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FINS: Communicating the Emerging Philosophy of The Information Age       
FEDERAL INFORMATION NEWS SYNDICATE                    
Vol IV, Issue No. 14 (150 lines)                              July 15, 1996 

 
CLOSING THE "VALUES-GAP":
A Citizen's Sovereign Vote
By Vigdor Schreibman

  Citizens annihilated the historical Democratic control over Congress, in
the 1992 Congressional election, outraged by their participation in the
politics of rich and poor, which I described in a Special Report "PAY THE
PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A "POLITICS OF RICH AND POOR," first issued last January
and included (as amended) below.  At a press conference early in the 104th
Congress, I asked Rep. David E. Bonior (D-MI), the Democratic Whip, what
actions Democrats would take to remedy the situation but he refused to even
recognize the problem.  The politics of rich and poor have not abated during
the last four years and were greatly exacerbated by approval of the
Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996).  That
infamous statute will establish a new Robber Baron era transferring total
control over telecommunications images to the telecommunications oligopoly. 

  The upset of 1992 was a surprise, but candidates must adjust their ideas or
risk voters turning the screws on them to end the politics of rich and poor.
The election of 1996 is an auspicious time to settle this problem.  

  The appalling annual public deficit that this country now suffers arises
from interest on the $5-trillion dollar public debt brought about by reckless
public policies approved by Democrats and Republicans. A tax surcharge of $1-
trillion dollars to pay off the deficit in 7-years should be progressively
levied against the wealth and income of the top 20 percent of American
families, and corporations unjustly enriched by those policies.  In addition,
realignment in the structure of power of the United States should be carried
out by establishing a public lane on the National Information Infrastructure,
free from profit pressures, governed by an authorized use policy (AUP), which
can most likely support social equity and ecological integrity [Fins-NC4-10].

  I urge all citizens to bring this grievance to the attention of candidates
in the election of 1996, including Presidential candidates.  Write or call
them and ask what they intend to do about it.  Any candidate who disregards
the issue or refuses to support an equitable remedy to overcome the politics
of rich and poor, which is indispensable to the viability of our democracy,
does not deserve and should not be granted a citizen's sovereign vote.

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PAY THE PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A "POLITICS OF RICH AND POOR"
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These awful problems started with the administration of Ronald Reagan and his
"politics of rich and poor" [Philips, 1990, 1993, 1994].  They are now at the
"boiling point" out of control.   

PAY THE PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A FRAUDULENT "ROSY SCENARIO"
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First there was David Stockman, head of the Office of Management and Budget,
and his supply-side cabal.  He painted a fraudulent "Rosy Scenario" to
support a massive tax-cut benefiting the rich.  This was recognized by the
insiders at the time as "voodoo economics." The policy was, nevertheless,
enacted into law by the US Congress and dramatically reduced the revenue base
of the United States, contrary to the Nation's and their own best interests,
leading to a continuing fiscal crisis.
 
PAY THE PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A FRAUDULENT S&L DEREGULATION
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Then came the fraudulent deregulation of the Saving and Loan Institutions,
establishing an open invitation to pillage the resources held by these
institution.  This required a bail-out by future generations costing more
than $400 billion dollars according to a recent report of the General
Accounting Office.  

PAY THE PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A FRAUDULENT DEFENSE BUILDUP
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Then came the fraudulent defense buildup that cost the nation $2.3 trillion
dollars.  The need for massive increases in defense spending--portrayed by
the Pentagon with color charts and great fanfare--was purportedly to counter
the Soviet Union's plan "to gain military superiority over the West."  But
the claim that the USSR was unrivaled in its commitment of resource to
military production was based, as Noam Chomsky and others disclosed in the
early 1980s, largely on CIA analysis which estimated the dollar equivalent of
the USSR military effort.  The question asked was what would it cost the
United States, in dollars, to duplicate the military deployed by the USSR. 
But these calculation had a built-in bias.  The Soviet military force was
labor-intensive, in contrast to the military system in the West with its
superior technological level and higher cost of labor relative to capital. 
It would have been highly inefficient, and extremely costly for the United
States to duplicate a technologically less advanced Soviet military machine
that relied heavily on manpower.  Hence calculations of dollar equivalents
considerably exaggerated Russian power.
 
For the United States to duplicate the Russian agricultural system, with its
intensive use of human labor power and low level of technology, would also be
extremely expensive.  But we do not therefore conclude that the Russians are
outmatching us in the field of agricultural productions.  For similar reason,
calculations of dollar equivalents gave a highly misleading picture of
relative military strength that the Pentagon attempted to exploit as a tool
of militarism.  Noam Chomsky assailed the "absurdity of the calculations ...
used to frighten the population of the West so that they would be induced to
support the militarism of their societies."

The mass media press withheld this information from the people, at the time,
and fully supported the "politics of rich and poor."  It was not until the
buildup was over that they quietly told the story.   

PAY THE PUBLIC DEBT MADE BY A FRAUDULENT INFO TECHNOLOGY
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Then came the "information revolution" with $300 billion dollars in subsidies
to the computer-information industries for Federal information technology,
since 1980, which the US Senate and the General Accounting Office have
disclosed was "thrown away" for lack of any benefit to the Government.  The
subsidy was, instead, used by industry to engage in runaway "downsizing"
"restructuring" and "clean engineering," which has dumped millions of workers
in the street, and made the United States the most inequitable nation in the
world among leading industrial countries.  As a result, the top 20 percent of
American families took all the increases in income and wealth since 1980,
with most going to those in the top 1 percent, while the bottom 80 percent of
families just got the shaft.   

Now, the colossal sea of red ink used to float those obscene public policies
upon, must be repaid.  And now they are trying to sock it to the people with
the politics of destruction, demanding payment upon the backs of the elderly,
middle class, infirm, poor and destitute, students and the environment while
the super rich take another mega-billion dollar free ride on everyone else. 
Public subsidies to the mega corporations still continue at the rate of $150
billion dollars a year, amid a growing scandal of "corporate welfare" that
has its own web site: http://www.environlink.org/issues/corporate/welfare.  

We're mad as hell and we won't take it any more.
 
The plunder by the super rich and their paid puppets in the US Government
must stop.  The stolen public treasure must be restored.  The politics of
destruction loosed upon vital social institutions and the people must end. 
So let's tell this story every day in every way until the debt is paid and
the sovereign power of the people restored:  SOCK IT TO THE RICH IN 1996!