Israel NEVER Takes Responsibility

We all have seen the pics of what the Israeli war machine has done to Gaza….some of us have seen more than others and that is a shame that there are people that will not care enough to see if their preconceived notions are accurate………Americans especially those on the Right have always harped about people need to take responsibility for their actions and their lives…..unfortunately that does not apply to Israel….there are too many that look the other way and pretend that Israel is justified…..and that is really sad.

I bring that up because since the last ceasefire that did not last Israel has been playing all cards to avoid any responsibility for the deaths and destruction of Gaza.  You see that social media has made Israeli actions very public and the world sees instantly what Israel is doing….they are losing the PR war and that put their “denial machine” into full throttle…..

Fearful of the growing international demand that Israeli officers be tried for war crimes committed during this last offensive against the Gaza Strip, the military has ordered a comprehensive internal probe of the army’s actions during Operation Protective Edge.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off future accusations against military and political leaders of war crimes committed during the last israeli offensive against Gaza.
“The prime minister asked us to work together to ensure that this strategy of going to the ICC does not succeed,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D – NY), to the Post.

Netanyahu “wants the US to use all the tools that we have at our disposal to, number one, make sure the world knows that war crimes were not committed by Israel, they were committed by Hamas. And that Israel should not be held to a double standard,” he added.

In other words Israel wants the US to lie and cover their guilty worthless asses yet again.

And then they are trying to make it so that they do not have to pay and damages for the destruction that they have caused in Gaza….and how will they do that?

The cabinet is expected to declare the Gaza Strip as enemy territory. A senior Israeli official said the decision would mean that Israel would not be liable for damage incurred to residents of the Strip as a result of Israeli actions during Operation Protective Edge.

The resolution on the decision was posted to the website of the Prime Minister’s Office Thursday afternoon, but a few hours later it was decided that it would not be brought for a vote at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

In 2007, three months after Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip, the cabinet declared the area hostile territory, instituting restrictions on movement by its inhabitants and of merchandise and fuel into the area.

The proposal states that the decision is intended “to give additional legal expression to the status of the Gaza Strip in keeping with the law on civil damages.”

The Defense Ministry’s legal advisor, Ahaz Ben-Ari, wrote in an opinion appended to the proposal that “a difficulty exists on the international level in that the declaration will be perceived mistakenly as an attempt by the State of Israel to evade its responsibility to examine claims of breaching of the rules of armed conflict.” Ben-Ari said the preamble of the draft law would resolve this difficulty.

The preamble states that the declaration “will not affect the obligation of the State of Israel to investigate claims of ostensible breaches of the rules of armed conflict. The decision detracts not at all from this obligation.”

According to the Defense Ministry, such a decision would greatly reduce the resources needed to deal with suits that might be brought by Palestinians because of damage done by the Israel Defense Forces as well as by future IDF action. Ben-Ari wrote that “most of these suits are in any case rejected as they are the outcome of actions of war.”

Ben-Ari also wrote that the damage by the IDF “stemmed from the actions of Hamas which places its command posts, weapons stores and rocket-launching sites in built up areas in the Gaza Strip, hiding behind innocent civilians and preventing them from leaving their homes.”

These are the beginnings of the attempt to make themselves guiltless in the destruction and deaths that they caused……my question is just how far will the US politicians go to protect Israel?

Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises | Center for American Progress

For over 30 years we have heard all the spin how if we just cut taxes the economy will grow and everyone will prosper.  Trickle Down economics was the open salvo.

Now after all that time and all the cuts here and there trying to establish a great economy….trickle down economics has proven to be a con job on the highest order….Bush I when running against Reagan called the concept as Voodoo Economics……we should have listened.

This trash science has done nothing but kill the Middle Class and make inequality the call of the day.

Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises | Center for American Progress.

Let’s Talk Middle Class

I have written enough about Syria, Cruz, scandals, NSA, and shootings…..so let me change subjects for awhile…..change to economics.   Okay this is where I turn my back on the class and some give me the finger, others act out choking and still others just roll their eyes and drift off…….yeah, economics is not a subject that many willing write about or talk about……and that is why I am here!

Let us begin with a look at some economic data…….

As Congress prepares for yet another fiscal showdown, new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau should be a wake-up call that it is time to move away from a wrong-headed austerity agenda and pivot to a focus on creating jobs, boosting wages, and investing in family economic security.

The new data on poverty and income show that despite economic growth, there was no statistically significant improvement in the poverty rate or median household income in 2012.

Behind these topline numbers are data that contain real warning signs for American families and the overall economy if Congress continues down its current path.

Here are three things you need to know about the new data and how they affect the budget and policy choices before us:

  1. Income inequality has widened since the end of the Great Recession.
  2. Our safety net is working overtime to compensate for rising income inequality and the proliferation of low-wage work.
  3. High poverty rates among young children of color have long-term implications for our economic competitiveness.

And all that data is pointing to the Middle Class slowly disappearing….even if one does not want to admit it…..just look at any income data you like…..you can chart what is happening to the Middle Class.

The Middle Class?  We could make a case that the Middle Class was an accident….that it was never intended to be a characteristic of capitalism……….

It’s a sign of Edward McClelland’s age that he remembers the middle class. He grew up in an automaking town in the 1970s, where even high school dropouts could get jobs that would support a family and a mortgage payment. Everyone assumed this was capitalism’s triumphant endpoint, that it “had produced the worker’s paradise to which Communism unsuccessfully aspired,” McClelland writes at Salon. Now, that prosperity looks like a “historical fluke,” a brief denial of normal economic trends made possible because the US emerged from World War II with its manufacturing base unharmed. “For the majority of human history … there have been two classes; aristocracy and peasantry,” McClelland observes. Left unfettered, capitalism will tend to reinforce that trend, “concentrating wealth in the ownership class.” This drift “can only be arrested by an activist government that chooses to step in as a referee.” But the US has been on a 40-year deregulation kick, running through Democratic and Republican administrations alike. The result: “The greatest disparity between the top earners and the middle earners in nearly a century.” Click for McClelland’s full column.

The US is starting to look a lot like the UK…….that is if you start in a certain strata of the economy you and your will never leave that strata…….in other words there will be two classes……the aristocracy and the peasantry……….once you are in one you will forever remain there with little chance of mobility…….

The Economy Is Healing

Or is it?

We seem to have great news ever month and every quarter that the unemployment is down, jobs are created and the GDP is slow but looking good……right?

The media leaps onto the news with both feet…..they have to keep high end investors happy and optimistic….they need to help them make the decision on where to put their billions that they are holding…..all in all the macro sector is looking good….the micro sector sucks and sucks big time!

Explain to me how you can say that the economy is doing well when this is happening…..

Temp jobs made up about 10 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, and because of high turnover (the average length of temp employment is 3 months before a worker moves on to a permanent job), one in 10 non-farm workers were employed by a US staffing firm at some point during the past year, according to ASA. In fact, nearly one-fifth of all jobs gained since the recession ended have been temporary.

Many workers now have to periodically revalidate their status via systems of “continuous professional development”; almost all work, no matter how menial, involves self-surveillance systems in which the worker is required to assess their own performance. Pay is increasingly correlated to output, albeit an output that is no longer easily measurable in material terms. For most workers, there is no such thing as the long term.

Part time work and low wages these are what some are calling a recovery…..to me there is NO recovery as long as Americans are being hampered from making an adequate living…..the only way for the economy to truly heal is to grow the Middle Class…..and how can we do that since corporations will not?

From the CAP Action War Room….and it is a good plan…..

  • Investments in growing the middle class: Investing in education, infrastructure, energy, and innovation boosts the economy today and helps create the job creators and strong middle class that will fuel economic growth tomorrow.
  • Everyone paying their fair share: Tax cuts for the wealthy and huge corporations don’t grow the economy. If the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share, we simply cannot afford to make the investments in the middle we need to in order to grow the economy.
  • Minimum wage: Nobody who works full time in America should have to live in poverty. Raising the minimum wage will lift people out of poverty and create more consumers to help fuel the economy.
  • Health security:  Millions of Americans will soon have access to quality, affordable health care for the first time and the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance are seeing new benefits and better coverage as a result of Obamacare.
  • Retirement security:  We need to strengthen both Social Security and our private retirement system so middle-class Americans can afford to retire and live with dignity, a promise beyond the reach of too many.
  • Affordable housing:  The housing market is recovering, but we need to implement additional policies and reforms to help those who are still underwater and the millions who can’t get a loan to buy a home today.

The sad part is that there is not a elected official at any level, federal, state or local, that is willing to show courage and work for a plan to strengthen the Middle Class……..

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