Some Questions for You

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  • Why is it acceptable for some to own two houses in a country that has a large homeless population? Should the Bush summer home in Kennebunkport be converted into apartments for the homeless?
  • If there is an energy crisis, why do some continue to use recreational vehicles that consume oil? Is the use of private planes and pleasure boats socially irresponsible?
  • How did the U.S. acquire its military base on Diego Garcia and what happened to the people who lived there before the U.S. take-over? Was this forced removal of the population an act of genocide by the U.S.?
  • If term limits would be an important improvement, why do many voters continue to vote for incumbents?
  • Under the current system, what are the chances that the U.S. will have a president from the blue-collar, working class within the next 100 years?
  • Would a lottery system be a better way to select a president?
  • Will there still be a United States in a hundred years? If not, what will be here?
  • Why has Ralph Nader been prohibited from participating in the presidential debates? Why are the Democrats and Republicans afraid of Nader?
  • The Black Budget was instituted in 1947. It can be argued that the existence of the Black Budget is a violation of Article 1, section 9, of the U.S. Constitution which states, "No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time." This secret allocation of taxpayer funds has kept important information from the voters. Because of the secrecy, no informed vote has been cast in a U.S. election since 1947. Does it follow that no election since 1947 has been legal?
  • President Hugo Chavez has sent contributions of heating oil to the poor in the U.S.Does this mean that the president of Venezuela cares more about the citizens in the United States than our own president does? How does knowing that U.S. citizens have to accept aid from Venezuela make you feel?
  • CEO compensation is a controversial topic. Maybe the high salaries should be applauded. Instead of capping the salaries, as some have suggested, it would be more effective to just tax them at 100% above a certain amount. The money received from those taxes could then be used to help the poor. Wouldn’t that be a better solution?
  • Why did the victims of Hurricane Katrina have to sue their insurance companies to collect for their damages? Where were the government insurance regulators? Were they sleeping, or was this just one more sell-out to the insurance lobby?
  • Does the case of the U.S. vs. Bert Sacks [1] prove that the United States has a policy of killing children?
  • Why did the U.S. bomb Grenada and Panama?
  • How many unarmed civilians were killed in the U.S. bombing of Panama?
  • The U.S. destroyed much of the infrastructure of Iraq. Should the U.S. now pay reparations to Iraq?
  • Which is the greater tragedy – the deaths of the 3000+ U.S. soldiers, or the deaths of the 650,000+ Iraqi civilians?

Note:

[1]. http://www.counterpunch.org/sacks01042007.html

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Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont. She was arrested, tried, and convicted for her participation in a peaceful protest of the war. The conviction was appealed and overturned in the State Supreme Court. The government then announced plans to retry the case. Finally, after years of legal proceedings, all charges were dropped. She contributed this article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from the US.

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