Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Smokescreen
Statement of the Central Committee of the Workers Party in America
Every year, the sitting chief executive of corporatist American capitalism comes to Congress to deliver the “State of the Union” address. The speech, a Constitutionally-mandated act, has come to be seen as the starting line for the political representatives of the exploiting and oppressing classes to begin the legislative season. The roughly 90 minutes that the president speaks to Congress (and the country) is filled with a laundry list of policy priorities and goals that he expects will be discussed and adopted before it’s time for the next annual address.
Planned Collapse of U.S. Government a Weapon of Class War
From the October 2, 2013, issue of the Daily Worker-Communist
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1 — Since before the lights went dark in about half of the buildings housing the offices of the federal government this morning, both Republicans and Democrats have been pointing fingers at each other, blaming their colleagues for the crisis.
The corporatist media outlets have done their part in making sure the mud flows thick and fast, alternately blaming the shutdown on both sides, on the “Tea Party” fascists, and on the Obama White House. What seems to be the one point of consensus, however, is that the entire fight is about whether the massive Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka Obamacare) will be allowed to be put into effect in 2015.
- The October 2013 issue of Working People’s Advocate will be delayed two weeks, with a projected publishing date of Oct. 15. The article line-up for the regular issue will not change as a result of the delay.
- The Worker-Communist will begin appearing three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, with special coverage of the federal government shutdown. This schedule will end on the next publishing day after the conclusion of the shutdown. These Special Issues will be published under the flag of the Daily Worker-Communist.
- Following the conclusion of the shutdown, a Special Issue of Working People’s Advocate will be published containing a selection of articles from the Worker-Communist and Daily Worker-Communist, as well as a centerpiece article that goes into the theoretical questions behind the current crisis.
‘Tea Party’ Fascists Threaten Coup over Obamacare Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 30 — As we go to press, it is all but guaranteed that the U.S. Senate will reject the latest attempt by Congressional Republicans in the House of Representatives to attach provisions to the federal budget bill that would delay implementation of Obamacare and repeal the 2.3-percent tax on medical devices.
Barring a last-second cave-in by either side, the U.S. government will begin a rolling shutdown at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow. “Non-essential” services, such as the WIC program, federally-funded relief to the survivors of the recent floods in Colorado and EPA inspection will grind to a halt. To make matters worse, if the shutdown continues for more than two weeks, there is also a high likelihood that Congress will not act on raising the debt ceiling, meaning that Washington could find itself unable to meet its loan obligations on time and risk defaulting.