. Meek has denied receiving any pressure from Clinton. He is trying to become the first-ever African American to win a statewide vote in Florida.
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