Friday, November 28, 2008

Conversation No.2 : Repower, Refuel and Rebuild America : Cleaning Up The Agenda, Finishing Tough Tasks And Preparing For The near Future

Repower, Refuel and Rebuild America : Cleaning Up The Agenda, Finishing Tough Tasks And Preparing For The near Future

GOP Smear Machine, Freedom's Watch, Crashes and Burns
By Janis
Proclaimed as the right's answer to the powerful progressive grassroots organization,, Freedom's Watch never lived up to its hype, despite massive funding by Nevada billionaire Sheldon Adelson. ...
The Progressive Puppy -

After Torture: Discussing a Plan for Justice in the Post-Bush Era

An Open Forum co-hosted by The Center on Law and Security and Harper's Magazine featuring:

The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, co-chair of Herrick Feinstein LLP's government relations practice;

Scott Horton, contributor, Harper's Magazine and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School;

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Burt Neuborne,

Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, NYU Law;

Michael Ratner, president, Center for Constitutional Rights;

Major General Antonio Taguba, U.S. Army, Ret.

Moderated by Luke Mitchell, Senior Editor, Harper's Magazine

This event is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, please email or call 212-992-8854.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008; 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Something very, very, very wrong

The Gutting of our Civil Service – A Prelude to Fascism

Posted by Time for change in General Discussion
Thu Nov 27th 2008, 10:30 PM

One of the most striking hallmarks of the Bush/Cheney administration has been the privatization of as many formerly government jobs as it could get away with. This effort has sometimes been referred to as “competitive outsourcing”, and the implication of that term is that privatization creates competition which ultimately results in better or more efficient services at lower cost.

This kind of thinking gathered steam under the Reagan presidency, and reached new heights under Bush II. The prevailing philosophy behind it is, as Reagan said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”. The ultimate end of this movement is the complete dismantling of the Civil Service system in our country, and its replacement by privatization of all government functions formerly covered by our Civil Service system.

I have worked as a civil servant for more than 20 years, beginning in 1982. During that time I have developed a deep appreciation of our Civil Service system, and I have had a close view of the attacks on it by the radical right, which played such a prominent role in government during those years….


Commentary: Bush should do something to stop crisis |

You Cannot Pardon a Crime You Authorized

Statement from the Steering Committee for the Prosecution for War Crimes of President Bush and His Subordinates

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