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Vol. 73/No. 41      October 26, 2009

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October 26, 1984
In the next several weeks, U.S. working people will be deluged with a flood of lies about the Grenada revolution, its achievements, and its overthrow. The occasion for the storm of demagoguery is the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of the Caribbean island on October 25.

U.S. employers and their government will take this opportunity to not only smear the Grenada revolution, but to try to win support for the U.S. war in Central America. Countering the employers’ lies about the Grenada revolution is an essential task for all its supporters and an important contribution to the fight against Washington’s escalating war in Central America.

“There’s a bipartisan drive to deepen the U.S. rulers’ war,” explained Mel Mason, Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate. “Democratic presidential hopeful Walter Mondale has made clear his support to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Grenada.  
October 26, 1959
As President Eisenhower moved to force the steel strikers back to work, a group of supervisors turned up at the plant gate of U.S. Steel’s Fairless Works in Morrisville, Pa., to enter the mill as they have been doing since the strike began.

But this time a mass picket line turned them away. A union spokesman said the local had ended its policy of permitting supervisors to enter the plant because they had been violating an agreement to restrict themselves to maintenance work.

The incident reflects the mood of increased militancy being generated among the steel workers by the strike-breaking moves of the companies and the government.

Reports from the major steel centers show general recognition among union ranks that the days ahead are crucial in the defense of their organization. They are ready to strike again at the end of the 80-day injunction rather than accept a company plan to gut the union.  
October 27, 1934
President Roosevelt in his latest address to the bankers was greeted by them with a thundering ovation.

After listening to his explanation of what the New Deal really means, they decided rapturously that they were all for him, and it.

President Roosevelt guarantees no Government interference with the swindling operations of the money-changers, against which he spoke so eloquently when he was first elected. He reminded them of all that he had done for “them” towards bolstering up their crumbling concerns, towards guaranteeing them payment on their bad loans, towards “restoring public confidence” in them at a time when their reputation was unsavory, to say the least. And he delicately hinted that he would do as much or more for them in the future.

The benefit of this juggling to the Government is an artificial relieving of the strain on the budget, caused not by relief expenditures, but by direct loans to industry.  
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