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Sunday, September 29, 2013

41-org letter to U.S. Congress stunt

Narrow domestic “concern” ignoring foreign affairs is irrational, careless
Except and comment by Carolyn Bennett

Forty-one nonprofits tell Members of Congress: “Stop manufactured crisis”

1.       AFL-CIO
2.       AIDS United
3.       American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
4.       American Federation of Teachers
5.       Campaign for America’s Future
6.       Caring Across Generations
7.       Center for Community Change
8.       Center for Effective Government
9.       Coalition on Human Needs
10.    Communications Workers of America
11.    Community Action Partnership
12.    Council for Opportunity in Education
13.    CourageCampaign.org
14.    Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
15.    Fair Share
16.    Gamaliel
17.    Green For All
18.    Health Care for America Now
19.    International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
20.    Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work
21.    Leadership Center for the Common Good
22.    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
23.    MoveOn.org Civic Action
24.    NAACP
25.    National Coalition for the Homeless
26.    National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
27.    National Employment Law Project
28.    National Fair Housing Alliance
29.    National Immigration Law Center
30.    National People’s Action
31.    National Women’s Law Center
32.    NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
33.    Partnership for Working Families
34.    PolicyLink
35.    Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition
36.    Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
37.    Social Security Works
38.    United Steelworkers (USW)
39.    USAction
40.    Wider Opportunities for Women
41.    Working America

No mention
bought and sold

ear Members of Congress, the letter reads, “As we head into another series of manufactured budget crises,” 41 signing organizations “stand against those who want to hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of debate [and] urge you to: 

End job-killing sequestration cuts
Protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
Not mentioned:Endless budget taking
for U.S. wars
Defend core programs for those most at risk
Not mentioned: U.S. endless global wars
Eliminate all tax incentives for sending jobs overseas

At first glance this 41-org letter to Members of Congress seems like a good idea but it does not take much to realize that it is no more than a made-in-the-USA-headline-grabbing stunt.

 letter to Congress without a single syllable mentioning the United States’ manufactured crises overseas, its war making and provocative violence across the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere ─ cannot be taken seriously. Such a letter (read the full content at links below) must be seen for what it is: another stunt to match the usual pageantry that emanates from the nation’s capital.
U.S.-led War on Terror
Pakistanis' endless deaths
U.S.-led War on Terror
Americans' endless deaths

In my view, the deeply inept, corrupt and unprincipled actors and actions involved in U.S. domestic and foreign policies cannot be compartmentalized to protect narrow interests or issues. Such limited vision is both irrational and careless in a world of clearly interlocking concerns, problems, and realities.

WAR ABROAD CREATES WANT not only abroad but at home. Whether Kandahar or Kentucky, Washington or Waziristan, Tehran or Tennessee, Damascus or Delaware ─ hegemonic taking, oppressive, excessive taking creates scarcity, creates global crisis; and that includes domestic crisis.

Sources and notes

“Dear Congress – Stop this manufactured crisis,” September 29, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/29/326717/us-government-shutdown/

Also at Common Dreams, http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/29


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