Illusion of economic recovery begins to fade

It will be a frosty Friday before the masses recover from recession.
It will be a frosty Friday before the masses recover from recession.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The jaws of many establishment Canadian economists dropped this morning when a new Statistics Canada report revealed that this country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) struggled to rise barely 0.1 percent in July.
The establishment politicians and economists – led by Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney – and the corporate mass media had been expecting a rise of at least 0.5 percent as they continued to issue tawdry public assurances that – for Canada, at least – the recession is over.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
But to recognize and acknowledge the economic reality would mean admitting that the guiding principles of capitalist economic theory are patently false.

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U.N. general assembly looks more like a three-ring circus

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi treated other world leaders with disdain.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi treated other world leaders with disdain.
By Mike Bodrogkozi
WRISEUP.COM

M ore interesting antics last week as the United Nations- G20 meet in New York City left no shortage of fodder and bewilderment.
It opened with a stunning 96-minute speech by first-time attendee — and the leader of the African country of Libya — Moammar Gadhafi, a speech which, by the way, went about four times his allotted time.
Introduced by one of his fellow countrymen as the “King of Kings of Africa,” he remained seated as applause and boos continued for the better part of more than a few minutes. He then strode up to the podium in his traditional huge coffee-coloured robe and black hat with a black pin over his heart shaped like his continent of Africa, and sat there gazing at the crowd for a few more minutes in complete silence.
He then broke into a ripping speech denouncing, among others, the U.S. for its capitalistic ways and its war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some would say that he and his regime have tortured and slaughtered innocent people — he would say so has the U.S.; who could argue with that?
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The political feces hits the fan

Canadians must avoid the tyranny of majority Tory rule.
Canadians must avoid the tyranny of majority Tory rule.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The political feces hit the fan this week when federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff (the Enabler) revealed that Prime Moron Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was spending more public money promoting right-wing propaganda than trying to prevent a swine flu pandemic.
This is the fourth sleaze strike for the minority Tories since just a few weeks before the last general election. The first was the appraently illegal timing of the election. The second was the Conservatvies’ apparently exceeding the legal limit on election spending. The third was the attempt by Bill Prentice, in his official capacity as a cabinet minister, to promote the tax-deductible funding of yet another right-wing so-called “think tank.” And, of course, this most recent dip of the Tory snout into the public trough was the fourth.
Can you imagine the sleaze level we’d be witnessing if Harper actually had a majority government!
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A viable election platform for the NDP

The rich won't give an inch, so neither should the masses.
The rich won't give an inch, so neither should the masses.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Last week’s decision by the federal NDP to support Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government on a confidence motion represents a new low for Canada’s traditional party of conscience.
In one short year, the New Democrats have gone from trying to jump into bed with the Liberals to actually doing so with the Conservatives.
This wouldn’t be so bad if the party had achieved something significant on behalf of ordinary Canadians in doing so. The tragedy is that it has received nothing in return for keeping the Tories in power.
In the past, the NDP has frequently supported minority governments, exacting in return something significant for the poor and the working classes. These arrangements were honourable.
But last week’s decision to keep Harper in power was a tawdry decision, reflecting only the NDP’s fear of a general election. And that is the crux of the matter.
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OECD: Canada will lose 235,000 more jobs

Our richly-bonused corporate CEOs need to stop killing quality jobs.
Our richly-bonused corporate CEOs need to stop killing quality jobs.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The OECD (the 30-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) has just predicted Canada’s jobless rate will hit 10 percent before the end of this year, with another 235,000 Canadians thrown out of work.
This, of course, is despite the assurances of establishment politicians, economists and corporate mass-media pundits that the recession is now over.
Tell that to the more than 1.8 million Canadian workers who will be officially unemployed by the end of 2009. Tell that to the 200,000 “discouraged” workers who are not even included in the official jobless count. Tell that to the 900,000 workers toiling part-time or temp because they can’t find the full-time jobs they so desperately need.
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What’s it gonna be, Jack?

Will Jack Layton turn left or lead the NDP to oblivion?
Will Jack Layton turn left or lead the NDP to oblivion?
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

As the House of Commons resumes its occasional sittings this week, NDP leader Jack Layton has a tough choice to make: Whether to support the Conservative government of Prime Moron Stephen Harper in an upcoming confidence motion or help bring down that government and bring on a general election.
And beyond this week’s decision on whether to topple the minority government, Layton and the NDP must decide what the party truly will stand for in that election.
For the past generation has drifted ever more toward the “centre” (read “right”) in a vain attempt to woo “centrist” voters.
It’s becoming such that the NDP is looking more and more like a pale imitation of the Liberal – or even the Conservative – party. It’s becoming such that Jack Layton is looking more and more like a pale imitation of Liberal leader and wannabe prime moron Michael Ignatieff – or even Tory leader Harper.
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‘Tea Party’ racists have their day

The Washington 'Tea Party' wasn't really about health care.
The Washington 'Tea Party' wasn't really about health care.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Hundreds of thousands of angry white Americans gathered in Washington this past weekend to vent their rage at their country’s first African-American president.
Nominally, this convention of The Ignorant Class assembled to protest health-care reform, “high” taxes and a myriad other grievances, either real or imagined.
But their real reason for being there is that a very large portion of white Americans just cannot wrap their heads around the fact that they now have a black president.
The gathering was promoted by all the usual suspects – the right-wing so-called “grassroots” groups and the so-called “Christian” conservative preachers.
Of course, none of them will ever admit that racial hatred was the real reason for their massive assembly. Instead, they will trot out a variety of code words to supposedly justify their grand assembly. But beneath the surface, the one real issue is the colour of Barack Obama’s skin.

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Capitalist imperatives imperil us all

By Henry McRandall WRISEUP.COM A wiser man than me once opined that “the poor will always be with us” and it is that unnecessary reality that is the ultimate indictment of corporate capitalism. For it is among the imperatives of corporate capitalism that regardless of a state’s level of material abundance there must always be…

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Hold on to your wallets, folks, this recession is far from finished

The recession won't end until an honest day's work really brings an honest day's pay.
The recession won't end until an honest day's work really brings an honest day's pay.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Once again this week, the Bank of Canada, the NeoLiberal/NeoConservative politicians and the corporate mass media are trying to delude Canadians into believing the recession is over. It’s not!
And while it may serve the vested interests of the above-mentioned groups to con the masses – the poor and the middle class – into believing the national economy is on the upswing, the reality is far different.
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Hey, Morons, it’s not indoctrination, it’s called free speech!

The right-wing racists were afraid Obama would bring a little knowledge to the classroom.By Mike Bodrogkozi
WRISEUP.COM

Wow, the lower end of the gene pool has struck again this week with all the wasted hot air over the Obama speech to kids returning to school.
These conservative blowhards opened mouths to whoever would listen, opposing this innocent and uplifting speech to the very children who need guidance. They pulled their kids from school, even turning off their TV’s for the day to avoid any coverage of his inspiring words.
Claims from the opposition were that Obama would be brainwashing them with his ideology and urging these kids to vote Democratic. His speech was based around striving for your dreams and believing in yourself. He stated that even with the best teachers and administrators you will not rise to your best if you don’t strive for perfection yourself.

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