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Friday, May 21, 2004
  TomDispatch, Klein, and Classical Socialism, all in one post

Here's a pretty interesting look at Baby Bush' campaign travails from TomDispatch:
"No, actually, I'm not talking about the war in and occupation of Iraq; I'm talking about the juggernaut of an election campaign Karl Rove and friends planned at home against whatever scruffy Democrat might be raised up by that 'tax and spend' party of pathos. Their campaign would, as the President likes to say, 'test the character' of the Democratic enemy, which would naturally be found wanting. The President would remain way above the fray, resolutely, decisively taking care of the nation's tasks in difficult times, until he descended from the presidential heavens on New York City, that Big Apple, so badly tarnished on September 11th, 2001, and was renominated in enemy terrain with all the drama of a visit to pacified Baghdad. There, he would naturally replay -- and remind the American people of -- his triumphs, his victories in the 'war on terror' against the greatest backdrop on Earth, better even than the USS Abraham Lincoln on which he landed that jet just after Baghdad was taken. The Republicans, united to a man, would be 'on the offensive.' They would turn their individual wills into a cumulative will. And with their collective will to win, they would dominate. They would stomp.

The money was, of course, no problem, though, as in Iraq, it started to flow out far earlier and much faster than anyone in the campaign had ever imagined possible. It flowed in prodigious quantities into advertising in those increasingly aptly named 'battleground' states where the fight -- not so much against Senator Kerry, as against unknown forces ambushing the President from all sides -- had begun all too soon. And despite the multimillions spent and the copious images pixeled onto TV screens, the President's poll numbers kept dropping, not in relation to Senator Kerry but in relation to himself. He was, it seemed, battling his own past self, and somehow he was losing."
And, I think and hope that it's true. Further in Tom's Dispatch, he quotes Naomi Klein from ZNet | The Bush Doctrine: Thumbs Up, No Matter What:
"Some jobs, however, are more responsive than others to the power of positive presidential thinking. More than 82 per cent of the jobs created in April were in service industries, including restaurants and retail, while the biggest new employers were temp agencies. Over the past year, 272,00 manufacturing jobs have been lost. No wonder the President's Economic Report in February floated the idea of reclassifying fast-food restaurants as factories. "When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger, for example, is it providing a 'service' or is it combining inputs to 'manufacture' a product?" the report asks.

But not all of the job growth in the U.S. has come from burger flipping and temping. With more than 2-million Americans behind bars (one of the ways unemployment stats are kept artificially low), the number of prison guards has exploded - from 270,317 in 2000 to 476,000 in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Justice."
Which seems to answer the question I've been asking lately: where are all these new jobs? And the answer apparently, is exactly what I thought it would be. This does not bode well for Baby Bush' election (I guess you can't say re-election in this case), nor my job prospects. They go hand in hand...Sort of...I mean if I found a high paying job real soon, or won the lotto, I know my fortunes will have improved, but I don't think it increases Baby Bush' chance of getting my vote. So, never mind me, how about all those people now working for $2.15/hr plus tips waiting tables at the local Applebee's? Do you think their new found good fortune in having actually found a job, exceeds their disappointment in finding that financially, they still have to share an apartment with two roommates and hope the 'Yota goes another year w/o requiring major repairs? I mean, are they now Baby Bush voters?

Anyway, you should read TomDispatch and get the whole analysis.

Oh, and I'll go ahead and plug Naomi Klein's- No Logo. I found it a pretty good book and own a copy, but it appears that I just linked to an unauthorized, on-line version, with apologies to Naomi by the poster included. Oh, read enough to decide you whether you want to buy your own copy.

Besides, I think this is the first time I've linked to a self proclaimed 'classic socialist' - - Sozialistische Klassiker - Das linke online Text Archiv -, and it appears that the main site has an excellent collection of 'classic' economical and philosophical writings available for down load, including titles like Marx, Hegel, Trotzki, Jack London and Orwell to name a few. 
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