Saturday, March 28, 2009

AMERICAN CASINO


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How much is eight trillion dollars? It is more than the following previous ventures combined: The Marshall Plan, Louisiana Purchase, Race to the Moon, S&L Crisis, Korean War, The New Deal, Invasion of Iraq, Vietnam War, AND NASA; that entire list is again COMBINED and adjusted for inflation. And the bailout? Well, it may exceed $8 trillion when all is said and done.

Leslie Cockburn has been filming scenes from the crisis for the last year and the film is quite impressive. It has been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival. You can find out more about the film here.

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.