Progressive Calendar 10.10.07
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 06:22:39 -0700 (PDT)
           P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    10.10.07

1. Social justice    10.10 8am
2. Whither justice?  10.10 8:30am
3. Amy Goodman       10.10 11am
4. Art/stigma/mind   10.10 12noon
5. Lesbian rights    10.10 12noon StCloud MN
6. IRV by LWV        10.10 6pm
7. Deep Green Party  10.10 6pm
8. Food forum        10.10 6:15pm
9. Vs death penalty  10.10 7pm
10. Vets4Peace       10.10 7pm Red Wing MN
11. Amnesty Intl StP 10.10 7:30pm

12. NWN4P NewHope    10.11 4:30pm
13. Eagan vigil      10.11 4:30pm
14. Northtown vigil  10.11 5pm
15. Latin America    10.11 7pm
16. AntiWarMN/newMem 10.11 7pm
17. Home solar       10.11 7pm

18. Susan Rosenthal - Who are we?
19. Ned Resnikoff   - Corporations versus democracy
20. Rick Perlstein  - Surrender of Congressional Democrats
21. ed              - capitalism sucks capitalism sucks   (wallpaper)

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Social justice 10.10 8am

Wednesday, 10/10, 8 am, People of Faith Peacemakers host longtime social
justice activists Ruth and Loren Halvorson talking about "Journey Inward
and Journey Outward: Sustaining Social Transformation Through Prayer and
Meditation,"  St Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside, Mpls.  www.justview.org


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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net>
Subject: Whither justice? 10.10 8:30am

JUSTICE, WHERE ART THOU?
Council on Crime and Justice
50th Anniversary Action
October 10,  8:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 Second Ave S, Minneapolis

Join the Council on Crime and Justice as they reveal the findings of a
study examining policy shifts, changes in societal attitudes and other key
developments in Minnesota over the past 50 years that have influenced the
way our justice system works today.  At the forum, a framework for
Minnesota's future will be developed, one that will enhance both justice
and public safety over the next 50 years.


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From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com>
Subject: Amy Goodman 10.10 11am

OCTOBER 10: DEMOCRACY NOW's AMY GOODMAN talks with ANDY DRISCOLL

CALL NOW! PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT for TRUTH TO TELL and KFAI
YOUR COMMUNITY RADIO STATION  612-375-9030

Andy Driscoll, Producer/Host
Truth to Tell  co-host: Craig Cox
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
KFAI Radio, 90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 St. Paul


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From: marketing [at] intermediaarts.org <marketing [at] intermediaarts.org>
Subject: Art/stigma/mind 10.10 12noon

Beyond the Gallery: "Art Treats" Brown Bag Dialogues Grab a sandwich and
join us at Intermedia Arts for this exciting new series of intimate
lunch-hour conversations with local artists and activists.

Art, Stigma and Mental Health with Spectrum Artworks
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
12:00-1:00 PM at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
55408
Free and open to the public


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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org>
Subject: Lesbian rights 10.10 12noon StCloud MN

October 10: Women's Center St. Cloud State University Women on Wednesday
Series: Lesbian Rights: From Stonewall to the present with Polly Kellogg
and Angie Witte. Noon-1 PM. Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center. Free
and Op en to the public. 320/308-4958.


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From: Andy Hamerlinck <andy [at] macgrove.org>
Subject: IRV by LWV  10.10 6pm

Instant Run-Off Voting Explained at October Meet-up of
the League of Women Voters of Saint Paul

The League of Women Voters of Saint Paul (LWVSP) continues its fall season
of monthly "Member Meet-ups" on *October 10* with a look at the nuts and
bolts of "Instant Runoff Voting" (IRV). League member Beth Mercer-Taylor
will cover are 1) how IRV actually works 2) update on the St. Paul Better
Ballot Campaign and the three ways that IRV could get on the 2008 ballot
3) update on Minneapolis and statewide implementation.  There is no charge
for the event, and all members of the public are invited to attend.

    The Ins and Outs of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)
    Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    Selby Community Room (second floor) at the Mississippi
    Market, 622 Selby Ave. (corner of Selby and Dale). Please park in
    the overflow lot, across Hague Ave.

Beth Mercer-Taylor is a practiced attorney and supporter of the St. Paul
Better Ballot Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting. According to the
campaign, the movement for better voting has rapidly taken root across the
country, with over 20 cities and counties now using or preparing to use
Instant Runoff Voting. It is a sensible, grassroots reform that is
endorsed by the League of Woman Voters, the Star Tribune, Sierra Club and
several other Minnesota organizations.

All Member Meet-ups are free and open to both League members and the
general public. To RSVP for the meet-up or for more information, please
contact Amy Mino at amy [at] minofamily.net <mailto:amy [at] minofamily.net> or
651-430-2701. For more information on the League of Women Voters of St.
Paul, please visit: www.lwvsp.org <http://www.lwvsp.org/> .


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From: PRO826 [at] aol.com
Subject: Deep Green Party 10.10 6pm

Deep Organizing with the Green Party of  MN
Start: Oct 10 2007 - 6:00pm
End: Oct 10 2007 - 7:00pm

Become a stronger more confident Green Party organizer
This is an ongoing-every second Wednesday of the Month
Location : Green Party of MN office, 2395 University Ave W. #224, St. Paul
55114
(University and Raymond. Enter on the Raymond side, next to the Womens
Press.)
Call to confirm : Ken Pentel (612) 387-0601 _kenpentel [at] yahoo.com_
(mailto:kenpentel [at] yahoo.com)

Thinking of running as a Green Party Candidate in  2008?
Start: Oct 10 2007 - 7:00pm
End: Oct 10 2007 - 8:00pm
Let's talk about what steps are needed and how to prepare for the upcoming
elections.
Ongoing-every second Wednesday of the Month
Location : Green Party of MN office, 2395 University Ave W. #224, St. Paul
55114
(University and Raymond. Enter on the Raymond side, next to the Womens
Press.)
and our communities.
Call to confirm : Ken Pentel (612) 387-0601 _kenpentel [at] yahoo.com_
(mailto:kenpentel [at] yahoo.com)


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From: foodforum <foodforum [at] eastsidefood.coop>
Subject: Frogs/atrazine 10.10 6:15pm

Eastside Food Co-op's Monthly Food Forum that is co-hosted with the Land
Stewardship Project, A Fundraiser for Paul Wotzka

Former state hydrologist Paul Wotzak, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, MN State
Senator John Marty, MN State Representative Ken Tschumper.  Moderated by
organic farmer Atina Diffley.  Music by Paul Metsa.
The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave 13th AVE NE MPLS
Wednesday, Oct 10th doors at 6:15, Paul Metsa performs 6:30 to 7:00,
presentation from 7:00 to 9:00

WHY: Paul Wotzka wanted to testify about the levels of atrazine in our
states waters and was subsequently fired.  We want to hear what he has to
say.

You would think a state employee of Minnesota would have no problem
speaking to a legislative committee about what he knows, HECK, he's on the
payroll.  Well Paul Wotzka, a 16 year hydrologist with the state of MN,
found out sometimes that is not the case.  Paul was suspended by the MN
Pollution Control Agency after requesting to testify about the levels of
the herbicide atrazine in our state's waters and then fired six weeks
later.

[Obviously, some rich person's profits are at risk. The greedy few run the
world, which they are destroying as fast as their little millipede legs
will carry them. Now, there are lots more of us than there are of them...
-ed]

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, world renowned expert on the dangers of atrazine, also
found out about our state government's phobia about public information
dealing with atrazine when he was "uninvited" from being the keynote
speaker at a 2004 MPCA conference where he had planned to speak about
atrazine and its effect on amphibians.

Atrazine is widely believed by the international scientific community to
be dangerous, specifically for its endocrine disruption effects on
amphibians and is banned in the European Union.  Atrazine is the most
commonly detected pesticide in Minnesota waters and has even been found in
the city of Minneapolis' storm sewers and in Lake Harriet.

On October 10th beginning at 6:30 the Eastside Food Co-op monthly Food
Forum will be co-hosted by Land Stewardship Project and serve as a benefit
for Paul Wotzka and his federal whistle-blower lawsuit.  You can read more
about his lawsuit here: http://wcco.com/local/local_story_171123618.html
and here:
http://looncommons.org/2007/06/18/another-pca-whistleblower-suit/

Dr Tyrone Hayes will also be in attendance and speak about his
groundbreaking research on atrazine.  You can read more about this
incredible speaker and what he has come up against speaking truth to power
about atrazine, environmental, animal and human health and the corporate
bottom line here:
http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/2003/Syngenta-Tyrone-Hayes31oct03.htm

After presentations by Dr. Hayes and Paul Wotzka there will be a question
and answer panel with Hayes, Wotkza, MN State Senator John Marty, MN State
Representative Ken Tschumper and farmer and LSP organizer Paul Sobocinski.

There will be a silent auction from some of the most righteous minded and
generous chefs, restaurants, individuals and stores.  Some of those
include: The Wedge Co-op, Ginny Sutton, Kim Bartman of Cafe Barbette and
Bryant Lake Bowl, Brenda Langton of Spoonriver, Lenny Russo of Heartland,
Tracy Singleton of the Birchwood Cafe, Lucia Watson of Lucia's Restaurant,
Jim Grell of The Modern Cafe, Steven Brown of Harry's Food and Cocktails,
J.P.  Samuelson of JP American Bistro and Mary and Mandy Zechmeister fo
Limm City Café and Cocktails.

The Ritz Theater is located at 345 13th Ave 13th AVE in NE Minneapolis.
Doors open at 6:15 with Paul Metsa performing from 6:30 to 7:00 when the
presentation will begin.  Seats can be reserved by emailing
foodforum [at] eastsidefood.coop with the number of seats wanted.  Seats will
be held till 6:45 and then will be sold and filled.

Come and hear for yourself what some have tried to suppress.  The
suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away from hearing this
important information.

If you cannot attend but would like to support Paul Wotzka donations can
be made out to Paul Wotzka Defense Fund and sent to: Eastside Food Co-op
atten. Kristina Gronquist 2551 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

There will be music, a silent auction from the finest restaurants in the
Twin Cities and the free flow of information for us all.


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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net>
Subject: Vs death penalty 10.10 7pm

JOIN US FOR WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 - 7
P.M.

Amnesty International Group 37, Amnesty International-Legal Support
Network, and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights present special guest:
NICHOLAS TRENTICOSTA
Distinguished capital defense attorney featured in the documentary
"Judgment at Midnight."

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
University of MN Law School-Mondale Hall
Room 20, Subplaza
229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

"Judgment at Midnight" chronicles the final days of Antonio James, a
Louisiana death row inmate, before his execution. Please join us for a
screening of "Judgment at Midnight" and a Q & A session hosted by Mr.
Trenticosta. An hors d'oeuvre reception with Mr. Trenticosta will follow
the evening's presentation.

Find out more at:
http://www.mnadvocates.org/World_Day_against_the_Death_Penalty_An_Evening_with_Nicholas_Trenticosta.html


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Vets4Peace 10.10 7pm Red Wing MN

Wednesday, 10/10, 7 to 8:30, Red Wing Vets for Peace meeting at home of
Charles Nicolosi, Red Wing.  tuvecino [at] redwing.org


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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net>
Subject: Amnesty Intl StP 10.10 7:30pm

AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, October 10th, at 7:30 p.m.
Mad Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul.


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net>
Subject: NWN4P NewHope 10.11 4:30pm

NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of
Winnetka and 42nd.  You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near
McDonalds; we will be on all four corners.  Bring your own or use our
signs.


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From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.11 4:30pm

CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest
corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs
and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends
south of the river speaking out against war.


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From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 10.11 5pm

NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy
10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine.

Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View,
New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park,
Fridley, and Coon Rapids.  We'll have extra signs.

For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or
email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com.


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Latin America 10.11 7pm

Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua will be the focus of attention at
Holy Nativity Church, 3900 Winnetka , New Hope, on Thursday October 11th,
7PM.

In a program hosted by the Holy Nativity Peace and Justice Committee,
Natalie Spencer, Caitlin Molsberry, and Antonia Kam will share slides and
information about the 16 weeks they spent studying and living with Central
American families as part of an Augsburg College's Center for Global
Education program. The specific program was titled, "Sustainable
Development and Social Change" and emphasized what it means to live
sustainably and what social change needs to occur to make sustainability
possible.

The three speakers, students at St. Olaf College, learned by visiting and
living in communities throughout the region and meeting with over 30
speakers on a variety of subjects and with a broad range of views.  All
three of these countries experienced major wars during the 70's, 80's, and
early 90's and all aspects of life in these countries continue to feel
from the aftermath of those years.  They also spent time learning about US
involvement during the war years and at present (CAFTA, Free Trade, etc.)
They are eager to share their experience with all members of the
community.

This stimulating, informative program is free and open to all; for more
information contact NW Neighbors for Peace at nwn4p [at] yahoo.com,
nwn4p.pbwiki.com or Gary at 612-298-0468.


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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com>
Subject: AntiWarMN/new mem 10.11 7pm

New Members Meeting
THURS 10/ 11 @ 7pm @ 1313 5th Ave. SE Rm 102A, Mpls
Interested in organizing against the war?  Want to check out the Anti-War
Committee?  Come to our meeting to learn about our organizing & to help us
plan upcoming actions.


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From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org>
Subject: Home solar 10.11 7pm

Join the Hamline Midway Environmental Group to learn about solar energy
technology, the neighborhood solar initiative, energy efficiency, and
financing options.
Thursday, October 11th, 7PM
Hamline Midway Coalition (1564 Lafond Avenue)

Team up with your neighbors to reduce fossil fuel dependence, save
money on your utility bills, and do your part to save the planet!

 * A solar hot water system produces about 75% of the average home's total
hot water!
 * Works with your existing hot water heater.
 * Offsets 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of
planting 80 trees.
 * Each system qualifies for a $2000 Federal Tax Credit


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Who Are We?
by Susan Rosenthal / October 9th, 2007
Dissident Voice

After exposing the horrors of the American medical system, Michael Moore
concludes his documentary, SiCKO, by asking, "Who are we, that we allow
such suffering?" When Moore appeared on Oprah's talk show, she turned to
the television audience and repeated the question.

Naomi Klein poses the same question. Her new book, The Shock Doctrine,
documents how the people in power engineer catastrophes and exploit
naturally-existing crises to profit a few. How awful! Who are we, that we
tolerate such injustice?

Capitalists and their supporters reply, "Human nature is brutal and cannot
change". They want to keep the door shut on any discussion of who we are
and the kind of society we could have. As far as they are concerned, we
are their creatures and should remain so. We labor to enrich them. We
suffer and die to build their empires. That's who they want us to be.

Who decides who we are? Moore and Klein and a growing number of activists
are saying, "We decide who we are". And so the revolution begins.

Who do we want to be?

People value kindness more than any other characteristic. Compassion in
thought, word and deed is universally appreciated regardless of
nationality, culture or religion. By acknowledging kindness as the highest
human value, we define who we are and the type of world that we want.

We want to live in a compassionate and sharing world, a
giving-and-forgiving world, a help-each-other-out world, an
all-for-one-and-one-for-all world, a socialist world, democratically
managed by all of us, for all of us.

A truly democratic society can remake itself in any way it chooses. As
Klein points out, the idea that people should not have the power to decide
how the economy functions "is and remains the single most anti-democratic
idea of our time".

The capitalists don't want a kind world or a democratic world. There would
be no profit in it. They want more and bigger weapons, more surveillance,
more prisons and more repression to keep their profits flowing and protect
their power to shape society for their exclusive benefit.

However, when millions begin to ask, "Who are we?" the days of the
oppressors are numbered.

We are the majority, and we can build a fair and just world. We lack
confidence in ourselves and each other, but that can change. Together, we
can release ourselves and our oppressors from this heartless hell of
chasing profit. There can be no act of compassion greater than that.

Susan Rosenthal is a practicing physician and author of Market Madness and
Mental Illness (1998) and POWER and Powerlessness (2006). She belongs to
the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. She can be reached through her
web site www.powerandpowerlessness.com or by email at:
author [at] powerandpowerlessness.com. Read other articles by Susan, or visit
Susan's website.

This article was posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 9:34 am and is
filed under Culture, Capitalism and Activism.


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Corporations Versus Democracy
by Ned Resnikoff
Published on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 by The Nation
Common Dreams

The most important issue to young people in the 2008 campaign is one that
no presidential candidate will discuss. In fact, even touching on this
subject is taboo for anyone with aspirations to Congress or the White
House. Anyone who has the temerity to mention this political third rail
will almost certainly lose the campaign.

The issue is the curtailing of corporate power, and as long as
corporations continue to finance major candidates, it will remain
unspoken. No one running for office wants to be blacklisted by corporate
lobbyists in Washington.

That's a shame, because this issue is connected to almost every other
problem facing America today. As long as corporations have no incentive to
avoid polluting, we will continue to poison this planet at an alarming
rate, and as long as corporate lobbyists hold an inordinate amount of
influence in Washington, there will be no substantive solutions to
problems like income inequality or our woefully inadequate healthcare
system.

The unchecked power of American corporations does not just affect America,
either. It is our corporations that are exploiting developing nations by
employing their people at low wages in inhuman working conditions. The
environment, obviously, is a global issue. And while some may scoff at the
idea of the United States waging war for economic reasons, it is difficult
to ignore the mounting evidence that we invaded Iraq, at least in part, to
bring profit to American oil companies and defense contractors. What
country is next? Iran?

If presidential candidates were willing to treat unchecked corporate power
as an actual problem, we might be able to begin considering solutions. At
a start, the regulations already in place to curtail corporate power could
be enforced again.

More drastic measures need to be taken as well. I would start by changing
the legal definition of a corporation. Currently, a corporation is legally
defined as a human being, and therefore it possesses all the liberties
that go along with being a member of the human race.

That definition is clearly absurd - a corporation is little more than a
profit-making machine formed by a loose collective of human beings. It is
not entitled to protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, or any other
amendment of the Constitution for that matter.

Public financing of campaigns is also a central part of reducing corporate
power in America. While public financing's detractors argue that it is
fundamentally undemocratic, it will in fact bring America closer to the
democratic ideal we purport to hold so dear.

There is much about the current campaign model that is fundamentally
undemocratic, but nowhere is that more true than in the field of campaign
finance. It is virtually impossible to run for Congress or the White House
without becoming a corporate-sponsored candidate, and corporate-sponsored
candidates act more on behalf of the corporations that pay to put them in
office than the actual human beings that vote for them.

Public campaign finance will fix this by leveling the playing field and
ensuring that candidates are selected based on their ability to present
their case, not how much money they can raise from GE or Bechtel.

Additional regulation on corporations is also a must. While this includes
environmental statutes, something that nobody seems to be discussing is
how to regulate corporate America's human rights abuses abroad. In other
words, if Nike is abusing workers in Indonesia, what can we in the United
States do to make sure that ceases?

One possible solution is economic sanctions against our own corporations.
America is a massive market, and many of the worst violators of human
rights are based here, although their factories may be abroad. Why not
close off the American market to these companies unless they adhere to
some sort of international human rights standard?

One could argue that we have a moral obligation to do something like this,
but it is not entirely without its own material rewards. This is a
national security issue - to many developing nations, these corporations
are the face of the United States, and the more people they abuse around
the world, the worse the international perception of us becomes and the
more potential terrorists and anti-American sentiment we breed.

In a campaign that is more about fundraising than real issues, unchecked
corporate power is the elephant in the room. We cannot rely on the
candidates to raise the issue - rather, we must raise awareness among
Americans in the hopes that they will force the candidates to acknowledge
this central problem in our democracy.

Ned Resnikoff is a freshman at New York University. He wrote this essay
while a senior at Middletown High School in Middletown, Connecticut.
Resnikoff is one of five finalists in The Nation's 2007 Student Writing
Contest. Read more about the competition on StudentNation.com.

Copyright  2007 The Nation


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Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 22:51:51 -0400
From: moderator [at] PORTSIDE.ORG
Subject: Surrender of Congressional Democrats

Surrender, Dorothy

"Two capitulations by congressional Democrats today should have
progressives marching on the Capitol with pitchforks".

by Rick Perlstein on October 9, 2007 - 10:38am.

Campaign for America's Future
http://commonsense.ourfuture.org/blog/rick_perlstein

Quite a day for Democratic capitulations.

Early this August, recall, Democrats were asked by the administration to
cooperate in passing a technical fix in the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act so the NSA could listen in on foreign-to-foreign calls
looped thorough U.S. facilities. Democrats replied, "yes, of course,
that's perfectly reasonable" - which it was.

Then the Administration promptly sandbagged them by ramming through a
radical bill that went far further than what had just been agreed to -
"seemingly subtle changes in legislative language," the New York Times
reported, that "would sharply alter the legal limits on the government's
ability to monitor millions of phone calls and e-mail messages going in
and out of the United States." Even the neo-cons now running the
Washington Post editorial page judged it an outrage - "strong-armed
through both chambers by an administration that seized the opportunity to
write its warrantless wiretapping program into law - or, more precisely,
to write it out from under any real legal restrictions."

Then, two weeks ago, we learned that they greased the skids for this
madness by laundering a bogus terror threat against Capitol Hill.

Not to fear, Democratic leaders assured us. The blanket eavesdropping was
authorized for a mere six months, at which time they promised to fix the
outrage.

Apparently, they changed their mind.

"Democrats Seem Ready to Extend Wiretap Power", the Times today informs us
- now, not in six months.

Why the rush? It turns out to be very simple. The Justice Department said
"jump!" So how does a majority party that, had they resisted, would have
been both politically and morally in the right respond? By replying, of
course, "How high?" Because, the Times quotes some professor, "Many
members continue to fear that if they don't support whatever the president
asks for, they'll be perceived as soft on terrorism."

How I wish these members would read Glenn Greenwald, who demonstrates that
those fears are absurd.

But then, moving to our second astonishing Democratic capitulation of the
day, these are the same people who can't get through, or refuse to get
through, a bill to tax the income of private-equity firm execs -
billionaires! - at the ordinary rate of 35 percent, instead of the current
15 percent. The Washington Post is reporting that Harry Reid met with
private-equity firms and told them not to worry: no bill on carried
interest would get through this year. He claims there's simply not enough
time. And that it has nothing to do with one of the largest lobbying
campaigns on record, encompassing some twenty firms and a single payment
by one private-equity firm, the Blackstone Group, of $3.74 million, to its
own Gucci Gulf denizens - "one of the largest recorded fees to any
lobbying firm during a six month period."

Yes, not enough time. For if the measure doesn't pass this session, it
won't go anywhere in 2008 - for, as the Post points out, recording the
conventional wisdom of a city gone mad, "lawmakers and lobbyists agree
that if the tax is not raised this year, its chances are not strong in
2008, either; Congress tends to be leery of tax increases in election
years."

Even tax increases on billionaires. What a world!

[Rick Perlstein is the author of Before The Storm: Barry Goldwater and the
Unmaking of the American Consensus, winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times
Book Award for history. From the summer of 2003 until 2005 he covered the
presidential campaigns as chief national political correspondent for the
Village Voice. He is currently working on a sequel to Before the Storm
tentatively titled Nixonland: The Politics and Culture of the American
Berserk, 1965-1972. In 2006 and 2007 he wrote a biweekly column for The
New Republic Online. Perlstein is now senior fellow at the Campaign for
America's Future, for whom he writes the blog The Big Con.]


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