I Read the News Today, Oh Boy……

by Arlen Grossman

“I read the news today (Thursday), oh boy…….”

Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney. It’s hard to believe but some people actually care.

Roseanne Barr is running for president of the United States as a Green Party candidate.  Funny thing is, she has a better platform and ideas than any major party candidate running for the job, including Barack Obama and the Democrats.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran in April, May, and June.   I cannot believe Israel would attack Iran without the blessing of the United States. Why it is so imperative that Iran be stopped from building its first nuclear weapon?  We have thousands of these weapons and are the only country to have used them. Iran is surrounded by countries that have nukes: India, Pakistan, Russia, and of course, Israel.

So why are we and Iran’s neighbors entitled to have nuclear weapons, but Iran isn’t allowed to have even one? Iran’s leaders know it would be certain suicide for it to use a nuclear weapon against Israel or any other country. Why  are we allowing this hornet’s nest to be stirred up? Oh yes, Iran has lots and lots of that three-letter word that drives us to invade foreign countries.  Speaking of which…..

The Syrian government has killed over 7,000 of its protesting citizens. We intervened in Libya to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe,” but are more reluctant to act against the Syrian government. Surely it couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that Syria is not in the same league with its neighbors like Iran, Iraq and Syria when it comes to that three-letter word, could it?

Indiana Governor Signs a Law Creating a ‘Right to Work’ State. The Republicans are pushing legislation to destroy the power of labor unions whenever and wherever they can.  In addition, they are enacting voter suppression laws to lower turnout in as many states as they can. GOP governors have cut taxes for corporations and slashed education and government services for the less advantaged.  Working people voted for these Republican elitists and might do it again.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation cuts off funding for Planned Parenthood.  Then they pretend it had nothing to do with right-wing,  religious fundamentalist pressure. Nobody believes them.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he believes “the cyber threat will equal or surpass the threat from counter terrorism in the foreseeable future.” Here we have another in an unending stream of vague scary threats posed by “terrorists.” The result will be more spending on security and counter-terrorism measures, a greater level of fear in this country, and a tighter rein on our civil liberties. Perhaps not coincidentally, a select number of well-placed people will increase their status and select corporations will make serious money from this induced fear.

The Republican candidates for president are saying crazier things every day. And our news media takes them seriously, and one of them might actually become president.

“And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh.”          

…to keep from crying.

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