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5 reasons why Obama will hike middle-class taxes

August 4, 2009

JamesPethokoukiscrop.jpgC’mon, how about some Walter Mondalesque candor from the Obama White House on taxes? Yes, yes, it was 25 years ago this summer that the Democratic presidential candidate self-immolated on the issue at his party’s convention in San Francisco. But surely Americans have become more urbane and sophisticated since then as to what makes for sound economic policy, oui?

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Nope. If you had any doubt that higher taxes are still poisonous policy in center-right America, all you had to do was listen to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday. He briskly and precisely walked back the White House from the ambiguous statements made by Tim Geithner and Larry Summers on the Sunday chat shows. “I am reiterating the president’s clear commitment in the clearest terms possible that he’s not raising taxes on those who make less than $250,000 a year,” Gibbs said.

But what’s so clear, Mr. Gibbs? “Commitment” in this context is a schemer’s word, the much-weaker-yet-more-conniving sibling of “guarantee.” Did Broadway Joe express a mushy “clear commitment” to winning the 1969 Super Bowl? Clearly not. In any event, feel free to ignore Gibbs or any other White Housespinmeister who gives the impression that President Obama raising middle-class taxes would be the equivalent of playing himself in a Hollywood biopic — so unlikely as to be fanciful. It’s not and here’s why it will happen eventually:

1) Obama knows the budget math doesn’t work. Put aside today’s budget mess. It’s gospel among center-left wonks (the kind of folks who give Obama economic advice) that structural government spending as a percentage of GDP is headed sharply higher over the long term because of entitlements — and there’s little that can be done about it. The ratio has been around 20 percent or so the past few decades, and number crunchers forecast a sharp rise to 25 percent (best case scenario) to 30 percent (worst case) of GDP over the next few decades. Tax revenues typically hover around 18 percent of GDP. That gap — representing $500 billion to $1 trillion a year — will need to be closed or else cause economic chaos. The possible answers: a) less spending, b) higher tax revenues from higher growth, or c) higher tax revenues from higher rates on the non-wealthy. Oh, and the wonks are convinced “a” is a political impossibility and “b” an economic one. They’re wrong, but that’s what they think.

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2) Obama seems to prefer tax hikes to spending cuts. Reduced future healthcare spending needs to be a huge part of the budget solution, and ObamaCare doesn’t make the grade at this point. Right now the various Obamacrat plans actually make things worse by failing to “bend the curve.” What’s more, Obama has proposed nothing as president to make Social Security solvent. And during the campaign, his preferred fix was higher payroll taxes rather than commonsense measures like extending the retirement age or changing how benefits are calculated. Of course, Obama has also proposed raising income, investment, corporate and energy taxes. Cut spending or raise taxes – forObama it’s an easy pick, unfortunately.

3) Obama has already tried raising taxes. Let’s, for the sake of argument, ignore the increased federal cigarette tax that would certainly seem to be a violation of Obama’s tax pledge. Call it a misdemeanor offense. But what about his cap-and-trade proposal, a de facto energy tax on everyone? Before the plan was modified in the House, the White House expected the plan to bring in some $80 billion a year from 2012 to 2019 by auctioning off carbon emission permits (probably to pay for healthcare reform). And making energy more costly is as about as broad-based a tax as you can get.

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4) Obama’s advisers are for higher taxes. Let’s review, for example, what White House economic adviser and guru Larry Summers said on Sunday about tax hikes: “There is a lot that can happen over time. It is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out no matter what.” Indeed, Summers won’t rule it out because he thinks all the Bush tax cuts need to go, not just the ones for so-called rich folks. Here is Summers from earlier this year on Meet the Press when he put no qualifiers on letting the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2010: “I don’t think there’s any question they have to be repealed. The country can’t afford them for the long run. … They can’t be, they can’t be part of the long-run budget picture.” Not for anyone, it seems.

5) Obama doesn’t seem to think high taxes are harmful. Think about this: Not only was the top income tax rate a stratospheric 70 percent when President Reagan took office in1981, the tax code was not indexed to inflation. A lethal combo for economic growth. But here’s what Obama wrote about the Reagan tax cuts in The Audacity of Hope: “The high marginal tax rates that existed when Reagan took office may not have curbed incentives to work or invest, but they did distort investment decisions — and did lead to the wasteful industry of setting up tax shelters.” That’s it! Heavens, if Obama doesn’t think the pre-Reagan tax code wasn’t a disincentive to working, saving and investing, is there any tax system that he would find anti-growth?

Bottom line: The belief in the need for higher, European-style taxes (like a VAT) fills the policy cloud that surrounds Obama. It’s hard to overstate this. It’s right up there with global warming. Obama knows he faces a looming fiscal crisis and higher taxes will be his weapon of choice. To paraphrase Mondale, “Obama will raise middle-class taxes. He won’t tell you (yet). I just did.

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The reality is that while people such as Reagan, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, William Clinton, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and many others, including all of those who are now pretending to try to “save the economy,” were indeed involved in creating the economic crisis, the economic crisis was CAUSED by the dynamic of capitalism itself. The real reason the capitalist dictatorship of billionaires and millionaires talks about cutting the federal deficit and the real reason that false propaganda articles are written about “the dangers of the federal deficit” is to set the masses up to accept the gradual abolition of the social programs and even to make the masses feel somehow obligated to give up benefits. For example, both Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid is falsely claimed to be “unsustainable” and supposedly HARMFUL to the capitalist economy. (!) (But the absence of a Progressive Tax Structure in the United States is NOT considered harmful to the economy!) Note that Bush set Medicare on the road to bankruptcy. Those programs are to be eventually abolished by folding them into the Obama “Healthcare Overhaul,” ending free healthcare under the phony banner of “healthcare for all.” Capitalism is fundamentally based on war, mass murder and crime to steal new resources and new markets to increase private profits, a system where those who rise to the top are those who best express and further that one-way direction of capitalism! This should be increasingly obvious, and first and foremost it includes Obama. See below!Obama is Much More Dangerous and is Much Worse than Bush!It should be noted that Clinton, also a Democrat, abolished the first part of Social Security—Welfare, something which Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush could NEVER have done because they were so hated and despised by the Democratic constituencies which forms the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population. In addition, Clinton deliberately turned control of the Congress over to the Republicans in the 1994 Midterm “elections” in order to make it possible. See below. For those with short memories Clinton presided over the division and subjugation of Yugoslavia by NATO, and bombed Iraq continuously almost every day of his administration! Obama is subsequently far more dangerous than George E. Bush ever was because the Democratic constituencies which voted for Obama do not yet suspect what the capitalist dictatorship has planned and they do not understand the one-way dynamic of capitalism and mistakenly still think in terms of individuals, bad guys versus good guys—cops and robbers—rather than understanding that what happens is due to the natural one-way development of the economic-political system of capitalism!The Obama “Election Was Rigged FundamentallyAnd by Direct Agreement With John McCain!The “presidential election” was rigged by agreement between the presidential candidates as all presidential elections have been since the Watergate removal of Richard Nixon. See below. McCain deliberately sabotaged his own candidacy and took a fall so that the Democrats would take the White House. Please note: the purpose of the U.S. government’s focus on the clumsily rigged, fraudulent elections in Iran in June 2009 was: 1.) To falsely legitimize the U.S. presidential “elections” in comparison, which are rigged fundamentally but also rigged from every other conceivable angle in much more sophisticated ways (see below) and 2.) To discredit the Islamic Theocracy not only in Iran but also generally throughout Central Asia and other Moslem areas where Islamic Fundamentalists are trying to set up Islamic Theocracies! The United States itself installed the Islamic Theocracy in Iran after the 1979 overthrow of the Shah, in order to counterpose Islamic Fundamentalism to Marxism-Leninism and the national liberation movement in Iran, when it became apparent that the Peoples Fedayeen a Marxist group might take state power and then as a new Workers’ State side with the USSR. The U.S. especially did not want to lose the huge oil reserves of Iran! At that point the USSR was considered a far greater threat to world capitalism than Islamic Fundamentalism, which the capitalist dictatorship has always easily manipulated to its own advantage. (See below.) The U.S. supported the Green (colored) counter-revolution of Mir-Hossein Mousavi not because of any U.S. friendly policies of Mousavi (who targeted the U.S. when he was Prime Minister from 1981 to 1989, when he helped organize the 1983 truck bombings of the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon, for example). The U.S. supports the Iranian “opposition” only because Mousavi is NOT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and in order to try to undermine the Islamic Theocracy, introduce chaos and set the stage for later regime change. Mousavi’s nuclear energy policies do not differ substantially from those of Ahmadinejad so the planned bombing of Iran nuclear facilities by the U.S. Proxy, so-called “Israel” has not been called off. (See Materialist Analysis of the Mideast by this writer)U.S. Presidential Elections Were Rigged in Advance Even Prior to the2000-2004 CoupD’Etat by the Bush Regime, which FundamentallyAltered the U.S. Capitalist Dictatorship, Hardening its Dictatorshipwith Aid and Full Cooperation of Democratic Party Leadership!The “presidential elections” have been staged every 4 years with the outcome decided upon in advance by agreement between the candidates themselves ever since the removal of Nixon in Watergate. In this respect it has been similar to TV Wrestling. It is a fact of capitalist statecraft that policies, programs including wars may be carried out more easily under one party than another because of the difference in constituency support of the 2 parties. If certain policies and programs are carried out under the wrong party that can result in loss of constituency support for that party and work to undermine the illusion of “democracy” in what is actually a hardening capitalist dictatorship in the United States. In order to achieve the agreed upon election outcome the candidate who has agreed to take a fall invariably makes some deliberate “mistakes” of commission or omission, similar to shooting himself in the foot, which is focused on by the media to provide a basis to vote against that candidate. The media moves in hard to make the point and cover-up other information which otherwise might lead to a contrary result. There have been many variations on this theme since Watergate. This approach, which has now become vastly simplified with the introduction of computerized/touch-screen voting machines, has also required the use of “Third Party” candidates, which have been used to split the election so the chosen candidate is able to win. Up to the 2004 “election” this has been necessary to overcome the natural “advantage” of an incumbent president or party.The candidates chosen for the staged presidential elections are infull agreement with the principal that the interests of the capitalistsystem supercede their own personal goals and aggrandizement.This has been the case ever since Watergate, the bloodless removal of Nixon by the Nelson Rockefeller faction in 1974. (As a matter of record “Seconds in Command at the FBI” such as Mark Felt do not bring down governments!) The assassinations of the 1960’s had become much too messy and created unnecessary cover-up problems for the capitalist system, putting it on the defensive. This was in addition to the direct threat that Nelson Rockefeller felt from Richard Nixon, who had previously assassinated John Kennedy in 1963, Robert Kennedy in 1968 and also shot George Wallace out of the race in 1972, because if Wallace had been healthy and not a paraplegic due to the bullet directed by Richard Nixon he would have split the right-wing vote and the Democrats would have won. In addition, Nelson Rockefeller knew that Nixon had apparently assassinated former president Lyndon Johnson, who had been photographed after he left office and grew his hair long like a hippie and smoked marihuana and was considered a “bad role model.” In addition, Johnson or Nixon who used Dealey Plaza “tramps”/later “Watergate Burglars” CIA assassins E. Howard Hunt and Frank Fiorini Sturgis to assassinate JFK apparently also may have had a hand along with then president Johnson and FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover in the assassination of Adlai Stevenson, perennial presidential candidate and a well-known and highly respected leader in the Democratic Party in London on July 14, 1965 after stating that he was taking a position against the Vietnam War and would return to the United States and play a leading role in order to bring the war to an end. Stevenson was assassinated by the Nixon-directed CIA “wet section” apparently with a gun, which shoots a capsule of either shellfish toxin or VX liquid nerve gas (which penetrates right through normal clothing) either of which will kill a person within 2 minutes after touching the skin. (Stevenson supposedly suffered a “heart attack” while on a London street.) Rockefeller forced this gun to be brought out in the 1976 Rockefeller Hearings where its use was described in full, but not its targets. This fact is now fully covered up on the Internet.Kerry Actually Won the 2004 Election in a Landslide!Bush was Never the President of the United States!The 2000 and 2004 Coup D’Etat Made Bush a Usurper!In 2004 Kerry actually won the “election” by upward of a million votes or more, perhaps much more, just as Gore won by at least 500,000 votes in 2000. Kerry was way ahead on the Exit Polls up until late afternoon on Election Day. Exit Polls are nearly always within one percentage point of actual U.S. election results. CBS, NBC and ABC did not carry out Exit Polls because the discrepancy of so many Exit Poll results having Kerry way ahead would be too glaring a contradiction with the planned election outcome, which the government intended to announce, namely a “Bush victory.” Instead Edison International and Mitofsky International alone carried out Exit Polls. In the Nov 5, 2004 New York Times and on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer also on Nov 5th, Warren Mitofsky, CEO of that company, stated that when he discovered that the results showing Kerry far ahead by millions of votes had gotten out on the Internet on Election Day, he cancelled the Exit Polls and thereafter reported “only the official election results,” which suddenly put Bush ahead by millions of votes! This Simply Does Not Compute! And contrary to the orchestrated campaign of lies to the contrary it most certainly had nothing to do with false claims such as “the median age of the surveyors, 34, which over-represented young voters, who tended to vote for Kerry.” (!) New York Times, January 20, 2005. The CEO of Diebold Walden O’Dell stated in a mailing that he would “do everything in his power to make sure that Bush was re-elected President.” (Of course, Bush is not president and never was president. He remains a usurper.) And Florida, which had been going to Kerry BIG by well over a million votes was, few hours later conceded to Bush. (!)The same for Ohio, and in the Ohio recount Kerry and the Democratic leadership, under pressure from their hapless duped constituents, agreed to demand a recount, but assured the Republicans in advance that “no matter what the outcome the Democratic Party did NOT intend to challenge the election outcome!” There were tens of millions, not millions, of new voters in the 2004 “elections.” The registrations and votes of a large percentage of them were simply thrown out, vaporized. The election process in both Ohio and Florida was controlled by the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party leadership cooperated fully just as they did in 2000 and 2004, in a consolidation of what has been and is in fact an ongoing Coup D’Etat. Ralph Nader’s role in splitting the opposition to Bush especially in Florida where in 2000, according to the New York Times, he reportedly drew 93,837 votes and helped assure a Bush “victory” was not as important in 2004 because his 2000 role was exposed under pressure primarily originating from Communist elements. In addition, two-thirds of the 2004 U.S. presidential “elections” were carried out on computerized touch-screen voting machines. This was where Bush was given his fictitious “3½ million vote lead.” If the Democratic Party was serious which it is not, it would demand vote by paper ballot as in Canada and Europe, for example, where there is a much higher population density and it is realized that it is much easier to stuff an electronic/touch screen computerized voting machine than a paper ballot box, which the masses insist on! Not a “paper trail”—paper ballots! This was the objective, the reason computerized touch-screen voting machines were installed in the first place. With this weapon the throwing of presidential elections has now become a piece of cake. The vote-splitting assistance of a pumped up 3rd party candidate, used since Watergate to split the elections for one candidate or another, is hardly necessary anymore, except as a distraction or protest vote by those who are more easily duped. Because of this 2000-2004 coup d’etat Bush was never the “president” of the United States. He was a usurper at all times and should always be referred to as such. This means that everything which transpired during the Bush Regime was illegal on its face, including all legislation passed, all policies and all military invasions of other countries.Despite the Fact that Obama Simply Represents a ContinuationOf the Capitalist Dictatorship the “Election” of Obama hasOne Very Important Potential Organizational Advantage!While it is undeniable that Obama simply represents a continuation and hardening of the capitalist dictatorship his “election” holds one potential organizational advantage IF THE MASSES REALIZE IT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT: Obama’s “election” proves that the primary division which exists in the United States is NOT on the basis of race. The primary division that exists in the United States is the CLASS DIVISION! This is important because it provides an even stronger basis for Black and white Unity of the Working Class and its allies versus the capitalist dictatorship and its servants and bootlickers represented by the Obama Regime. If Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic primary she would also have won the “election” but that would have been a retrograde step. There would be the complaint that what we need is a “Black” president! So Obama’s election eliminates this extra step and has the potential to more rapidly raise the awareness of the masses enough to increase racial unity against the capitalist dictatorship. The enormous media hype, which was designed not only to pump up their Obama demagogue but also to intimidate those who see through, it is falling flat. Obama is rapidly losing his “popularity” and “political capital”! So don’t be intimidated! Obama is just a balloon, a con man and demagogue trying to string the masses along while setting them up as targets of economic warfare, biological warfare and propaganda warfare.Racism Is An Integral Part of Capitalism andTherefore Cannot Be Abolished under Capitalism!Only a Socialist Revolution in the United States can abolish racism because racism is an integral part of capitalism. Racism is defined as that systematized set of false beliefs in the racial inferiority of Blacks and other People of Color as a false pretext to justify the exploitation and super-exploitation of Blacks and other People of Color. Racism is thus simply a brainwash used to justify economic exploitation and super-exploitation, which began with slavery and exists now as wage slavery. This truth is also covered up by the fake “left.” Communists oppose exploitation and super-exploitation of U.S. born Workers employed in so-called “McJobs.” Communists also oppose super-exploitation of immigrants. Immigration is being used by the capitalists to drive down the wage scale of U.S. Workers and fragment the U.S. Working Class. The Big Lie is that immigrants presently perform low-paying jobs supposedly because “Americans don’t want to do that sort of work.” The reality is that Americans would gladly perform ANY work presently performed by Latin American immigrants, for example, if they received a salary of $40,000 to $50,000.00 a year to do it! Low skilled immigrants are brought into the United States precisely because their “illegal” status forces the to agree to be super-exploited because that is better than what existed in their home countries! Despite this glaring reality Immigration can be and must be supported by simultaneously calling for the union wage scale and equal status for all Immigrants as well as all U.S. born workers! In order that no false illusions are raised by deceptive claims that capitalism can be reformed, equal focus must be placed simultaneously on the reality that such objectives of equality and freedom cannot be achieved under capitalism, but only after a Socialist Revolution in the United States, after which the main economic motivation for mass immigration of workers will largely disappear, because the Socialist Revolution will take place worldwide and with it exploitation and super-exploitation in all countries! All progressive people while and Black should be reminded also never ever to use the word nigger! Use of that word reinforces racism whenever and wherever it is used. That is the reason the capitalist dictatorship pushes creeps like Chris Rock, whose every other word is “nigger,” in order to reinforce racism among the Black population his primary audience. Isn’t he funny! Hahaha! Reject such “humor!” Capitalism offers a world with no future and no longer works and can not be reformed!There was No “Collapse” of the Soviet Union!Gorbachev’s 1988 Soviet Surrender Was Based onLenin’s Strategy of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk!The capitalist dictatorship of millionaires and billionaires constantly repeats the Big Lie that the Soviet Union “collapsed.” The truth is far different. Gorbachev surrendered to the threat of a nuclear threat created by the United States. In carrying out his 1988 surrender to the threat of a nuclear war Gorbachev was following the Strategy of Brest Litovsk, where Lenin was forced to sign an ignominious peace agreement with the German Kaiser in order to gain time with the understanding that all the Russian land that the early Soviets were forced to give up would be later regained. That was the case and the Soviets later recovered all of the land which they had given up to the Germans. Gorbachev was completely correct in believing that the inexorable outcome of a nuclear arms race was nuclear war and that the situation at that time left no other choice but to surrender. Gorbachev also knew and calculated that by the Soviet Union leaving the field in the so-called “Cold War” that the dynamic of capitalism would continue unchecked thus exacerbating and accelerating the contradictions of capitalism-imperialism and hopefully making these contradictions stand out in bold relief and bringing it closer to the final scrap heap of human history. The dynamic of capitalism has indeed been accelerated in spades! The result was the present Economic Crisis. But the U.S.-led Fascists are once again on the Russian doorstep. Gorbachev wanted to try to eliminate the nuclear threat. And he did so—but only for a time! Gorbachev did buy important time just like Lenin did. But was it enough time? Time will tell!! Gorbachev also wanted to integrate the former USSR into the world capitalist economy making it much less likely to be a nuclear target of world capitalism. And he did so but only up to the point of Bush’s abandoning the 1972 ABM Treaty, on June 13, 2002, in U.S. preparation to continue its so-called “missile defense” in the Czech Republic and Poland on the border of the Russian Federation, which combined with the NATO presence now on the border of Russia, is nothing more than an attempt to force a second Russian Surrender. (See below.) But the 1988 Soviet Surrender to the Threat of a Nuclear War also created many more contradictions.Today, Russia in a typically bizarre Stalinist opportunist fashion, sounding especially strange in light of the incipient Depression, has now agreed to the U.S. fraudulent propaganda claim of “economic collapse of the USSR” in order to try to placate and guarantee peace with U.S.-led world imperialism, now that the Soviet Workers’ State has largely been dismantled. For example, Peter Lavelle and others on Russia Today TV, while still presenting the Russian response to world events, which correctly always seeks to avert confrontation, never loses an opportunity to repeat the Big Lie about the supposed “Soviet Collapse” in order to try to ingratiate Russia with the U.S. capitalist dictatorship. But now “Russia” finds how fast that “peace” has disappeared, with the U.S. breaking virtually all of the U.S.-Soviet Peace Treaties of the 1990’s starting with the cornerstone of the agreements with the Soviet Union, the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972, which Bush formally broke on June 13, 2002 thus forcing the Russian Federation to withdraw from Start II, which banned the use of MIRV warheads on ICBMs. NATO ships now fill the Black Sea as a further provocation after the U.S./Georgian Invasion/Provocation of South Ossetia, which the U.S. indubitably is rearming. In addition the U.S. is directing their Ukraine puppet Viktor Yushchenko to push the provocation/demand that the Russian fleet abandon its main Sevastopol base in the Crimea inhabited by 70% Russians!! Lots of luck! The U.S. is also building air bases in Georgia, (Just like they built Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo (see below), which it plans to use against Iran and other countries. In addition, the U.S. is trying to steal Russian oil by planned diversion of the Caspian pipeline away from Russia (the Nabucco Pipeline)but is not having much success because Putin’s South Stream Pipeline has Turkish support! Public opinion in Europe does not support either the U.S. or NATO in such anti-Russian adventures, which are bound to fail no matter how many provocations are carried out and how many Big Lies are told.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s United Nations speech on September 28, 2008 stated. “Enough is enough” with regard to 1.) the U.S. Unipolar/One Superpower Worldview rather than the multipolar worldview that the United Nations was ostensibly set up for and 2.) the continual U.S. warmongering, which Lavrov failed to mention is due to the dynamic of capitalism-imperialism, which is fundamentally based on war, mass murder and crime and which cannot be reformed or reversed. Lavrov was forced to omit this glaring reality. He had no choice due to the politics of non-confrontation, which are correct at this time, and which follow both from Stalinist opportunism (not Communism) and the 1988 Gorbachev surrender to the threat of a nuclear war. See below. Vladimir Putin appeared to win the battle for public opinion when he sounded this same theme appealing for cooperation rather than confrontation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 27, 2009. But the dynamic of capitalism-imperialism does not respect public opinion. The capitalists invariably try to direct the anger of the masses toward the enemies of capitalism-imperialism. In this case we can expect the U.S. government to try to direct the anger of the American people over the U.S./World capitalist economic collapse toward Russia and China if at all possible. The capitalists hope that the American people will forget important rules of inductive reasoning, which are deliberately never taught in any capitalist school, but must be acquired intuitively and/or through study on one’s own: 1.) the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and: 2.) the friend of my enemy is my enemy! This is one more reason why we need, and the World needs, a Socialist Revolution in the United States!The false claim of “economic collapse of the Soviet Union” was fabricated by the United States in order to try to demoralize the masses of the world, and the United States especially, against the only solution to the complex of problems created by capitalism-imperialism. That solution is Socialism! Which can only be achieved through a Socialist Revolution in the United States, which itself can only be carried out peacefully by winning over popular support as occurred in the October Russian Revolution of 1917. Mikhail Gorbachev’s Op-Ed column in the New York Times, August 20, 2008, was the typical Stalinist (Not Communist!) opportunist, anti-Communist response, which did not explain the clever U.S. strategy of provocation, primarily in order to create ethnic division in the Caucuses designed to last for generations and that Russia was forced to respond to these provocations.Analysis of the 1988 Soviet SurrenderTo the Threat of a Nuclear WarIn his 1988 surrender to the United States Gorbachev, in his efforts to please the capitalists, carried out some rather heinous acts of murder of prominent Soviet statesmen, prominent Soviet representatives and assorted “stones in the shoe” of the capitalists. For example, Gorbachev undoubtedly had his own Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko murdered in July 1989 because it would be inconceivable that Gromyko could espouse the surrender terms that Gorbachev had agreed to and may have openly opposed them. Gromyko was thus seen as a potential troublemaker in the planned Soviet surrender. A living Gromyko would be more respected than a live Gorbachev. The U.S. and the USSR had also previously agreed to the murder of NAZI Rudolph Hess in preparation for the rather long-planned Soviet Surrender. (Remember even before he took power on March 12, 1985 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s December 1984’s highly publicized statement: “We can do business with Mr. Gorbachev!”) Hess was a totally frail 93 years old NAZI imprisoned in Spandau Prison in Germany and simply refused to die a natural death. Hess was a continuing symbol of the NAZIs and the need for a continuing Soviet presence in Eastern Europe and thus an obstacle to the planned Soviet surrender and the planned break-up and Soviet withdrawal from the countries which made up the Warsaw Treaty Organization. An extremely frail Hess, who needed help in tying his shoes by a male nurse, was murdered by the Americans with USSR agreement, by wrapping an electric cord around his neck and choking him to death. The media trumpeted “suicide, when he had never ever attempted “suicide” previously, despite media “Big Lie” claims to the contrary. And the prolific Hess left no suicide note and was moreover physically totally feeble and completely unable to choke himself to death according to testimony by relatives! See extensive coverage in the New York Times on and after August 17, 2008. In addition, Gorbachev also gave the order for the murder of Kim Philby in May 1988, a Soviet Agent who had led the Russian division of British Intelligence (!) for 19 years (!) from 1944 and had escaped to the USSR in 1963 just in the nick of time to prevent his capture. His existence was a total embarrasment to British “Intelligence.” In 1965 Kim Philby was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, one of the highest Soviet awards, and was made a General in the KGB. Philby was another “stone in the shoe” of the capitalists who had to be removed! With these people dead no one could ask THEIR opinions on the Gorbachev surrender. Because they were dead! Several others who had defected to the Soviet Union were also murdered to “clear the slate” for the coming Soviet Surrender.Gorbachev’s own wife considered him to be a traitor and was estranged from him after Gorbachev carried out the final provocation(s) he used to discredit the Soviet leadership, many of whom were previously the respected and personal friends of both Gorbachevs, but who were not allied to him in his surrender to the United States and had to be eliminated. On August 4, 1991 with great fanfare the hugely unpopular Gorbachev took a vacation to the Crimea and behind the scenes encouraged the so-called “Gang of Eight,” some of whom accompanied him to the Crimea (!) to stage what was described later as a “coup,” but unknown to them Gorbachev cut all their lines of communication and chain of command. Gorbachev controlled the media completely, NOT the other way around as officially portrayed, thus setting this “Communist (Stalinist)” opposition up to be discredited and removed officially from all top government posts. Boris Yeltsin, an expert demagogue, was appointed beforehand by Gorbachev to move into the gap while Gorbachev was supposedly being “imprisoned in the Crimea.” Yeltsin was new and did not share Gorbachev’s mantle of unpopularity in the Soviet Union and the crowds were peppered with shills to scream his name, which the world capitalist media reported with glee. The media showed Yeltsin “heroically” denouncing the “coup” from the top of a tank. Gorbachev himself directed the so-called “Gang of Eight” to set up a plan of measures that supposedly could be taken in case a state of emergency!Deputy USSR Defense Minister General Valentin Varennikov stated that Gorbachev himself had supported the coup and was behind all eight and had told the group: “Do what you think is needed, damn you!” to restore order and declare a state of emergency. Gorbachev knew these individuals opposed him and gave them the rope to hang themselves. The official name for the group was the State Committee on the State of Emergency (GKChP), and was headed by Vice President Gennadii Yanayev. Others included KGB head Vladimir Kryuchkov, Soviet Prime Minister Valentin Pavlov, Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov, the USSR Internal Affairs Minister, Boris Pugo, Deputy Chief of the USSR Defense Council Oleg Baklanov, Vasily Starodubtsev, chairman of the USSR Peasant Union and Alexander Tizyakov, president of the Association of the State Enterprises and Conglomerates of Industry, Transport, and Communications. This group was almost immediately dismissed from their offices by Gorbachev after the coup began and Gorbachev returned to Moscow with some of those very members (!), who were then all arrested. Pugo and his wife supposedly “committed suicide” but the reported circumstances at the time indicate that it was murder. A highly publicized and staged attack on the Soviet Parliament, the so-called “White House,” which had to be put down militarily, was then carried out as yet another provocation to send the message of intimidation to the Communist Party members of Parliament and the masses (who hated Gorbachev and what was happening under his leadership), that the Soviet military supported the Gorbachev/Yeltsin leadership. Later Gorbachev resigned officially and the Soviet surrender was consolidated under Yeltsin who liquidated the USSR officially on December 8, 1991, when the USSR, Belarus and the Ukraine signed the Belovezh Agreement, dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing a Commonwealth of Independent States. Pretty quick work! No?In his August 20, 2008 New York Times Op-Ed Gorbachev also lied through omission by omitting the obvious long-range U.S. objectives of the U.S./Georgian Invasion/Provocation of South Ossetia. Putin and Medvedev to their credit eventually exposed these objectives although only secondarily and without appropriate focus and emphasis! Russia has used others wherever possible such Alexandr Chachiya, for example. (See Materialist Analysis of the August 7, 2008 U.S./Georgian/Ukrainian Invasion of South Ossetia.) By honestly and precisely explaining these provocations Russia would be able to explain how the U.S. intends to manipulate public opinion. This way the public in all countries would be on guard not to allow itself to be manipulated by the country which lied about “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Iraq and which lies about everything including the most recent Bailout of Wall Street. This should be a no-brainer but Stalinist opportunism blocks the mind.Capitalism is in its Final Stage of Permanent War, Which isPotentially the Most Ideal Pre-Revolutionary Situation Possible!The negatives of capitalism far outweigh the positives and have for a long time! The choice we have is to remain passive passengers on this Titanic, which is going only one way—down with us on it, or we can begin to call for and organize a Socialist Revolution, which will provide the solution to the entire complex of problems created by capitalism-imperialism which now directly threatens all life on Earth. In order for alternative viewpoints to be heard equally as loud as those of the capitalist dictatorship the capitalists must first be deprived of the ability to send bodies of armed men against the masses. The capitalist class must be disarmed!! That is why the Pre-Condition for Socialist Revolution in the United States and any developed country is Mutiny in the armed forces, which is what happened in Russia in 1917 when the Russian army mutineed during WWI. That’s our model just as the Paris Commune was their model, but just as they did not make the mistakes of the Commune, we will not make the mistakes they made and there will be no more center of world capitalism to contend with! That is why we must begin by supporting the only position with successful historical precedent and call for Mutiny in Iraq as in Vietnam—the Real Reason the Vietnam War Ended in 1975! There is no “third way” or alternative to capitalism-imperialism, which can not be reformed through any form of elections within the constantly hardening capitalist dictatorship, or by any other means such as “Impeach Bush” or “Impeach Blair,” which are just strategies designed to deceive the masses and bring those opposed to the capitalist dictatorship back into the fold. Impeaching Bush or Blair would not change anything because the capitalist class dictatorship would not have changed The strategy, tactics and techniques of achieving a Socialist Revolution in the United States are discussed further herein and in future posts.The Declaration of Independence:No Founding Document of the United States Enshrines Capitalism as the Permanent Economic System! On the contrary, The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson is a actually a Transitional Document which authorizes a Socialist Revolution in the United States as the Only Prudent and Appropriate Response to the Level of Tyranny, Oppression and Threat to Human Civilization and Indeed All Life on Earth, which the United States Capitalist Class Dictatorship has Subjected the Entire World!Some people think that a Socialist Revolution in the United States is some sort of foreign idea which would not work in the United States. That is absolute nonsense! In fact, the author of the Declaration of Independence provided the remedy, the solution, for today’s situation in this founding document of the United States. The underlined sections below document that today Thomas Jefferson would fully support a Socialist Revolution in the United States and that he would be declared a Communist. Which would be correct! Jefferson was the most politically intelligent and far-sighted of all of the so-called Founding Fathers of the United States. The capitalist system is not enshrined in ANY founding document of the United States! All that is necessary in the last sentence of the Declaration is to substitute the words—the capitalist system—in place of “the King of Great Britain,” and it applies to today. The Declaration of Independence clearly authorizes and calls for a Socialist Revolution in the United States today!This document was written with careful foresight by one of the greatest intellectuals of the American bourgeois revolution and the world at that time. Most people have not read the Declaration of Independence since they have been children or have never read it. We are usually taught to learn only the first 2 lines and not to bother about the rest! The essence or gravamen of the Declaration of Independence makes up most of its text and appears below in the underlined sections. The fact that Jefferson wrote the document to apply not only to American revolutionary times but in fact expressly designed it to protect us from intolerable crimes of all future governments, in particular the destructive capitalist economic-political-social system in the present day, is covered up by the capitalist educational system, which clearly understands its true meaning and significance! (For example, if an attempt is made to enter a comment which contains the underlined sections below on certain Blog sites the entry is rejected with programmed X-marks crossing out each word written by Thomas Jefferson!)All of this naturally is covered up by U.S. government-operated phony “opposition” such as the “United Action Center,” ANSWER, United For Peace and Justice, Move-on, Workers World Party, the so-called “Revolutionary Party,” the Socialist Workers Party, Spartacist League, Workers League, Communist Party USA, the Progressive Labor Party etc., etc. Proper use of this document can greatly increase the acceptance of a revolutionary change in the form of the State and supports the present call right now for a Socialist Revolution in the United States. It is important to cite this founding document whenever calling for a Socialist Revolution in the United States. The founding fathers all signed this document, which states: “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of…the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…it is their right, it is their duty, to…throw off such Government…to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…and “to provide new Guards for their future security…” This obviously does not mean to hold new “elections.” It calls for laying a new foundation and principles, which in today’s context means to organize the state and society on a different basis of class ownership, which is the only means to achieve the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed…with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”The handwriting is on the wall! It is time to organize! It is your right and it is your duty!___________________________________ ___William H. Depperman, CoordinatorUnited Front Against RacismAnd Capitalism-ImperialismUnion Square ParkNew York, N.Y. 10003August 30, 2009

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