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  • George Orwell

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    Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

    But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

    Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

    In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

    All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

    At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

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    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

    Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

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    Monday, November 01, 2004

    Ten reasons to vote (in case you're still not sure)

    By The Continental Op

    Just in case there are any undecideds reading this, here are the AFL-CIO Working Families Network's top ten reasons to vote for John Kerry tomorrow:
    1. Jobs

    We’ve lost 1.6 million private-sector jobs under President George W. Bush, whose solution has been to give tax cuts to the wealthy. One of Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) first priorities as president will be to restore the jobs—including manufacturing jobs—that have disappeared during the Bush administration. Kerry will work for a new tax credit to encourage manufacturers to create family-supporting jobs here in America. He will invest in new energy industries and in critical job-creating infrastructure projects: building roads and bridges, improving water and sewer systems, repairing and rebuilding crumbling schools and upgrading the nation’s transportation systems.

    2. Overtime Pay

    President Bush pushed through new rules predicted to take overtime pay rights away from some 6 million workers. On Sept. 14, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) pledged: “On the day that John Kerry is sworn in as your next president, we will reverse this overtime rule that this administration put into place.”

    3. Trade

    In his Economic Report of the President, 2004, President Bush advocated exporting American jobs. He backs tax breaks for U.S. job exporters and is trying to expand the job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement to 34 more countries. Sen. Kerry will order an immediate 120-day review of all existing trade agreements to ensure they are fair and balanced for America’s workers. He will insist that enforceable worker and environmental standards are included in any new trade agreements. He will save jobs by ending tax incentives for corporations to move jobs overseas and will work to stop such countries as China and Japan from manipulating currency and undermining the value of U.S. products abroad.

    4. Health Care

    Five million more people are uninsured since President Bush took office. Retirees stand to lose existing drug coverage and the government is barred from negotiating lower drug costs under Bush’s flawed Medicare drug benefit. Sen. Kerry will reduce family health care premiums by up to $1,000, lower costs for businesses and expand insurance coverage to 95 percent of Americans. He’ll do this by shifting a share of catastrophic case costs to the government, covering uninsured children under the existing State Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid and allowing all of us access to the same insurance plan now enjoyed by members of Congress. Kerry also will overhaul Bush’s Medicare drug benefit so it protects seniors and allows the government to negotiate lower drug costs.

    5. Retirement Security

    President Bush wants to siphon off Social Security funds into risky, private Wall Street accounts—a plan that would cost so much it would require raising the retirement age, cutting benefits or both. Sen. Kerry will strengthen Social Security—he will not privatize it or raise the retirement age. He supports stronger protections for workers’ 401(k) plans and other employer-provided retirement benefits.

    6. Iraq

    “America is fighting—and must win—two wars,” Sen. Kerry says. “The war in Iraq. And the war on terror.” He can give us a fresh start with greater international support for Iraqi freedom and for our troops. His plans for Iraq include urgently expanding efforts to train Iraqi security forces, moving forward with reconstruction efforts to bring real benefits to the Iraqi people and taking essential steps to guarantee the promised elections are held next year. Unlike the current president, he will level with the American people about this war.

    7. Homeland Security

    To fight the war on terror, Sen. Kerry will transform our military to better address terrorist threats, strengthen our intelligence services by implementing the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States’ (also known as the 9-11 Commission) recommendations and work to secure nuclear materials worldwide. At the same time, he will provide funds to hire and equip up to 100,000 firefighters, restore funding for the federal COPS program that supports state and local law enforcement agencies and improve port, rail and transit system security. President Bush has not only failed to secure our port, rail and transit systems, he also has cut grant funding for first responders.

    8. Education

    President Bush has shortchanged our children’s education, failing to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act and to repair crumbling schools. Sen. Kerry will provide full funding for the No Child Left Behind Act so students and teachers can meet high standards. He will invest in repairing and modernizing substandard school buildings. He also will help make college affordable with a new College Opportunity Tax Credit.

    9. Workers’ Freedom to Form Unions

    President Bush has destroyed collective bargaining rights of more than 230,000 federal workers in the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies. In doing so, he has treated union members as threats to national security. Sen. Kerry strongly supports workers’ freedom to form unions. He and running mate Sen. Edwards are co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act (S. 1925), which would crack down on employer intimidation and harassment of workers trying to form unions and/or reach a first contract. Kerry has directly supported workers struggling to form unions, including Boston janitors, Massachusetts grocery workers and employees of Quebecor World and Comcast.

    10. Leadership

    “There are born leaders—and he is one of them.” That’s what Gene Thorson, who served on a swift boat in South Vietnam with Sen. Kerry, says about the presidential candidate today. John Kerry is a leader whose commitments match America’s values. His leadership will enable him to make America strong at home and respected in the world. John Kerry has pledged to build a growing economy based on good jobs, a health care plan that reduces costs, an energy plan that frees us from Middle East oil, an able and well-equipped military, strong international alliances to keep America safe and secure. President Bush has led America—but in the wrong direction.
    (cross posted from Red Harvest)

    posted by The Continental Op at 11/01/2004 11:00:00 AM |

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