From 1980 until 2005, 80 percent of all income went to the top 1 percent. Today, the Wall Street executives–the crooks on Wall Street whose actions resulted in the severe recession we are in right now; the people whose illegal, reckless actions have resulted in millions of Americans losing their jobs, their homes, their savings–guess what? After we bailed them out, those CEOs today are now earning more money than they did before the bailout.
My Commentary: The following speech was delivered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), from the floor of the Senate on November 30, 2010. Being one of only two Independents in the whole senate, and not as encumbered by the pitfalls of the false two-political-party paradigm as the majority of his peers, he is able to freely expose the economic terrorism that America’s billionaires are directing against the middle class. He believes these pirates are turning our country into a Banana Republic States of America, with the threat of debt slavery looming over the heads of all future generations of citizens if something drastic is not done soon. Sanders correctly assigns blame where some of the blame is due: the crooks on Wall Street, the CEOs of the Big Business, the Banksters and certain members of Congress!
(Stephen C. Webster, RawStory.com) Even amid the most turbulent economic conditions since the Great Depression, US corporate profits are at an all time high, according to a Tuesday report [PDF link] by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
At the same time, America’s poor and middle classes are under siege, with a mostly stagnant job market that has shown only marginal signs of improvement.
In spite of meager growth in some sectors, the real unemployment rate remains high, at approximately 1 in 5 Americans.
Yet for seven fiscal quarters running — since President Obama’s election — American corporate profits have shown strong growth.
(New York Times) The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust overseer Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to C.I.A. documents that shed new light on the spy agency’s use of former Nazis as informers after World War II.
The C.I.A. was told by West German intelligence that Eichmann was living in Argentina under the name “Clemens” — a slight variation on his actual alias, Klement — but kept the information from Israel because of German concerns about exposure of former Nazis in the Bonn government, according to Timothy Naftali, a historian who examined the documents. Two years later, Israeli agents abducted Eichmann in Argentina and took him to Israel, where he was tried and executed in 1962.
The Eichmann papers are among 27,000 newly declassified pages released by the C.I.A. to the National Archives under Congressional pressure to make public files about former officials of Hitler’s regime later used as American agents. The material reinforces the view that most former Nazis gave American intelligence little of value and in some cases proved to be damaging double agents for the Soviet K.G.B., according to historians and members of the government panel that has worked to open the long-secret files.
My Commentary: Be sure to fully research “OPERATION PAPERCLIP” in order to understand the complex and cozy relationship between our government and certain outlaws within the Nazi party after World War II. Learn how the CIA used American tax dollars to hire full-blown Nazi war criminals to positions of power, placing them on the government payrolls under assumed identities. And, our government not only helped certain Nazis escape prosecution, they also falsified immigration documents for them, and even whisked some them to safehaven within the United States and South America!
My Commentary: The above illustration, by Stuart McMillen, was developed using the book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness,” by Neil Postman, which, among other things, juxtaposes Orwell’s “1984” with Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse on the Age of Show Business