Unfinished Business: Tasks Ignored During the Bush Reign of Horror

Unfinished Business


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Tasks Ignored During the Bush Reign of Horror

Michael Collins
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The last eight years can best be described as the illegitimate rule of deviant forces bent on enriching the few at the expense of the many. Poverty is up, real income is flat for the majority of citizens while the elite have “super sized” their holdings with a callous disregard for the nation and economic realities.

The phantom “Yellow Brick Road” has come to an abrupt end through an expression of will by the people. President-elect Obama won by a wide margin in the popular vote and an even wider margin in the Electoral College. He is their choice.

What Obama promised matters. What the people expect matters more. What matters most is the crucial statement of the people. This election was a resounding no vote on executive lying, misdirection, deception, fabrication, and non stop failures. It was also a clear no vote on the unrestrained exercise of power used to attack individual rights promised in the Constitution and the willful neglect of the collective needs of citizens made manifest by their daily struggles.

This election was a clear statement by many who expressed their revulsion at the pervasive, mind numbing propaganda from the masters of deception (a problem that predates Bush by decades). Citizens knew that we’d never find Bin Laden in Iraq. But the propagandists managed to turn the majority opposition in both parties into an invasion with marginal support by using the “n” word – nuclear weapons of mass destruction. When no weapons of mass destruction were found, opposition to the war returned to a solid majority and remained there.

The propagandists tried to tell us that the economy was doing just fine, growing by leaps and bounds. Citizens noticed that there were few new jobs created, except by federal expansion to meet “security” needs. They also noticed that the real levels of unemployment and inflation were crushing.

The propagandists told us that Wall Street provided a never ending stream of benefits that we’d all enjoy. Citizens were wary and then outraged when the financial system collapsed into a free fall of corporate ruin infecting the entire economy.

When these fatally flawed entities begged for a bailout, citizens spoke in numbers and with intensity rarely if ever seen by Congress. Prior to the first bailout bill, congressional offices received a torrent of calls and emails showing overwhelming opposition to corporate welfare.

On just this one occasion, Congress responded to the will of the people. The bailout was narrowly defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives. While it was passed a few days later, this statement left its mark. The people were finally fed up. They were willing to risk their own well being to see that the authors of the disaster were not rewarded.

There has been nothing but lies from start to finish during the eight year reign of horror with only a few brave politicians speaking truth to corrupt power. They were ridiculed and marginalized as a reward for their bravery.

Now it’s over and there’s unfinished business that requires our attention. This business includes the following and much more:

End the Iraq occupation. Assign responsibility and consequences. Put a stop the fantasies of empire and actions that will lead to more ruinous overseas adventures.

Care for the wounded. Admit the losses and provide for healing.

Admit that the planet is in peril. Acknowledge our role in causing the problem. Accept leadership in solving it and get to work.

Revive the economy based on real products and services and make sure everyone does well. End the looting by banks and other dubious enterprises and punish those responsible.

Rebuild the United States of America wherever needed.

Provide health care services to citizens and disregard the nonsense about not being able to afford it. It’s only fair to ask those who say it can’t be done to sacrifice their own health care until they find a solution.

A Solid Dose of Reality to Start: The Political “Numbers Racket”


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We’ve seen the rapacious looting of the U. S. Treasury by banks and other corporations that have failed miserably. In a state of panic, their Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, took the money we paid in taxes and gave it to these corporate failures. There are few strings attached and little to no accountability for Paulson’s actions, a former Wall Street executive who has rewarded his old company, Goldman Sachs, with billions.

Since the bailout bill passed, he’s already given away $350 billion without any oversight and the bag man, the Federal Reserve, refuses to tell Congress any details about where the money went.

This is nothing new. They’ve just “kicked it up” to a much higher level of theft. It’s the latest in a series of betrayals by the “masters of the universe” who clam to produce the wonders of our economic system.

It’s been largely smoke and mirrors. Citizens are right when they complain about exported jobs, free trade that punishes U.S. workers and businesses, and the difficulties of simply getting by in a rough economy. At the same time, we are confounded and confused by the propagandists and their Matrix version of the economy which claims “it’s all good.” It isn’t. In fact, the economy is much worse than we’ve been told for decades.

Political adjustments to measures of unemployment began in the 1960’s followed by distortions of inflation shortly thereafter. When a downturn occurred, the numbers were adjusted and distorted further as an obvious “opiate for the masses.” It worked to keep interest rates low, spur housing booms, and even wilder schemes, while denying Social Security beneficiaries’ real adjustments in their payments.

This “numbers racket” also clouded common sense judgments by the public. How bad can it be? Look at those unemployment figures! Maybe it’s just me?

If the numbers don’t fit, just adjust the assumptions, change the rules of the game, and create a parallel reality. The first targets in the unreal representation of the economy were unemployment and inflation rates. The blue line represents the rate of inflation by the pre 1980’s standards. No wonder times are tough.

The blue line represents a realistic rate of inflation.
Shadow Government Statistics
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When Alan Greenspan, an architect of this change, said that we had conquered inflation, he was about as accurate and truthful as he was when he said that home equity lines and adjustable rate mortgages were a great way to take equity out of your home so you could put it in the stock market.


The blue line represents all of the unemployed.
Shadow Government Statistics (Full size)

Unemployment statistics were conveniently adjusted since the 1960’s when those seeking a job for more than a year were simply removed from the jobless figures. There were still unemployed but their inconvenience to the propagandists was eliminated by “disappearing” them into the background of a shadow economy.

Kevin Phillips summed it up succinctly when he said:

“If Washington’s harping on weapons of mass destruction was essential to buoy public support for the invasion of Iraq, the use of deceptive statistics has played its own vital role in convincing many Americans that the U.S. economy is stronger, fairer, more productive, more dominant, and richer with opportunity than it actually is.” Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know. Harpers, May 2008.

How can we make rational judgments without a real picture of the world around us?

How can we judge leaders if they don’t have to answer for the reality that they create?

It’s time to take care of unfinished business. As that process goes forward, whatever your priorities might be, it is important to see the pervasiveness and absolute necessity of the “official” lies for the liars and those they serve.

We need to seize the opportunity that we have as citizens to push through these fictions and create our own reality as we address the business left unfinished by those who promised us so much and delivered nothing but degradation and hardship.

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  • to México. This is exactly how it is in Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Workers never really advance, the rich get richer but heck I’ll just paraphrase your intro: The last eighty years can best be described as the illegitimate rule of deviant forces bent on enriching the few at the expense of the many. Poverty is up, real income is flat for the majority of citizens while the elite have “super sized” their holdings with a callous disregard for the nation and economic realities.

    You get the picture Welcome to NAFTA, were backwardness is a new meaning. Next: Canada.

  • I recall the million plus crowds in Mexico City protesting the election theft and also the indifference of the U.S. government, press, and the disinformation offered about what was really happening. Of course, there was plenty of help. At the time, I recalled how outspoken Lincoln was about the U.S. invasion of Mexico. That was covered. How far we’ve fallen but there’s still more that can happen. Canada should be worried. A precursor of what’s in store was provided by the Liberal government’s participation in the Haiti crimes. So many people to oppress, so little time. It must frustrate them, “management.”

  • We also need investigations into whether Bush and Cheney are guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, breaching of international law or crimes of fraud in the leadup to and execution of the Iraq War.

    Also, 9-11 needs a thorough, honest investigation. Demolition experts, fire forensics experts, and a coordinated effort of top scientists need to analyze the rubble from the towers, analyze the films from that day, por back through all radio communications, interview all survivors, especially firemen and rescue workers, and anyone else who has information. The original 9-11 commission was a sham, and we got no answers. The American people need to get the history accurate, and hold responsible those who sabotaged our country so that we have the awareness, as a nation, to prevent it from ever happening again.

    There was very suspicious trading of United Airlines stock (a sudden rash of “put” options selling) and other airline stock in the days just before 9-11 that also needs to be investigated. And the building’s owner, Larry Silverstein, walked away with an almost $2 billion payout. Why were no questions asked about that?

    Physics of 9-11:
    http://physics911.net/
    PHYSICS 911 is created and maintained by a group of scientists, engineers and other professionals known collectively as the Scientific Panel Investigating Nine-eleven.

    And from http://911research.wtc7.net/sept11/stockputs.html we have:
    Financial transactions in the days before the attack suggest that certain individuals used foreknowledge of the attack to reap huge profits. 1 The evidence of insider trading includes:

    * Huge surges in purchases of put options on stocks of the two airlines used in the attack — United Airlines and American Airlines
    * Surges in purchases of put options on stocks of reinsurance companies expected to pay out billions to cover losses from the attack — Munich Re and the AXA Group
    * Surges in purchases of put options on stocks of financial services companies hurt by the attack — Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley and Bank of America
    * Huge surge in purchases of call options of stock of a weapons manufacturer expected to gain from the attack — Raytheon
    * Huge surges in purchases of 5-Year US Treasury Notes

    And re: Silverstein –

    On April 26 of 2001 the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey awarded Silverstein Properties and mall-owner Westfield America a 99-year-lease on the following assets: The Twin Towers, World Trade Center Buildings 4 and 5, two 9-story office buildings, and 400,000 square feet of retail space…
    The lead partner and spokesperson for the winning bidders, Larry Silverstein, age 70, already controlled more than 8 million square feet of New York City real estate. WTC 7 and the nearby Equitable Building were prime among these prior holdings.
    The new controllers acquired a handsome insurance policy for the complex including a clause that would prove extremely valuable: in the event of a terrorist attack, the partnership could collect the insured value of the property, and be released from their obligations under the 99-year lease.

    and

    To put these events in perspective, imagine that a person leases an expensive house, and immediately takes out an insurance policy covering the entire value of the house and specifically covering bomb attacks. Six weeks later two bombs go off in the house, separated by an hour. The house burns down, and the lessor immediately sues the insurance company to pay him twice the value of the house, and ultimately wins. The lessor also gets the city to dispose of the wreckage, excavate the site, and help him build a new house on the site.

    Obama is not going to do these investigations, of course, because of the potential political cost.

    But it needs to be done, so everyone has accurate history to inform them for our country’s future.

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