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    Flap’s Links and Comments for April 13th on 13:33

    These are my links for April 13th from 13:33 to 14:00:

    • Rep Paul Ryan Blasts President Obama Speech as ‘Dramatically Inaccurate’ – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan didn’t appreciate President Barack Obama’s Wednesday afternoon remarks, particularly the president’s critique of the budget Mr. Ryan offered last week.

      The Wisconsin Republican called Mr. Obama’s characterization of his plan “dramatically inaccurate” in a press conference in the Capitol moments ago.

      “What we heard was a political broadside from our campaigner-in-chief,” he said. “This is sad and unfortunate. Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells.”


      Why, of course.

      Somebody explain to me why a President can believe such inaccurate spin?

    • EPA Boss to Speak at Youth Climate Conference With Van Jones and International Socialists – Here are some of the workshops and breakout sessions available to attendees:

      From the BP Oil Spill to the Japanese Nuclear Crisis: Why Capitalism is Killing the Planet

      The past year alone has highlighted the massive toll taken on our planet by the coal, oil, and nuclear energy industries. Yet President Obama continues to support these three industries, which have produced not only ecological catastrophe but also widespread human suffering. This panel will discuss why this is the case, how it is linked to a system of global capitalism that puts profit before the needs of human beings and the planet, and how we can move beyond the capitalist ecological crisis.

      Chris Williams, International Socialist Organization
      Heather Kangas, International Socialist Organization
      Amanda Duzak, International Socialist Organization

      Isn't that nice? A member of the White House is speaking at a conference where avowed socialists are going to tell kids why capitalism is destroying the planet.

      For those unfamiliar, this is what ISO stands for:

      The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is committed to building an organization that participates in the struggles for justice and liberation today–and, ultimately, for a future socialist society. […]

      A world free of exploitation–socialism–is not only possible but worth fighting for. The ISO stands in the tradition of revolutionary socialists Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky in the belief that workers themselves–the vast majority of the population–are the only force that can lead the fight to win a socialist society. Socialism can't be brought about from above, but has to be won by workers themselves. […]

      We see our task as building an independent socialist organization with members organizing in our workplaces, our schools and our neighborhoods to bring socialist ideas to the struggles we are involved in today, and the vision of a socialist world in the future.


      Well, fancy that. The Obama Administration on the same program as international socialists who would have thunk…..