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May 2008


May was a peaceful month.  May 1st is both May Day and Law Day and the entire month is designated National Military Appreciation Month including - Loyalty Day on May 1st, Victory in Europe (VE) Day on the 8th , Military Spouse Day on the Friday before Mother’s day, Peace Officers Memorial Day on the 15th, National Defense Transportation Day on the third Friday, Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday, and Memorial Day on the last Monday of the month.  US casualties in Iraq were at an all time low in May.  For a lasting peace however we must not be complacent about talking peace, we must enact H.CON.RES.110 expressing the sense of the 110th Congress that Iraq should vote to approve or disapprove the continued deployment of United States Armed Forces to Iraq.  Festivities this year were sufficient to precipitate a seventh draft of Military Democracy to recognize the successful foundation of African Command and a study on how to Win the War against Terror – change US foreign policy to reflect sanity and the name of the Department of Defense to the Military Department, the statute has already been amended to reflect this prose it is now only a matter of the letterhead and website.  Buoyed by former White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan’s new book, the Free Press has stepped up their campaign against war propaganda.  Now would be an excellent time for a Congressperson to introduce the reforms proposed by Hospitals & Asylums that would eliminate nearly a century of psychological warfare in the federal government. 


At Hospitals & Asylums June is devoted to health and welfare.  This year there is a national conference on Social Work for Social Justice, June 3-6 at the School of Social Work of the College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas, who have been requested to support the brand new idea to change the name of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Social Work Administration (SWA).  SWA is a good idea for several reasons.  First, social workers are well versed in human rights and ethics making them the best bosses and administrators of all the mental health professionals, they are also the most numerous of all mental health professionals.  Second, it is not ethical for the federal government to finance mental health and substance abuse treatment directly, they should run the money through the social workers so that public psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and other mental health professionals are supervised and administrated by the social workers financing homeless shelters and halfway houses, not the other way around.  Third, while SAMHSA is not the most glaring war propaganda in the arsenal creating an SWA would convey the social principles needed to direct federal reform of the rather dull Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to a higher level of attainment as a Public Health Department (PHD).  In June it is hoped to draft a respectable Social Work Act of 2008 and study the recent surge in American births before the newsletter on the summer solstice.  Thank you for your Donations.   


To Win the War against Terror: Change US Foreign Policy from the Inside HA-22-5-08


To win the War against Terror the US Congress must divide the USAID Asia and Near East (ANE) Bureau into the Bureau for the Middle East and Central Asia (MECA) including Indonesia and North Africa and the Bureau for South East Asia (SEA); change the name of Title 22 Foreign Relations and Intercourse (a-FRaI-d) to just Foreign Relations (FR-ee); change the name of the Department of Defense (DoD) to the Military Department (MD); and pass H. Con. Res. 110 Expressing the sense of Congress that Iraq should vote to approve or disapprove the continued deployment of United States Armed Forces to Iraq and, unless Iraq votes to approve such continued deployment, the President of the United States should commence the phased redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq within 60 days of the Iraqi vote.  Economic war with Europe on the currency front, with OPEC on oil prices and the “housing correction” on the torturous home front pose a serious threat to the US economy.  While there is no guarantee that these reforms will save the national economy from recession, the threat of recession highlights the need for the nation to negotiate for fair oil prices and a stronger dollar with the EU.  With these reforms Congress can make the federal government a safer and more beautiful place for Americans and grant our children peace of mind.  The scholarly essay treats upon the dissolution of the USSR to set the stage for the West’s current battle with Islam and sets forth the laws ending colonial oppression to convince the USA to win the War against Terror.  These four issues of illegitimacy within the administration and legislature have been raised and Americans now have the opportunity exercise their democratic right vote and choose whether they consent to be governed by fear or wish to create a more peace-loving foreign policy.  


Steve Driehaus for First Congressional District of Ohio HA-8-5-08


On May 8th Ohio Representative Steve Driehaus, candidate for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, met with locals to discuss ideas for change and to finance his campaign from 6-8pm.   First elected in 2000, Driehaus represents the people of western Cincinnati, Addyston, Cheviot, Cleves, and North Bend and is the Minority Whip of the Ohio House.  It is not easy to unseat an incumbent, officeholders win 95% of the time.  However many are disgusted with the Republican Party and people are abandoning it in droves.  Congressman Steve Chabot won his 2006 election 52.3% to 47.7%, analysts speculate John Cranley (D)’s attack ads backfired.  1st District voters narrowly favored Democrats Ted Strickland for Governor and Sherrod Brown for Senator. President Bush edged his 2004 Democratic challenger, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, by just one percentage point.  Driehaus is a fiscally conservative pro-life Democrat whose policies are moderate enough to get both the conservative Cincinnati vote and to promote sound fiscal policy in the federal government.  In a poll organized by the Driehaus campaign without info Chabot wins but in a poll with biographical information Driehaus consistently came out on top.  Although clearly the best choice, the campaign of the educated candidate against the misinformation of a corrupt administration, for the votes of the people, will not be easy.  So far Driehaus has raised $750,000 but the goal is $2 million.  Your contributions and volunteering are greatly appreciated.  


Supplemental to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits HA-3-5-08


All told, there were 7.6 million people unemployed as of April, up from 6.8 million a year earlier.  Over the first three months of this year, the U.S. economy lost a total of 232,000 jobs.  The total number of unemployed workers has already grown by 1.1 million over the last twelve months. In the last three economic downturns (1981, 1990, and 2001), a one million increase in the number of jobless Americans over one year occurred four to five months into the recession.  The percentage of workers exhausting UI benefits (36%) is higher today than at the beginning of any of the past five recessions. Given this high exhaustion rate, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assumes that roughly 3.5 million Americans will run out of unemployment benefits before finding work this year. Unemployment insurance (UI) is estimated to mitigate the loss in real GDP by 15 to 17 percent and saves more than 130,000 jobs in the average recession’s peak year.  In 2005 the UI Trust Funds showed a surplus of nearly $30 billion and administrated less than $7 billion.  Congress should extend UI benefits and coverage in a supplemental extension of the UI trust funds estimated at $10 billion nationally.  UI trust fund surpluses should aim for zero.  A UI account deficit is not anticipated until 2009, if the recession continues.  UI is the most effective form of relief from economic recessions.  It is time for Congress to pass a supplemental and begin extending benefits.


CHAPTER 1 Military Democracy (MD)


To amend Chapter One Navy Hospitals, Naval Home, Army and other Naval Hospital, and Hospital Relief for Seamen and Others §1-40 and change the name of the Department of Defense (D0D) to the Military Department (MD).  To pass Expressing the sense of the 110th Congress that Iraq should vote to approve or disapprove the continued deployment of United States Armed Forces to Iraq H.CON.RES.110. The US employs an estimated 2.4 million US soldiers and 600,000 civilian employees.  Sets a spending limit of $400 billion under a pay-as-you –go policy.  In FY 2006 military spending was cut to $470 from $510 billion and the deficit was only $250 billion, down from $350 billion. Since its foundation the US military has suffered 1,128,075 casualties.  Over 4,000 US troops have died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.  There are reported to be 26.4 million veterans living in the USA.   Under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty the US, who has 10,000 warheads, must reduce their arsenal to no more than 1,700 to 2,200 nuclear warheads by 2012.  Elimination of various Cold War weapons systems can save $50 billion from maintenance.  Redeployment from Iraq can save another $50 billion.  The foundation of AFRICOM will help to treat Africa, which has seen 186 coups d'etat and 26 major wars in the past 50 years, some 2.8 million refugees and fully half of the world's 24.6 million internally displaced people are victims of conflict and upheaval in Africa.  It is resolved to give democratic peace theory, that democratic nations are more peaceful, a fair try, by eliminating all forms of psychological warfare from government, pushing for an international government that upholds the four Ds – Development, Disarmament, Diplomacy and Democracy.


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