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Saturday’s socialist speak out

Barack Obama won 4 more years – 4 more years of austerity and outright war and increasing bellicosity; 4 more years of drone bombs killing kids; 4 more years of attacks on social security and jobs, wages and conditions of American workers.

Apparently America is about to go over a fiscal cliff. This is because from 1 January, unless negotiations between the 2 parties of the 1% reach a compromise, the Bush tax cuts will expire and savage spending cuts will come into effect. The legislated debt ceiling may also be reached.

Obama has said that the rich will have to pay more tax. Let’s see if his action matches his rhetoric. More likely is that there will be a compromise that increases slightly the burden on the rich.

They can afford huge tax increases. For example Romney’s average tax rate over the years has been around 13% compared to an average worker’s rate of 35%. So there is plenty of room for the rich and companies to pay more, but they won’t I suspect be the real target.

The real target will be the poor and workers. Social spending will be cut.

Tax the rich eh? Perhaps Julia Gillard could adopt it.

Speaking of our Prime Minister, she was in Bali and met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss the abominable live animal export trade and ‘stopping the boats’. Not surprisingly the talks didn’t cover the Indonesian ruling class’s genocide in West Papua and Australia’s complicity in that.

East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also present in a tripartite meeting in which the three leaders discussed ‘infrastructure’. It’s a pity they didn’t also discuss the genocide in West Papua because East Timor has some experience of genocide at the hands of the Indonesian elite with Australian support.

The protection the Catholic Church has offered to paedophile priests over a long period of time is now being exposed by police in Victoria and New South Wales and still there is no Royal Commission into the systemic abuse of children that is the Catholic Church. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has announced a narrower inquiry into the possible police cover up of abuse claims in the Hunter region. That is an attempt to limit the damage to the Church and perhaps protect the guilty from a wide ranging investigation.

Why? The Catholic Church in Australia today is a powerful organisation and part of the ruling elite. Attacking it would be attacking one of their own, and that has the potential to expose the whole rotten edifice of crime and corruption and the links between church and state.

The Irish enquiry into the Catholic Church with its shocking revelations of abuse of children, of a state within a state immune from and above the law, has seriously weakened the hold of the Church over the lives of millions in Ireland and this loss of control is something the Church and State in Australia fear could be replicated here with any enquiry. They will resist it strongly.

The abuse in Australia extends to adults. From St John’s college at Sydney University stories are emerging of the abuse of women students and new inhabitants in a culture of sexism, bullying, drunkenness and aggression that reflects the reality of ruling class misogyny and power.

Despite what appear to be clear instances of illegal activity no police have investigated them nor have any charges been laid. ‘We’ must protect ‘our’ future ‘leaders’ – people who may become senior lawyers, judges, businessmen or politicians.

The Coalition has come up with an aggressive policy response to the growing power of Chinese imperialism – a nuclear powered Australian navy.

The Gillard government has set up Darwin as a forward post in the US policy of containment of the Chinese. Obama’s renewed interest in the Asia-Pacific is recognition of the medium to long term threat Chinese imperialism poses to the US variant.

Australia to date seems in lock step with the US, and this may have ramifications for our trade, especially mineral and resource trade, with China.

Unemployment in Australia remained steady at 5.4%. The problem mainland state is Queensland where unemployment is 6.2%, a very slight fall of 0.1%. The Newman Government there has been sacking tens of thousands of public servants. It is the woods and weeds strategy.

Cut down the woods and watch the weeds grow. This is what the Abbott Government has planned for all of Australia if it wins the next election.

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