Mark Dempsey: American government has the legal right to create literally unlimited dollars, so it can never be insolvent. It will run out of dollars when the Bureau of Weights and Measures runs out of inches.
Lawrence Wittner: So why should humanitarian aid be extraordinary? Why not make it routine? Long before the earthquake, Haitians were the poorest people in the hemisphere, suffering from widespread hunger, disease, and illiteracy. Could not the United States — the richest nation in the world with a public whose major anxieties (to judge from the vast attention given to weight loss) seem to result from over-eating — manage to share a bit of its affluence by regularly providing food aid to starving Haitians?
As corporate media reports obsessively on Joe The Plumber, who misrepresented himself to Barack Obama saying he’d be victimized by Obama’s tax plan, Americans more in need than Joe are being victimized for REAL everyday – not in hypothetical ways like Joe’s imagined fears of paying rich people’s taxes even though he isn’t rich. But [...]