Tuesday 08 September 2009
The operator of a KC-135 Stratotanker refuels mid-air in
Jumbo shrimp. Buy and save. Jobless recovery. Americans are on full oxymoron alert these days, as we read and hear about this "jobless recovery." Recovery for whom?
The unemployment rate is high and growing higher, nearing an official 10 percent - an estimate which is always lower than the reality of impoverished, underemployed and "discouraged workers" who have stopped bothering to officially register. Since this recession began, 7 million Americans have lost their jobs.
Why aren't 7 million of us "too big enough to fail"?
If stimulus packages for corporate sinkholes are good enough for the American taxpayer, why can't we find $5.4 billion to create minimum wage jobs with full health care benefits for the 216,000 Americans who lost their jobs in August? Coincidentally, $5.4 billion is the amount the Pentagon will spend next year on unmanned vehicles such as the Predator, which is killing so many civilians in
If the Pentagon "burn rate" for the dual wars in
On September 4, Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a $93,851,886 contract for a few missiles. Which Americans lost their jobs so some Raytheon executives and stockholders could make a killing? We also saw 90 people killed by a U.S.-made, U.S.-launched missile in
On the previous day, September 3, McDonnell Douglas Corp. was awarded a $102,333,333 contract for contractors. Since it has been reported that contractors are often paid more than $200,000 per year, plus full benefits, we could generously estimate that the McDonnell Douglas contract created 400 jobs for Pentagon contractors in Central Asia or the Middle East, making more people angry at the
I am not an economist. I am just a professor in the field of Conflict Resolution, trained to approach problems with an open mind
and a brainstorming stance. We need some brainstorms in our country. People are hurting and our direction isn't changing.
When I grew up in hockey country in
Surely we have some certified, smart people who can think outside the Wall Street-Pentagon box and start spending taxpayer funds - few of which come from corporations, most of which come from hard-working middle-class Americans - so that we see some recovery where it counts.
Always change a losing game. We are losing. Change is overdue.
Tom H. Hastings is director of PeaceVoice and a founder of Whitefeather Peace Community in Portland,
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs