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Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

Posted on Oct 6, 2011
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Unions gave a high-profile boost to the long-running Occupy Wall Street protest against economic inequality, with their members joining thousands of protesters in a lower Manhattan march.

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Leilani Albano: Antonio Bernabe is an organizer with CHIRLA, the [Coalition] for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Antonio Bernabe: Now anybody that is in contact with any enforcement officer can be into the deportation process.

Leilani Albano: Immigrations and customs enforcement data shows that the program has led to the deportation of 16,000 immigrants in Los Angeles, and 120,000 throughout the country, since it was launched three years ago. An untold number of them are street vendors.

Antonio Bernabe: These vendors are being targeted from the police, to be giving them tickets and being arrested.


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Leilani Albano: That has raised ire among Secure Communities opponents, who say the program, designed to capture serious criminals, is causing social and economic strife for vendors as well as witnesses to crimes, and even those who have never committed crimes. Demonstrators are demanding that law enforcement stop harassing vendors.

Antonio Bernabe: There is no reason for an ordinance to be in place. An ordinance has to open the possibility for the people to sell.

Leilani Albano: The Obama administration recently announced that it will cancel more than 40 agreements with states that have signed on to the Secure Communities program. But according to a letter obtained by the L.A. Times, the Department of Homeland Security says that the cancellations will not stop them from sharing fingerprint information. Professor Gabriel Gutierrez, a Chicano studies professor at Cal State Northridge, says Obama wants to maintain Secure Communities as a way to appeal to anti-immigrant voters in the 2012 elections.

Gabriel Gutierrez: Not only is he trying to enforce the laws that are already in place, he’s actually going further than any other administration has in terms of proving how bad-ass he can be against immigration.

Leilani Albano: Homeland Security, which runs Secure Communities, declined to be interviewed for this story. Most street vendors are prohibited from selling in Los Angeles, but the pushcarts that vendors use to hold their items are issued legal permits. The vendors sell ice cream and candy as well as anything they can prepare on their own. That includes cut fruit as well as hot dogs wrapped in bacon strips, tamales and pupusas. Others sell toys. They put in long hours, but earn very little—about $40 to $60 a day.

Antonio Bernabe: When you have nothing to eat, or no money in your home, you buy something, make up something and go out to sell.

Leilani Albano: Bernabe says many Mexican and Central American vendors are confused by the ban on street vending, which is a widespread and legal practice in their countries.

Antonio Bernabe: It’s an honest way to go out and resolve your economical problems.

Leilani Albano: Last February, police arrested Blanca Perez, a single mother of three, for illegal vending. She says she was unaware street selling is against the law. Now she faces deportation.

Blanca Perez: [Translator:] I don’t know why I am getting deported. I was just selling ice pops.

Leilani Albano: She may lose custody of her 1-year-old son, Jonathan, if she’s forced to leave the country. Bernabe says her toddler senses something is wrong, and is starting to cling on to her even tighter.

Antonio Bernabe: He’s feeling something. He’s feeling that there is a threat on his mom, I believe.

Leilani Albano: Secure Communities isn’t just wreaking havoc on families. It’s hurting businesses. Mauricio Funes, who manages Continental Ice Cream and Durango Paleteria in South L.A., says sales have fallen by 25 percent now that run-ins between workers and police have increased.

Antonio Bernabe: Probably in the last few years there has been more increasing [harassment] on the pushcart operators, and they’ve been taken to jail.

Leilani Albano: So far, his workers have received 25 tickets in a span of three years. The increased ticketing has led to an excess of workers who don’t want to run the risk of paying the $650 it costs to replace the confiscated merchandise and pushcarts.

Antonio Bernabe: We’ve been having that problem that people don’t want to work anymore, and so our business has gone down a bit because of that reason.

Leilani Albano: But for every one vendor that quits, others remain. Without other job options, there will always be street vendors who are willing to take the risk of getting deported. Street vendor “Vicente”:

“Vicente”: [Translator:] If they do get me one day because I am selling here and I am just trying to maintain my family, then that’s how it is.

Leilani Albano: Leilani Albano, FSRN, Los Angeles.

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Peter Scheer: This is Truthdig Radio and I’m Peter Scheer. Nothing is more precious to a mother than her child, and the birth process can be confusing and even controversial. Ina May Gaskin, author of “Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta,” has been an advocate and innovator of natural birth for decades. She speaks to Truthdig’s Kasia Anderson.

Kasia Anderson: I’m pleased to be talking with Ina May Gaskin about a very important matter, which of course matters to all of us. And that is her new book, called “Birth Matters.” Can you set up some background about yourself and your work for us?

Ina May Gaskin: I started out as an English major, had a master’s degree in English, and I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia. Grew up in the Midwest, had a dad who was a farmer; went into having a baby in the mid-’60s, which threw me into becoming a midwife, because the care was so inappropriate. I had an unassisted birth and thought, no, we have to have midwives. For my next three babies, I had to start a midwifery service.

Kasia Anderson: Well, what was it about your experience in particular? Was there some aspect of it, or was it just the kind of overall midwife-free moments? [laughs]

Ina May Gaskin: Exactly my question [laughs], at that time. I had to study like mad to find out the answers to it, because it just wasn’t out there. But through a lot of travel to other countries, and seeing how birth is done in other countries, especially wealthy countries, I noticed that midwives prevail. And every single country has 70 percent or so of births attended by midwives. In Germany, a midwife has to be at every single birth. So that’s just to show you how wide a range there is there. And then, as a country, we have always had an excess of intervention. So what we find ourselves with today is nothing new; it’s the way it’s been done here for more than a century. We were the first country that wiped out midwives to where people couldn’t even think that was the solution.

Kasia Anderson: When did that happen?

Ina May Gaskin: Early 20th century. And so someone like myself, my great-grandmother had been a midwife, and she was very important in the area where she was from [in] Iowa. So I grew up knowing that, for instance, my grandmother was the eldest of 13, and they were all born at home and they were all fine. So I could know that that’s possible. Well, it’s kind of special [laughs], you know, given what people think about birth today. And so I wrote the book because I want people to look at how it’s relevant to everybody. We all get born, and birth—how we do it makes this, like, water all around us; we can hardly put our minds around all the ways it affects us. But if we’re born scared, and if our mothers are terrified when we’re being born, we’re kind of different people.

Kasia Anderson: You believe that that experience carries over into kind of the tenor of a person’s life?

Ina May Gaskin: Absolutely. If you take any species, know any farmer—the farmers that I was used to as a little kid—I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I knew farm people and I knew they kind of looked down on us from the city because we were so ignorant. Not that they would, you know, rub it in all the time, but they would—‘oh, there’s some important things you don’t know.’ I would be very surprised that you could disturb the laboring mother so much so that she wouldn’t know how to raise her young, but I was told that by my aunt, who raised all kinds of things. And so I learned you can’t touch. You can’t do the things that a town kid would feel like, oh, it’s my right, of course. I mean well, therefore it won’t have a bad consequence. Well, as a country, we’ve stifled that opinion. We set humans apart from all other species; we have this special place; it’s human exceptionalism. We are exceptional [in] that we can do things that other species can’t; the flip side of that is when it comes to birth, we actually have shown ourselves that there are a lot of women who are so scared of giving birth that they would ask for surgery.

Kasia Anderson: Now, tell me about that part of it. It seems like—I’m not a mother, so I’m not attuned to a lot of the choices and issues around having C-sections and those types of considerations. But is it correct, my impression, that there are a lot of people getting them these days? A lot of women?

Ina May Gaskin: Yes, that’s very true. When I began as a midwife, 5 percent was the C-section rate nationally. And it was a big deal to have a Cesarean; I mean, there was, I think, a healthy fear of it.

Kasia Anderson: Well, it should be a big deal, yeah. [laughter]

Ina May Gaskin: I think so. Well, some—there are women who’ll tell you, who had Cesareans—and I have not, so I mean, their words carry some weight in some way, I would think, their having experienced it—what I hear from them, it’s everything from post-traumatic stress disorder; fatal complications that can happen right after or during or even years after, because the injured uterus is more liable to have certain problems later in life. And it’s not just the injured uterus, it’s what happens to the abdominal wall. When you—any surgery puts that person at a much higher risk for a bowel obstruction later in life. And a bowel obstruction, when ignored too long, and it’s quite painful, can be fatal. That has to do with scar tissue growing. And so that’s one thing. Then, future fertility for the woman, because sometimes a C-section, and it certainly is associated with loss of fertility in some women; then you also have placental problems. Oh, I forgot to tell you the current rate of C-sections: 34 percent.

Kasia Anderson: Wow.

Ina May Gaskin: Some hospitals 60 percent, 70 percent. And so what happens is there turns out to be this huge controversy over hospital birth and home birth, as if that’s something that we should be really excited about, when the C-section rate ought to be bigger news, because it’s correlated with a rising and rather unreported death rate for mothers. And this is not—this result doesn’t go with a lower rate of newborn deaths. So we used to rank around 20th when I first started hearing news reports on maternal death rates; then it was 30 percent; it was 40 percent; I don’t mean percent, I mean 40th in the world, following 39 other countries in lowering maternal death rates. When we think about it, we know that in poor countries it’s because you don’t have enough hospitals, in part, distributed well enough; and in a country like ours, you tend to have too much use of technology, and this too much can be fatal for the mother.

Kasia Anderson: Well, Ina May, we just have about a minute left. So I wanted to make sure I got a little hope in edgewise here, if possible. Do you have …

Ina May Gaskin: The body rocks. That’s the hope part, is that you know what? Contrary to what you’ve been told, our species can give birth as well as the other, you know, almost 5,000. And we just have to kind of learn from them that it does, and that to doubt it is really a little strange. So that’s something to think about, and … don’t obey when forced into a position that feels horrible, when you could be moving. We could start with that.

Kasia Anderson: That sounds like a good place to start. And hopefully some expectant mothers are listening.

Ina May Gaskin: I know that women—we can change this. So we have to count our dead; we have to analyze it, look at it, and go, what are we doing wrong and what could we be doing better? Oh, look around. Who’s doing it better? Oh, we have a lot to learn from Mexico. Those midwives know how to turn breeches; they know how to do breeches. But they’re not yet licensed by the government in large part. We have to think about all the ways birth matters, and change it so that it’s good.

Kasia Anderson: And our listeners can read more about this in Ina May Gaskin’s “Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta.” Thanks so much for your time.

Ina May Gaskin: Thank you.

Kasia Anderson: Bye.

Peter Scheer: That interview by Truthdig’s Kasia Anderson. That’s it for this week’s edition of Truthdig Radio. Find us next Wednesday at 2 on 90.7 KPFK or anytime online at The show was produced by Joshua Scheer. Thanks to Rep.  Dennis Kucinich, Chris Hedges, Ina May Gaskin, Howie Stier, Leilani Albano, board op Gee, engineer Stan Misraje and Alan Minsky. I’m Peter Scheer. Thanks for listening.



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By Pacific, October 12, 2011 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Thanks for all your reports.  As a former resident of Los Angeles, I found the venders report and the impact of “Community Security” staggeringly insulting.  The linking of local law enforcement with Homeland Security and immigration was one of my biggest fears since childhood, and as an adult, since 9/11. 

As a child, we had a Mexican nanny who was a second mother to me and my sister, and who was whisked away one night by immigration officials while my parents were out to dinner.  A green and white patrol car pulled up to the house, and an official in what looked like a train steward’s cap came to the door wanting to talk to our nanny, Julia.  I was five or six at the time, and happily brought her to the door.  He questioned her briefly, then led her out to the awaiting car.  I lived for a long time with the guilt of having turned her over to the “ferderales,” even though she returned weeks later, and worked for us for years to come.  She eventually found work with another family, but I would run into her walking around town on occasion well into my late teens, and was always greeted with the big embrace of a long lost son.  I loved her like my own mother.  This is probably a “luxurious” example of the plight of undocumented workers, but one that has stayed with me all my life.

I remain of the opinion that we should open the “floodgates” to Mexican and Central American workers, document them, give them drivers licenses (of course), and help integrate them into the mainstream of American life..regardless of current unemployment statistics.  As second and third generation Mexican-Americans have proven, they are at least equally if not better prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly difficult “American Dream,” and with all that they have contributed to the dreams of others, we are obligated to afford them similar opportunities that we once offered the same immigrants during better economic times.
Keep up the good reporting of “The Occupation” (sic).

Bangkok, Thailand

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By Night-Gaunt, October 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

A real leader wouldn’t care what pressure Kos, the President, or anyone else placed upon him.

A real leader would say, “Fuck off! I’m not voting for a bill that was written by a former WellPoint executive and which forces people to buy junk insurance.”

Real easy for you to say. They were going to help the Republicans and DINOs to unseat him. Now wouldn’t you just be sitting pretty if they did? Where would be the good in that? His vote wasn’t important for the numbers, just for the appearance. I’m glad he did. I’d like to see you do that? Lose everything over one item. “Smart” and short sighted you are.

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By Lafayette, October 8, 2011 at 7:30 am Link to this comment


CH: But they can be snarky and snide and dismissive of the left, because the left has no power within this country, yet. I mean, let’s hope that that changes.

If CH believes this, then he has a bad misunderstanding of the “Left” in America. Perhaps he’s spent too much time abroad, watching leftist demonstrations with red banners,

It is true that the Latins (French, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese) will descend into the streets at the drop of a hat. Americans don’t have that custom. Nowadays, we bitch-in-a-blog – which is about as progenitive as is masturbation. In fact, that’s all it is – mental masturbation.

MLK showed the way with his Million Man March in ’95. He wanted attention and no TV channel could possibly overlook 837,000 people camped on an esplanade in DC. Let’s hope that progressives have learned a lesson from that bit of history.  It was a grassroots movement, just like the present one, and it must be followed by something more than just oratory.

A meaningful Progressive Agenda is what would precipitate that coalescence into a political movement.

The question remains nonetheless, How does such a movement advance reformative politics? Some are hoping for a third party – but history shows that Americans tend to eschew such parties. So, it appears that the best chances for bringing about concrete reformational change in our political class is from within the more progressive of the existing parties.  (That’s the Dems, of course.)

Besides, in an election such as the presidency, two candidates on the Left will only split the vote; thus allowing the sole candidate on the Right to waltz into the Oval Office.


Without a well-written Progressive Agenda designating the primary objective of addressing Income Distribution Fairness in America, it is unclear how all the present effort can obtain eventually a conclusive electoral result. Meaning, stay focused on what is really important and let, for the moment, the ancillary objectives to wait just a bit.

Otherwise the movement becomes diffused, loses focus and dissipates. This is particularly the threat on the Left, which tends to be a rainbow profusion of political colours.

Can the Left learn to sing off the same hymn sheet as do the mindless Replicants? Which is the key to success, I submit. That is, as long as the hymn sheet in question is an attractive Progressive Agenda.

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By Mark A. Goldman, October 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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How to Fix the Economy

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By MK77, October 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

“Mk77 don’t you remember the pressure put upon [Dennis Kucinich] by the DailyKos who said they would do all they can to unseat him if he didn’t vote for it?”

A real leader wouldn’t care what pressure Kos, the President, or anyone else placed upon him.

A real leader would say, “Fuck off! I’m not voting for a bill that was written by a former WellPoint executive and which forces people to buy junk insurance.”

But alas, we don’t have leaders anymore. What we have are a bunch of nervous sell-out types afraid to stand up to bullies and speak the truth.

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By Night-Gaunt, October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Why weren’t people doing this during Reagan‘s time? There were some protesting against wars usually. The Bush‘s had hundreds of thousands protesting in major cities but were ignored. If it weren’t for the cops brutalizing people the Corporate Main Stream Media has finally lent part of an ear. The Reich wing are doing spin control but too many others see through that. Especially now that even some Tea Party types are there now too on the side of the protestors!

Dennis Kucinich can’t run for president since his party doesn’t like his point of view. They would deep-six him like the did before. We should have him as president not that faux Progressive, the Regressive Obama.

Mk77 don’t you remember the pressure put upon him by the DailyKos who said they would do all they can to unseat him if he didn’t vote for it? <b><i>Do some research. (Secretly the corps were for it all along as are the Republicans but they have put themselves into this strange position of being against all things Democrat even if it agrees with them!)

The police have shown that overall they still are for the bankers and hedge fund millionaire managers over us. But not all of them.

The Tea Party doesn’t get hassled by the police because they are on the side of the police. Ever wonder about that?

Shouldn’t it be the 90%ers? Since the top 10% own about 50%-75% of this country and how many of them are on our side? Not many I’d wager, not many at all.

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By Philip Feeley, October 7, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Why weren’t these massive, sustained protests happening during the Reagan/Bush years? The problem was just as bad when they were in charge.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

@ cpb

Indisputable Fair and Balanceshipmanhood is a rare achievement and it bestows great honors upon you and your magnificent brain.


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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

@ cpb

You are indisputably fair and balanced.

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

Follow up to previous…  Let’s not forget the guy that
pretended to be a Koch brother and called the governor of
Wisconsin, suggested agent provocateur tactics to deal
with the growing protests, and received in reply
confirmation that such had indeed been considered and
debated.  They didn’t try it, for whatever reason, but
they thought about it. 

Let’s not be naive.

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

“It is amazing to see what can happen at a protest if a
small group of “anarchists” in all black DOES NOT show
up and start smashing things up.”

- Emilez

Worth pointing out that while many who show up in black
and smash shit may identify as anarchist, they do not
define the philosophy nor are they representative of the
majority of those who would so identify.

It is perhaps more important to point out that often
those that show up and smash shit, dressing the
stereotypical part, are paid members of the security

Black Bloc is not a club - it is a tactic.
Agent Provocateur is not a person - it is a tactic.

If one fears that the state will inevitably “deal with
it”, then one should expect the latter tactic to be
considered and possibly employed.  During last years G20
in Toronto there was ample evidence suggesting that the
violence that did ensue was possibly instigated and most
definitely accommodated.  The PR gained was invaluable.

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By Lafayette, October 7, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment


DK: The district that I’m running in right now is a district that has been created through the merging of two congressional districts

I am an American who lives in France, but I vote in Massachusetts.

First, I want to thank Rep. Kucinich for his tireless efforts to stop the “gerrymandering”  that ossifies our nation into a two party system - which is so easy to control by manipulation (of politicians and electoral spending).

I want to congratulate him for the fine work he has done in representing the state of Massachusetts and his brand of progressive Social Democracy 
to which I have become accustomed these long years I’ve lived in Europe.

I would be pleased that one day we have a similar faction of Social Democracy firmly ensconced in the Democrat Party. It would do America a world of good to foster and implement Social Democrat policies.

It has worked wonders in Europe, which has generally a far lower level of Income Inequality (see here ) than the US.

Who needs more proof than that?

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By Marian Griffith, October 7, 2011 at 1:55 am Link to this comment
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There are two critical changes that need to be made to the current system.
One, as you pointed out, is to limit campaign contributions. Evidence is abundant that the candidate with most money tends to win elections. So if most americans can afford to contribute perhaps 100 dollars to a campaign and a billionair spends a million, this means that the billionaire’s vote is worth 10000 times as much as that of the average american. So, if we limit contributions to 100 dollars most americans can have their vote back and we starve the perverse system that is based not on an exchange of ideas but of on who can pump out the most and most effective character assassination ads on television.

The other critial change that needs to be made is to reign in the financial markets. Fiat banking is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. However it needs strict regulations and tight ovesight. Any oversight that is not hated is not doing its job right after all. The most glaring, and damaging, part of it is how the banks keep invented new ways to gamble with the same money and pretend it is an entirely new contribution to the economy. Ultimately a share is nothing but a promissory of a percentage of the profit of a company. Trading in those shares does not add anything economically, and it does not determine the ‘value’ of the company in any way or form. That is putting the horse behind the cart really. Things get even worse if banks then start trading in projected share values at a future date, and add the volume of that to their ‘economic production’. And not satisfied with that they added insurance against default to their ‘production’, and trading in that insurance, and collaterised insurance, and trading in that, and insurance against that, and trading in -that- insurance. The newest ‘invention’ is gambling how well somebody can manage to predict changes in stock values.
And all that ‘trade’ in those ‘products’ is added to the ‘economic production’ that banks claim to represent, while it all really boils down to that one share that promises a percentage of a company’s profit that is sold a thousand times in different guises, often by people who never had nor never will have the share to begin with.
And now we have an immense hot air balloon full of money that is tied to economy in only the most tenuous ways, but that is direction the fate of entire nations and hundreds of millions of people. We -must- cut through all the pretense and self importance and get back to a situation where -economy- rules the economy, and not arbitrary numbers in a computer somewhere that say that somebody has 40 billion and the right to tell who lives and who dies.

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By EmileZ, October 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

RE Hedges/Occupy Wall Street.

It is amazing to see what can happen at a protest if a small group of “anarchists” in all black DOES NOT show up and start smashing things up.

Insightful commentary by Mr. Hedges.

This is a unique event in many many ways.

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By Carson, October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

The reason for Occupy Wall Street and the 99% er’s. Gaze upon it if you dare.

Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear.

Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world’s wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him.

You own half of everything and so do I.

I’m the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank.

You’re not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with.

All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world!

That isn’t the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU’VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.

That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can’t keep up with the fake money presses.

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Well, after reading a few comments, maybe Dennis is
like other politicans.  All smoke(talk) and no
fire(action.)  I guess God is going to have to
search for 10 good people on Capitol Hill instead
of 9.  I hope you people know what you are talking

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By MK77, October 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Why did you, a so-called single-payer advocate, vote for the Corporate Healthcare Bill?

You know, the one that forces everybody in the country to give their hard-earned money to insurance companies like Aetna—the one that doesn’t even have an anemic public option?

Talk is cheap. When the chips were down, you cast your lot with the corporations just like everybody else in Washington.

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By Jason Pacifico, October 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

Where is—- Congressman Kucinich—(1)  a Guarantee Jobs Bill, (2)a new minimum wage of $15.40 an hour ($32,000. a year), (3) a Marxist “wage multiplier,” as the Banks and Wall Street have “30 to 1 banking multipliers”—$100. in deposits creates $3000 for the banks.(4) Wage multipliers, for example, of 8 to 1 ,  the employers like Wal-Mart only need to put in $4000. in their payroll account which multipliers to create the $32,000 in their payroll account for the yearly jobs. ..

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

I was thinking about Sodom and Gomorrah this morning.
God told Abraham that he would spare them if he could find 10 good people.  He couldn’t and they
were destroyed.  Could God find 10 good people on
Capitol Hill?  I think Dennis Kucinich would be one.
Could God find 9 more?

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By Artsy, October 6, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Dennis and Chris are 2 of my favorite people on this planet. Thank you both for all that you do!

....Add Ron Paul to the mix who gets very little media attention and we have 3 strikes against the other side! We need 3 strikes to get one corporate con out!

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

This morning I was thinking about Sodom and Gomorrah.
God told Abraham he would spare them if he could
find 10 good people.  Obviously, he couldn’t and
they were destroyed.  What if God made the same
offer today about people on Capitol Hill?  Could
God find 10?  I think Dennis Kucinich would be one.
Could God find 9 more?

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By Basoflakes, October 6, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

The solution to America’s problem begins with the elimination of unlimited private funding of candidates and the resulting influence of lobbyists and corporatocracy.  This can be done by two simple ideas - public funded elections and written platforms.

Without elections that are bought and paid for by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the wealthy, we can return to a democracy by the people.  Without it, we will linger in a purgatory of our current system.

What do we learn from the Trillions spent by candidates on their elections and the ‘debates’ - nothing but flip-flopping drivel.  Instead of spending all that money, bring back the idea of a platform.  Candidates establish their goals in a written platform, and reduce their time on air to answering questions about that platform.

Simple, straight to the point, non-refutable, unwielding, and truthful - but especially, innexpensive and democratic - likely the reason no existing Congressman, Senator or President would go for it.

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By Artsy, October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Hooray for the protesters! I seriously hope we grow into the millions.

We are suffering under the rule of an antagonistic Government and big business. This is not new or due to this President alone - many before have contributed to our slated demise. They are intent on taking away our rights and running the world. They need to be stopped in their tracks because that is not their job. The bail-outs were WRONG and the lack of regard for the Constitution is also WRONG. The criminals who ignore it should be arrested and imprisoned for treason against the American people.

The corporate war mongers force unjust wars on us and the people who live in them are a disgrace. They have instigated the aggression towards our country and they are effectively breaking us economically. Our honored soldiers are forced to risk life and limb for BIG BUSINESS, not us. The White House, administration, Senate, Congress and corporate lobbiests allow for this corrupt police state and fraudulent media conglomerates keep it moving ahead. The military / industrial complex must fail or our country is done.

“We the people” want our country back and since peaceful protest is our only means to maintain our freedom, we MUST support them and join them if possible. There is no other way.

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By Trish Roberts, October 6, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Dennis and Chris

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By MycallMcb, October 6, 2011 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

>Dennis you have the right questions and the best answers I’ve heard….please run for president, we need an alternative to corporate plutocracy…

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