Rob Kall: Well I have to tell you, Greg. I live in Bucks country and that's what Bucks County uses. They bought used machines, I believe, from New Mexico.
Greg Palast: (laughs) I like that! So, therefore, you know what Democrats are doing? Thinking, oh, I'll get around the electronic voting problem by sending in my ballot absentee. Shmuck. Don't... Go... Postal. Never mail in your ballot unless you absolutely must. Cause if you think they'll steal it electronically, why are you mailing it to them? It's really easy to steal it that way. All you need to do is have a mismark on your ballot, the wrong color envelope, the wrong shaped envelope, the wrong postage, you signed it differently on the outside of the envelope than the inside, you used a return address which does not match your voting address, used a middle initial when you didn't register with a middle initial, or you left the middle initial out when you registered with a middle initial.
Four hundred eighty-eight thousand [488,000] absentee ballots were mailed in and never counted in the 2008 race. That's a half a million ballots for minor glitches. And this time it's going to quadruple because the Republicans have an operation, a huge challenge operation. And they are going to go through every absentee ballot, and go through every one of the rules, and say that envelope was not properly sealed, someone used a different envelope, they didn't sign their name. This time instead of four hundred eighty-eight thousand absentee ballots in the garbage, figure two million minimum. Every expert I've talked to agrees with me, at least two million. So 'don't go postal' that's rule one in the ways beat the ballot bandits. Re-register, that's rule three. Rule two, which I just skipped is vote early, so walk your ballot in. So what you can do in places like New York, and I think you can do in many others places, is actually ask for the paper ballot, but do it in precinct, and do it at your early voting, so that if they say you've done it wrong, or if they say you're not registered, you can correct it. That's three of the steps, and there's seven but we don't have the time. But go to ballotbandits.org, download that poster, memorize it, give it to your mom, and your girlfriend, and your wife, and not at the same time, and make sure that you get it, and then if you read B illionaires and Ballot Bandits, which you can do until the Patriot Act 3 goes into effect, then you can learn how they're going to steal it ,so you can protect yourself and warn people.
Rob Kall: Okay, now you talk about Penny Pritzker and Robert Rubin in the book, in your chapter "Pennies from Heaven." Talk a little about there. That's the Obama side of this story. Talk a little bit about the Obama Billionaires. You said there are seven of them.
Greg Palast: Yes, Obama has his billionaires,too. And remember, Obama crushed McCain in terms of money from big finance. Banks were the oil companies for the 2008 election and they all went for Obama. And why? First of all, who ever heard of Barack Obama, which means "the one we've been waiting for," right, the blessed one, we've been"well who was waiting for him? Who ever heard of this guy? And not many people go in four years from the cesspool known as the Illinois State Legislature, to the Oval Office. Someone picked him out, and that was Penny Pritzker. Penny Pritzker is a rogue banker billionaire. She ran, she owned something called Superior Bank on the South side of Chicago, which virtually invented the sub-prime loan: the worst racist, steering, predatory lending foreclosures... It was basically a vampire bank. It was so bad that the Feds closed it down (if you can believe it), they actually shut that bank down because of its predatory practices and fined Penny Pritzker four hundred million dollars [$400M] personally. I don't think the federal government's ever fined one person four hundred million dollars, except for Penny Pritzker. But, for Penny that was pennies, because she's worth about 3 billion. She decided to take the local state senator, who represented the victims of her bank,
A guy named Barry Obama, and move his district to the Gold Coast, where she and the rich people live, including Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, and introduced him to the bankers like Robert Rubin, JP Morgan, Dimon, and the rest, and funded him up the wazoo into the U.S. Senate and then on into the campaign trail with the idea, the bankers all joined in, with the idea that, you know, since there was such a public reaction, almost impossible or any Republican to get elected, so what they needed was a guy who would be the bankers toy boy, and they got him. And you know, remember within a couple days of Obama's election he did something quite extraordinary.
He named his economic cabinet. He named Mary Summers, because Summers as Economic Czar because Summers could never be confirmed. He named Tim Geithner, the most incompetent, tin-head Secretary of Treasury we've ever had in America, since Alexander Hamilton, and these guys worked for Robert Rubin of Citibank, who deregulated the banks under Clinton, made a hundred and ten million dollars payoff from Citibank. They couldn't use him because he was dirtied with all the bailout money, so they brought in his little toadies, Geithner and Summers.
Rob Kall: And I think there were others, too. I think a guy who ran the OMB was also a Rubin guy too.
Greg Palast: Yeah, Rubin, Goldman Sachs, the whole gang, remember Rubin was C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs, then he became chairman of Citibank, co-chairman, so it's Citigroup. And so, the thing is that, the whole gangster, bankster crew came in, and they put Obama into place, and they are trying to keep him there. And you're saying why? Why not have a Republican, they've got their guy now? The answer is these other billionaires scare the mainline bankers. They're in a big battle right now. If you read Billionaires and Ballet Bandits, one of the most interesting things that's happening in America right now, is that for the first time in memory there's a huge, huge split between the hedge fund billionaires and the main-line bankers, and they're at war with each other. Total war. When I said that Barack Obama tried to stop "The Vulture" from making his money, he didn't do that because Barack Obama gives a tinkers damn about kids in the Congo. Remember, his daddy abandoned him, so he's abandoned Africa. The only reason why... you know, you don't need a Ph.D in psychology to figure that one out! Obama's never cared about Africa, but, you know, he was there for one day in his entire term, but, he does care what Citibank thinks, and what JP Morgan thinks, and what United Bank of Switzerland thinks, and they think that Paul "The Vulture" Singer, that "The Snake" Paulson, that "Ice Man" Simmons, that these guys are an absolute threat to the world financial order and to their profits. So they told Obama to go in and stop The Vulture. So what you see today, all this stuff: abortion and"