Day of Action Against Military Spending; the Education-Industrial Complex …

by on April 18, 2012

To the Editor:

Feels like Sixties deja vu all over again. Here we are almost fifty years later and still protesting this enormous waste and misdirection of funds and human energy. As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Well, rhyme this, you tenacious enemy of the people MICC: You suck, you blow, the MICC’s got to GO!

Barry Eisenberg
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Strangely last night a Charlie Rose interview with Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former Chief of Staff and now Chicago Mayor, touched many of the themes of Singer’s Beware the Education Industrial Complex. As I was listening to Rahm expound on private corporation and government intervention as substitute for family when family has failed — or there is no traditional family unit — it occurs that lost in this is the opening words of the Constitution to promote the general Welfare and you wonder a couple of things.

Are eleemosynary charitable contributions under the tax code any excuse for a society not to have true social and economic justice to the point where the USA’s 1% according to Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz control 24% of the incone and over 40% of the wealth? And also when you have these cozy economic bedfellow public private non-profit and other artnerships who gets to wag the dogs tail? When you remove the rhetoric and smoke and mirrors, you wonder whether We the People have been well served by the hypercapitalism of the 1% embellished by popular catch phrases such as “public-private partnerships” and “non” profits.

Corporate personhood indeed. If both Eisenhower and FDR came back today, they would both drop dead all over again. And I am sure Romney would just luv fellow traveler Rahm Emanuel and the Obamaites captivated by public-private baloney. Here’s an idea: elimainate the tax-loopholes and soak the rich and redistribute to the poor. And how much was that tax rate on corporations and the uber-rich under Eisenhower? Geez, you wonder if Obama could figure that one out …

David Schneider
San Francisco

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