Oct. 3, 2008 Hilo Peace vigil leaflet (BIP)

*From Empire to Democracy!
Bailout People Who Truly Need It!*

"This current financial crisis is a major way-station on the way to the
collapse of the American empire... Both major parties are rushing to get
an agreement to spend $700 billion of taxpayers' money to pour down the
drain of huge financial institutions which are notable for two
characteristics: incompetence and greed.

There is a much better solution to the current financial crisis. But it
requires discarding what has been conventional "wisdom" for too long:
that government intervention in the economy ("big government") must be
avoided like the plague, because the "free market" will guide the
economy towards growth and justice. Let's face a historical truth: we
have never had a "free market", we have always had government
intervention in the economy, and indeed that intervention has been
welcomed by the captains of finance and industry. They had no quarrel
with "big government" when it served their needs...

The rationale for taking $700 billion from the taxpayers to subsidize
huge financial institutions is that somehow that wealth will trickle
down to the people who need it. This has never worked.

The alternative is simple and powerful. Take that huge sum of money and
give it directly to the people who need it. Let the government declare a
moratorium on foreclosures and give aid to homeowners to help them pay
off their mortgages. Create a federal jobs program to guarantee work to
people who want and need jobs and for whom "the free market" has not
come through.

We have a historic and successful precedent. Roosevelt's New Deal put
millions of people to work, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, and,
defying the cries of "socialism", established social security. That can
be carried further, with "health security" - free health care - for all.

All that will take more than $700 billion. But the money is there. In
the $600 billion for the military budget, once we decide we will no
longer be a war-making nation. And in the swollen bank accounts of the
super-rich, by taxing vigorously both their income and their wealth.
When the cry goes up, whether from Republicans or Democrats, that this
must not be done because it is "big government", the citizenry should
just laugh. And then agitate and organize on behalf of what the
Declaration of Independence promised: that it is the responsibility of
government to ensure the equal right of all to "life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness".

Only such a bold approach can save the nation - not as an empire, but as
a democracy." (For full article see Howard Zinn

*Call Hawaii's Congressional delegation: Dan Inouye 202-224-3934, Dan
Akaka *
*202-224-6361, Neil Abercrombie 202-225-2726, Mazie Hirono 202-225-4906.*
*Protest Wall Street Bailout!*

*1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3.
Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic,
anti-Semitic, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box
AB Ola`a (Kurtistown),
Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@interpac.net
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (October 3, 2008 - 368th week) - Friday
3:30-5PM downtown Post Office *

Jim Albertini

Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O.Box AB

Kurtistown, Hawai'i 96760

phone: 808-966-7622

email: JA@interpac.net

Visit us on the web at: www.malu-ania.org


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