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OUR PRESIDENT and his family

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by killtoy, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. killtoy

    killtoy Guest

    found this from Greg Palast's book "The best democracy money can buy"

    Last week, I mailed my overseas ballot for the US presidency - and you can wipe that smug little grin off your face. I won't put up with condescending comments about America's democratic rituals from a nation with an unelected House of Lords occupied by genetic fossils and, soon, Chris Woodhead.

    In fact, you could think of the $3 billion spent in the US campaign in positive, New Labour terms. Call it 'the efficient privatisation of the democracy' - though an outright auction for the presidency would be more efficient still.

    If the guy who lost the vote, George W Bush, nevertheless wins the White House, he'll have surfed in on a crushing wave of nearly half a billion dollars ($447 million), my calculation of the suffocating plurality of cash from corporate America, a good 25 per cent more than Al Gore's take.

    George W could not have amassed this pile if his surname were Jones or Smith. The key to Dubya's money empire is Daddy Bush's post-White House work which, incidentally, raised the family's net worth by several hundred per cent.


    Daddy Bush has many friends who filled up his sonny-boy's campaign kitty while Bush performed certain lucrative favours for them. In 1998, Bush père created a storm in Argentina when he lobbied his close political ally President Carlos Menem to grant a gambling licence to Mirage Casino corporation.

    Bush wrote that he had no personal interest in the deal. That's true. But Bush fils did not do badly. After the casino flap, Mirage dropped $449,000 into the Republican Party war chest.

    The ex-president and famed Desert Strormtrooper-in-Chief, also wrote to the oil minister of Kuwait on behalf of Chevron Oil Corporation. Bush says honestly that he, 'had no stake in the Chevron operation'.

    Following this selfless use of his influence, the oil company put $657,000 into Republican Party coffers. Most of that loot, reports the Center for Responsive Politics, came in the form of 'soft money' That's the squishy stuff corporations use to ooze around US law which, you may be surprised to learn, prohibits any donations to presidential campaigns in the general election.

    Not all of the elder Bush's work is voluntary. His single talk to the board of Global Crossing, the telecoms start-up, earned him $13m in stock. The company also kicked in another million for his kid's run.

    And while the Bush family steadfastly believes that ex-felons should not have the right to vote for president, they have no objection to ex-cons putting presidents on their payroll. In 1996, despite pleas of US church leaders, Daddy Bush gave several speeches (he charges $100,000 per talk) sponsored by organisations run by Rev Sun Myung Moon, cult leader, tax cheat - and formerly, the guest of the US federal prison system.

    There are so many more tales of the Bush family daisy chain of favours, friendship and campaign funding. None of it is illegal - which I find troubling. But I don't want to seem ungrateful. After all, the Bushes helped make America the best democracy money can buy.
  2. ElectricitySucks

    ElectricitySucks Veteran Member

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  3. podrido

    podrido Veteran Member

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    didnt know it went that deep with you
  4. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    actually his name is greg PALAST.
  5. LizzyMcGyver

    LizzyMcGyver Guest

  6. Feäà m3

    Feäà m3 New Jack

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    Thanks for that! That was very informative!;)
  7. optimo

    optimo Junior Member

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    hey im not here to debate whether or not the president is in fact good or bad.. but one thing strikes me clearly, he must be doing something right to have a record high approval rating.

    ps if you didnt know, war is actually good on the economy.
  8. exhibitone

    exhibitone Guest

    he does have a high approval rate
    he is still kinda stupid
  9. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

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    It may be good for the economy, but are the consequences going to be worth it?
  10. neversaydie

    neversaydie Junior Member

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    yeh people dieing for bullshit like the war we're about to get into is worth money, but then again your still trying to think if the president is good or bad.
  11. grittylifer

    grittylifer Banned

    Joined: Nov 14, 2002 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 0
    ""FEILDS OF BLOOD TO GRAZE THE CASH COW""=Mos Def or Twalib Qauli from Dj. Meuts mix tape that was a freebie with the presale ordering of the VAPORS magazine.
  12. socrates

    socrates Guest

    "If the guy who lost the vote, George W Bush, nevertheless wins the White House"

    He won the votes that counted..the electoral college...in terms that you will understand.....Thomas Jeffferson the guy who put his "tag" on that decleration thingy helped create it because in simple terms that you will understand and as is proven daily "people are dumb"....also you have to give politicians a reason to campaign and care about states other than california, new york, texas, illinois, and pennsylvania......I hate the man with a passion but al ogre winning would have been buying in too.....
  13. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

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  14. bodice_ripper

    bodice_ripper Elite Member

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    ^^^ nicely constructed argument there, who helped you with it?

    ps, good article
  15. sneak

    sneak Guest

    yours or iraqs?