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Friday, April 08, 2005

proper gander

The US music industry has seen its share of artists falling off the political fence in the last few years, from Springsteen's contextual post-9/11 The Rising, to bubblehead Britney's views on trusting the President in every decision, to the Dixie Chicks expressing their shame of the President's Texan origins.

Still, this staggeringly naff piece of work called "America We Stand As One" has to be seen to be believed. It's also available in the iFilm viral video list. I can only imagine that either there are a lot of people in the CIA who miss Michael Bolton, or it is actually highly sophisticated reverse ferret psy-op by Al Qaeda to undermine US confidence in its culture from within. (Incidentally, there are people in no doubt that Al Qaeda have penetrated US intelligence. But more importantly, what the hell is with the whole bit in the clip with the US flag tied to his hand like a five year old sent off to school with a hanky?)

All I can say is thank goodness there are still some people in the US providing some clear values and exemplary leadership, not puff popaganda... like Bill Gates Senior:

Some of America's wealthiest individuals have declined billions of dollars in tax cuts bestowed upon them by President George W. Bush's administration and have urged others among the country's richest and most famous to donate their federal tax cuts to campaigns against the Bush package, often described as ''tax breaks for the rich.''

Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation--the largest foundation on Earth--and father of the Microsoft Corp. co-founder, has spearheaded Responsible Wealth's campaign to oppose regressive changes to the tax code and to reform and preserve the estate tax.

'The next time a politician says we can't afford to fund something you care about, ask yourself if $69 billion per year would help,'' said Scott Klinger, Responsible Wealth's co-director. ''When you hear that the only choices we have are to cut budgets, increase the deficit or increase your taxes, remember that $69 billion in tax breaks went to people who made more than $200,000 last year.''

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