He starts by admitting that it’s hard to tell: “we know much more about peace
movements’ organizational history than we do about their impact upon public
policy.” But he suggests that, in the United States, the Mexican War of
, the Vietnam War, the proxy war in
Nicaragua in the , and the Cold War
were all either significantly dampened or brought to an end due to anti-war
sentiment and activism.
In addition, he believes that some otherwise likely wars were prevented
because of the actions of the anti-war movement, and that the anti-war and
nuclear disarmament movements were able to bring the idea of using nuclear
weapons into such disrepute that they prevented any nuclear powers from using
their arsenals in other than a passive deterrent role after World War Ⅱ.
My son Casey was in the first 1000 to be killed in Iraq. We reached that
dismal mark by .
MoveOn.org conducted candlelight vigils for that
occasion. Then ,
MoveOn.org conducted candlelight vigils to
commemorate the 2000th soldier.
If we don’t get off of our collective apathetic and complacent backsides to
stop the barbaric killing in Iraq, when will the next candlelight vigil be?
George Bush and the evil neocons are killing our precious soldiers at the
rate of 2.78 per day. By my calculations, we should be lighting our candles
again and singing “Kum bah ya” by .…
If I hear one more rendition of “We Shall Overcome” and then watch the
vigilers or marchers go home and turn on their
TVs and crack open a
brewsky, content in the fact that they have done something for peace that
day, I am going to scream! We can’t overcome unless we take the proverbial
bull by the horns and overcome!…
Change will not happen until we make it happen. We can’t make change happen
by wishing or praying that it will happen.
I was intrigued to learn that Ernest McQueen, a former
U.S. Marine, who
during the Vietnam War,
recently been arrested and charged with desertion.
I can’t help but wonder about the reason why the military has gone after this
stale, 36-year-old desertion case. It must be getting nervous about being able
to keep the people currently in uniform from ducking out and it wants to send
And time is money, as they say. What if you took all of the hours people spend
working on their taxes and multiplied that by their hourly wage?
In individuals, businesses and nonprofits
will spend an estimated 6 billion hours complying with the federal income tax
code, with an estimated compliance cost of over $265.1 billion. This amounts
to imposing a 22-cent tax compliance surcharge for every dollar the income
tax system collects.…
When examined by income level, compliance cost is found to be highly
regressive, taking a larger toll on low-income taxpayers as a percentage of
income than high-income taxpayers. On the low end, taxpayers with adjusted
gross income (AGI) under $20,000 incur a
compliance cost equal to 5.9 percent of income while the compliance cost
incurred by taxpayers with AGI over
$200,000 amounts to just 0.5 percent of income.
“How much is a middle-of-the-road middle-class salary?” asks
Living on Less. $60,000? $40,000?
Time to consult the Census Bureau. Turns out the median
income for adults in the
U.S. is $23,186.
Only about 12½% make over
$60K a year. Only 25%
make more than $40K. You
wouldn’t know it by watching
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