Voting Machines Story

Daily Kos :: Census Statistics Indicate Vote Count Was Significantly Off,

If the census bureau’s statistics can be trusted, this is just more evidence that the count was off.
The official tabulation on November 2, was 122.3 million voters.
The census bureau predicted post-election that 125.7 million people (thought they) had voted.
Why when we have so much evidence that the count was off and could have been easily manipulated by the corporate computers of Diebold and ES&S, which counted 80% of the vote, including 30% with no paper trail whatsoever, why are not more people questioning the validity of this election?

Voting Machines Story

From a comment in a previous post: Fired Ohio Election Board staffer defiant over “retribution”.

Eaton made national news last December during Ohio’s election recount when she swore in an affidavit that a Triad voting machine technician replaced the hard drive on Hocking County’s central computer and tabulation machine.

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Change America — Save Pensions

Joe Trippi is launching a new organization, Change America, with a mission to “put the spotlight on the corporate and political assault on Americans’ retirement security.”
The first and best example is United Airlines and the company’s treatment of their employee pension plan. In a conference call today Joe said that Change America wants to “spread the word about the raid on United employee pensions, with alarm about how the cascading effect is going to affect all Americans,” because the United pension loss is “just an opening salvo” with many other companies now looking at getting rid of their own pension obligations.

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Get Rid Of Manufacturing Jobs?

Get rid of manufacturing in the US because the workers vote Democrat? Because the jobs are too secure, and security makes the workers too uppity? Is that wingnut enough for you? Or is it the current thinking in “conservative” circles? Take a look here.
I found this while researching for a piece I’ll be posting in a bit.

What Can I Do?

Wake-Up Wal-Mart: Always High Costs,

One 200-person Wal-Mart store may result in a cost to federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year – about $2,103 per employee. Specifically, the low wages result in the following additional public costs being passed along to taxpayers PER STORE:
* $36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches.
* $42,000 a year for Section 8 housing assistance.
* $125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families.
* $100,000 a year for the additional Title I expenses.
* $108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children’s health insurance programs.
* $9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance.

NO WONDER their prices are so low — WE’RE making up the difference through our taxes!! And THEY’RE pocketing the profits!
Go see the website.
Through American Street.

Understanding economic “growth” in the U.S.

The latest edition of The Acamar Journal contains a revealing (perhaps frightening, even?) analysis of how, quite possibly, basic governmental statistics on growth and inflation have been deliberately over and understated to ensure the flow of foreign capital propping up the U.S. economy doesn’t dry up (according to the author, the U.S. consumes 80% of world savings).
The author’s analysis is based on, and highlights comments by Dr. Kurt Richebacher, a former Chief Economist at Dresdner Bank–Germany’s third largest bank, and Bill Gross, the Managing Director of PIMCO, the largest bond fund management company in the world.
Items that struck me as particularly interesting are the discussion of how the housing price component of the CPI is calculated (vastly understates increases in the actual cost of owner-occupied housing in today’s market) and “hedonic pricing” (the Bureau of Statistics’ method of accounting for quality improvements not reflected in price decreases).
Read on for some stunning quotes, or read the entire article at the link above.

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Something Is Happening Here

Voinovich Asks Senators to Reject Bolton,

The maverick Republican who denied President Bush’s U.N. nominee a smooth sail through the GOP-led Senate asked colleagues Tuesday to vote against a “controversial and ineffective ambassador.”

Defying Bush, House votes to expand stem-cell research

Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow federal research on stem cells taken from human embryos after an emotional debate over the meaning of life and the promise of science.
[. . .] The 238-194 vote was a rare defeat for President Bush in the Republican-controlled House and may lead to the first veto of his presidency. Fifty Republicans voted for expanded stem-cell research, while 14 Democrats opposed the bill.

But what it is … (wait for it) … is not exactly clear. Republicans defying the far right???????

Social Security Is Different

Just so there is no misunderstanding, everything I have been saying approving last night’s compromise on the filibuster does not mean that any Democrats should “compromise” on Social Security. There is nothing that needs “reforming.”
Democrats have an alternative plan. It’s called Social Security.

An E-mail I Received

From the in-box:

City boy, Kenny, moved to the country and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.”
Kenny replied, “Well then, just give me my money back.”
The farmer said, “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”

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