Corruption Charges Brings Down Canadian Government
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Prime Minister Martin of Canada is brought down by corruption charges. New elections in Canada. So, I ask, why not here, too? The mountain of GOP corruption literally stinks to high heaven!
Canadian politicians will hit the campaign trail this holiday season after opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down the minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin in a vote of no confidence.Across the planet, in countries with real elections, the populace is very divided. This, I would suggest, is due to globalization of capitalism and free trade. The more the trade is removed from domestic controls, the more divided the government becomes. Canada's main trading partner, the USA, has a huge trade deficit with Canada. At the same time, the gargantuan appetite for energy and raw materials keeps this trade imbalance running. The Canadians, unlike the Japanese and Chinese, are not playing games with us, it is just that they are few and we are many and we produce virtually nothing to trade now. What we want now is to control trade with Canada so we can have protectionism while we go about other countries demanding free trade!
Monday's loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet will continue to govern until then.
The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority. Recent polls have given the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, with the New Democrats in third place.
The same surveys suggest the Bloc Quebecois would sweep the French-speaking province of Quebec, making a majority government unlikely no matter which party wins the most seats.
All governments are being corrupted by the churning trade issues. Governments strive to corrupt other governments. Businesses know the golden rule is gold rules. So it is no surprize to see corruption issues all over the place. Except for America....Until this year. Now, we have a plethora of corruption investigations which are, unlike the Clinton ones, very serious since unlike in the Clinton years when our economy was doing rather well and our government was cleaning up the budget messes created by corrupt Reagan and Bush terms, we enjoyed relatively good governance.
We know we have a corrupt government now because the number of lobbyists and the money they spend has absolutely mushroomed. We stagger from one economic mess like Enron cutting energy off to California, plunging the nation into a recession, the oil companies overcharging grossly during a hurricane emergency and the roaring budget deficits and massive corruption in Iraq bleeding a quarter trillion from our future, this spiral down into the economic pit of bankruptcy has to be terminated....TODAY.
Here is one example of a festering scandal that has finally taken down a corrupt GOP pro-war hack who milked the Pentagon for his own enrichment: From the LA Times:
A tearful, trembling Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) resigned Monday after pleading guilty to receiving $2.4 million in bribes from military contractors and evading more than $1 million in taxes.There is the developing Abramoff bribes business which is slowly moving through the Justice system. This one is going to take down nearly all the top GOP leadership in the House and Senate! Frist sold his family stock illegally, another scandal. Grasping for dollars is leading to grasping at straws. Then there is Cheney, the Beast of Scandals to Come. Like a giant toad, he squats in the middle of this mess. He should be arrested, quickly.
The money involved makes Cunningham's the largest bribery case since several members of Congress were convicted of the crime in the early 1980s.
For we can't afford to wait for another three years, this means at least another TRILLION in red ink! Gads! We passed the $8 trillion mark last month, we can't pass yet another one! Fixing this will take more than a year! Time is running out rapidly.
The cumbersome method we have is impeachment and driving a government into bankruptcy because a President and his cronies encourage corruption is a number one reason to impeach. The fact that Bush can't run our economy is all the reason I need to impeach him. Impeach all the Republicans! They are the ones who preside over the budget mess! Under Carter, back in 1980, we reached the one trillion point in debt. We now are at eight and climbing. Bush has rung up more debt than all the Presidents put together, 200 years worth! This is insanity! I am alarmed but it seems that even the red ink bleeding in Iraq isn't alarming Americans sufficiently.
This is the fault of the press which hides the facts. They are so eager to sell stuff they won't talk about this on the front page. Every day there should be an alarming headline concerning this but it seems I must be running one of the few news services that does this. We Cassandras are basically ignored by the general public but I fear, not for long.
Our particular party is nearly over. The advertisers in the mainstream media desperately wanted good news stories after Thanksgiving so they had emergency panic sales which produced zero profits. The media went along with the hoax, and it was all a hoax, trumpetting the tales of estatic customers rushing to snatch what were basically give aways. Now that sober reality has set in, the real bad news is taking an economic toll as it ought to.
I liken this to a weather service lying about storms, predicting pleasant weather right before a hurricane or line of tornadoes hit. It is a criminal act to deceive people.
Blair deceived the British people. He openly lied about nearly everything having to do with their personal security. His lies have killed people including a government official who committed suicide after being reamed out by Blair's gang of thugs. He then went on to destroy one of the few good news services in the world, the BBC, and muzzled them until this fall when his dropping popularity reinvigorated real news gathering again.
I applaud Canada for having a real democracy. I look forwards to their election and hope everyone votes. I wish the jerry-rigged Constitution we coughed up didn't happen that way, but we had to endorse and protect slavery so we got stuck with clumsy system which is hard to change once entrenched powers take over using our electorial college and rigid election schedules.
This means our rulers can contentedly loot for at least four years at a time and look at it! Just this week, the GOP tried to pass more tax cuts for the rich even as we bleed red ink like a decapitated prisoner of rebels in Iraq.
Arrest them all. Have real elections. Let's sing "O, Canada"!
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