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Medicaid funding for puerto rico. And do you have any sense whether there's going to be a success in that in the continuing resolution. Well i mean what the by administration did was through their administrative authority and they actually took action on this to increase the the amount available for the food stamp program on a per person basis. They've done some things administratively to lighten the burden and to increase this help but one big problem is that all of this is tied to pandemic relief and what we've seen is the willingness on the part of the administration on the part of congress to allow pandemic relief to roll off We saw this with the eviction moritorium which was then reinstated but supreme court overturned it We saw this with unemployment benefits the extension of those which expired on september six there are more programs like paid leave which was in on a temporary basis. They're going to expire on the thirtieth in addition to this additional funding for the territories. Like puerto rico so this is a larger problem of the pandemic relief. Slowly fading away despite the fact that we're still five million jobs down from where we were before the pandemic despite the fact that they're still a lot of need out there and despite the fact that in the case of the territory's this is a inequity that does require some congressional action so. I'm not sure exactly whether that gets fixed in the continuing resolution. I know that the by administration is looking to see if there are steps they can take on their own authority to remedy this and finally davide if you could just talk about what people should be watching out for today and how can people way in. Well i mean obviously the first answer is to call your member of congress. We're we're looking like we're going to have a vote as you know. There's a three vote margin for democrats in congress. There are a handful of republicans that are likely to vote for this bipartisan infrastructure. Bill but probably not more than ten. So if there are at least thirteen or fifteen or or even twenty members who among democrats and progressives. Were going to vote against this bill. It's it's not likely to pass. And so this idea that they stand with the deal. That was made Is is that that would be. That would threaten the bill and by the way it wouldn't kill the bill forever. It would just say look. We're not going to vote for this until there's a deal on everything and if they progressives do have enough votes to to stop it on thursday. I suspect negotiations will continue and eventually if they get to a deal then both bills will pass. We want to thank you so much for being with us david. Day and executive editor at the american prospect is latest piece. Polisi tries to bulldoze progressives in the infrastructure bill but she claims that must pass to avoid an expiration of highway funding. That's just not true. He writes well he also wrote about how the interlocking crises and congress have simple solutions his latest monopolize life in the age of corporate power. Next up we'll be talking about. The german elections. Were the center. Social democratic party declared victory in sunday's election putting into the sixteen year reign of angola miracles conservative leadership will speak with the honest vara focused the former finance minister of greece who negotiated with miracle and international creditors years ago when they demanded harsh new austerity measures for the european bailout of grace. We'll also talk about the new military deal between the united states. Australia and britain and what greece has to do with that and we'll talk about the climate crisis and more stay with us pins same sunday. Excess by tricky. This is democracy now democracy now dot org the warrant piece report. I made me goodman with one gonzales. As we turn out to germany where the center-left social democratic party narrowly claim victory sunday in the election. That puts an end to the sixteen year of angola. Miracles conservative leadership merkel's party. The christian democrats won the second most votes with the green party. Coming in third. Social democrats will now have to form a ruling coalition which could take weeks or possibly months the gop candidate for chancellor olaf show who positioned himself as a leader in the vein of miracle during his campaign vowed to tackle the climate crisis and modernize industry. He says well. For more on what this means for europe and the world were joined in greece by janice i focus is member of greek parliament former finance minister of greece who negotiated with chancellor merkel and international creditors in two thousand fifteen when he demanded harsh new austerity measures for a european bailout of greece largely merkel's behest although at some points. Our focus was excluded from the negotiations. His latest piece for jakobsen is headlined. Angela merkel was bad for europe and the world. His new book is called another now. We welcome you back to democracy. Now jaanus You can. I talk about what's happened in germany. What it means for greece and for the world where it's going to be back. Amy thank you. Not much has changed. Let's hyperventilate about the great changes. We point them at one. I'm gonna. Medical was not defeated the first german chancellor in the postwar era that has been defeated. She designed so she is going home because she's heading up point number one point number two the previous having stations at least the last two where administation's sogo grand coalitions between the christian democrats and the social democrats are now only beat the cushion them. So it's not as if an opposition. Bob emigrants are coming into government. They went into government. The all of schultz we've gained to be chancellor if this collision that he's now concocting comes depression. He was finance minister under yesterday. So let's take down a few notches all the hype about the great changes in german and the other point which is a very important to points. If i may quickly one brief ones firstly steady that hit out country hearing and than ten was first practicing two thousand and nine not to such an extent was. I practiced put into place in germany in two thousand nine. Two thousand without a two thousand nine by the social democrats themselves. So it's not as if the social democrats have an anti austerity depart. They were the inventors overstay and they practiced ruthless leak in germany. And finally the point. I need to make whoever is in this government and whether leads this government this is going to contain for the first time since ages the so-called free democratic the free democrats of germany. The which is a very strong of stadium. Right-wing libertarian even party and they are going exact bond the flesh from social democrats over the christian democrats or the greens. Join them up their price for joining. The government will be business usual. W- janas of our focus. You've argued in articles you published in the new statesman jacobin that of that miracles are austerity. Policies condemned europe germany to decline. But could you expand on that happily. I remember lehman brothers and the great financial meltdown of two thousand and eight very soon. After that found out to have these belief that the german banks would also kaput bankrupt and so with the french bank so were all the banks in the european union including the british ones and they had to actually salvage them like president. Obama did in the united states except that unlike president obama the europeans had given up on having any central bank and national central bank so they affected a cynical transfer of instead of printing money instead of having the central bank of europe. Be free the money which is what im- guide that and lies and back. Obama did in the united states instead of doing they transfer their losses. The week taxpayers. Who were greeks. What can glass germans and so on. So you had socialism for the very few for the bankers and hydrotherapy everyone logistics but the german workers. The french word is the slavic workers. The portuguese work. The spanish works now. What happens when you do that app. The bankers have been refloated. They're constantly be given money that the central bank brings eventually and the masses are softening and labor under the yoke overstay overstated. Now big business looks illegal people out there. This is what they will not be able to afford the equivalent of a gym tesla. Let's say so. Don't don't invest so investment availow good quality jobs disappear. They replaced by mini jobs. Delarue jobs you know the gig economy so you have discontent across europe. You have low. Levels of investment in the place is about the richest like germany. And of course you have non existent investment place like this. This is what i said. When i when i tried to make. The point of the articles kindly mentioned that under leaves the chancellery. The office of prime minister of germany. Much stronger than team headed. Because of the crisis she leaves germany complete replete and fool of economic surplus of surplus money. But she also leaves it with low level a low levels of investment and effectively condemned to be falling behind china and the united states. When it comes to the humanity and your will be needing the next few years which is getting energy. Artificial intelligence high tech companies that can combine the transition with some degree of shared prosperity. I wanted to ask you about another issue. That marks i guess of miracles. Legacy is the issue of immigration. I mean we were seeing new images again. Not just in the united states of haitians in central americans at the at the border but now once again In southern europe a six hundred asylum-seekers yesterday and one boat in in lee a huge increase in those escaping from africa and the middle east coming to europe. Greece obviously has been dealing with this but merckel distinguish among the leaders by initially welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into germany. other countries. Were trying to close their borders. Your sense of her legacy. In terms of migration policy and how migration is affecting europe given the fact that these imperial powers keep waging wars disrupting these countries creating ah of chaos and then insisting that migrants cannot come into your yes yes so right i mean it was such a show hypocrisy recently when the taliban moved into kabul and the liberal press in the united states and of course the european union. They were horrified by this site of the taliban taking over and all these concerns about the liberal progressive afghans especially women and The very same time you know are great and good. Be the same ones who were lamenting their success taliban. They started talking about raising the height of the fences that they're building to turn europe the four hundred zero not one mention of letting the afghan women that are being persecuted by diamond coming. But going back to your question about america's legacy when it comes to do immigration those a key words in question that was initially had initial response. It wasn't in fifteen in the summer of fifteen when the weather when the seat in the fiji's came storming in running away from the civil war in syria had initially spas great. I mean i even tweeted that. Another good ally of angela. Merkel so in my tweets that i i'm proud to be european because of anglo america because she said let them in my goodness and she led one million people in but then immediately had pragmatism kicks in she. He's the leader of a conservative party. That would was about her alive. To put blunt not too bluntly out and within two weeks shiver scores so that initial response shows that the woman is probably very decent person and all this but within two weeks she spoke to the text president. Mr alan and together. They concocted a travesty of a policy effectively. The european union under america's guidance. But i'd with a few billion euros the president of turkey the turkish government to allow you union to violate the national law to allow. Jeez jeez on these ramshackle boats that end up on lesbos. The greek islands right that they really don't have the right to seek asylum because medical under the grief years ago with the approval of my former comrades in this government. After i resigned the french on they agreed that turkey is a safe country and therefore no refugees from syria from afghanistan from wherever has the right to file application for refugee status even been tortured. This absolutely preposterous. So you have initially actual good good and then you have. What has been happening over. The last few is usa beautiful village significant last week two weeks ago concentration camp. A prison camp was built with european union money as part of the metal legacy on the island of samos. Now on the one hand you have those. Were waxing lyrical about it. Because those if you jesus used to live in tents and they would be washed away. Whenever there was a a winter storm or rain heavy rain falling southern they had decent dwellings they even had around they had wi fi but what they forget to dimension is that there is also bob wires surrounding them so these people can stay in there for years for having committed the crime of coming to europe to seek refugee states very quickly Jaanus pharaoh focus. You're speaking to us from a greek island. And so we're having a little trouble with the skype but Thank you all for bearing with us. You tweeted on tuesday at a time. When the us and france are competing on which of the two will undermine peace in the pacific more effectively. The greek prime minister is pushing greece. Further into debt bondage by purchasing french frigates with a nod from biden so as to play kate mccomb. Greece deserves better and of course talking about august. This new military alliance to marginalize china many are asking. If if it's biden who is really creating a new cold war with china. He makes a deal with the uk and australia. for It was a deal. Sixty five billion dollars nuclear powered subs and this cut france out. They felt stabbed in the back. So now francis making a deal with greece. Further militarizing the world. Your thoughts ever so you know depressed by not learning any lessons from the past. You would quite rightly assorted arms race arms race happening in the pacific so the french wants to make some money of this by selling them. Submarines the americans come main and the cup. The french art of the deal. The french did seriously believed all this is happening. Supposedly in order to increase security the pacific. These doing exactly the opposite because the chinese are simply going to respond to this arms race by upping the ante building. More of their own nuclear subs waste in any case. We we live in a in technological world where we have transplant options. These old fashioned of marines. Neither here nor they are. They are not increasing. Security is anything his insecurity. But there's a lot of money to be made by the french. Who want to sell them by. The american government wants to make sure that their mates that are producing. These nuclear subs get the the deals from australia. And macron is stopped and then suddenly a prison biden decides to to throw him a few morsels of bread in order to pacify him and that is to give the green light to the greek prime minister to buy three or four frigates from the french government. Which exactly what are they going to contribute to our security. Yes we do have a problem with turkey. We have a recalcitrant we have turkeys regime that additionally proves imperialist or when he wants to solidify its own founding base within turkey because it is a dictatorship and our turkish comrades turkish democrat democratic. Commerce are suffering under it so whenever the government's unsafe eighth creates tensions to the gym. But how exactly is this guy to help by this. I mean a few more hi-tech frigates greece's guide to buy from france using what more debt you mentioned that. I was finance minister at the height of the greek debt crisis. Well let me stated for the record the back then when every newspaper in the world including the united states was covered with guys about the greek crisis are dead to really be ratio. Something like one hundred and seventy percent one hundred fifty hundred seventy percent one and a half times national linked up to date more than twice. It's two hundred ten two hundred twelve two percent still. They're boring more money from the europeans to buy your been frigates to pacify macron In terms of what he lost the pacific while the both the pacific and the aegean oceans and seas are becoming less secure and more prone to conflicts that will only have victims amongst the working classes of china of stralia of the united states of greece of the deal. France and germany. If you can say why you called your new book another now. Because i'm a leftist. And we left this problem amy especially. Those of us would declare to be critical of capitalism against capitalism. Because the obvious question that then comes or thrown at us is and it's a fair question made if you don't like capitalism ism what's tentative. How could we have organized society. The economy polity the whole thing differently without capitalism so i decided to write a novel a science fiction though the political science fiction novel in which i imagined that the two thousand and eight grade financial collapse to not just occupy wall street to a global movement that with some degree of realism build another. Now we want thank you for being with us. We're going to ask you to stay. So we can have further conversations about another now and posted it democracy. Now dot org janas. Far focus member of the greek parliament former finance minister of greece. His latest feast jacket. Ben will link to anglo-america was bad for europe and the world. His new book is titled another now. That does it for our show. Happy birthday to paul powell democracy now currently accepting applications for two positions director finance administration and human resources manager. I mean he goodman with one. Gonzales stay safe..

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