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exchange rates may be a feature of some kind of New World Order - not necessarily a bad thing - but that is a form of window-dressing in the current situation (hey, look - we're doing something). Assuming that such a system (and concomitant bureaucracy) could be negotiated and implemented, the Chinese (and Japanese) are not going to approve a substantial revaluation of their currency. So an agreement would try to perpetuate a relationship that is already skewed.

Jerome's article is about the games that have been played (in the U.S. particularly) by the oligarchy's frontmen to the detriment - intended - of working people. Policy change is certainly needed, as you have written above, but there are particular steps that need to be taken to get to policy change.

In the U.S. we have to elect a majority of Congresscritters and a President who support the working class, rather than the super-rich, ruling class. Lacking a revolution, this is the level at which the game is controlled. If we can achieve this control, then we need:

    1.   higher taxes on the super-rich to support:
         1a) Cyrille's renewable-source-energy-generation project;
         1b) infrastructure maintenance and creation;
         1c) repair of the social 'safety net' (which is currently full of holes);
         1d) nationalized health-care 'insurance';
         1e) port security and a whole bunch of other things.

  1. to get our butts out of all of the places where our noses are currently stuck in;

  2. establish fair-trade, rather than 'free' trade, agreements with all trading partners;

  3. re-establish regulatory control (if not nationalization) of energy-related, "defense"-related, and communications-related industries.

The results of two special elections yesterday may be somewhat disheartening in this regard. However, both elections were in Republican-dominated districts. Moreover, the Ohio Democrat is being criticized on DailyKos for downplaying her opposition to the Iraq occupation. In other words she did not differentiate herself from her opponent on an important issue.

The Virginia election was a different matter in a way that is instructive. Less than 20% of the electorate voted in total. If Democrats cannot generate more support than that on their own side of the ballot, well then - here we are, talking about how Greenspan screwed us for the last 25 years.

The good news may be that progressives - defined as Democrats who oppose international aggression and who support policies that work well for working people - have a whole lot of potential electorate out there.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Dec 12th, 2007 at 12:29:34 PM EST
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