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Call Out Their Names! The Black Caucus Roster of Shame

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    A handful of Black lawmakers have joined with Blue Dog Democrats to call for $4 trillion in federal spending cuts over 10 years – far more than the congressional “Super-Committee” is required to make this month. $4 trillion happens to be the figure both President Obama and his deficit reduction commission proposed to cut. The six Black congressmen are attempting to help the First Black President seal his “Grand Bargain” with the GOP by defunding what’s left of the New Deal and Great Society.

     

    Call Out Their Names! The Black Caucus Roster of Shame

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The five Black congressmen reveal themselves as wholly unrepresentative of any Black constituency in the United States.”

    Last week, a new low was set in African American contemporary politics. Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined 54 other Democrats and 40 Republicans in a letter calling for $4 trillion in cuts in federal spending over the next ten years. In doing so, the six Black congressmen – and they are all men – reveal themselves as wholly unrepresentative of any Black constituency in the United States. We will call out their names, in a minute.

    But first, let’s get to the substance of the letter. It was addressed to the so-called “Super-Committee” that is charged with cutting $1.5 trillion – not $4 trillion, but $1.5 – from the federal budget, the result of the disastrous dance over the debt ceiling between President Obama and congressional Republicans, last summer. The deadline for the Super-Committee of six Democrats and six Republicans from both Houses of Congress, is November 23. If the committee does not come up with the cuts, or the Congress does not pass them by December 23, then $1.2 trillion in cuts would automatically be triggered. The damage to the social safety net would be serious, but a $4 trillion cut, as advocated by the letter writers, would be far worse.

    So, why would six Black Democrats join 54 mostly Blue Dog members of the Party in calling for a catastrophic $4 trillion in cuts? Because the First Black President is as eager to gut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare as the Republicans are. It was Barack Obama who appointed the Deficit Reduction Commission that last year called for $4 trillion in spending cuts, including Social Security. And, it was Obama who offered the Republicans the same level of spending cuts in his bid to make a “Grand Bargain” with the GOP – a bargain that, for their own evil reasons, the Republicans did not accept.

    The First Black President is as eager to gut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare as the Republicans are.”

    It was at that point, last summer, that the real Obama was stripped naked to the world as a corporate enemy of the New Deal and the Great Society who deploys progressive rhetoric in order to disarm his own Democratic base, in the service of Wall Street.

    Without that revelatory moment, there may have been no Occupation movement.

    The six Black Caucus members are among the congressional Democrats that want to help Obama to finally seal that Grand Bargain with the Republicans. The letter to which they affixed their signatures mimics Obama language in maintaining that “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table.” That’s Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, on a silver platter – in exchange for some token tax increases.

    Who are these six Black congresspersons who would sell out their constituents to please the president and his corporate friends?

    They are Danny Davis, of Chicago; Chaka Fattah, of Philadelphia; Gregory Meeks, of New York; Terri Sewell, of Alabama; Mel Watt, of North Carolina; and Emanuel Cleaver, of Kansas City. Cleaver is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and made headlines last summer when he called the debt deal a Satan sandwich.” And here he is, with five other Black Caucus members, making common cause with the worst elements of the Democratic and Republican Parties. Emanuel Cleaver, Danny Davis, Chaka Fattah, Gregory Meeks, Mel Watt and Terri Sewell, feasting with the Devil on the bones of the social safety net. For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    As Bad as This Is 1/3 CBC Backs Iran Act that Hypes War Drums

    What Glen Ford high-lights here [about 6 CBC members siding w the Repugs & Obama to gut Social Security & Medicare in the name of phony Deficit reduction]- shows that Black Mis-leadership / poly-tricians goes beyond just Obama, Susan & Condi Rice, Eric Holder, Colin Powell, Uncle Judge Thomas, etc... Frankly I'm a bit surprised & disappointed in Chicago's long-time Rep Danny Davis - but then maybe I shouldn't be. Because it doesn't just stop w this...

    There's an act [With the Orwellian name- Iran 'Threat Reduction' Act {NOT!}- sponosored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen {Repug from FL] that says NO US Gov't employee / official [even from the State Dept or White-House] 'is to make contact in an official or unofficial capacity any person that is an agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the Gov't of Iran... Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, Even In WarTime! If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent whereby Congress would likely follow with similar legislation effectively forbidding any contact with Palestinians, Cubans and others... This legislation appears to be designed to push the country toward a military conflict with Iran! History has shown that governments that refuse to even talk with each other are far more likely to go to war.  The bill passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week and, with 349 co-sponsors from both parties, is almost certain to pass the House of Representatives as a whole.'

    The Fact that almost 1/3 [13] of the Congressional Black Caucus: Including: CBC Chair E Cummings, Chaka Fattah [maybe he should just go back to being called Arthur Davenport], Charley Rangel [I guess they really whipped him into line on his ethics beef], John Lewis- JOHN LEWIS [WTF], Jesse Jackson Jr - JESSE JACKSON Jr [Double WTF], etc- support this wacky Act [unless you really want War w Iran], shows that either O-Bomb-em & Billary is also behind it &/or the AIPAC crowd is really tightening the screws on Black Poly-tricksters / mis-leaders in order to either whip Obama into line or, more likely, to provide Black cover for him as he Beats the Iran War Drums Ever Louder!

    The Full list of the 13 CBC members that signed off on this Prelude to War w Iran Act - Lets Call Them Out: Karen Bass, Corrine Brown, Yvette Clark, William Clay, Emmanuel Cleaver, Elijah Cummings, Chaka Fattah, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Hank Johnson, John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Laura Richardson, Frederica Wilson.

    It seems these folks ain't learned a damned thing from the Imerialistic NeoCon / NeoLiberal / NeoColonial Assaults on Libya & Iraq! Un-provoked / UnJustified War w Iran is NOT in the best interest of Black folks [or the World in General]. It only serves the agenda of the NeoCon / Neo-Liberal / AIPAC / Likudnik Cabal! 

    The fact that these 'House Negroes' would back an act to restrict the ability of the White-House & State Dept to conduct diplomacy - but apparently didn't say a mumbling word against Mr Constitutional Law Prof & supposed son of an African [O-Bomb-em] violating the Constitution when he launched WAR on an AFRICAN Country- Libya & is waging undeclared WAR on the AFRICAN Country of Somalia- by circumventing congressional approval - I mean what more is there to say about these 'House Negro' mis-leaders!

    let's not forget jim clyburn

    One of the 12 tyrants on the super committee to act out the diktats of the banks and Obama to impose trillions in genocidal cuts to vital services.

    I see that TheRoot.com has their White House talking point all together: "Deficit savings" HA!

    This term is accepted by the house negro because it shields them from talk of Nuremburg trials and charges of complicity in Black genocide after the Haiti-like/Katrina-like mega deaths these cuts will cause in Black America.

    The House Negro is fully aware of the fact that if shit really hits the fan THEY'RE GOING TO JAIL - NOT MASSA.

    Although a lot of them are "successful" they're fully aware of the fact that very few of them are untouchable illuminati status (the 0.01 percent) - with the secret satanic/homosexual rituals/child sacrifice and secretive think tanks plotting satanic world government & all etc.

    A common theme that I'm noticing is that the house negro keeps talking about how they won't accept trillions in Black genocidal cuts without "revenues" (taxing the poor, middle-class, small business, and non-illuminati affiliated "rich" which poses a threat to the illuminati). Jim Clyburn fails to mention that if the illuminati banks are taxed they'll barely feel a thing, while trillions in Black genocidal cuts and taxes on Black people will cause Haiti-Africa- Katrina level DEATH!

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