Rolling Stone: The Dirty Dozen

The Rolling Stone Magazine ran a story on Meet the bankers and brokers responsible for the financial crisis and the officials who let them get away with it.

Rolling Stone: The Dirty Dozen
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26868968/the_dirty_dozen/print

What’s so amazing to me is how private sector left and right is being nationalized and people just don’t equate this to socialism. The U.S. Government has become so power hungry that the politicians we elected to represent us have become corrupt and forgotten who their real master is.

There is nobody to blame but elected officials for the mess that we are currently going through, from Democrats who held control of the house to Republicans who were in the Whitehouse to the newly elected president Barack Hussain Obama, that despite the fact that the government has failed miserably is on a path to massively grow the broken system.

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Political Axioms

‘If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.’
Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress…. But then I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
G. Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Douglas Casey

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don’t make jokes… I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, WA it until you see what it costs when it’s free!
P.J. O’Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics
Doesn’t mean Politics won’t take an interest in you!
Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866 )

Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.
Unknown

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal: a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class….save Congress.
Mark Twain

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
Thomas Jefferson

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Imminent War

A little over three years ago I wrote about possible world conflicts on the horizon including Israel-Iran, US-North Korea and Venezuela and the price of oil. I predicted the barrel of oil above the $100 mark and after war breaking, reaching near $200 a barrel.

I also mentioned that the United States would not consider any military actions against North Korea, who was seeking nuclear weapons at the time. I saw one of two options in this case: Either this would be solved diplomatically or countries (South Korea, Japan) in the region would set off an arms race.

Regarding Venezuela, many people held the idea at that time (when Saddam Hussein Fell) that the United States had too much interest in Venezuela to let Hugo Chavez continue promoting his agenda and would overthrow the democratically elected president. My views at the time were that the United States had little interest in Latin America, which was mistake in my view but its foreign policy.

With the public threats and rhetoric that Iran’s Akmadinajad, I held the firm position that Israel would strike Iran in order to prevent its own demise.

Three years have passed and things have gotten a little more complicated.

Socialism and totalitarianism has continued to spread within Latin America expanding from Venezuela and Brazil to Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina.

The United States pursuit of a missile defense system in eastern Europe and the support of previous Soviet Union block nations joining NATO, had gotten Russia all roweled up. Even though Mikhail Gorbachev is revered in the western world for playing a key role in end the cold war, the Russian people did not appreciate their once held great nation, being broken up into parts bringing with it very tough times.

Russia decided to take an active role against what they see as an American threat in their pursuit of re-uniting the USSR by invading Georgia, continuing to sell weapons to Iran and Venezuela and now sending a fleet of warships led by the nuclear powered missile cruiser Peter the Great for military exercises in the western hemisphere. The first of these actions after the end of the cold war.

Additionally Russia has pledged to help Venezuela with nuclear initiatives for “peaceful” purposes.

On another front, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il had accepted to and began to dismantle their nuclear program but recently decided to back out of the deal made within the 6-party framework. Israel also accused North Korea of covertly supplying weapons to at least six middle eastern nations.

Last but not least Iran’s defiance of the international community and pursuit for nuclear power. Despite increasing U.N. sanctions placed on Iran, Akmadinajad remains resolute on the acquisition of nuclear power for “peaceful” purposes while at the same time announcing a world without Zionism and America.

French Foreign Minister has urged Israel not to launch a military strike against Iran, and to continue  to support Western-backed sanctions and dialogue to press Iran to halt its atomic project, while at the same time Moscow refuses to discuss further U.N. sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

I believe that the presidential election in the United States plays a factor in the Israeli decision making process on when to attack Iran. It seems apparent that a democratic president would be less supportive of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, than a republican would be and with Senator Barack Obama up in the polls recently largely due to the economic crisis, I believe Israel will launch such a campaign before the end of the year.

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VP Choices – Surprise, Surprise.

Whoever thought republican presidential nominee John McCain would select a non-political figure from the business sector like Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman. Even though these two business executives are close to McCain, there is no way in hell he would have picked any of these women.

There has been a lot of buzz on McCain wanting to choose Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge as his running mate, which according to the right-wing commentators would have divided the party, since they are both pro-choice. On the other side of the coin was Mitt Romney who is well liked by the conservative base, but had some uptight moments during the primary against McCain.

McCain making a bold move and surprising all the pundits, picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who is a relatively unknown in the republican party; but yet managed to suck all the hot air from the Democratic Convention.

Even though Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience, she has served in the Wasilla, Alaska city council for four years, Mayor for six years and almost two years as Governor of Alaska, giving her more executive experience than McCain, Obama and Biden put together.

Having no foreign policy experience could be viewed as a problem, but being on the bottom of the republican ticket without experience is not as problematic as being on the top of the democratic ticket without experience. In the words of Hillary Clinton: “In the White House, there is no time for speeches and on the job training.”  referring to Barack Obama.

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