Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Arm Grab" is above and it went up last night.
A number of e-mails are about voting. Let me answer it by steering you to Patrick Martin's piece for WSWS:
The report from the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, released in mid-January, is a blueprint for the subordination of every aspect of American society to a single goal, boosting corporate profits.
Obama appointed the panel last year, under the leadership of Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. Among the companies represented on the council are Xerox, American Express, DuPont, Southwest Airlines, Procter & Gamble, Boeing, Intel, Citigroup, Comcast and UBS.
Two union leaders, Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO and Joseph T. Hansen of the United Food and Commercial Workers, also were appointed. So reactionary and pro-corporate was the report that the two union executives had to issue a public dissent in an effort to cover up their collaboration. This “opposition” is of course combined with all-out support for the Obama administration, which commissioned the report and now will implement its recommendations.
The “Road Map to Renewal” issued by the council details proposals for education, job training, tax credits and tax cuts for specific groups of corporations, and deregulation of business, many of which were incorporated into Obama’s State of the Union Address.I will not vote for Barack Obama. I think it's clear that I could vote for Mitt Romney. (Again, he was my state's governor. I do know a bit about him.) (I did not vote for him for governor.)
Could I vote for other Republicans? I could vote for Ron Paul (and would so so gladly).
I'm not sure about Newt and it's a no on Rick Santorum who cries too much in public and who gets too emotional when talking about same-sex sex.
I could vote for Cynthia McKinney with great enthusiasm.
I have no problem considering a Green or third party or independent candidate.
I can also see just not voting in the presidential race.
But I won't vote for Barack or be scared into voting for him.
I'm sorry, I was raised to respect the Constitution. His drone wars, his illegal war on Libya (violation of the War Powers Act), his decision that he can assassinate any American, etc.
All of this is more than a "policy disagreement." We disagree on ObamaCare. He loves it and I see it as a give-away of the American people to the corporations. (I favor single-payer, universal health care. What Barack's done is take national what Mitt did in my state. It does not work. I know that first hand.) But that's a policy disagreement.
My issues with Barack go to the Constitution, the rule of law, the right to a jury of your peers, war and much more. I will not reward his illegal conduct by voting for him. It goes against everything I believe in.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: