By Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins
What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and pubic will in the face of corporate intimidation.
April 4, 2012
The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont.
Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.
The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.
National Taxpayers Union awards Dr. Paul its top grade for defending overtaxed Americans
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Congressman and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was recently awarded an ‘A’ rating for a yearlong voting record of defending American taxpayers. Specifically, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) conferred its 2011 Taxpayers’ Friend Award on the 12-term Congressman from Texas for “consistently voting to reduce the burden on America’s taxpayers.” Of the 15 times since 1997 that the NTU has graded Ron Paul on taxpayer friendliness, Dr. Paul received 15 ‘A’ awards.
Newspaper headcount: "3,000 or more"!-Paul Camp says 6,200 (Channel 7 TV-Redding- reports "hundreds"---I won't even bother posting a link to that)
Same paper by Twitter: Police nervous; people up tree behind Paul
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Pulitzer Winning Reporter Chris Hedges: US Being Transformed Into A Gulag By Military Industrial ComplexSubmitted by Founding Fathers on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 17:28
Slams Lack Of Media Outcry Over Indefinite Detention Law
Steve Watson | Infowars.com
April 3, 2012
An award winning reporter who is suing the Obama administration over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which legislates for the ‘indefinite detention’ of American citizens without trial, is appalled at the lack of media coverage of the issue.
Appearing on RT, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and Middle East expert Chris Hedges said that the NDAA, otherwise known as the ‘Homeland Battlefield Bill’, is already causing a chilling effect on the work of journalists in the US.
“The NDAA has received very little publicity, including by my former employer The New York Times.” Hedges said.
“It is a piece of legislation that was essentially supported by both political parties. Indeed the sponsors of the Bill are Carl Levin, a Democrat and John McCain, a Republican. There was no outcry within the systems of power itself, and that of course meant there was no outcry within the media, which allows those systems of power to set the parameters of debate.” Hedges added.
“Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors feed on paranoia, rumor, rampant careerism, demonization of critical free speech and often invented narratives.” Hedges writes.
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Tampa, Fl., April 2, 2012 —The Republican Party has energized its base around the idea that Barack Obama must be defeated to save America from “socialism.” They won a majority in the House in 2010 by focusing on Obamacare. They claim that this election is a turning point. Obama must be defeated or America will be “fundamentally changed.”
There is only one problem. All of the candidates they are running will lose to Obama, with the exception of Ron Paul.
In order to win the general election, the Republicans need independents and Democrats. They also need a media narrative that shows a clear contrast between their candidate and Obama. They get all of this with Paul and none of it with Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich.
During the 2010 elections, Republicans pulled off a rhetorical coup. They successfully labeled Obamacare as “socialism” while at the same time mobilizing millions of senior citizens against the program because it would hurt Medicare. Hats off to their spin doctors. It won’t be that easy this year. If they want to attack Obama on Obamacare, they can’t run a candidate who signed the same program into law in Massachusetts (Romney), who supported its individual mandate for twenty years (Gingrich), or who voted for the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Santorum).
Santorum hasn’t endorsed the individual mandate, but Obama can argue that he’s all for government healthcare and “spreading the wealth around” because of Medicare Part D. The Republican base might swallow Santorum’s rebuttals, but for the rest Obamacare gets neutralized.
The next generation of surveillance drones will be nuclear powered. Instead of flying for hours, the new drones will be able to stay in the air for months. The development represents a bonanza for the national security state and its military-industrial complex ministries like the Department of Homeland Security.
More from the Guardian.co.uk:
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will visit California this week for a three-day campaign tour. The 12-term Congressman from Texas will visit the Golden State from Tuesday, April 3rdto Thursday, the 5th for a series of town hall meetings, media appearances, and private fundraisers.
A major feature of Ron Paul’s California visit is sizable college campus town hall meetings that are free and open to students and the general public. One college campus town hall meeting will take place on each day of Dr. Paul’s visit, beginning with Cal State – Chico, then UCLA, and then UC – Berkeley. These events often attract large crowds, so the public are strongly encouraged to RSVP online using the information provided below.
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(CNSNews.com) – Ron Paul says he’s going to be busy campaigning in California this week: “And we’re going to have big turnouts in places where no other Republican can go. I’m going to go to Berkeley,” he told WMAL radio in Washington on Monday.
“You have to reach out to more people than the Republican base,” Paul continued. And when you put my name up against Obama, quite frankly, I do every bit as well as Romney against Obama. So I would think that there is some very significant debating yet to go on.”
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"He’s rejecting a basic premise of American law that’s not been seriously questioned in 175 years! Which is this: the courts have the right to review what the Congress does and what the President does and if the court finds that behavior unconstitutional, they can void, they can invalidate what the Congress and the what the President does. That’s our system. That’s what preserves the Constitution against the tyranny of the majority. No president has questioned this since Andrew Jackson!”