What's Wrong With Congress?

 

This week Congress has shown its usual inability to work on behalf of the American people.  President Obama, knifing his supporters and non-rich Americans in the back, offered extremely big cuts in Social Security and Medicare – cuts experts think are BIGGER than those the Republican plan calls for – only to be rejected by the Republicans.  No matter how far they all move away from the best interest of the American people they still can’t agree.  

 

At almost the same time and in the same week, Congress had no trouble rolling back some provisions of the 2011 insider trading ban.  Remember in 2011 when 60 Minutes did the big expose uncovering the little known fact that Congresspeople were not subject to the same insider trading laws as the rest of the country and both the House and Senate whipped up a quick law to keep Americans happy?

 

Well now they've found something new to agree on: Quietly and quickly, working with efficiency they can’t find when it comes to funding the government or working on behalf of the people, Congress moved to take some of the elements out of that popular and necessary legislation, giving their staffers more freedom to make money off of their insider knowledge.

 

Is it any wonder that the Republicans and Democrats in Congress are collectively less popular than lice

"Cat Food" part of Obama Budget

Social Security after ObamaWhile the liberal press obsesses over President Obama's recent gaffe regarding Kamala Harris, there has been little coverage of his proposed 2013 budget.

 

Obama is now openly promoting cuts to Social Security in the form of "chained CPI" -- a measure of inflation that assumes that if real food becomes too expensive, the poor will simply survive on something cheaper, such as cat food.  Although this has been dismissed by many in the press as a mere "tweak," the real consequence will be a cut to Social Security benefits of between 5 and 10%, depending on the age of the recipeient.

 

Obama's proposed budget also includes deep cuts to Medicare (beyond even those proposed by Tea Party Republican Paul Ryan), as well as tax increases on the middle class.

 

Obama's statement mourning the late Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan is yet another indication of how far the spectrum of mainstream US politics has moved in just a few years.

Is this what Democracy looks like?

Congratulations to the four Supervisors who thwarted the City Family's attempt to illegally fire Sheriff Mirkarimi:  Christina Olague (D5), David Campos (D9), John Avalos (D11), and Jane Kim (D6).  See the Green Party's statement on Sheriff Mirkarimi for why we think he should be allowed to serve his term.

 

The illustration above is from a comic created by Joe Luby, republished with permission from CitiReport.com.

Questionnaires posted for 9/12 candidate forum

We've already made our endorsements, but we're keeping these responses up for the record.  We received the following responses from candidates:

 

Supervisorial Candidates:  Sherman D'Silva (D1), Eric Mar (D1), Mark Bruno (D3) [received Sep 13], Joe Butler (D3), David Chiu (D3), London Breed (D5) [received Sep 12], Julian Davis (D5) [received Sep 12], Hope Johnson (D5) [updated Sep 12], Christina Olague (D5) [received Sep 20], Ellard Resignato (D5), John Rizzo (D5) [received Sep 14], Lynn Gavin (D7), Glenn Rogers (D7), John Avalos (D11)

 

BART candidate: Tom Radulovich

 

Board of Education candidates: Sandra Fewer, Kim Garcia-Meza, Matt Haney, Rachel Norton, Gladys Soto, Shamann Walton, Jill Wynns

 

College Board candidates: Rafael Mandelman, Rodrigo Santos

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  We haven't posted in a while, but don't worry--we haven't been indefinitely detained, yet.

Local campaigns for 2012 are just getting underway:  keep watching our events list for campaigns, rallies ,and meetings.

And of course, the presidential campaign is in full swing.  While the corporate media have been focusing on Santorum and other candidates of the 1%, little attention has been given to Green Party candidates such as Jill Stein.  Partisan Democrat bloggers are gearing up to spend the year hyping Obama and attacking those who discuss alternative strategies.  As usual, Glenn Greenwald has good coverage of this, although he mentions the strategy of building 3rd parties only in passing.

Greens endorse Occupy SF

The SF Green Party endorses the "Occupy San Francisco" movement and the expression of direct democracy that it represents.  The New York City Green Party has also issued a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street.

For more information, see their website, http://www.occupysf.com, and you can get live updates on Twitter at #OccupySF.  OccupySF holds general assemblies (a means of making decisions through Consensus, similar to the way we make decisions in the Green Party) Sunday-Friday at 6 PM at the occupation site in front of the Federal Reserve Building downtown. All are welcome to participate, speak, and vote on Assembly proceedings.  On Saturdays, they plan to hold general assemblies at noon in Union Square.  Be sure to check the website for any updates.