Archive for May, 2012

“The Role of Uncle Sam” by David Brooks (TIMES, 5/29/12)

May 29, 2012

David Brooks should know by now that he cannot write history in his columns each week. The nationalism of Hamilton prevailed and “America prospered,” he claims.

Correction, the U.S. economy prospered between the regular economic downturns (called panics in the 19th century and recessions during the last hundred years) and many of the rich showed the same contempt for the unemployed as they do today. In fact, there was a column in this newspaper during one of these economic downturns advocating the hunting down of the many “tramps” (i.e., unemployed workers) roaming the land.

And, of course, there is no mention by Brooks of slavery or the Jim Crow economy (serfdom?) that prevailed in the good old USA for more than a century.

This moderate conservative should be more modest in his reporting.
A. Garavente

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“The Service Patch” by David Brooks (TIMES, 5/25/12)

May 29, 2012

I wonder how many times David Brooks saw that James Stewart movie about a small town banker?

Since this “moderate conservative” has raised the subject of “schmuckdom,” it has to be asked: Hasn’t entrepreneur Mitt Romney been exposing the fact that he has been a schmuck for a good deal of his life?

And doesn’t Brooks himself come off as an even bigger schmuck by his frequent defense of greed and ruthlessness in the government-protected capitalist system which prevails here in the good old USA?

No wonder this brain scientist, who claims to take his cue from Dostoyevsky and the Book of Job, has to insist that he is a moderate conservative.

What a pretentious schmuck!
A. Garavente

“How Change Happens” by David Brooks (TIMES, 5/22/12)

May 29, 2012

Leave it to self-proclaimed “moderate conservative” David Brooks to defend “vampire capitalism.”

The 40-year old capitalist reform effort by “bare-knuckled (club-wielding?) corporate executives,” extolled by Brooks, seriously undermined the economic condition of the working class.

Moreover, the GST action may have been “a failed rescue” but Romney apparently profited from the venture, which was probably his sole concern.
A. Garavente

RE: “NATO and Afghanistan” (TIMES, 5/19/12)

May 19, 2012

     No, NATO is out of time and it has never been much of an “alliance.”  The only country that gave us much help was Great Britain.  Moreover, there is no way that an “improved Afghan National Security Force” will be combat ready by 2014.

     Therefore, it is foolhardy to keep U.S. forces in this sorry situation for another 31 months.  Already, 1956 American service members have died as a result of Rumsfeld’s quagmire.

     When (if?) Obama is re-elected, plans should be made to withdraw all of our troops by 6/30/13.

     A. Garavente 

RE: “As Trained Afghans Turn Enemy, a U.S.-Led Imperative Is in Peril” (TIMES, 5/16/12)

May 19, 2012

     Another horror story from the Afghanistan quagmire calls into question the sagacity of keeping our troops there until December 31, 2014.

     If this wasn’t an election year, we could have them safely home by December 31, 2012.  Alas, the scoundrels and cowards in Congress are incapable of making that sensible move!

     Meanwhile, 1956 American service members have died there.  What will that figure be by Election Day or by New Year’s Eve 2014?  Odds are the congressional scoundrels and cowards don’t know, especially the ones with American flag pins firmly attached to their lapels.

     A. Garavente

RE: “Easy Useless Economics” by Paul Krugman (TIMES, 5/11/12)

May 14, 2012

     Kudos to Paul Krugman for this critique of the structuralists.  Hopefully, he sent a copy to his colleague at the TIMES, brain specialist first class David Brooks, the Tuesday-Friday pundit who believes there are a million factors involved in poverty (TIMES, 2/7/12).

     Yes, what we need now is the massive federal jobs program being advocated by Krugman, not the gloomy prognostications of Brooks with never a sign of solutions.

     A.Garavente

RE: “The Structural Revolution” by David Brooks (TIMES, 5/8/12)

May 14, 2012

     My eyes still watering from all the sand Brooks has thrown into them and my teeth aching from the grinding he has caused, I will attempt a reply to the “shrug” (a la Atlas?) from this self-proclaimed “diverse structuralist.”

     Yes, dear readers, this “moderate conservative” is a far-seeing structuralist, but a diverse one!  Brooks never saw a middle position he couldn’t slip into.  Such a stance gets him above those of us who “rail against” the “American austerity mongers.”

     The “cyclicalists” want to alleviate the pain being suffered by the working class by the implementation of another New Deal.  That is not  preserving “the status quo,” as this cherry picker is claiming.

     The status quo consists of those who want to preserve a capitalist system that is coming apart at the seams.

     A. Garavente

RE: “Obama’s Not-So-Hot Date With Wall Street” by Nicholas Confessore (TIMES MAGAZINE, 5/6/12)

May 10, 2012

     If Obama wants to improve his appeal to American voters, he should forget Wall Street and concentrate his attention on Main Street.

     It is well known that “the financial world” has been splitting” its donations between the two political parties.”  In exchange for this support, Wall Street expects the particular administration in power, Republican or Democratic, to look after its interests, which are first, last and always PROFITS.

     They don’t give a damn about the welfare of the people, the stability of the government or the health of the economy.  Their main concern is the safety of their investments.

     A. Garavente 

RE: “Rate of Growth In Jobs Slowed For U.S. In April” (TIMES, 5/5/12)

May 10, 2012

     “Workers continue to peel off the labor force”!!  “The unemployment rate fell to 8.1%” because “342,000 Americans dropped out of the job market altogether in April”!!!

     Unemployment IS NOT DECLINING; it is being hidden by gibberish like this.  We are experiencing a DEPRESSION, not a “Great Recession.”  The economy is NOT “recovering”; it is stagnant.

     “All the News That’s Fit to Print” includes TELLING THE TRUTH.

     A. Garavente

RE: “Fallout of Bin Laden Raid; Aid Groups in Pakistan Are Suspect” (TIMES, 5/3/12)

May 7, 2012

     Once again the Central Intelligence Agency has been caught with its pants down.  This time they have used the Save the Children organization, a “humanitarian” aid agency, to serve as a cover for a Pakistani doctor (Shakil Afridi), also described as a “hustler,” to spy for the CIA.

     Afridi is in the custody of the Pakistani authorities, some of whom want to try him as a traitor.  Leave it to Leon Panetta, former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense, to personally appeal for his release!

     When Obama is re-elected, it would be wise to show Panetta the door.  He is clearly a liability to the President.

     A.  Garavente