published teleSUR English Edition, Nov. 27, 2014
For a print published version of this topic on the Republic Congress’ new aganda (updating the podcast on the Alternative Visions radio show available below on this blog)…
go to Jack Rasmus’s website, http://www.kyklosproductions.com/articles.html. The website is also accessible from the sidebar on this blog.
DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE:
‘The USA Republican Congress’ New Agenda’
‘In the wake of the recent midterm elections, Dr. Rasmus describes how the new Republican controlled Congress has begun to develop new policies on behalf of Corporate America, many of which represent a resurrection of past policies of the Bush administration—i.e. old wine in new bottles. Rasmus briefly describes the major pro-corporate policies introduced and passed by Congress during the Obama administration, 2009-2014. He then identifies the new pro-Corporate agenda for the next two years, 2015-2016: more corporate tax cuts, accelerated push for free trade for pacific rim countries and europe, immigration reform defined as more policing and fences, rollbacks of environmental protection initiatives (XL pipeline, industrial plant emissions, public lands fracking, EPA funding, international CO2 limits), Affordable Care Act revisions (more business exemptions, cost shifting to consumers, limits on Medicaid), limits on financial regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act, more aggressive foreign policy action (green light for conflicts and funding of proxies in Syria, US troops to Iraq again, Ukraine (US advisers, special ops, money), NATO push into east Europe (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia), more freedom of action for NSA spying on US citizens and limits on free speech and assembly. Rasmus predicts the Democrats and Obama will agree with a number of the legislative policies that will soon be proposed by the new Republican majority in Congress.’