Sen. Daschle's Tax Blunders Reveal Elitist Mentality among Washington Lawmakers
Sen. Tom Daschle admitted today that he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes to the IRS. Oops. Another slip on the pen, huh? It's just the latest in a long line of elitist lawmakers caught breaking the very rules they would throw ordinary citizens in jail for breaking.
Practically every Senator and statesman (or woman) in Washington D.C. has hired a nanny off the books, or written off more deductions than they should, or mysteriously forgotten to pay taxes on money they received from corporations as "speaking fees" or "consulting fees" or whatever.
The point is this: The Little People (that would be you and I) are threatened with imprisonment if we don't follow these rules, but the elitists in Washington flout them as a matter of practice. And when they get caught, they get off with an apology instead of arrest and prosecution.
The message from Washington D.C. is clear: Don't do what we do, do what we say! (And we'll do our own thing behind closed doors, just to keep the wealthy elite wealthy and elite.)
more - Mike Adams at Natural News
Are the States Really Broke or Hiding Assets?
"It's very possible you'll see the end of the United States as we know it. If the Fed doesn't bailout the States when their cash dries up and the banks don't loan them money, then our States will be left in financial ruin. This would be a tragic and unprecedented event never experienced in the United States."
An all too familiar refrain. California is getting the highest visibility. A state run by a nit wit governor who has continued to rubber stamp the mass fleecing of taxpayers year after year by the Democrat controlled state legislature. Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro aka and so forth, is claiming that Republican governors are begging for the gang rape "economic stimulus package." Actually, governors of both parties want their share of the booty, some $176 BILLION dollars that doesn't exist.
WEF calls itself "an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas." It aims for "world-class governance (read dominance)." Its motto is "entrepreneurship in the global public interest (read for the top 1%)." This year's theme - "Shaping the Post-Crisis World" - a tall order addressing what they caused that's heading the world for a calamitous depression.
Annually, Davos becomes headquarters for the world's power elite to meet and review past achievements, challenges, and prospects for greater exploitation of world markets, resources, and people everywhere. Or put another way, to use money to create more of it, for themselves, of course.
more - Steve Lendman
Myths of the Global Market
At the end of 2006, the UK-based journal of world economic affairs, The Economist, produced a banner issue on ‘Happiness and Economics’. Not surprisingly, the magazine concluded that human happiness and market economies are closely linked. But in arguing the case the lead article unwittingly revealed the market’s Achilles heel. Orthodox economics has no means of separating the universal needs of human beings from junk commodities for the masses, or gold toilet-seats for the rich.
Not even consumers in the developed world are made happier by ever more market commodities. Robert Lane’s study The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies shows that human satisfaction actually declines as income and commodity consumption rise beyond need. But the message does not compute to mainstream economists or policymakers.
more - John McMurtry at The Greanville Journal
Glasnost In London - War Fever In Washington
LONDON – What used to be called "Cool London" looks more like "Crash London" these days. Of all the leading industrial nations, Britain has so far suffered more than any other nation, even the United States.
Most major banks, even venerable names like Barclay’s and Lloyd’s, are on life support. The financial district around Canary Wharf is beginning to look like a ghost town, as offices close and whole floors of financial drones are fired. Gloom pervades just about everywhere.
Meanwhile, two senior British officials have created a sensation by finally speaking some hard truths that contradict all the lies spewed out by Washington and London about the bogus "war on terror."
While glasnost sweeps London, in Washington, it’s déjà vu and love your government. President Barack Obama vowed to continue President Bush’s war policies in Afghanistan and intensify the eight-year-old conflict by doubling the number of US troops and aircraft there in coming months.
more - Eric Margolis
Putin: America is repeating Soviet mistakes
Putin said at Davos:
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.
Repeating it is exactly what the dimwits in charge of the U.S. government are doing.
_____________News of the World of a photo of him smoking from a bong with a loud call for drug legalization. Can you see the quote: "Hey, if I can win 14 gold medals while smoking grass, how bad can it be?"
I know that's unrealistic. Sure, there are some athletes, like former NFL lineman Mark Stepnoski, who have made a name for themselves as advocates of legalization. But Stepnoski was a pro who, presumably, banked his paydays and can now thumb his nose at the drug warriors. Phelps is enjoying his paydays now through endorsement contracts with a host of companies that are potentially skittish about being associated with marijuana in even the most minor way.
But what a spokesman Michael Phelps would make. A top-notch athlete who dominates his chosen sport -- clearly suffering few, if any, ill effects from the recreational use of an intoxicant that just happens to be out of favor with the current gang of powers-that-be. He would be a powerful example that moderate use of marijuana and other for-the-moment illegal intoxicants can be harmless -- and even beneficial.
Maybe Phelps could testify to marijuana's power to lower tension, reduce stress and really help him achieve his goals.
Of course, in a truly ideal world, Phelps wouldn't have to worry about sponsorships. That photo in News of the World would have had big marijuana companies clamoring for his endorsement.
_____________Yes we can make you believe in anything we want
Yes we can lie incessantly through the unquestioning media
Yes we can brainwash your minds with propaganda
Yes we can make you unemployed
Yes we can destroy your lives, your families and your futures
Yes we can repossess your homes
Yes we can steal your money and give it to the ‘fat cats’
Yes we can make you live in a constant state of fear
Yes we can erode your quality of life
Yes we can suck you dry
Yes we can systematically attack your civil liberties
Yes we can give most of our foreign aid to Israel
Yes we can sit on our hands while Palestine is bombed disproportionately
Yes we can criss-cross the skies with chemtrails
Yes we can spy on you from every street corner
Yes we can dismantle your privacy
Yes we can pollute your rivers, lakes and oceans with plastics and chemicals
Yes we can make you believe and feel responsible for the global warming myth
Yes we can meet secretly every year at a Bilderberg conference
Yes we can make you bend to the will of the New World Order
Yes we can fly planes into the World Trade Centre sacrificing thousands of innocent people
Yes we can galvanize public support into accepting any war we wish to perpetrate
Yes we can make murders look like accidents or suicides
Yes we can make you dance to our insane tune
Yes we can make you believe that Al Qaeda really exists
Yes we can bring to extinction a vast number of species
Yes we can genetically modify your food, threatening wildlife and biodiversity
Yes we can assassinate those who spout ideas of love and peace
Yes we can detain people indefinitely without charge and without trial
Yes we can turn the masses into gormless sheep
Yes we can make you work mundane jobs for little reward
Yes we can make this world a living hell
Yes we can have Osama Bin Laden as a ‘poster-boy’ for terrorism
Yes we can invade Iraq and surprisingly not find any weapons of mass destruction
Yes we can worship a giant stone owl at Bohemian Grove
Yes we can obfuscate the truth of human history
Yes we can limit the true nature of human potential
Yes we can run the global economy into the ground
Yes we can saddle the third world with an insurmountable debt
Yes we can enforce biometrics on an unsuspecting public
Yes we can VeriChip your children
Yes we can overload a child’s immunity with vaccinations
Yes we can perpetuate the glorification of war
Yes we can make people follow murderous megalomaniacs in times of depression
Yes we can dumb you down
Yes we can stifle your free speech
Yes we can rig elections
Yes we can have two-sides of the same political coin
Yes we can divide you by class, culture, language, race and religion
Yes we can hypnotize you into accepting this reality, this façade you call life
Yes we can have no place for common sense
Yes we can keep you in a perpetual sleep
Yes we can make a lot of money from war, oil and opium
Yes we can make countries by simply drawing lines on a middle-eastern map
Yes we can remove democratically elected leaders by force
Yes we can live by double standards and hypocrisy
Yes we can smuggle cocaine
Yes we can rape and murder our MK-Ultra sex slaves
Yes we can spend billions of dollars on defence while your infrastructure crumble
Yes we can play the HAARP to shake you up
Yes we can insert our symbology into your popular culture
Yes we can hide the truth in plain sight
Yes we can make you worship a false concept of God
Yes we cannot have you understand the true nature of infinite consciousness
Yes we can have you study a false conceptualisation of the universe
Yes we can make you obsessed with the materialistic and the superficial
Yes we can make you blind and ignorant
Yes we can detonate nuclear weapons on your beautiful blue planet
Yes we can fill your skyline with bland, soul-sapping architecture
Yes we can make you suffer whenever we wish
Yes we can kidnap and torture you
Yes we can kill you in the millions
Yes we can distract your mind with the trivial
Yes we can distort your priorities in life
Yes we can make shallow one-dimensional system servers
Yes we can have the pretentious oozing their stench of self importance
Yes we can have sycophantic lapdogs licking at our heels
Yes we can take ourselves far too seriously
Yes we can turn this world into a global fascist police state
Yes we can take away your freedom
Yes we can treat peaceful protesters with a heavy hand
Yes we can put our lackeys in uniform
Yes we can enslave the human race
Yes we can make you just a number
Yes we can have the ‘thought police’ repress open-discussion
Yes we can hammer down the nail that sticks out
Yes we can hide the real criminals within the establishment
Yes we can make you accept a global currency
Yes we can use ‘false flags’ to kick-start our agenda
Yes we can deem any given human behaviour as illegal
Yes we can have the soulless and the greedy rise to the top
Yes we can vilify those who have alternative viewpoints and/or lifestyles
Yes we can have you ruled by insanity
Yes we can question reason and justify madness
Yes we can dismiss criticism with a supercilious grin
Yes we can make you subservient to hierarchy
Yes we can impose the will of the few over the many
Yes we can hide in the Shadows
Yes we can make you like dogs, chasing your own tails
Yes we can do what we want
Yes we can!
The Corbett Report
from Facts Not Faires