Banker Occupied Europe and America
Bankers, not politicians, run things.
by Stephen Lendman
Money power rules. Across Europe and America, governments follow banker diktats. They demand economies and people suffer to assure they're paid.
Money power in private hands and democracy can't co-exist. It buys what it wants at the expense of government of, by and for the people. It never was and isn't now.
Wall Street and major European banks usurped unprecedented money making power. With complicit politicians, they make it the old fashioned way. They steal it.
As a result, ordinary people are harmed. They've lost jobs, homes, savings, and futures to let privileged elites get richer and more powerful at their expense.
At issue is banking giants controlling money, credit and debt for private enrichment. Used lawlessly, they bribe politicians to pass business friendly laws and turn a blind eye to massive fraud, abuse, and grand theft.
Greece is the epicenter of Europe's crisis. It's being strip-mined of all material wealth. It's life force is being drained to pay bankers. Its citizens face destitution and neoserfdom with no rights. Democracy's just a figure of speech. In its birthplace, it no longer exists.
Attorney Dimitri Lascaris has family in Greece. His sister's letter explained hard times there, saying:
In fall 2009, their family income declined. Their carpentry business only works sporadically. Customers with outstanding balances can't pay. They prioritize other obligations like food, rent, mortgages, water, electricity and health insurance, etc.
"Slowly, cash has become more and more scarce for our customers, and therefore for us."
In 2012, empty stores with rent signs are everywhere. Businesses still operating feature sales with 50 - 70% discounts. Once crowded markets became "deserted urban centers."
"Suicides, drug abuse, prostitution, and crime have infiltrated village life....Other friends of ours have died of heart attacks, stressed to the limit by debt, or worse, the loss of their cars, homes," and livelihoods.
Businesses have to beg customers to pay something, anything "because food or heat in the dead of winter has become an issue for us....We are all now at the mercy of anyone with money at hand to help our family survive, let alone aspire to a better life."