The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 18, 2002
seems that Bush, Cheney and other cabinet members are flying all over
the country to "speak" at Republican fund-raising events, particularly
$1,000 to $10,000 dollar per person
[BuzzFlash Note: No, but we'll look into it. Let us not forget the other source of air transportation available to our elected representatives: Enron and other corporations of their ilk.]
BY JOHN J. MARESCA
COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
FEBRUARY 12, 1998
appreciate your invitation to speak here today. I believe these hearings
are important and timely, and I congratulate you for focusing on Central
Asia oil and gas reserves and the role they play in shaping U.S. policy."
Does anyone else see this as inappropriate - and a classic Dumbya act of embracing the concept of emperors??!!! Reminds me of the book "The Ugly American"
Opens Three-Nation Trip to Asia
"The democratically elected Koizumi declined to accompany the Bushes on their morning tour of the shrine itself because of the awkward political symbolism of visiting a place where ruling emperors were once worshipped as divine."
Guess Bush has been there. Like Kilroy. Are we next?
When is America going to start putting two and two together? With so many Enron officials placed in government positions, is the Enron ideology going to have the same effect on government? Does running government like a corporation really sound like such a good idea now that we've seen what greed can do to those at the top? Do endless vacations really help guard the coffers? Does delegating make sense, if one doesn't have a true grasp of the operation as a whole? Should only a few prosper while the rest go bankrupt? Is Enron's philosophy a vision of America's future? Will implosion from within become a reality? Just Wondering???
know, the thought just occurred to me--these shadowy Enron subsidiaries,
and the murky way in which Enron financed them, sound an awful lot like
The above quote comes from a NYTimes article, "U.S. Companies File in Bermuda to Slash Tax Bills," about how companies are cheating the US of tax dues (that the rest of us have to make up) by incorporating in Bermuda. Check it out here http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/business/18TAX.html, it's about halfway down the first page of the article, and the next paragraph is just as "patriotic" (like all of our corporations).
[BuzzFlash Note: If "Profits trump Patriotism" isn't the motto for the GOP, I don't know what is. Perhaps, maybe, "Cash before Conscience." ]
greet Bush in Japan"
The last 2 paragraphs in section: "Focus on economic reforms"
CNN only says Bush Sr. "collapsed" during a state dinner... but didn't he also vomit, barf, hurl, puke, upchuck, toss-his-cookies...? Does CNN hope that everyone has forgotten about that disgusting, undignified, nauseous incident?
CNN says that during Bush Sr.'s term, the U.S. "was suffering under fiscal and twin trade deficits"... and the Bush Jr. visit "follows a period of unprecedented growth and productivity for the" U.S.
In other words, the U.S. had "unprecedented growth and productivity" during... (gasp, CNN can't print this!!) ... during Bill Clinton's presidency.
I suspect (and hope) history will look very favorably on President Clinton's two terms. His economic policies (deficit reduction, etc), foreign policies, and other initiatives benefited the U.S., as well as other countries.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Could you do a link to today's 2-17-02 Washington Post Story on George Bush's world view. The article is frightening in many ways. It confirms my view that Bush and his top foreign policy advisors have the historical and psychological sensitivity of carpet fiber. Reading books such as Robert Kaplan's Eastward to Tartary to confirm your simplistic and ahistorical view of the world, especially when you're president, is a bad thing. You need see the other side. What's worse is the writer of this article, Steven Mufson, doesn't seem to find any problems with this viewpoint. Mufson also called one of Kaplan's previous books, Balkan Ghosts, a 'sobering political history.' Bull. Actual experts on the Balkans consider Balkan Ghosts to be a very simplistic and inaccurate book. Books on Bosnia don't mention it, unless it's to denounce it. Kaplan isn't entirely useless, however. He understand that the situation in Iran isn't as simplistic as Bush makes it seem. Now if he could only convince Shrub of this. But I think Shrub likes the idea of war, it helps keep his approval ratings high and focus off of his relationship with Enron. In this he may end up like Slobodon Milosevic, who kept instigating wars and genocides to maintain himself in power.
This link should take you to the article, if not, just go to the WPost's main page, click on Outlook and the article should be the first one listed.
Don't forget : the attorney general , Larry Thompson,investigating ENRON also worked for Vinson and Elkins.
Watched Meet the Press this Sunday morning. Senator Mitch McConnell (R) who by far is one of the biggest weasels in the Senate had something very interesting to say. In fighting campaign finance reform, he said when the bill returns to the Senate, they should consider refunding any monies collected to date be given to Enron employees who lost everything. Sure, if he really meant what he was saying it would truly be commendable, however, that money grubbing hypocrite would never in a million years vote yes to what he just suggested if it did come up.
Enron employees, who may have been watching this show, those very same people who lost everything, only to have their hopes raised and then dashed for political gain is about as low as you can go. How heartless - Mitch McConnell, a man who never fought for the little guy would never willingly return one cent of campaign money to these people. To pretend he would is despicable.
To say what he did, for political gain, once again proves what scum is currently running our country and I'm appalled he would even consider saying what he did in order to kill campaign finance reform. This is one of the most sickening ploys I've seen the Republicans use and I hope it backfires big time.
The Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill has passed its first hurdle. And I would say, "So far, so good."
But, campaign finance reform is nowhere near the Finish Line Of Reform yet.
I support the McCain-Feingold-Shays-Meehan effort to rein in campaign spending, but I don't think it will solve the problem of Big Money controlling politics. At best, it is a tiny, first, baby step in that direction.
Furthermore I think it will hurt the Democrats far more than it will hurt Republicans, who apparently can write huge checks to their favorite "water-carriers" without endangering their bank balances. The Republicans have always had an easier time raising "hard" money than the Democrats have.
Union money is raised primarily from blue-collar worker who cannot spare the big-check donations that corporate bigwigs can. And union members are spread over many companies in many states making it much harder to contact them and extract money from them. A corporate chieftain like Ken Lay has only to send an e-mail to everyone in his company -- who depends on the boss's "happiness" for raises and job security -- and the checks will roll in. In many cases they can even be "reimbursed" by the company in the form of good-will "bonuses."
No, I am not optimistic about this at all. I won't feel that anything has been done to level the playing fields of political campaigning until much more stringent laws are put in place. And that will never happen. The American people have to wake up from their right-wing-media-induced slumber before true reform will happen.
Excerpt: Meyer added that Powers' actions during his time on the board were "nothing short of stepping up to the plate."
Yeah, and his shredding of all notes that were taken while interviewing KennyBoy, was a home run!
A BuzzFlash Reader
I just heard an excerpt on "This Week" of a televised press conference in South Korea and Bush made this statement, "We've NOT GOT NO better allies than South Korea." Then Cokie Roberts interviewed Condoleeza Rice who stated, "The president is a plain spoken man, blah, blah, blah. I am embarrassed and appalled that the supposed leader of this country cannot even use proper grammar. He is an embarrassment to this country! How in God's name can we expect a man who cannot even speak properly to make decisions of the import that is required??? Is this the role model of the future. If so we are really in deep trouble.
PS It will be interesting to see how this is edited in the US if we even hear anything at all about it.
Subj: A small but telling example why the average European doesn't like us
I am an American living in Europe and watch CNN and MSNBC for US news. During the reporting of Olympic metal wins, the Fox feed was on and only mentioned two silvers and a bronze won by the USA--no mention of the gold or who won it.
The Europeans in the room were outraged--said it was typical, no one counts but Americans. I said, naw, they (the reporters) just made a mistake. But, sure enough, all evening we heard about American wins and nothing about other wins even if it was gold.
We switched to BBC and ALL wins were reported and celebrated. I wonder what would happen if America at large realized that in the eyes of the civilized world, we are the playground bullies. The petulant, selfish, self-centered babies that are the first to grab and the first to bawl if we don't get our way.
is sad thing to be ashamed of what you love.
Subj: IOC & US Supreme Court
Question: What do the International Olympic Committee (IOC) figure skating judges have in common with the US Supreme Court?
Answer: They can make 5 to 4 rulings that favor the person(s) who should have lost.
Now that the pretzeldent has given his "A-OK" to Yucca Mountain (as if there had been any doubt since 1987, "sound science" be damned), I have a suggestion for a fitting tribute; and it would kill two birds with one proverbial stone.
I say we should carve pretzeldent's face in the side of the mountain as a "tribute" to the waste that is currently occupying the White House. And carve Red-Ink's mug right next to it because this particular decision was made in 1987. A fitting tribute to a couple of useless, nothing-is-their-fault, greedy feeders-off-the-working-class.
But I'm a little partisan I suppose.
Barring that, we could always move the dump ("storage facility" my ass; and they accuse Liberals of being "PC") to a little "spread" in Crawford, Texas. After all, I understand the current occupant doesn't even ride horses, so the land isn't really being used.
Re: A BuzzFlash News Analysis: Florida's Bush/Enron Connection Timeline
is a pretty good analysis but if you follow the hearings this week it
seems to me that the GOP has a different "theory of the case."
That is Enron wasn't "rogue" but that Skilling and Fastow were,
as was Bearadino of Andersen. I think the theory parallel's the lone nut
theory which the right gravitates towards - it's not the system that stinks,
it's just a case of a few rotten apples so we really don't need new laws,
just "better enforcement" of the current ones.
All I can say is Hooray! It appears that this country has at least one judge who isn't owned by the Bush/Enron/Carlyle Administration. Not yet, anyway.
A Florida Buzzflash Reader
Re The Twelve Enron Explanations . . .
Brilliant, as usual. Many thanks to Jackie Corr for that one.
As you may have noticed, Explanation Number 7 has already come to pass. In it, Jackie states:
"7. The "Clinton Wasn't Any Better" Explanation
. . . So look for old Clinton scandals coming to life as the Enron scandal moves closer to the White House."
Read in recent headlines:
Gennifer Flowers to re-open suit against Hillary Clinton
And so it's begun.
Or did it really ever stop?
I found a reference to this article while searching around on the web for the name of Bush's likely Surgeon General appointee, Dr. Kenneth Cooper. I must confess, I was thinking to myself, if there's one appointment I trust Shrub with, it's that one.
It looks like I was wrong.
Here is a copy of an article from "executive health," titled "The Case against Tobacco Is Not Closed... why smoking may _not_ be 'dangerous to your health'!" Listed as coauthor, of course, is Dr. Kenneth Cooper. The date is 1974, but this is still a rather shocking departure from the responsible and ethical physicians appointed throughout even the Reagan era.
is the link:
There's a lot of other bad stuff out there about this guy. This will really help to underscore the point about how -nothing- Bush does is trustworthy.
otherwise noted, all original