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 Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008

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MessageSujet: Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008   Ven 19 Sep 2008 - 11:05

Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008

We the people must now seize the time! We have always had the capability of determining our own destiny, but for various reasons, the people failed to elect the leaders who provided the correct political will. There was always some corporate or private special interest that stood in the way of the public good. And they always seemed to have the power of the purse to throw around and influence public opinion or our elected officials. The very foundation of the U.S. economy is crumbling underneath our feet. This represents a unique moment in U.S. history and we must now seize the time for self-determination--for health care, education, ecological wisdom, justice, and all the policies that will make a difference in the lives of the people including an end to all wars, including the drug war!

The crisis was staved off for a time for some of our major finance engines when they were able to obtain bridge funding from certain sovereign wealth funds. That option grows increasingly dim as The Federal Reserve is becoming the lender of last resort. This means that the people are becoming the owners of the primary instruments of U.S. capital and finance. This now means that the people have a say in how these instruments are to be used and what their priorities ought to be. The people should now have more say in how their tax dollars are spent and what the priorities of government and the public sector must be. We the people must now set our demands to ensure and promote the public good.

Now, as we ponder the importance of this moment to do good and serve the needs of the people, some politicians have already figured out their answer for us: win or steal the next election, prepare for more war, and leave it to others to try and figure out what to do next. While banks are failing all around us and the U.S. taxpayer is drenched with news of billion-dollar bailouts for *selected* companies, the Congress, which has utterly failed in its twin responsibilities of setting policy and Executive Branch oversight, plans to adjourn instead of setting new policies; lessening the impact of the economic freefall on innocent victims; or stopping war, expansion of war, new war, and occupation.

In a dizzying turn of recent events, we have all witnessed the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage providers, investment banks Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, and insurer American International Group (AIG), and other companies. So far, at least eleven banks have filed for bankruptcy this year. The case of the AIG bailout is particularly curious as Merrill Lynch was denied taxpayer largesse. I wonder if AIG was the selected company for bailout because of its relationship to the U.S. intelligence community and what others would discover if AIG's books were opened in an audit. The last person to get close to AIG and its shady operations was Eliott Spitzer.

But some more fundamental issues must be explored here, relating to the underlying assumptions that have guided U.S. political and economic activity, particularly over the last eight years.

The Bush Administration's "anything goes, just don't get caught" attitude has set the tone for what we are witnessing today. To be sure these problems didn't start in January of 2001, but they sure were allowed to accelerate during the George W. Bush Administration. For example, what tone was set when the Administration shipped $12 billion to Paul Bremer's provisional government in Iraq in cash on wooden pallets for Iraq reconstruction? No wonder $9 billion of it was "lost." What I'm constantly reminded of is that the money didn't just vanish, somebody got it. Now it's up to us to find out who!

However, the Administration's blatant disregard for good governance, the rule of law, standards of moral and ethical conduct, and even etiquette, when coupled with a laissez-faire, "go-along-to-get-along" attitude from Congress meant that no holes were barred and no hands were on the deck--a sure prescription for disaster.
In my reading over the course of the last few years, I had to become somewhat conversant with the language of the new economy: bundled mortgages, securitization, SPEs, SIVs, derivatives. But in addition to the old concepts that always seemed to be with us--predatory lending, redlining, no affordable housing amid "the housing bubble,"-- it soon became clear that basically folks had figured out a way to make money off of a ticking time bomb. Kind of like prisons for profit. And even though the Enron scandal was supposed to have cleaned up a lot of this, unfortunately, even Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regularly engaged in some of these practices and that's why you and I own them today. I believe it is true that the very foundations of the U.S. economy and conventional political behavior have been shaken. Now is not the time for business as usual. And although this is by no ways exhaustive, here are a few things that I think the Democratic-led Congress could work on now instead of adjourning:

1. enactment of a foreclosure moratorium now before the next phase of ARM interest rate increases take effect;
2. elimination of all ARM mortgages and their renegotiation into 30- or 40-year loans;
3. establishment of new mortgage lending practices to end predatory and discriminatory practices;
4. establishment of criteria and construction goals for affordable housing;
5. redefinition of credit and regulation of the credit industry so that discriminatory practices are completely eliminated;
6. full funding for initiatives that eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in home ownership;
7. recognition of shelter as a right according to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to which the U.S. is a signatory so that no one sleeps on U.S. streets;
8. full funding of a fund designed to cushion the job loss and provide for retraining of those at the bottom of the income scale as the economy transitions;
9. close all tax loopholes and repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% of income earners;
10. fairly tax corporations, denying federal subsidies to those who relocate jobs overseas, repeal NAFTA.

And since the Congress plans to adjourn early and leave these problems to The Federal Reserve, The Federal Reserve should operate in the interests of the U.S. taxpayer and not the interests of the private, international bankers that it currently represents. This, of course means that The Federal Reserve, too, must undergo a fundamental ownership and mission change.

This crisis does not have to be treated as merely a "market correction," or the result of a few rotten apples in an otherwise pristine barrel. This crisis truly represents the opportunity to introduce fundamental changes in the way the U.S. economy and its political stewards operate. Responsible political leadership demands that the pain and suffering being experienced by the innocent today not be revisited upon them or the next generation tomorrow. But sadly, instead of affirmative action being taken in this direction, the Bush Administration ratchets up the drumbeat for war, Republican Party operatives busily remove duly-registered voters from the voter rolls, and our elected leaders in the Congress go home to campaign while leaving all of us to fend for ourselves. For the Administration and the Democrat-led Congress, I declare: MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED. For the public whose moment this is, I say: Power to the People!

Please visit www.runcynthiarun.org and read our platform. If you like it, please make a donation so we can spread the news and . . . seize the time!

The Invitation:
Spend the Evening with Cynthia McKinney and Roseanne Barr!
You are cordially invited to a special fundraiser on Thursday, September 25th
in support of a real maverick for truth, Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney!

Join Cynthia McKinney and Domestic Goddess Roseanne Barr
at the legendary Jewel's Catch One, located at 4067 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.Jewel's Catch One of our community beacons, offering open forums for all, health care for all, nourishing meals for all, and a fun, exciting disco made world famous by Madonna.

7:30PM - Screening of the film "American Blackout"
Learn the facts behind the censored history of the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections with a screening of "American Blackout."
This Sundance Special Jury Prize winning film by Guerilla News Network also exposes the truth about how Cynthia was railroaded out of Congress by crossover Republicans in Georgia's open primary.
9:30PM - Cynthia and Roseanne's "First Ladies of Truth Q&A"
Cynthia and Roseanne will discuss the election and why fear-based voting will keep us in a cycle
of war, a creeping police state and ever increasing immigrant and Islamic fear-mongering.
They'll also take your questions.
After this very frank discussion, everyone will be invited on the dance floor for some much needed fun!
VIP TICKETS *$200 PER PERSON
Begin the evening at 6:00PM with an exclusive dinner with Cynthia and Roseanne at Jewel's Vegan Island Cafe,
L.A.'s finest Soul/Mex Vegetarian Cuisine. Your VIP ticket also includes "American Blackout," the First Ladies of Truth Q&A
and then dance the night away to the best music in Southern California.

GENERAL ADMISSION
$25 PER PERSON - includes 7:30PM screening of "American Blackout," the First Ladies of Truth Q&A, and the Hip-Hop Party.
$15 PER PERSON - if you've already seen the film, just show up at 9:30PM for the First Ladies of Truth Q&A and Hip-Hop Party.

*RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR VIP TICKETS - PLEASE CALL GOOD KARMA PR AT 805-653-1588

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This event is open to anyone and everyone who truly values peace, freedom,
diversity, truth, justice, free speech, sustainability, and democracy for ALL!
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MessageSujet: Re: Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008   Ven 19 Sep 2008 - 11:07

Grande presse la pajanm pale de li.Se pa sel obama kom moun nwa ki na eleksyon.Sel krim manmzel se paskeli denonse politic izrayel la.
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MessageSujet: Re: Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008   Ven 19 Sep 2008 - 12:30

Non pipo,

Si manmzèl ta ka reyini 4 ou 5% lan vwa yo,ou konn kilès ki ta fè piblisite pou li?
Repibliken yo.
Yo konnen 3/4 moun ki ta vote pou Mc Kinney ,si yo ta fè lòt chwa se Obama yo t ap vote.
Pandan eleksyon 2000 yo,Repibliken yo te depanse lajan pou mete RALPH NADER lan lis lan plizyè Eta.Nou konnen sa k te pase
Mwen renmen Cynthia Mc Kinney ,men mwen pa bezwen manmzèl gen okenn piblisite pou elksyon sa a.
Apre Novanm n a bezwen tande manmzèl ankò,paske elksyon sa enpòtan twòp pou moun ap anbisyon yo pa ka kontwole al bay Reoibliken yo li,sou yon plato lajan
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MessageSujet: Re: Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008   Ven 19 Sep 2008 - 14:34

Mezanmi yo konn ap lonje dwet sou ti peyi di genyen koruptyon men eske nou pran enpotans bagay saa 12 bilyon dola yo voye bay Brenner epi 9 bilyon disparet.(lol) se pa blag konpè, fok politisyen fè nenpot bagay vre pou yo vinn Presidan.Se pa de skandal bagay saa ta fè si se te sou youn gouvenman demokrat bagay saa te rive.

men Repibliken yo leve nan deyè Charlie Rangel pou zafè kay li genyen an dominikani men ou pa tande youn demokrat mande kote 9 bilyon dola saa pase.Youn moun ka konprann poukisa se gouvenman koronpi yo ki toujou jwen anpil ed.Tandis ke jiska presan genyen moun katrina ki pa ka jwen ed epi 9 bilyon dola disparet tankou ether.Si se te Mugabe ou ta tande kote la press restavek la ta leve kanpe.Men lè se yo ki genyen men krochi yo kase fey kouvri saa.Selon que vous soyez riche ou pauvre les jugements des cours .....................se pa manti.Duvalier yo se anfan de kè yo ye devan gwo zotobre ki nan meson blanch jodya.Se pa ranse map ranse non.
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MessageSujet: Re: Seize the Time!An essay by Cynthia McKinneySeptember 19, 2008   Ven 19 Sep 2008 - 19:20

Malis,

Mesyedam sa yo se chatmimimyaw yo ye vre wi.Yo di ou poko tande anye ;se si Demokrat yo pran pouvwa an Novanm ak kontwòl Kongrè an wa tande.

Konpayi vis prezidan CHENEY te prezidan l anvan ke l te rive lan administrasyon an se piyay l ap fè lan Iraq.
GAO (GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING OFFICE)di gen de bilyon dola ke leta ap peye yo pa konn pouk sa.
Yo di pa janm gen yon gouvènman Repibliken ki pè konsa ke yon gouvènman Demokrat vin ranplase li.
Ou wè yo vle konpwomèt RANGEL pou yon bagay trivyal ,paske se la perèz wi ki deja lan dengonn yo
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mwen pa janm tande bagay konsa depi map viv nan peyi isit.Bush ak Cheney se youn pè zo byen monte.mwen kwè si se pat la gè sa ki distrè pep ameriken yo tap mande pou yo impeach Georges bush.
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