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BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE Urban Comedy: Tavis Smiley - A Crab Determined to Reach Beyond His Grasp * Well, he's at it again, people....
More than five out of six Americans are opposed to cutting 98% of the federal budget. Most don't want to cut the remaining 2%, either. Keep that in mind whenever you hear politicians calling for spending cuts, and polls claiming that voters want spending cuts.
The failure to answer 90 percent of calls says a lot about the VA. As the second-largest bureaucracy in the country, it continues to be a model of how not to run government programs. Forget all of Washington's buzz words: transparency, efficiency, fiscal responsibly. We need the administration to try a new term, "customer service." These veterans aren't calling to order an iPad, they're trying to take advantage of a historic benefit that was promised to them by Congress and this president.
The reason that we're losing so badly is that the corporate interests in this country are keeping us distracted by deluding us into thinking we're still fighting the last war - race. But the fact is, corporations don't give a damn about race. As I've mentioned before, in this new economy of the new world order, where corporate competitors all over the world have people working for pennies a day, corporations can't afford the luxury of being concerned about race. All they care about is making money - and that means doing whatever they have to do to degrade the living standards of an expensive U.S. middle class.