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Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Volume 4, Issue Number 22

This Week You Need to Know:

Senate Defeat of Coup d'État Leaves Bush a Lame Duck

by Debra Hanania-Freeman

Late in the day on May 23, in a series of events that few Americans yet understand, George W. Bush was rendered a lame duck President, just four months into his second term, as a move led by Vice President Dick Cheney to carry out a cold coup, by destroying the functioning of the U.S. Senate, was dealt a dramatic and stinging defeat.

There were only hours to go before there was a forced vote on an illegal change in Senate rules orchestrated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Vice President Dick Cheney (in his rarely occupied seat as the President of the Senate), whose purpose was to overturn the U.S. Constitution, by breaking the Senate's unique power to impose checks and balances against an out-of-control Presidency. But a bipartisan group of 14 Senators—seven Democrats and seven Republicans—led by Senate veterans Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and John Warner (R-Va.), announced that they had reached an agreement that would prevent Cheney and Frist from carrying out their unconstitutional "nuclear option." Two additional members of the Senate, Daniel Innoye (D-Hi.) and Lincoln Chaffee (R-R.I.), were not present at the press conference, but were signators to the negotiated agreement. (See Documentation for the text of the press conference and the full agreement.)

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Here are Lyndon LaRouche's remarks to the EIR Staff in Wiesbaden, Germany, on May 23. An extended discussion followed, a small part of which follows LaRouche's opening statement.

Europeans are used to parliamentary systems; and when they talk about the U.S. Congress, they talk about parliament; when they talk about U.S. politics, they talk about parliamentary systems. The United States system is a republic, it is not a parliamentary system. It's a unique kind of a republic. There's nothing like it, anywhere else in the world.


The Economy

World and Nation-State

This Week in History


May 30 - June 5, 1937

FDR's Plan for National Infrastructure Development

On June 3, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt recommended to Congress that it pass legislation providing for Federal planning and development of the nation's natural resources, and that this comprehensive effort be coordinated by seven regional authorities. This was not a mere academic proposal for better administration—it was part of Roosevelt's knock-down-drag-out fight in 1937 against the Tory faction, which wanted to stop the New Deal programs and go back to laissez-faire, free trade, and unregulated speculation.

Although Roosevelt had been reelected in 1936 by a large margin, the international speculators and financiers moved quickly to counter the economic programs that were bringing America out of the Great Depression. Roosevelt could see the warning signs early in the year. During a White House press conference on April 2, he announced the fact that the prices of raw materials had gone up too high, threatening the large, long-term infrastructure projects, such as bridges and concrete dams, that the government was building.

Roosevelt particularly cited the price rises in cement, steel, and copper. "I am concerned—we are all concerned—over the price rise in certain materials that go into durable goods primarily. For example, we all know that there are a great many mines in this country—copper mines that can turn out copper at a profit at five and six cents. Even the high-priced mines, like Anaconda, can probably make a profit at eight and nine cents. Yet today copper is selling at 17 cents or more, pushing up thereby the prices of all kinds of articles into which copper enters, and of course it does enter into a very, very large field of articles of all kinds."

Roosevelt also cited the $6 a ton increase in steel prices. When asked by the press if the price increases were far above what they should have been, Roosevelt answered: "I think that the price increase of ordinary steel was much larger than was justified by the increase in the pay of the workers; it was probably somewhere between twice and three times the amount that went to the workers."

Compounding the problem that massive profit-taking and speculation on raw materials was driving up the cost of building needed infrastructure, was the fact that Treasury Secretary Morgenthau was pressuring Roosevelt to cut funds to the Public Works Administration. Morgenthau justified the cuts by pointing to the industrial production index published by the New York Times, which had risen to 110, and therefore supposedly indicated that large infrastructural projects were no longer needed. He was wrong, and the cuts resulted in an economic collapse and spiraling unemployment.

The opposition to the New Deal, an opposition of such ferocity that it would even wittingly cause another collapse, was made up of oligarchical interests who knew Roosevelt's policies were the death knell of their beloved feudal system. One Roosevelt thrust that drove them to frenzy was his May 24, 1937 proposal for legislation establishing minimum wages and maximum hours.

In his proposal to Congress, Roosevelt wrote that "to protect the fundamental interests of free labor and a free people we propose that only goods which have been produced under conditions which meet the minimum standards of free labor shall be admitted to interstate commerce. Goods produced under conditions which do not meet rudimentary standards of decency should be regarded as contraband and ought not to be allowed to pollute the channels of interstate trade."

One of the rudimentary standards of decency involved not using child labor. In 1918, the Supreme Court, with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes writing the dissenting opinion, had invalidated a statute prohibiting the interstate shipment of goods made by child labor, under conditions considered sub-standard by the Congress of that day. As Roosevelt later wrote, it was not until 1941 that the Supreme Court overturned that decision. "It has established the power of the Congress to outlaw child labor and the chiseling of workers' wages, and the stretching of workers' hours beyond modern American standards.

"There has been established at last the definite principle, which is essential to any self-respecting democracy, that the Congress has the right to impose decent standards of wages and hours in any factory which manufactures merchandise passing through the channels of commerce from one State to another. In this way, backward States, which are willing to permit their children to work instead of going to school, and are willing to subject helpless labor to intolerable working hours and starvation wages, will not be permitted to send their merchandise into other more enlightened States, which are willing to respect the minimum standards of a free laboring class."


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Senate Defeat of Coup d'État Leaves Bush a Lame Duck
by Debra Hanania-Freeman

Late in the day on May 23, in a series of events that few Americans yet understand, George W. Bush was rendered a lame duck President, just four months into his second term, as a move led by Vice President Dick Cheney to carry out a cold coup, by destroying the functioning of the U.S. Senate, was dealt a dramatic and stinging defeat.

Republic Saved! Congress Must Rebuild the Country!
Upon hearing of the May 23 agreement in the U.S. Senate, which stopped cold the coup d'e´tat which Dick Cheney et al. were planning to carry out with the 'nuclear option,' Lyndon LaRouche seconded the words of senior Senator Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd said: 'Well, I remember Benjamin Franklin, the oldest in the group that signed the Constitution of the United States. He was approached by a lady who said, 'Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?' 'And he said, 'A republic, madam, if you can keep it.' 'We have kept it.'

Bipartisan Senators: We Have Kept the Republic
This May 23 press conference, announcing an agreement to prevent the 'nuclear option,' was addressed by Senators John Warner (R-Va.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Olympia Snowe (R-Me.), Mark Pryor (D-Ak.), Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), Robert Byrd (D-W.V.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Susan Collins (RMe.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.).


Rumsfeld's Base-Closing Plan Is a Huge Real Estate Swindle
by Carl Osgood

Lyndon LaRouche, commenting on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's base closing plan on May 15, noted that embedded in those decisions is an insane plan to decentralize U.S. military infrastructure. This is not base closing, LaRouche said, because there is no net closure of bases. It is base switching—to far-out suburbs of the major urban centers of the United States. The action is aimed at building up a new real estate bubble in remote suburban areas, which do not have the infrastructure to absorb these bases, and the families and service requirements that go along with them. The resulting process will increase costs, not decrease them.

Cuts, Real Estate Deals Target VA Hospitals
by Marcia Merry Baker

The Veterans Affairs Department is currently carrying out a process intended to designate, by February 2006, more than a dozen major VA hospital campuses for real estate sell-off, or lease—all or in part. The sites range from New York City, to Pittsburgh, to Los Angeles (see map, page 24). Using talk about 'business-based' decision-making for 'asset-value' and real estate revenue, the VA calls its scheme, 'Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services' or CARES.

Vets Face Deepening Austerity at the VA
by Carl Osgood
The Bush Administration, from the President himself, to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to public affairs officers at every level, constantly proclaim the virtues of the American soldier, and their support for giving him everything he needs. OnMemorial Day, President Bush will make the solemn journey to Arlington National Cemetery, and extol the sacrifices made by the members of America's armed forces in every war, including the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, veterans of those same wars are finding a different story when they turn to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care. They are finding 'reprioritization'...

Italian Parliamentarians Fight Against Usury, for Return to a Real Economy
Italy's Chamber of Deputies debated and passed a resolution on April 6, written in collaboration with the LaRouche political movement in Italy, which called on the Italian government to convene an international meeting of heads of state 'to create a new and more just global monetary and financial system.' It was supported by Deputies from all the parties

  • Interview: Oskar Peterlini
    Sen. Oskar Peterlini is from Bolzano, in a region of Italy where most of the inhabitants speak both German and Italian. He is a leader of the South Tyrolean People's Party, on whose slate he was elected to the Senate. He sits on the Labor Commission, and has also worked as a leader of a regional pension fund for many years. Peterlini has introduced a number of motions into the Senate calling for a New Bretton Woods, and has used material from EIR to present other initiatives and parliamentary questions on various strategic and economic issues.

Science and Technology:

ON THE NOËTIC PRINCIPLE Vernadsky and Dirichlet's Principle
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

May 18, 2005
The following is prompted by an examination of an implicitly accredited English translation of V.I. Vernadsky's 1935 On Some Fundamental Problems of Biogeochemistry, secured through the Columbia University files contributed by V.I. Vernadsky's son, Professor George Vernadsky, New Haven, Conn., U.S.A.


Early Elections in Germany Open New Options for Change
by Rainer Apel

Forecasts that the outcome of the May 22 elections for state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia would be decisive for Germany as a whole, were more than appropriate, as surprising developments illustrated within a few hours after the election. With the final results of that election not even in yet (although the defeat of the Social Democratic Party [SPD] was already clear), German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) announced that he would call early national elections by September.

  • Documentation
    Zepp-LaRouche Speaks Out

    This leaflet by by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, chairwoman of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (Büso), was issued in Germany on May 26, under the title 'A Coup d'État in the U.S.A. Was Averted! The BüSo Enters Full Force Into the Federal Election Campaign.'

New Provocations by Sharon in the Works
by Dean Andromidas

Israeli police recently revealed the arrest of five Israeli fanatics who were planning to attack the al-Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The plot involved the launching of a Lau anti-tank missile at one of the mosques atop Islam's third most holy site—an attack that many fear could trigger a new religious war, if not World War III.

Why Is the Vote So Important On the European Constitution?
by Christine Bierre
On May 29, a national referendum will be held in France on whether to accept or reject the European Constitutional Treaty which was adopted by the European heads of state at two European Union summits on June 18 and Oct. 29, 2004. This text is now in the process of being ratified by the 25 EU members, either via popular referenda or parliamentary votes. Were one nation to vote against it, this entire process, in principle, should come to an end. As of this writing, polls in France are pointing towards a defeat. But the election will be highly contested until the very end.

Looted by the Bankrupt IMF System, The Philippines Opens to LaRouche
by Michael Billington

A brief May 15-18 visit to the Philippines by EIR representative Michael Billington, the first Philippines visit by a U.S. representative of statesman and physical economist Lyndon LaRouche since 2001, met an open and enthusiastic response by the Philippine press and by leading layers of the political establishment. Almost 30 print, radio, and television media representatives packed a press conference on May 16, organized by the prominent journalist Julius Fortuna, and by Butch Valdes, the leader of the LaRouche Society of the Philippines, with considerable assistance from the Philippines LaRouche Youth Movement.


The Franklin/AIPAC Case: Cheneygate Revisited
by Jeffrey Steinberg

On May 24, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Martinsburg, West Virginia, announced a new criminal complaint against Larry Franklin, charging the Pentagon analyst with illegal possession of classified U.S. government documents. The indictment stemmed from a June 30, 2004 raid on Franklin's West Virginia home, during which 83 classified documents were seized. At the beginning of May, Franklin was arrested on a similar criminal complaint issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Each complaint carried a potential ten-year jail sentence.

AFL-CIO Leader: We're Ready To Do the Work
Bill Londrigan has been the president of the Kentucky AFLCIO since 1999, representing 100,000 union members, including mineworkers, fire fighters, office workers, and many others. On May 11, a resolution was pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature (for next session), by Louisville/Jefferson County Representative Perry Clark (D), calling on legislators of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to act for the purpose of, 'Urging Congress To Take Emergency Actions To Save the Economy and the Auto Industry.' Londrigan was interviewed for EIR on May 25 by Mary Jane Freeman, on his views of how to deal with the political and economic crisis in Kentucky and nationally.

Wilbur Ross Cartel Dumps Mineworkers' Health Care
On Oct. 1, 2004, then-bankrupt Horizon Natural Resources, the coal company based in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Illinois, was acquired by corporate scavenger Wilbur Ross's firm, WL Ross & Co. LLC, to form the International Coal Group. A day earlier, U.S. District Court Judge Henry R. Wilmot had lifted a stay on a decision by Horizon Natural Resources to terminate healthcare benefits for nearly 5,000 Horizon retired and active miners. This cleared the way for a takeover by Ross...

Wisconsin Lawmaker: Use GM, Ford To Rebuild U.S.
State Representative Christine Sinicki, a Democrat from Milwaukee, issued the following statement on May 25. She represents Assembly District 20 in the Wisconsin State Legislature.


LaRouche: `The Immortality of Martin Luther King'

Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

speaks to the Martin Luther King Day Prayer Breakfast in Talladega County, Alabama on Jan. 19, 2004


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