Monday, January 07, 2008

Another Iconic Grifter

Mainstream media throws the public another old bone - George McGovern.

(CBS) "The former Democratic nominee for president who ran against a president later driven from office under threat of impeachment, today said that impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is "the rightful course for an American patriot."

American patriot, McGovern, voted in favor of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and then became a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War. Sound familiar? as in all the democrats who voted in favor of the 2002 Iraq War Resolution? And, like McGovern before them, today's democrats became vocal and critical opponents of the war. And, yes, as WWII bomber pilot McGovern before them, today's pols now claim they were "fooled" into thinking the resolution was merely a "gesture" and they were not actually supporting war.

Hooyah - no fool like an 86-year-old fool.

McGovern, another old grifter has signed up to support the other cheek on the corporate ass - Hillary Clinton. "I think that if we can elect her president, she'll be a greater president even than her brilliant husband," McGovern told the crowd ..."

Someone should slap him senseless for that - wait, nevermind, apparently he's already senseless.

McGovern has long been associated with feeding the poor. In 1961 he was appointed the first director of Food for Peace, a.k.a. P.L. 480 - another government commodity program to save the world's poor, initiated by Eisenhower in 1954. Billions spent and the world still starves - recipients must agree to open or expand "free markets." Food for peace? or food for chattel?

Where some prefer bombing the "useless feeders" - others would rather subsidize corporations, such as Cargill and Archer-Daniels-Midland, and starve them. Or wreck the local farmer. "Why would America send lentils?" Mr. Iffa asks. "We grow lentils in Ethiopia." During the past four years, Ethiopia has produced an average of about 35,000 metric tons of lentils, and has even exported about 1,200 metric tons. He scratches his head under the bill of a blue baseball cap bearing the words "Good Luck." "If we have a good harvest, I think American lentils will only hurt our price," he says.

Food aid works like this: Government (you) buys food, from raisins to beans, and gives to third world countries, usually on credit, sometimes donations. The Government (you) buys surplus commodities from US farmers - keeps food prices at home up, fills corporate coffers which benefits stockholders and Wall Street, and hold political control over third world countries. Sometimes the government (you) buys commodities and gives to humanitarian groups and allow them to sell it and use the money to dig wells and give vaccinations in the third world, even if there are hundreds of other groups giving out shovels and shots (remember, administrating humanitarian aid costs a lot - good bean counters don't come cheap).

McGovern knows as well as I do that Bush/Cheney will not be impeached, and such b.s. talk is only a diversion for that part of the public who want to believe there are decent political "icons" who will take a few minutes from their opulent lives to swat at BushCo, or the opposition - because they are "patriots."

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