WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: 'I don't really understand. How is it the new plan going
to fix the problem?'
Verbatim response: PRESIDENT BUSH:
'Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost
drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the
table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price
increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being
considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers,
affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get
what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has
been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look,
there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are
calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of
prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise
based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that
would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how
fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that
growth is affected, it will help on the red.'
Forward this to others -- so they, too, can understand...
Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005): The Legacy of the Former Senator and Anti-War Presidential Candidate
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/18/1442236
We look at the life of former anti-war presidential candidate, Eugene McCarthy. Hundreds gathered for his memorial service this weekend. We speak with a reporter who covered him for decades and SDS founder Tom Hayden. [includes rush transcript - partial]( Collapse )
Exclusive: Selling the Amazon for a Handful of Beads
By Kelly Hearn, AlterNet
Posted on January 17, 2006, Printed on January 18, 2006
Scanning bookshelves in his tiny law office in Quito, Ecuador, Bolivar Beltran's disdain for Big Oil is as legible as the contracts that map their nefarious ways.
"These were all negotiated in secret," says the soft-spoken attorney and Ecuadorian congressional aide, explaining how he used a lawsuit last year to obtain pages of once-classified contracts between the Ecuadorian military and 16 multinational oil companies.
These are untranslated, scanned versions of the contracts mentioned in this report. Right-click these links to save the files to your computer.
- Agip contract [PDF]
- Master contract [PDF]
- November master update [PDF]
- Oxy contract [PDF]
- Oxy letter [PDF]
Kelly Hearn is a former UPI staff writer who divides his time between the U.S. and South America. A correspondent to the Christian Science Monitor, his work has appeared in TheNation.com, E Magazine, Grist, the American Prospect and other publications. He is a regular contributor to AlterNet.
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