They just sat on their hands, two were walked out
Responses to State of the Union Address
February 1, 2006 IPA has a PDF critique of the State of the Union for public distribution here.
A member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, Zappala's eldest son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. He was killed in action in Baghdad on April 26, 2004, while searching for weapons of mass destruction.She said today: "Yesterday George Bush spoke with unsubstantiated optimism about the war in Iraq; yesterday another U.S. soldier was killed, bringing the total to 2,243. If all of the families of all of those soldiers had been sitting in the chamber, could Bush's self-serving comments about sacrifice have been heard above the cries of grief and anguish?"More Information
Co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kelly said today: "President Bush states that 'The only way to control our destiny is by our leadership -- so the United States of America will continue to lead.' This president led the U.S. into an immoral, illegal war against Iraq based on lies and deception. The president worries that 'a sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies to death and prison.' He does not mention that U.S. forces are imprisoning 16,000 Iraqis, many of them held without charges. The British medical journal The Lancet reported in October 2004 that the U.S. invasion and occupation have cost the lives of 100,000 Iraqis."More Information
Hamdani is the mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, who was a New York City police cadet killed in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11. She is available to discuss Bush's continuing references to 9/11.More Information
Editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, Mokhiber said today: "President Bush said that 'violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s.' This is true only if you look at violent street crime and ignore the violent corporate crime that results in pollution, worker and consumer deaths. The rate of violent corporate crime is by all indications on the increase. But we don't know for sure, for while President Bush's FBI tracks street crime district by district, the FBI does not track corporate crime and violence."More Information
Young is coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program. He said today: "The speech was monumentally cynical from beginning to end. He didn't say much on healthcare, and what he did say was useless. The medical savings accounts he talks about have no way of improving coverage and access to healthcare; or lowering costs."Bush claimed: 'Our government has a responsibility to help provide healthcare for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility.' That's an absolute lie. Under his watch, there are ongoing brutal slashes in Medicaid."Added Young, "You also had a cynical invocation of helping AIDS victims in Africa; but Bush has backed off from prior commitments on that after garnishing applause for those promises like he did last night."More Information
Acting director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, Slocum said today: "Bush didn't talk about scaling back demand at all; we need to greatly expand our public transportation systems. He talked about hydrogen, but he used the same rhetoric in 2003. The plans for hydrogen fuel actually involve it coming from coal fire power plants. This means using a high pollution process to create 'clean' energy."Bush made no mention of the comprehensive energy bill he recently signed. That makes sense; the lobbyists went wild with it, the oil companies got $5 billion, $8 billion for coal, $12 billion for nuclear and only $3 billion for renewables. Oil companies are posting record profits."We should tax the oil companies to pay to develop renewables and programs like giving people a financial incentive to weatherize their homes so we conserve more fuel."More Information
Olson is with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. She said today: "The administration has been desperate to find a nuclear waste solution in order to resuscitate the moribund and unpopular nuclear power industry. ... Its latest scheme is reprocessing of irradiated commercial fuel, one of the dirtiest and most proliferation-vulnerable processes in the nuclear fuel chain."More Information
Bush stated yesterday: "We are continuing reconstruction efforts, and helping the Iraqi government to fight corruption and build a modern economy, so all Iraqis can experience the benefits of freedom."Chatterjee is executive director for CorpWatch. He said today: "Bush's claim that the United States plans to continue reconstruction in Iraq is a cleverly worded lie. The government has no plans to ask for new money in the February budget. The contractors are already shutting down their work even though some of the original $18.4 billion allocated for reconstruction over two years ago has not been spent and half of the money spent so far has either been spent on insurance and private security or worst of all diverted to other schemes such as the building of a new United States embassy."Chatterjee, who wrote the book Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation, added: "Much of the money taken from Iraq's coffers has been used to swell American corporate coffers or even stolen by corrupt American officials. Meanwhile the people of Iraq have less electricity, less water and more sewage than before the 2003 invasion."More Information
AbuKhalil is author of the book The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power, professor in the Department of Politics at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.Bush stated yesterday: "We accept the call of history to deliver the oppressed and move this world toward peace. ... And we do not forget the other half -- in places like Syria and Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran."AbuKhalil responded: "Bush left out from that list ... oppressive countries that are aligned with the U.S. (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Libya, Algeria, Guatemala, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Bahrain, etc.)."More Information
Bush said: "Let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you. ... And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran."Professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, Zunes said today: "If this is really the case, why did the United States overthrow Iran's last democratic government, that of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh? If the United States really respects the rights of the Iranian people to choose their own future, why did successive U.S. administrations support the tyrannical regime of Shah Reza Pahlavi, installed by the United States following Mossadegh's ouster, whose dreaded CIA-trained SAVAK secret police tortured and murdered thousands of dissidents, thereby spawning the Islamist revolution that has since come to power?"More Information
Executive director of the California-based Western States Legal Foundation, Cabasso has written many articles assessing nuclear policy. She said today: "While the United States accuses Iran of seeking nuclear weapons and President Bush declares that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose 'a grave threat to the security of the world' (the same language he used prior to attacking Iraq), the U.S. is retooling its own nuclear weapons research, design, and production infrastructure to maintain thousands of nuclear weapons for many decades to come, while enabling the production of new nuclear weapons for 'post-Cold War' missions envisioned by U.S. war planners. Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration openly declared the potential first use of nuclear weapons -- even against those countries that donÃ‚Â’t have them. The 2002 Nuclear Posture Review revealed U.S. plans for first use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks or threats involving biological or chemical weapons or 'surprising military developments' and targeted countries including Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Syria, and Libya."The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ... codified a pledge by the U.S., Britain, Soviet Union, France and China to negotiate 'in good faith' the end of the nuclear arms race and the elimination of their nuclear arsenals. States that agreed to forswear nuclear weapons were guaranteed 'the inalienable right' to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, 'without discrimination.' ... The U.S. and the other nuclear weapon states have failed to live up to their disarmament obligations, establishing a de facto international system of 'nuclear apartheid,' in which they claim the exclusive right to determine who may possess (and threaten to use) nuclear weapons. They also have been responsible for spreading 'peaceful' nuclear technology around the globe, ensuring the possibility of nuclear proliferation."Now the Bush administration wants to add a second tier to its nuclear double standard by denying uranium enrichment technology -- usable for both nuclear power and weapons -- to countries that don't already have it. Iran will be the test case. But just beyond Iran's border, the U.S. continues to turn a blind eye towards Israel's sizable undeclared nuclear arsenal."More Information
For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Assessments of the State of the Union Address
January 31, 2006
The following analysts and activists are available to critique various aspects of the State of the Union address.IPA will be producing a PDF critique of the State of the Union for public distribution by Wednesday morning, available here.
FRANCES FOX PIVEN
Author of the book The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush's Militarism, Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.More Information
MEIZHU LUI Lui is executive director of United for a Fair Economy.More Information
VALDA FORD Ford is director of community and multicultural affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.More Information
QUENTIN YOUNG IDA HELLANDER
Young is coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program; Hellander is executive director for the group and co-editor of the book Bleeding the Patient: The Consequences of Corporate Healthcare.More Information
JACQUELINE CABASSO JOHN BURROUGHS
Executive director of the California-based Western States Legal Foundation, Cabasso has written many articles assessing nuclear policy. Burroughs is executive director of the New York-based Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy. He can address the situation with Iran and issues of nuclear weapons generally. They are among the contributors to the new blog Disarmament Activist.More Information
NASEER ARURI Aruri is chancellor professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Author of numerous books on the Mideast, he can address U.S. policy in the region, particularly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iraq war.
SIBEL EDMONDS Edmonds is director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She wrote the recent article "Illegal and Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here Is Why."More InformationMore Information
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN Van Bergen is author of the article "The Unitary Executive: Is The Doctrine Behind the Bush Presidency Consistent with a Democratic State?"More Information
CINDY SHEEHAN MALIK RAHIMANN WRIGHT Sheehan is author of the new book Not One More Mother's Child; Rahim is a political activist from New Orleans; Wright was a diplomat in the State Department for 15 years before resigning in March 2003, protesting the then-impending invasion of Iraq. They will be among the speakers at a "People's State of the Union" at the Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. at 3 p.m. Tuesday. They will also be among the participants at a public viewing and response to the State of the Union at Bus Boys and Poets restaurant and bookstore Tuesday evening, at 14th and V, NW, Washington, D.C., all of which will be carried live at Pacifica Radio.For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
State of the Union (from The Nation)
This morning in Washington, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel was joined by John Cavanagh ofthe Institute for Policy Studies and ten members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in an alternative State of the Union event, which featured a series of innovative policy proposals devised to actually createa more perfect union.And, thanks to our friends at IPS, you can now listen to these proposals online by clicking here.< http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=1CD0:4C7BF>Hear Representatives Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee, MaxineWaters, Hilda Solis, Jim McDermott, Bob Filner, DianneWatson, Pete Stark, Raul Grijalva and Dennis Kucinichin two different panels, moderated by Cavanagh and The Nation's John Nichols.
More points, more links more things to ponder while we await our attacks from TALON in its war on our free voices online.
He lies. As Carolyn ponders these points:
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:23 AM
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1. Female military member with "seeing eye dog"
with dog I assumed she was blind. Odd one to be in military!
After reading this far Carolyn thinking to self, I do not know what you are saying, I now feel like dah... /ed from S of the U, I failed to read the forwards in most books and the title pages also.
2. Some Facial expressions from audience, lack of applause, lukewarm applause, during certain points of speech. A lot learned from facial expressions, lack of or l.warm.
Wondering now if she is suffering from sleep e-mailing, sort of like sleep walking. I regret not seeing facial expressions.
3. What's this about human/animal during his speech part about human cloning? Are the two beings mixed together
She is having a night mare, but in hind-end sight he is an idiot anyway, then in hinsight remember those strange foot prints you took pictures and took cast of!
4. Teenage pregnancies WAY down! Is this new morals or more abortions?
How come abstinence is never promoted?
New morals, please get a grip. Silver ring program ring a bell?
5. text deleted because of my own morals
6. Exec.'s facial flaws: my tv or signs of drinking?
Like I said before I did not see this and regret because I would like to have seen facial expressions, But he drank so he may well have been, did youe see white dusting on his upper lip, or around his nasil orvasis? :)
7. $4.6 million new jobs since (year ?) Hmm, that's a lot of jobs. Wonder if some of them are located in our neck of the woods? or maybe he was speaking of 4.6 million created out of the country by amer. companies that have moved away?
No here in the good ol US of A, Wal-Mart, micky D's, and temp service is 4.69999 million of that one lie.
8. speaker's winks: certain winks I don't trust.
Looks like the same shit/game is going to continue on, in despite of opposition.
9. Didn't see TEDK in camera's focus. Did you?
What is TEDK, oh Ted ... code words confuse the TALON scouts, :) I am mad at Ted so don't get me started.
10. After 24 years of aids and hiv WHY is it still a huge issue? Solutions for many other problems found is much less time.
No profits in cure, prevention or proper education Great White Way.
As with looking at an art example showing wine glass/dark(ground)/light, I focused much on 'ground' in this scene from 9-10pm last night and realize there ARE some up there who ARE awake and disapprove. but why
11. and how about the "thumbs up" signal from Ch...
Cindy not only got [errg] removed out but jailed. The other incriminating pictures of Bush with Indian chief Abe were alot cheaper than the last ones. The nitro worked, he is not having a heart attack. The accounting secrets of exxon, halibon are safe and sound. It don't matter anyway they stacked the court.