Former presidential candidate Ron Paul's speech in Houston today covered sound money alternating with central banking as
America's monetary system throughout history. He also shared details of
his questioning of Ben Bernanke upon the Fed Chair's retrun from his
meeting with the European central banks. Dr. Paul states that Bernanke
operates within the parameters of the law, but not the constitution,
when he refuses to confirm or deny plans to participate in a global
federal reserve system.
numbers behind the "Divided We Fail" send a clear message to
presidential candidates: Ignore us at your peril.
has 38 million members nationwide. Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) represents 1.8 million workers and is the country's
largest labor union. And Business Roundtable has roughly 160 member
companies with a combined workforce of 10 million people and annual
revenues of $4.5 trillion.
are the core organizations behind Divided We Fail, an initiative that
aims to make health care and long-term financial security (an
umbrella covering Social Security) the primary issues in the 2008
presidential campaign. The effort, which was launched earlier this
year (and was announced in the Quad Cities last week), will focus
initially on four states with early influence on the presidential
nominating process: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
you are an independent voter - that is, a person who does not
identify with either of the major political parties - Democratic
and Republican leaders would prefer that you did not vote on November
only that, but they're doing everything in their power to keep you
from voting. They might not break into your house and tie you up
until November 8, but they do invade your home through television ads
hell-bent on disgusting you with the campaigns, the candidates, and
the process. They want you to turn off, tune out and drop out.
those of us who have frequented the Davenport City Council Chambers
for meetings, the charming, outspoken-but-always-diplomatic "ole
lady" wearing all the different fun hats is a familiar face. Her
name is Susie Bell, and she is the Republican candidate for House
District 86 of the Iowa legislature, running against Democrat
incumbent Cindy Winkler.
has been following politics since her youth. A wide variety of issues
has piqued her curiosity, and more often her ire. She has campaigned
in more grassroots efforts than she can name, but give her time and
she will recall key aspects of every one, including their outcomes.
Hightower is less an activist or strategist than a cheerleader.
now - when the Republican and Democratic parties are virtually
indistinguishable, when the executive branch of the federal
government has curtailed civil liberties in the name of national
security with little opposition from Congress, and when popular
sentiment seems to have little power in Washington - the Texan
finds plenty of silver linings.