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General News    H3'ed 10/23/12

10/22: Palast at DC's BB&P on $$$ vs. VOTES

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First, take into consideration that the U.S. Constitution nowhere specifically guarantees the right of U.S. citizens to vote.

  Next, also realize that nowhere does our sacred document condone the use of exorbitant sums of money to prevent U.S. citizens from voting.

  And that basically sums up the message of Greg Palast's latest blockbuster Billionaires and Ballot Bandits (Seven Stories Books, 2012), his third New York Times bestseller, and thank God for that. I wish it was selling even better than it is, because it must reach the right people, those victimized by what this Truth Sleuth names as "No Child's Behind Left," among other educational challenges blocking the most recent generations from knowing what they need to know.

  And that explains the comic book wedged into the center of the book to translate billionaire garbage obstructing our voting rights, garbage that takes countless forms that all cost money we'll never see.

  At DC's popular progressive hangout Busboys and Poets on Duke Ellington Alley yesterday (10/22), Palast began from the end of his book to account for the nail-bitingly close polls predicting Election Day results. Well, it all started in the Congo, where one Vulture king, Paul Singer, stole a bundle of billions donated to alleviate a cholera epidemic there.

  Soon to be prohibited from the UK, Germany, and other realms, the Vulture pounced on the funds, buying them up for a song and transposing them into a symphony for his gluttonous purposes. Defying the ignomy he thereby acquired, he next stalked the financial crisis in Argentina at the beginning of the nineties, which Palast named the biggest battle on the planet. In this process, though, Singer soon targeted even bigger game: UBS, Citibank, the Bank of America, ultimately angering Obama, who, with SoS Clinton, took the issue to the courts, hence angering the Vultures and exacerbating the opposition that I believe will put the Democratic administration "out of business" [I'm supporting Obama this time around--MS]

  And so on.

  Drawing on such voraciousness, our illustrious Republican presidential candidate Mitt the Scheiss Romney militated against bailing out the automotive industry crisis in Detroit but then, once our prime export and economic lifeblood was rescued by TARP, he pounced on it and flew off with $15.3 million--no, wait a minute, $153 million, a fact confirmed by his campaign. Didn't it surface in wife Annie's "blind trust"? The 2009 tax return would tell us so much! Has it gone the way of so many Roving emails?

  The Washington Post had better things to cover. What's the latest punditry? 

  Most of Mitt's millions now reside in Singer's claws. Good luck to whoever will benefit the most. We, the 99 percent, could sure use it. Imagine if we reacquired the educational elan that so transformed our country in the sixties. But don't stray from the point. We haven't.

  Obama takes credit for a bailout initiated by the ignominious GWB. So much for partisanship.  Democrats, after all, were the source of the Jim Crow legislation in the mid-nineteenth century.  And elitist Democrats led by Governor Bill Richardson didn't want the underclass to take over their party in 2004. Hence the Land of Enchantment ended up red in 2004. Those Hispanics and Native Americans "couldn't make up their minds" for some reason. Read the book for the true deplorable details. Even Obama became a state senator by questionable means, joining a long tradition set by some of our most distinguished elected officials--in recent times such luminaries as LBJ and GHWB. Oh, well. Billionaire Brother David Koch is running for office in Missouri as a Democrat.

  Meanwhile, when GM's auto parts division Delphi went under, the Vultures bought it out at 67 cents a share and donated it back to the Dow at $22 per share, then exported most of it to China, along with all the employment that entailed. Why pay benefits and pensions to 25,000 Americans when Chinese sweatshop labor is so much cheaper? The Romney folks blame Obama's bailout for the job loss instead.

Understandably the US of A wanted Delphi back, so the Vultures demanded $12.9 billion, OR ELSE no more Delphi. The Treasure caved, so we footed the bill. Hence Annie R's blind trust fattened up on that $115 billion.

And what do all these nauseating investigative revelations have to do with our voting rights?

Well, it takes billions of bucks to steal the franchise from millions of U.S. voters.

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