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Gayle in MD
07-28-2011, 07:58 AM
http://www.opednews.com/droubay_090504_warlords.htm



Warlords Attacking America: Tom Delay, Karl Rove and Grover Norquist

By Sandi Magathan Droubay

OpEdNews.com





"Politics is war conducted by other means... You do not fight just to prevail in an argument, but to destroy the enemy's fighting ability." In political wars, the aggressor usually prevails... In political conflicts, the goal is not to refute your opponent's argument, but to wipe him from the face of the earth."

The above quote is from The Art of Political War: How Republicans Can Fight to Win, a pamphlet written by David Horowitz, a conservative activist. During the 2000 election this pamphlet was handed out to all Republican members of Congress by the head honcho known as “The Hammer;” Tom DeLay. He is referred to as “The Hammer” because he runs the U.S. House of Representatives like a thug wielding an iron hammer. Most of the Representatives are at his beck and call out of fear for the enormous power he wields and his prodigious abilities at fundraising for which he is now being investigated. ”The Hammer” is not above bribing his fellow politicos to win votes for any legislation he hopes to pass; and he is also not above “hammering” corporations for significant ”donations” to his causes .DeLay was noticeably absent from the Republican convention during this last week and for a very good reason-- many believe that he is one of the most if not the most corrupt politician in the United States. According to DeLay; “Money is not the root of all evil in politics. In fact, money is the lifeblood of politics.” And he, apparently, is receiving transfusions of this “lifeblood “on a regular basis. It would not do to have him front and center at their convention at least for the first few days, until they pulled out all the stops and got medieval on us. He was spotted not long after Zell Miller’s speech, like a moth to a flame or a fly to ****



Tom DeLay is an interesting character. There is a story about him, could be myth, could be true, but here is how it goes: DeLay is dining in a restaurant in Washington D.C. when he lights up a cigar. A waiter approaches him and informs DeLay that he is in a government building therefore there is no smoking allowed on the premises; DeLay replies “I am the government.” HE is the government? I thought our government was “for the people, of the people and by the people,” I did not know HE was the GOVERNMENT. I am a citizen of this country and our politicians are hired and payed by OUR tax dollars to represent us, as WE, the people, are the government, therefore DeLay is an employee of the citizens of this country. I think he needs to be fired. Who are his constituents that keep hiring him? DeLay is the Representative of an area in Texas known as Sugar Land, a misnomer if there ever was one. The area is full of Industries that pollute the environment full tilt with no shame. DeLay made his fortune in pesticides, killing bugs. Not only was he up to his eyes in pesticides during his hey days as bug killer but he is also, at present, wallowing in the muck and slime of industrial pollution. Perhaps he has experienced brain shrinkage due to the environment he finds himself in and apparently he wants you and yours to have the same experience. He considers DDT ‘safe as aspirin” and the Endangered Species Act the “greatest threat to Texas after illegal aliens.” He has never met a pesticide that he didn’t love. He protects his industrialist buddies and that is why he is still in congress. Money, slime and pollution -- he revels in it.


On the cover of that infamous pamphlet on the” art of political warfare” was an endorsement by Karl Rove, whom I will refer to as “The Screw.” According to Rove, this “tasteful” pamphlet is a “perfect pocket guide to winning on the political battlefield from an experienced warrior.” Back in the 1970’s the young Rove, a dedicated Republican since the age of nine, showed up at the headquarters of a democrat who was running for a local office in the state of Illinois. No one paid him (Rove) any mind and so he lifted several hundred pages of campaign stationary. Later the following week “invitations” began appearing bearing the name of that democrat running for office which promised everyone “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing” when they showed up at the democratic headquarters. Ha! Ha! What a guy, such a promising beginning.

When Rove met Bush Jr. he just fell in love with the guy, according to Rove, Bush had “Huge amounts of charisma, swagger, cowboy boots, flight jacket, wonderful smile -- just charisma…you know, wow!” Hmm, love at first sight. Bush loves him so much he calls him his little “Turd Blossom;” must be a Texas thing. So, Rove hooked up with Bushie and helped him run his campaign for Governor of Texas against Anne Richards. It was Roves idea to do a little “push-polling,” using a leading question, a favorite slime ball technique. They hired volunteers to call potential voters and ask this following question: “Would you be more or less likely to vote for Governor Richards if you knew her staff is dominated by lesbians?” There was no evidence whatsoever that anyone in her staff was lesbian. But, why should little things such as that bother anyone; the damage was done. The implication was all that was needed.

Rove the “Turd Blossom” was the mind behind the attacks on John McCain during the 2000 presidential campaign questioning McCain’s ability to be a leader due to his” instability” as a result of his experience as a POW. Rumors were also spread regarding McCain’s wife being addicted to pills as well as implying that his adopted daughter, who is black, was actually his illegitimate child with a woman “of color.” Of course Rove and Bush claimed they were not responsible for these egregious attacks but the attacks sure smelled of turd blossoms. Very few people are as dirty in politics as Karl Rove.

In early 2001 during the formation of Bush’s cabinet Rove still owned $ 250,000 in Enron stock as well as tens of thousands more in companies such as Amoco, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell. Was Rove involved in any discussions involving these companies? Why yes, of course, according to the White House he is involved at all levels of discussion including those which are clearly a conflict of interest. The White House had no problem with that. Should we? I think so.

Roves fingerprints are all over the latest scandal involving the Swift Boat Veterans campaign against John Kerry. There is some concrete evidence that Rove was in charge of directing this smear campaign against Senator Kerry from the White House. We’ll never see most of that evidence, of course. Bush protects his own through executive privilege and a compliant media. But some other folks have done research from sources that law stipulates must be available to all. The major contributor for this smear campaign is Bob Perry, a homebuilder from Texas who contributed $100,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans. Perry is part of a group of Texas bad boys for Bush that are controlled by Karl Rove (surprise!). Altogether Perry has handed over close to $1 million to the Republican party in Texas through a group called Texans for a Republican Majority which is an offshoot of Tom DeLay’s Americans for a Republican Majority. A connection between DeLay and Rove and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth: wow, who would have imagined? Two sleezeballs getting together to promote lies against a fellow citizen because they believe that all is fair in war and politics, even misleading the citizens of our country. If we allow ourselves to be manipulated like this we deserve the government we get.

Tom DeLay thinks he is “The Government,” Karl Rove believes “The Government” is nothing but a dirty cockfight and he is the Rooster King. The third Warlord I identify is Grover Norquist. What does he think of “The Government?” He hates the government; Norquist has dedicated his life to shrinking “The Government” down “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” How does he feel about bipartisanship? Norquist refers to bipartisanship as “another form of date rape.” His definition of the ideal citizen: “The self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a concealed-carry permit…Because that person doesn’t need the goddam government for anything.” Any questions?

Horace Cooper, a former aide to House majority leader Dick Armey refers to Norquist as “our Field Marshall.” I like to think of him as the “Axeman.” Field Marshall Norquist has been holding meetings at the office of his organization Americans for Tax Reform located in Washington D.C. every Wednesday morning since 1992. These meetings are very popular, standing room only, and attended by all the leading conservative and corporate honchos. It’s almost like going to church. Bushie attended meetings there before he even announced his intention to run for president. Now that he is the president he has a White House aide attend these sessions every week. Cheney sends his own man as do most of the GOP leaders and wannabees. At this meeting they network and discuss strategy, they decide on whom to put pressure and what phone calls need to be made to radio talk shows and how to generate activity for their grassroots organizations. These meeting have been a very effective tool for the Radcons and their minions. Guess who also attends these meetings? Karl Rove.

What does Norquist’s organization advocate? They want to abolish taxes, especially “death taxes,” and capital-gains taxes. They are anti-regulation fundamentalists. They want to do away with minimum-wage laws, affirmative action programs, environmental laws and gun controls. Why stop there, they also want to kill student loan programs, state pension funds, Americorps and the National Endownment for the Arts. They are also anti-guy and anti-abortion, anti-welfare and anti-union. Norquist once compared the taxing of the wealthiest 1% of Americans as the moral equivalent of selecting Jews for genocide during the holocaust. Whew. Norquist refers to his group of like-minded fellows as the “Leave-Us-Alone Coalition.”

According to the president of People for the American Way, Ralph G. Neas “If the American people really want to know what George W. Bush is up to, the best place to look is the candor of Grover Norquist.” Norquist is very blunt regarding his intentions for government in the United States and very dedicated into bring that vision about. He wants the rich and the poor to be taxed at the same rate, no government regulations and government services turned over to the private sector. Where have we heard this before? I believe they call these Bush’s “talking points.”

In June 2003 Norquist wrote “In crafting its agenda for economic reform the Bush administration has the luxury of being able to think and plan over a full eight years…This guarantee of united Republican government has allowed the Bush administration to work and think long-term….Republicans are looking at decades of dominance in the House and Senate and having the Presidency with some regularity.” According to Norquist “every time the government gets smaller there are fewer Democratic precinct workers in the world…It is a virtuous cycle.” So much for democracy.

We have seen the damage these men are capable of, look what they have done to John Kerry during the RNC in the last week. Make no mistake-- though not present during the convention DeLay, Rove and Norquist were very much involved in the “assassination” of John Kerry. I’m not sure what they did to Zell Miller, perhaps he was sampling some of DeLays pesticides, but I believe they got to him in some way. These are the Warlords and they are not to be underestimated, politics is war to them, they do not believe in a democracy, they are dedicated to an oligarchy of government, military and corporate power. We citizens are nothing but hampsters in a cage running on a wheel for them. We keep it going so they can prosper.

According to Robert f. Kennedy, Jr. in his latest book Crimes Against Nature “Our greatest politicians have accepted the tougher task of appealing to our sense of community, asking Americans to transcend their own self-interest…..they have persuaded us to find the hero in ourselves, and to make sacrifices on behalf of future generations—and for the principals that underpin America’s unique mission.” In Kennedy’s book he quotes from a sermon of John Winthrop from 1630. Our mission, according to Winthrop, was to build a “city on a hill—an example to the world of what nations can accomplish if we work together in community….” He called on his fellow citizens to “steer away from the greed and power politics that had corrupted the old-world culture” and to build a land that would be” a model for Christian charity.”

It is obvious that these are not the policies of the present administration which appeals to greed, selfishness and fear, and Americans are responding to their message or so it appears. The RNC was very successful and they have pulled ahead in the polls. Those of us who believe in a different America have our work cut out for us.

By the way “Go to hell Zell,” retire already.



http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Biggest-Driver-in-the-by-Robert-Reich-110727-857.html
The Biggest Driver in the Deficit Battle: Standard & Poor's
By Robert Reich

If you think deficit-reduction is being driven by John Boehner or Harry Reid, think again. The biggest driver right now is Standard & Poor's.

All of America's big credit-rating agencies -- Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's -- have warned they might cut America's credit rating if a deal isn't reached soon to raise the debt ceiling. This isn't surprising. A borrower that won't pay its bills is bound to face a lower credit rating.

But Standard & Poor's has gone a step further: It's warned it might lower the nation's credit rating even if Democrats and Republicans make a deal to raise the debt ceiling. Standard & Poor's insists any deal must also contain a credible, bipartisan plan to reduce the nation's long-term budget deficit by $4 trillion -- something neither Harry Reid's nor John Boehner's plans do.

If Standard & Poor's downgrades America's debt, the other two big credit-raters are likely to follow. The result: You'll be paying higher interest on your variable-rate mortgage, your auto loan, your credit card loans, and every other penny you borrow. And many of the securities you own that you consider especially safe -- Treasury bills and other highly-rated bonds -- will be worth less.

In other words, Standard & Poor's is threatening that if the 10-year budget deficit isn't cut by $4 trillion in a credible and bipartisan way, you'll pay more -- even if the debt ceiling is lifted next week.

With Republicans in the majority in the House, there's no way to lop $4 trillion of the budget without harming Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as education, Pell grants, healthcare, highways and bridges, and everything else the middle class and poor rely on.


And you thought Republicans were the only extortionists around.

Who is Standard & Poor's to tell America how much debt it has to shed in order to keep its credit rating?

Standard & Poor's didn't exactly distinguish itself prior to Wall Street's financial meltdown in 2007. Until the eve of the collapse it gave triple-A ratings to some of the Street's riskiest packages of mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations.

Standard & Poor's (along with Moody's and Fitch) bear much of the responsibility for what happened next. Had they done their job and warned investors how much risk Wall Street was taking on, the housing and debt bubbles wouldn't have become so large -- and their bursts wouldn't have brought down much of the economy.

Had Standard & Poor's done its job, you and I and other taxpayers wouldn't have had to bail out Wall Street; millions of Americans would be working now instead of collecting unemployment insurance; the government wouldn't have had to inject the economy with a massive stimulus to save millions of other jobs; and far more tax revenue would now be pouring into the Treasury from individuals and businesses doing better than they are now.

In other words, had Standard & Poor's done its job, today's budget deficit would be far smaller.

And where was Standard & Poor's (and the two others) during the George W. Bush administration -- when W. turned a $5 trillion budget surplus bequeathed to him by Bill Clinton into a gaping deficit? Standard & Poor's didn't object to Bush's giant tax cuts for the wealthy. Nor did it raise a warning about his huge Medicare drug benefit (i.e., corporate welfare for Big Pharma), or his decision to fight two expensive wars without paying for them.

Add Bush's spending splurge and his tax cuts to the expenses brought on by Wall Street's near collapse -- and today's budget deficit would be tiny.

Put another way: If Standard & Poor's had been doing the job it was supposed to be doing between 2000 and 2008, the federal budget wouldn't be in a crisis -- and Standard & Poor's wouldn't be threatening the United States with a downgrade if we didn't come up with a credible plan for lopping $4 trillion off it.

So why has Standard & Poor's decided now's the time to crack down on the federal budget -- when it gave free passes to Wall Street's risky securities and George W. Bush's giant tax cuts for the wealthy, thereby contributing to the very crisis its now demanding be addressed?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that the Street pays Standard & Poor's bills?

cushioncrawler
07-28-2011, 05:16 PM
Prix.

LWW
07-28-2011, 06:14 PM
Yes, whoever wrote that peace most certainly was.

Did you you notice that nary a "FACT" had any substantiation?

Did you care?

Of course not.

Gayle in MD
07-28-2011, 08:13 PM
Yep, all of them.

G.