March 05, 2005

Amy Goodman Tells It Like It Is

Amy Goodman was on Hardball with Chris Matthews Wednesday, and this is what she had to say about Social Security:

...GOODMAN: It is—no, I didn‘t say it‘s going broke. There‘s some tinkering that will have to take place in decades to come. I don‘t buy into this being a crisis at all.

I think Social Security is one of the few programs in this country that is working extremely well. And the American people believe that as well. That‘s what they‘re telling George Bush.


SAUNDERS: Well, I think it is working very well at giving a lot of elderly people income that young people are paying into. So, I think this is generational politics. And right now, it‘s been generational politics to help seniors. And it hurts young people.

So, at some point in time, if President Bush can explain why this is in the interest of everyone in this country, he could sell it.

SAUNDERS [Ed. The transcript misattributes this quote, Amy Goodman said this]: This does not hurt young people. It doesn‘t hurt young people to understand that we have a system in this country where older people are not out on the streets. Young people will become old someday.



SAUNDERS [Ed. The transcript is again mistaken, Amy Goodman said this as well]: All I can think about is Gandhi‘s saying when asked what does he think about Western civilization, he says, I think it would be a good idea. I‘m very surprised you would think that it hurts young people that old people should be taken care of. ...

If other supporters of our social insurance system (a.k.a., the tax to keep our grandparents off the streets) wanted to effectively explain it to the public, this is how it's done.

In other important news, Goodman revealed on Democracy Now this past Friday that the US used chemical weapons, including mustard and nerve gas, in Fallujah (transcript isn't up as of posting.) I didn't listen to early reports that this had happened because it wasn't coming from what I considered to be credible sources, and as should be obvious, I don't really know anyone on the ground over there. Yet an official serving in the Iraqi health ministry announced that there was evidence of chemical weapons use at a press conference this last week.

Additionally, they've been discussing the use of napalm in Fallujah in the UK parliament since at least last November, though the US admitted to the napalm last August.

Google News didn't turn up any American sources (what a surprise) for the chemical weapon story, though the foreign reports have variously placed reporters from the Washington Post and Knight-Ridder at the press conference, but Al Jazeera and the China Daily both reported on it.

Will Amy Goodman continue to stand alone in the American media for reporting on the use of banned chemical weapons in Fallujah? It's time for the public to know that under the leadership of the Bush administration, the US occupation of Iraq has now repeated both Hussein's torture chambers and his chemical attacks on civilian populations. And from a link in a previous post, it can be seen that future investigators will be able to dig up mass graves in Afghanistan, courtesy of US actions.

The public needs to know what's happening over there so they can make informed decisions about the merits of Bush's policies. I have a hard time believing that if the dots were connected as they should be, so many people would support the way these wars are being handled. The government claims we went over there to put a stop to this sort of horror, and a fair number of people would still like to believe that's the reason, because that would have been their reason.

I don't believe at all that if the facts were known, there would be any more support for chemical bombing Iraqis than there is for dismantling Social Security. It's just a shame we can't clone Goodman.

Posted by natasha at March 5, 2005 02:22 AM | Media | Technorati links |