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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Citizen Heal Thyself!

Conservatives Make Their Proposals for Healthcare Coverage

by CHARLES R. LARSON

Ted Cruze:  one packet of twelve aspirin, three Band-Aids, and four yards of clothesline.

Michelle Bachmann:  King James Bible and mandatory Sunday school attendance.

Paul Ryan:  $30.00 in food stamps per month for a family of four.

Eric Cantor:  CVS coupons.

Rush Limbaugh:  no money for contraception, but chastity belts.

Charles and David Koch:  a glass of formaldehyde.

Rick Santorum: four weeks of conversion therapy.

Charles R. Larson is Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.  Email: clarson@american.edu.