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June 9, 2009


Shamus Cooke, Global Research - History will likely show that these bailouts involved the largest transfer of wealth ever - from the working class to that small group of billionaires who own the corporations.
This fact is recognized by most people now and is such common knowledge that even the mainstream media feels comfortable discussing it. . . matter-of-factly.

These corporations have also exerted tremendous influence in other realms of politics, working towards destroying Obama's campaign promises of health care, job creation, civil liberties, the Employee Free Choice Act, peace, etc.

In each case, the promised reform was gutted of its essence, and "compromise" versions of the bills are now being discussed: instead of universal health care, we will likely be universally mandated to purchase health insurance; instead of "job creation" we are told that the stimulus has "saved jobs" (contrary to the evidence); while troops are "drawing down" from Iraq, the war in Afghanistan/Pakistan is being escalated; instead of allowing workers to organize unions easier, a compromise version – Employee Free Choice Act, minus card check - seems more politically "pragmatic," etc.

Even Obama's smaller reforms face similar partial abortions in Congress. For example, Obama recently signed into legislation the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. But, as The New York Times pointed out, the bill "was missing its centerpiece: a change in bankruptcy law he [Obama] once championed that would have given judges the power to lower the amount owed on a home loan."

Obama was not demanding that foreclosures cease, or that those who've recently lost their homes - because of the economic crisis - be allowed to return to them; he was merely advocating that those who can still afford mortgage payments be allowed to lower their balances.

Even this small crumb for homeowners was rejected by Wall Street, whose profits would have suffered.

The New York Times explains: "the [bill's] real threat was to their [the banks] profits. The proposal would have shifted negotiating power to the millions of troubled homeowners who could use the threat of bankruptcy to wrest lower monthly payments from lenders."

This truth prompted an oddly blunt reply from Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:

"This is one of the most extreme examples I have seen of a special interest wielding its power for the special interest of a few against the general benefit of millions of homeowners and thousands of communities now being devastated by foreclosure."

The New York Times article also quieted those apologists for Obama who claim that he is an honest leader held back by an unreasonably conservative Democratic Congress:

"Throughout it all, the banks took advantage of the Obama administration's seeming ambivalence. Despite its occasional populist rhetoric, the White House was conspicuously absent from weeks of pivotal negotiations this spring."

And: "While Mr. Obama reaffirmed his support for the proposal shortly after becoming president, administration officials barely participated in the negotiations, a factor that [corporate] lobbyists said significantly strengthened their hand."

It must be noted that the corporation's next big demand on the government will be to eliminate the tremendous U.S. debt, which they rightly view as a destabilizing factor for making profits. The problem lies in how they will propose to correct the problem: through the gutting of the U.S. social safety nets such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that benefit working families and the poor.

This government debt is the direct result of trillion dollar bank bailouts and wars of aggression that benefit only the rich. The working class, however, is being enlisted to pay for these polices. . .

The political power of the corporations is dramatically exposing the rotten nature of America's political and economic system - represented by the Republicans and Democrats - where the tremendous wealth of a small group allows them unprecedented power at the expense of millions of others. Without an independent political voice, the working class will continue to be betrayed by Democratic politicians whose pie in the sky campaign promises fail to yield even crumbs.


Anonymous MonkeyMuffins said...

Once again Mr. Smith plugs his favorite conspiradroid-revisionist-history website, GlobalFiction.ca (home of the easily debunked urban legend, "nine-eleven-was-an-inside-job", as well as other works of fiction).

Mr. Smith's fetish for counterproductive mythology is as offensive as it is pathetic.

Regardless, I don't see why he prefers to backdoor his religious beliefs.

I say, be proud of your ignorance!

Start a RegressiveRevisionism.com section devoted to UFOs, Ghosts, Yetis and Nessie.

And start your own section exploring the fantasy world of NWO-ZOG-clade dominance.

Mr Smith, don't just hint at your obvious belief in such obvious bullsh-t. Come out of the closet and be proud of your puerile beliefs!

Join the growing ranks of other left-in-name-only websites which have become so "skeptical" that their brains have simply fallen out of their heads.

June 12, 2009 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Govt is only classifying all the evidence it can 'cause it has nothing to hide. said...

Re: "monkey muffins" (indeed}or Lizbeth iz thet you? 'To forswear waterboarding would be regression to a perilous "September 10th mentality," Elizabeth Cheney assures us.'http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090604130444852

June 12, 2009 9:58 PM  
Anonymous murder will out said...

Firm evidence of nano-thermite residue in four distinct WTC dust samples. From a paper published in the peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal by dissident physicist Stephen Jones (our own Andrei Sakharov) and eight colleagues (summary here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/..

June 12, 2009 10:38 PM  

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