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by Greg Palast

excerpted from Armed Madhouse

January 5, 2009

Henry Kissinger and Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson is out:  Caught with his hand, if not exactly in the cookie jar, at least you could say his sticky finger were near it.  I'm not surprised.

For years I've been investigating the second-most corrupt state in the USA (after Alaska). I like to check in on the enchanted state with my bud Santiago Juárez.

I knew it was not a polite question, but it was really bugging me, so I asked HIM, “Exactly how does a Mexican get the name William Richardson?”

Governor Richardson’s dad, Santiago explained, was a Citibank executive assigned to Mexico City. There he met Governor Bill’s mom, and—milagro!—a Mexican-American was born. Richardson gets big mileage out of his mother’s heritage, and that makes him, legitimately, a Mexican-American, a politically useful designation. But it’s just as legitimate to say that Richardson is a Citibank-American.

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But Governor Richardson is more than that. Between leaving Bill Clinton’s cabinet where he was Secretary of Energy and grabbing a Hispanic-district seat in Congress, Richardson became a partner in (Henry) Kissinger and Associates. That would make Richardson a Kissinger-American as well.

IN 2004, John Kerry won New Mexico—if you counted the votes. But they didn't - and George Bush won the state and the presidency by just 5,000 ballots.

Everyone was talking about the theft of Ohio by Republicans, but few noted that New Mexico was stolen as well. But one fact drove me straight nuts: In the end, this state and its damaged elections were in the hands of Richardson, A Democrat and a Mexican-American one at that.

In New Mexico the issue of uncounted votes is more than skin deep. Lots of Mexican-American votes don’t tally, but Citibank-American votes never get lost. Kissinger American votes always count. The story of America’s failed elections is not about undervotes. It’s about underclass. Disenfranchisement is class warfare by other means. It just happens that in New Mexico, the colors ofthe underclass are, for the most part, brown and red.

Class War by Other Means

As community organizer Santiago told me:

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You take away people’s health insurance and you take their right to union pay scales and you take away their pensions—taking away their vote’s just one more on the list.

Some New Mexico Democrats have no trouble at the voting booth. In Santa Fe, you find trust-fund refugees from Los Angeles wearing Navajo turquoise jewelry and “casual” clothes that cost more than my car. Each one has a personal healer, an unfinished film script and a tan so deep you’d think they’re bred for their leather. They’re Democrats and their votes count. Voting—or at least voting that gets tabulated—is a class privilege. The effect is racial and partisan, but the engine is economic.

The second- and third-highest undervotes in New Mexico were recorded in McKinley and Cibola counties—85% and 72% Hispanic and Native. But the undervote champ is nearly the whitest county in New Mexico: DeBaca, which mangled and lost 8.4% of ballots cast. White DeBaca, whose average income hovers at the national poverty level, is poorer than Hispanic Cibola. No question, disenfranchisement gives off an ugly racial smell, but income is the real predictor of vote loss.

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Author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse, Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Palast (more...)

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As a New Mexican, I really offended by Palast'... by Stephen Fox on Monday, Jan 5, 2009 at 3:58:31 PM
You call the OP "mean-spirited and specious.&... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 3:48:44 PM
I was an Official Green Party Observer in the Ohio... by Michael Cavlan on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:02:38 AM
Richardson will be vindicated. Such besmirching jo... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:31:13 AM
is an excellent investigative journalist.  On... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 11:20:20 AM
A simple fact that some Democratic Party apologist... by Michael Cavlan on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 11:42:56 AM
Richardson and Corruption. From a Trade Union acti... by Michael Cavlan on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 11:56:21 AM
You are throwing out names and connections that I ... by wagelaborer on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 12:50:33 PM
It's a form of arrogance to think that yo... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 12:02:10 PM
Well you are just one of those whiney Peace types.... by Michael Cavlan on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 12:55:43 PM
and to call him a "corrupt SOB" impugns ... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:17:19 PM
Henry Kissinger was never indicted, in fact neithe... by Michael Cavlan on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:49:22 PM
IT IS TOO DERANGED TO FOLLOW LET ALONE RESPOND TO ... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 4:03:56 PM
  For me, It is doubtful that Governor Richar... by Eliot Gould on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 6:13:15 PM
Bill Richardson is just another Congressional '... by Patrick Lafferty on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 6:34:12 PM
IMPRESSIVE. LOGICAL.... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 9:41:03 PM is obvious why the attempt was made to ... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:13:01 PM
The very same thought crossed my mind.  Why p... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 6:13:09 AM
is at the base of a lot of problems, all of which ... by John Bessa on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 10:26:12 AM
 The grandaddy of skull and bones, illuminati... by Patrick Lafferty on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 11:10:23 PM
You all seem to have a puppeteering perspective on... by Stephen Fox on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 10:00:49 AM
This is no nation, this is Hierarchical anarchy.If... by William Whitten on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 7:20:14 PM
Bill Richardson has exibited great talent. He is a... by Patrick Lafferty on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 8:49:22 PM
As to being a Kissinger apparatchik, I know clearl... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009 at 9:08:48 PM
He worked for Kissinger. Etoobrewtydoodah...... by William Whitten on Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 at 1:27:55 AM by William Whitten on Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 at 1:29:41 AM
worked on congressional relations for the Henry Ki... by Jade P. on Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 at 2:23:30 AM
BLOVIATING ABOUT. RICHARDSON WORKED ALSO FOR MIKE ... by Stephen Fox on Friday, Jan 9, 2009 at 8:55:47 AM
He has talent, credential and feathers in his cap.... by Patrick Lafferty on Friday, Jan 9, 2009 at 11:14:04 AM
guys.... by Stephen Fox on Friday, Jan 9, 2009 at 8:44:08 PM
Top leaders. The minute you show talent, you are s... by Patrick Lafferty on Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 1:09:26 PM