What began as an event has become an era. What began as a concussion has become a cancer, a societal mental illness, collective amnesia, seeing but not seeing, knowing, while knowing nothing, all the symptoms of the illness are present, still — we claim to be all right, pretending it’s not so, when it is so.
We’re expected to believe the made for TV reasons with corporate rerun understanding. Behold the media colossus, standing straddled over the left and right of self-generating public opinion. The truth is… whatever they say it is, because Winston, two and two make five, do you understand?
From Business Insider Feb11, 2011 – “Looks Like Ross Perot Was Right About the ‘Giant Sucking Sound’”:
Perot is famous (among other things) for his statement during the 1992 presidential campaign that if NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was not a two way street it would create a “giant sucking sound” of jobs going south to the cheap labor markets of Mexico.
Both of Perot’s opponents (George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton) argued that NAFTA would create jobs in the U.S. because of business expansion.
Both Republicans and Democrats wildly supported these swindles and the swindles which have followed. These alleged Free Trade articles codify into law, favorable business arrangements, claiming the right to these conditions… forever!
It reminds me of a story about a small town out west and someone was rustling a rancher’s cattle. The ranchers banded together and hired themselves a sheriff to find these rustlers. Yet despite the sheriff’s efforts, he always seemed to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and the rustler’s always managed to get away. The ranchers held a secret meeting and came to a decision. It seemed the ranchers thought the rustlers were always a bit too lucky and the sheriff, always a bit too unlucky. So to prove their point, the ranchers hung the sheriff and the rustling stopped.
The Business Insider’s admission of “Gee, 30 million jobs lost and I guess, you guys were right, and the rustlers got clean away!” We’ve witnessed a decade of financial mismanagement and fraud, along with a decade of military adventurism. As the corporate media explain, “gosh, we really thought there were WMDs; boy, is their egg on our face. Gosh, who would have thought Wall Street executives were crooked? Gosh, who could have known, mortgage lenders would game the system?”
January 1, 1994 – NAFTA takes effect
January 1, 1995 – World Trade Organization opens for business
1997 – The Tax Payer Relief Act, allowed homeowners up to $500,000 in tax-free Capital Gains every two years from the sale of a home.
1999 – The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act allowed Commercial and Investment Banks to merge
2000 – Contested Presidential Election
2001 – Bush passes out tax rebate checks
2002 – Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to a historical low of 1%
2005 – Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Prevention Act changes the laws in regards to real property in bankruptcy.
“If a filer acquired their [sic] home less than 1,215 days (40 months) before filing, or if they have been convicted of security law violations or been found guilty of certain crimes, they may only exempt up to $125,000 (adjusted periodically), regardless of a state’s exemption allowance.”
October 6, 2008 – Stock markets crash 1,280 days later.
A generation pushed through the cattle chutes, skinned and made into hamburger. By May of 2009, 40% of borrowers who took out a mortgage in 2006 were underwater. One year later, banks had seized over 1 million properties and were reimbursed for their losses by the tax payers. Kind of like hiring a hit man to have yourself killed, the banks sold these properties at the height of the bubble and were reimbursed for their losses in full and then bought the properties back, for pennies on the dollar.
Now, here’s where it gets sweet. The banks got to pick and choose which properties they wished to repurchase. Lilly white subdivisions near the Interstate, sure pick’em up for .22 cents on the dollar. Iinner city Cleveland or Youngstown, or inner city anywhere, let the tax payers worry about it.
The contested presidential election is all part and parcel of this economic coup d’état. The fix was in, Florida was flipped and the media was used to cover their tracks. The Supreme Court intervened in the case, a case where it held no jurisdiction. Two justices with immediate family members employed by one of the candidates voted anyway, as if there’s nothing wrong or inappropriate about that.
Bush begins with tax cuts, but to make the bad medicine go down, comes up with the free money, courtesy of Santa George, rebating taxes, everybody gets a check! The working couple’s rebate check is just enough to cover that nothing-down, adjustable rate mortgage, being advertised relentlessly on TV, ’round the clock.
Then September 11th and the new Reichstag Fire.
Section V of Rebuilding America’s Defenses, entitled “Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force”, includes the sentence: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”
This is what the Project for the New American Century was all about. These are their “Core Missions” from their 1997 Statement of Principles;
- defend the American homeland;
- fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
- perform the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;
- transform U.S. forces to exploit the “revolution in military affairs”;
Unspoken, but just as much a core mission: undercut American workers wages; export the industrial base, while fostering a housing bubble. Use the collapse as a profit center to expropriate wealth and as a chance to redefine the American economy. Use the economic hard times created by design to break municipal unions, to de-fund public education, to pare social programs. It really all comes into perspective when we see John McCain playing video poker on his iPhone during the Senate hearings on Syria.
You see, if you play ball with the rustlers, life is good.
Bill Clinton played ball; when he left the White House he was a million dollars in debt. Today, Clinton is worth over $125 million. Al Gore played ball, he knew when to shut up and knuckle under and he’s worth over $200 million. John Kerry conceded his Presidential campaign before the votes were even counted and Kerry is probably the most unlikely of the bunch, with a net worth $194 million.
As an American, it is embarrassing to watch the Secretary of State and the President flopping around like dying fishes upon the world stage, trying to sell us this tired old clunker, about WMDs and terrorists, one more time. Like a painted-up whore trying to look pretty, the presentation is far too gritty to be believable.
About the author: David Glenn Cox is a senior staff writer for TLR and an award winning author and musician; he is the author of the novel, “The Servants of Pilate.”