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Originally posted by asmall89
I love how some people really loved Clinton, I can't really see why other than he had a decent foreign policy (minus not killing Osama Bin Laden). He really didn't end up doing a whole lot, I mean the reason why he ended up with a budget surplus was because of welfare reform, and he also had a Republican Congress under him, so really he wasn't even running much of the show. You know I think people are too infatuated with Presidents personally, all branches are supposed to be separate but equal. Unfortunately I think the executive branch has been growing in power...
My gripe with Obama is he's just continuing down the same road of Bush just in a different way. He is increasing spending just as much as his predecessor. We're not getting out of our wars. Nothing has really changed, because none of them will look at the real problems of our country. People elected him thinking he'll be like Clinton and I think they're going to be very disappointed, just like how my father voted for Bush Jr. thinking he'll be like Bush Sr. Big disappointment. What I want is a Libertarian type person that will hold to their word, no bailouts & little spending, little foreign intervention, low taxes, more state power. Inflation is only inches away, the dollar has fallen quite a bit this last week, Euro=1.4720 or somewhere around that.
I believe that we do need more government control. Look at the mess we are in now This happened because we deregulated wall street.
I believe that we do need more government control. Look at the mess we are in now This happened because we deregulated wallstreet.
I love how some people really loved Clinton, I can't really see why other than he had a decent foreign policy (minus not killing Osama Bin Laden). He really didn't end up doing a whole lot....
Mexico is a case in point.
Until Carlos Salinas de Gortari became President in 1988, Mexico attempted to protect its corn production system from artificially cheap U.S. corn. Corn is the Mexican food staple and is produced by 2,500,000 farmers. Half of the land under cultivation in Mexico is dedicated to corn. The Congressional Budget Office Report on Agriculture in the North American Free Trade Agreement stated that Mexico's corn program had been a "de facto rural employment and anti-poverty program." But to ensure the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico promulgated a series of reforms in the agriculture sector and signed away its right to protect corn in NAFTA. As a result, economists predicted that as few as 700,000 and as many as ten million farmers would be displaced during the decade after NAFTA took effect. This is a pattern repeating itself all over the world, creating problems of overpopulation in the Third World's megacities where rural people migrate to seek non-existent jobs....
Between January 1 and January 31, 1995, while most Americans were still figuring out how to break their New Year's resolutions, Philip Morris merged Kraft and General Foods into Kraft Foods; Ralston Purina sold Continental Baking Company to Interstate Bakeries Corporation, the nation's largest bread maker; Perdue Farms Inc., the nation's fourth largest poultry producer, acquired Showell Farms Inc., the nation's tenth largest poultry producer; and Grand Metropolitan proposed to acquire Pet Inc. The brand names are all that's left of the small companies which became huge conglomerates through mergers and acquisitions.
Nor is the concentration of agribusiness isolated from the rest of the economy. Wells Fargo Bank, the second largest bank in California, is among the top six shareholders of five major agriculture-related corporations: Tyson (#5), Archer Daniel Midland (#2), ConAgra (#2), Monsanto (#6), and Philip Morris (#2). The largest bank in California, Bank of America, is the nation's largest agricultural lender, including crops and real estate.
This accelerated concentration of the food industry has as much impact on the political process as it does on the dinner table. U.S. agribusiness companies, such as Cargill, the world's largest grain trading company, had a disproportionate role shaping the rules in the GATT framework. President Nixon's first trade advisor was William Pearce, a vice president of Cargill. Another Cargill alum, Daniel Amstutz, drafted the U.S. agriculture proposal for the GATT for President Reagan.
The other agriculture system involves about 60% of Mexico's farmers who have access to the remaining 12% of arable land. This includes individual small-scale farms that produce for local markets, and farms known as ejidos. Ejidos are a system of community-owned lands which, in some cases, have been owned "in trust" by communities for centuries. Ejido lands were protected from sale as a result of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. However, a significant amount of ejido land passed into private hands during the 1980s and 1990s due to extreme credit pressures and changes to the Mexican Constitution. These constitutional changes allow, for the first time since the Revolution, the sale of ejido land to private owners. The changes were a crucial concession by Mexico to ensure the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993. www.rethinkingschools.org...
Mike Taylor Monsanto to USDA Under-Secretary
When Mike Taylor, Monsanto's attorney, went from THE FIRM (King and Spalding) to FDA (to oversee and sign off on the approval of the genetically engineered milk product) activists across America protested at the obvious conflict of interest.
What was the result?
Mike Taylor got a new job...He was promoted and became an Under-Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
His mission completed, one week after Clinton gained re-election, Taylor resigned from USDA and is now back at King and Spalding.
PLEASE NOTE: Although Taylor gained employment with FDA under George Bush, Taylor's efforts were aided by a bi-partisan effort...He's the second cousin of Tipper Gore, our Vice-President's wife!!!!!!!!
Originally posted by kyred
My gripe about Obama.
He is GWB lite But will soon be GWB heavy.
And soon, GWB will be Obama lite.
How can anybody not see this?
I'm just going to give one example of all the BS.
Republicans scream about abortion.
A republican president. A congress that was contolled by Republicans for 6 years. A "friendly" SCOTUS.
Anti-abortion bills that made it out of commitee.
And abortion is still an issue?
It's a game to them all.
Do you believe this?
Well, I have the wreckage of the USS Maine to sell you. Heh.
Originally posted by LordBucket
reply to post by jmotley
What is your Gripe about Obama?
My biggest gripe is that people won't shut up about him.