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What `Fiscal Cliff'?

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Form every TV and radio news broadcast, the words, `fiscal cliff' are being mentioned, in a tone and frequency of dread and fear.
Listeners, viewers and readers can sense the dread and faux fear, but little clarity arises from the dust.
What is the fiscal cliff?
It is a political creation – made by Congress itself, as a self- made rule to force agreement (but really to blackmail political opponents), or else massive cuts will be automatically made in defense, social services and other government programs.

In the Mel Brooks-made cowboy comedy, Blazing Saddles, a Black sheriff moseys into town to the shock and surprise of the white townspeople.  When things get ugly, the sheriff (played by actor Cleavon Little (1939-1992), pulls out his Colt. 45 and points it at himself, warning them to get back, or else he'll shoot.

The fiscal cliff?  It's "Blazing Saddles."
 

But, it's no comedy.
 
As Workers World's Larry Holmes sees it, this so-called `fiscal cliff' is a recent political invention designed to erect an American austerity program-cut-backs in social services so that more money could be sucked up by the ruling 1 %.
 
Holmes, in remarks made to a recent Workers World party conference, made the following analysis:
 
                             We are going to hear a lot about the so-called "fiscal cliff". It is
                             Worldwide austerity. In Greece, in Spain, in Portugal, in Ireland,
                             In South Africa, all throughout Latin America and here in the U.S.
                             From the point of view of the capitalists, the idea is to fix their system
                             on the backs of the workers.  They can't get it from profits because
                             of overproduction, so let's just go literally into the body of the
                             workers and get more pounds of flesh by stealing things from them.
                             It is a mad, insane exercise in destruction, social destruction.
                             It really should be called "the terminal crisis-of-capitalism cliff."*
 
In sum, this is economic warfare parading as a political conflict, between two capitalist parties.
It is a self-made squabble among brothers.
 
--© '12 maj
 
[Source: * Holmes, L.,  "Reviving a Global Revolutionary Perspective", Workers World{weekly}, Dec. 13, 2012, p.7]
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Mumia's essays have been lovingly and tirelessly transcribed and broadly posted by Sis. Fatirah Aziz for many years and is a treasure to Mumia (and us all!)

 
 

Comments

Jamal

Mumia's essays have been lovingly and tirelessly transcribed and broadly posted by Sis. Fatirah Aziz for many years and is a treasure to Mumia (and us all!)

"and is a treasure to Mumia (and us all)... Tell that garbage to the Faulkner family

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner

MUMIA ABU-JAMAL'S WORDS ARE WELL WORTH HEEDING.

Mumia Abu-Jamal's insightful commentaries ARE a treasure to anyone intelligent and compassionate enough to understand and appreciate them, and Fatirah Aziz does a great service to the literate public by her transcription. As for Faulkner, he was a nobody until he died trying to assassinate Mumia Abu-Jamal. As the New Black Panther Party has rightly stated, Mumia Abu-Jamal did NOT kill Faulkner, but he had the right to.

Your

statement that I copied says it all as to your not knowing the TRUE facts. For the TRUTH...danielFaulkner.com

QUOTE..."As for Faulkner, he was a nobody until he died trying to assassinate Mumia Abu-Jamal. As the New Black Panther Party has rightly stated, Mumia Abu-Jamal did NOT kill Faulkner, but he had the right to." End of quote. And my response to you is, If you believe the above quoted garbage you posted ...you are a fool led by fools. Mumia Abu Jamal..GUILTY of murder...proven, convicted...and affirmed (which means after review by many many Courts both State and Federal)..conviction stands...GUILTY of MURDER

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer DanielFaulkner.com

Hey, Officer Peppers!

Let's invite our good buddy Mark David Chapman to join the Philly PD as soon as he gets paroled in New York. Unlike Brother Faulkner, Chapman successfully took out his target (that notorious communist rock star John Lennon) -- and hey, everybody who propounds anti-establishment ideology deserves to die, don't they?

Killer Cops

Wouldn’t Officer Mehserle of Oakland, CA or Officer Haste of New York be a more fitting replacement for Officer Faulkner? Didn’t those assassins in blue successfully carry out the extrajudicial executions of Oscar Grant and Ramarley Graham?

Shame

that "porky "aka..HB, has to throw something else into the mix as does JOC while not commenting on the FACT that Jamal was proven, convicted and guilt was affirmed. So..what are your comments regarding the asinine statement as to the above post attributed to the BPP sooo for your "enjoyment" I will paste that ignorant statement...QUOTE..."As for Faulkner, he was a nobody until he died trying to assassinate Mumia Abu-Jamal. As the New Black Panther Party has rightly stated, Mumia Abu-Jamal did NOT kill Faulkner, but he had the right to." Now go ahead...make my day:)

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner.com

Much as I would like to,

I wouldn't dare, but hope someone else does before you kill any more innocent black people.

And

your comment DOES NOT answer what I have posted...just a deflection WITHOUT proven OR legal substance...WHY...because YOU cannot justify your statements,,,,just rhetoric...

jon Pisano

Enough Keystone Killer Kops Propaganda Already!

The only fools on this site are those moronic or brainwashed enough to uncritically accept altered evidence, coerced testimony, a fabricated confession and the rulings of bought-and-paid-for prosecutors-turned-judges as conclusive proof of factual guilt. Going to the Fraternal Order of Police fry-Mumia website for “the truth” about Mumia Abu-Jamal is like going to the Ku Klux Klan’s website for “the truth” about Martin Luther King. Neither the supporters nor the attackers of Mumia Abu-Jamal are fools; his supporters are people of conscience, while his attackers are liars and murderers. However, the repetitive rants of killer cop Peppers/Pisano are as tiresome as they are irrelevant to the issues addressed by Mumia in his commentary. It would seem that, having failed to legally lynch one of the finest minds in this country, the Philadelphia police have settled for boring the general public to death.

Hmmm

The above response as to "fools" says it all regarding those who look for something other than the proven and affirmed evidence...so they/you attack with left wing rhetoric and nothing of substance to back up your "foolish" response...like I said..fools led by fooled fools. I guess the prison advocate was also lying when he stated he asked Jamal if he was sorry he killed the Officer...and Jamal answered "yes" then, Jamal, realized what he said.

Daniel Faulkner.com
Jon Pisano