by Alan Maki on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I support this letter and sign onto it as a co-signer along with thousands of other people— but not without adding a few thoughts of my own.


I think Bernie Sanders should have vigorously called, not just for reducing military spending; but, for completely ending these imperialist wars for occupation because the occupations are going to cost more than the wars themselves.


Let us make no mistake; the war in Vietnam was intended to have been meant as a long term occupation of that country just like the Philippines, Puerto Rico and South Korea but the Vietnamese drove the United States out of their country.


Nothing enriches Wall Street coupon clippers more than the profits they derive from war and long-term occupations of countries.


It is the cost of these wars combined with a far-flung Wall Street empire that needs to be protected through a vast network of some 800 U.S. military bases on foreign soil that is wreaking more havoc than anything with our economy and the tremendous debt that is being incurred is the main source of the huge government deficit which now requires austerity measures in the form of forced “belt-tightening” pushing down our standard of living and creating massive unemployment.


This is not about trimming the Pentagon budget; what is required is ending a foreign policy based on Wall Street’s imperialism which means ending these wars and using that money for people’s needs which will create jobs.


It seems to have become far too prevalent for people to talk about deficits and tax-cuts and even taxing-the-rich without bringing forward the issues involved in these dirty wars because people understand these wars are Obama’s Achilles’ heel— come on, really; are we supposed to be concerned about Obama’s worthless political butt when people are dying needlessly in his dirty wars?


As a socialist, Bernie Sanders should be explaining all of this more thoroughly.


And, as a socialist politician, Bernie Sanders should be asking this most important question:


How is Barack Obama’s Wall Street war economy working for you?


And Bernie Sanders should become more vigorous in explaining how these wars are making us all poor.


Maybe President Obama should listen to this:


War, what is it good for by Edwin Starr:


I think what it is going to take to end these wars is a real good ruckus in the streets because that’s the only thing Wall Street understands—


And if this isn’t enough there is this message in Revolution from Nina Simone:


The Greeks are getting it right:




Alan L. Maki


Dear Mr. President,



This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. Decisions are being made about the national budget that will impact the lives of virtually every American for decades to come. As we address the issue of deficit reduction we must not ignore the painful economic reality of today – which is that the wealthiest people in our country and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well while the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing.  In fact, the United States today has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth.


Everyone understands that over the long-term we have got to reduce the deficit – a deficit that was caused mainly by Wall Street greed, tax breaks for the rich, two wars, and a prescription drug program written by the drug and insurance companies. It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with deficit reduction we completely reject the Republican approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needed programs for working families, the elderly, the sick, our children and the poor, while not asking the wealthiest among us to contribute one penny.


Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice. The wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations in this country must pay their fair share.  At least 50 percent of any deficit reduction package must come from revenue raised by ending tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit large, profitable corporations and Wall Street financial institutions.  A sensible deficit reduction package must also include significant cuts to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending.


Please do not yield to outrageous Republican demands that would greatly increase suffering for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society.  Now is the time to stand with the tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to survive economically, not with the millionaires and billionaires who have never had it so good.



Sen. Bernie Sanders;

and Co-signers


Alan Maki

Alan Maki