Disturbing history lesson on Bush family's Facism-laden past..

A few months ago I ran across a book on the net that  gave an overview of a number of aspects of US history and the close ties between some business interests in the US and global fascism, both in the past, (the years immediately preceding WWII) and very recent times..

Out of fear that perhaps this information might become unavailable in the future, I'd encourage everyone to download the links I give, as they are researched well enough as to give motivated Internet researchers a lot of leads to explore..

The book that I found the most distressing was a book entitled "George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography" - It's about the president of GWB, George Herbert Walker Bush.

Its available online at:
http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm
or for download (for free) at
http://www.tarpley.net/bushbook.zip

The information in it contains a lot of disturbing information, and much of it apperars to be from the public record...

It depicts the source of the Bush family fortune as being Prescott Bush's acting as a financier for the German Nazi party during its rise to power and subsequent takeover of Germany, and then during World War II, while Germany was at war with the US

It also describes the close relationship that existed between the clan of US supporters of the Nazis and the British royal family, and between the British royal family and the Nazis..

It doesn't go into length about the relationships between the US government and the surviving Nazi leadership after the war, but there are other sources for information on that subject elsewhere..

There is really too much to describe here, and I'm really a bit exhausted from reading what I have so far that i really cant do it justice.. But please read the above URL..

Bluntly.. fascism represents a road to UNSPEAKABLE EVIL. It's no joke that the successors to these people remain so closely tied to power, and that connection and the unwillingness of our society to adequately address its implications is profoundly distressing to me.

Please read and comment on the Bush history at the above URL..

Fascism isn't dead.. It isn't even asleep.. It is alive and well, indeed thriving, and it is very, very, very dangerous..

If there is a Devil.. This fascism is his work...

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In the chapter "The Hitler Project" at
http://www.tarpley.net/bush2.htm

Tarpley gives the following information.. (IMO, virtual proof that US and British financial interests were crucially behind Hitlers rise to power!)

In October 1942, ten months after entering World War II, America was preparing its first assault against Nazi military forces.  Prescott Bush was managing partner of Brown Brothers Harriman.  His 18-year-old son George, the future U.S. President, had just begun training to become a naval pilot.  On Oct. 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City which were being conducted by Prescott Bush.

Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the government took over the Union Banking Corporation, in which Bush was a director.  The U.S. Alien Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corp.'s stock shares, all of which were owned by Prescott Bush, E.
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[director of UBC, which was co-founded and sponsored by his father-in-law George Walker; senior managing partner for E.
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U.S. forces landed under fire near Algiers on Nov.  8, 1942; heavy combat raged throughout November.  Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov.  17, 1942.

These and other actions taken by the U.S. government in wartime were, tragically, too little and too late.  President Bush's family had already played a central role in financing and arming Adolf Hitler for his takeover of Germany; in financing and managing the buildup of Nazi war industries for the conquest of Europe and war against the U.S.A.; and in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda, with their well-known results.

The facts presented here must be known, and their implications reflected upon, for a proper understanding of President George Herbert Walker Bush and of the danger to mankind that he represents.  The President's family fortune was largely a result of the Hitler project.  The powerful Anglo-American family associations, which later boosted him into the Central Intelligence Agency and up to the White House, were his father's partners in the Hitler project.

President Franklin Roosevelt's Alien Property Custodian, Leo T.  Crowley, signed Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading with the Enemy Act.  The order, published in obscure government record books and kept out of the news,@s4 explained nothing about the Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the `` Thyssen family '' of `` Germany and/or Hungary ''--`` nationals ...  of a designated enemy country.

By deciding that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking Corp.  were legally front men for the Nazis, the government avoided the more important historical issue: In what way were Hitler's Nazis themselves hired, armed and instructed by the New York and London clique of which Prescott Bush was an executive manager?  Let us examine the Harriman-Bush Hitler project from the 1920s until it was partially broken up, to seek an answer for that question.

Fritz Thyssen and his business partners are universally recognized as the most important German financiers of Adolf Hitler's takeover of Germany.  At the time of the order seizing the Thyssen family's Union Banking Corp., Mr. Fritz Thyssen had already published his famous book, I Paid Hitler,@s5 admitting that he had financed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement since October 1923.  Thyssen's role as the leading early backer of Hitler's grab for power in Germany had been noted by U.S. diplomats in Berlin in 1932.@s6 The order seizing the Bush-Thyssen bank was curiously quiet and modest about the identity of the perpetrators who had been nailed.
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The Union Banking Corporation was established formally in 1924, as a unit in the Manhattan offices of W.A.  Harriman & Co., interlocking with the Thyssen-owned Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart (BHS) in the Netherlands.  The investigators concluded that `` the Union Banking Corporation has since its inception handled funds chiefly supplied to it through the Dutch bank by the Thyssen interests for American investment.
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How important was the Nazi enterprise for which President Bush's father was the New York banker?

The 1942 U.S. government investigative report said that Bush's Nazi-front bank was an interlocking concern with the Vereinigte Stahlwerke (United Steel Works Corporation or German Steel Trust) led by Fritz Thyssen and his two brothers.  After the war, Congressional investigators probed the Thyssen interests, Union Banking Corp.  and related Nazi units.

Prescott Bush became vice president of W.A.  Harriman & Co.  in 1926.  That same year, a friend of Harriman and Bush set up a giant new organization for their client Fritz Thyssen, prime sponsor of politician Adolf Hitler.  The new German Steel Trust, Germany's largest industrial corporation, was organized in 1926 by Wall Street banker Clarence Dillon.  Dillon was the old comrade of Prescott Bush's father Sam Bush from the `` Merchants of Death '' bureau in World War I.

Thus there is a division of labor: Thyssen's own confidential accounts, for political and related purposes, were run through the Walker-Bush organization; the German Steel Trust did its corporate banking through Dillon Read.
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W.A.  Harriman & Co., well-positioned for this enterprise and rich in assets from their German and Russian business, merged with the British-American investment house, Brown Brothers, on January 1, 1931.  Bert Walker retired to his own G.H.  Walker & Co.  This left the Harriman brothers, Prescott Bush and Thatcher M.  Brown as the senior partners of the new Brown Brothers Harriman firm.  (The London, England branch of the Brown family firm continued operating under its historic name--Brown, Shipley.)
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Brown Brothers had a racial tradition that fitted it well for the Hitler project!  American patriots had cursed its name back in U.S. Civil War days.  Brown Brothers, with offices in the U.S.A. and in England, had carried on their ships fully 75 percent of the slave cotton from the American South over to British mill owners.  Now in 1931, the virtual dictator of world finance, Bank of England Governor Montagu Collet Norman, was a former Brown Brothers partner, whose grandfather had been boss of Brown Brothers during the U.S. Civil War.  Montagu Norman was known as the most avid of Hitler's supporters within British ruling circles, and Norman's intimacy with this firm was essential to his management of the Hitler project.

In 1931, while Prescott Bush ran the New York office of Brown Brothers Harriman, Prescott's partner was Montagu Norman's intimate friend Thatcher Brown.  The Bank of England chief always stayed at the home of Prescott's partner on his hush-hush trips to New York.
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Fritz Thyssen told Allied interrogators after the war about some of his financial support for the Nazi Party: `` In 1930 or 1931 ...  I told [Hitler's deputy Rudolph] Hess ...  I would arrange a credit for him with a Dutch bank in Rotterdam, the Bank fu@aur Handel und Schiff [i.e. Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart (BHS), the Harriman-Bush affiliate].  I arranged the credit ...  he would pay it back in three years....  I chose a Dutch bank because I did not want to be mixed up with German banks in my position, and because I thought it was better to do business with a Dutch bank, and I thought I would have the Nazis a little more in my hands...  .
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Friedrich Flick was the major co-owner of the German Steel Trust with Fritz Thyssen, Thyssen's long-time collaborator and occasional competitor.  In preparation for the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg, the U.S. government said that Flick was `` one of leading financiers and industrialists who from 1932 contributed large sums to the Nazi Party ...  member of `Circle of Friends' of Himmler who contributed large sums to the SS.
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The Harriman-Walker Union Banking Corp.  arrangements for the German Steel Trust had made them bankers for Flick and his vast operations in Germany by no later than 1926.
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For this buildup of the Hitler war machine with coal, steel and arms production, using slave laborers, the Nazi Flick was condemned to seven years in prison at the Nuremberg trials; he served three years.  With friends in New York and London, however, Flick lived into the 1970s and died a billionaire.

On March 19, 1934, Prescott Bush--then director of the German Steel Trust's Union Banking Corporation--initiated an alert to the absent Averell Harriman about a problem which had developed in the Flick partnership.@s1@s8 Bush sent Harriman a clipping from the New York Times of that day, which reported that the Polish government was fighting back against American and German stockholders who controlled `` Poland's largest industrial unit, the Upper Silesian Coal and Steel Company....
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The Times noted that the company's mines and mills `` employ 25,000 men and account for 45 percent of Poland's total steel output and 12 percent of her coal production.  Two-thirds of the company's stock is owned by Friedrich Flick, a leading German steel industrialist, and the remainder is owned by interests in the United States.

In view of the fact that a great deal of Polish output was being exported to Hitler Germany under depression conditions, the Polish government thought that Prescott Bush, Harriman and their Nazi partners should at least pay full taxes on their Polish holdings.  The U.S. and Nazi owners responded with a lockout.  The letter to Harriman in Washington reported a cable from their European representative: `` Have undertaken new steps London Berlin ...  please establish friendly relations with Polish Ambassador [in Washington].

A 1935 Harriman Fifteen Corporation memo from George Walker announced an agreement had been made `` in Berlin '' to sell an 8,000 block of their shares in Consolidated Silesian Steel.@s1@s9 But the dispute with Poland did not deter the Bush family from continuing its partnership with Flick.
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There were probably few people at the time who could appreciate the irony, that when the Soviets also attacked and invaded Poland from the East, their vehicles were fueled by oil pumped from Baku wells revived by the Harriman/Walker/Bush enterprise.

Three years later, nearly a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of the Nazis' share in the Silesian-American Corporation under the Trading with the Enemy Act.  Enemy nationals were said to own 49 percent of the common stock and 41.67 percent of the preferred stock of the company.

The order characterized the company as a `` business enterprise within the United States, owned by [a front company in] Zurich, Switzerland, and held for the benefit of Bergwerksgesellschaft George von Giesche's Erben, a German corporation....

Bert Walker was still the senior director of the company, which he had founded back in 1926 simultaneously with the creation of the German Steel Trust.  Ray Morris, Prescott's partner from Union Banking Corp.  and Brown Brothers Harriman, was also a director.

The investigative report prior to the government crackdown explained the `` NATURE OF BUSINESS: The subject corporation is an American holding company for German and Polish subsidiaries, which own large and valuable coal and zinc mines in Silesia, Poland and Germany.  Since September 1939, these properties have been in the possession of and have been operated by the German government and have undoubtedly been of considerable assistance to that country in its war effort.
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It was a convenient stroll for the well-tanned, athletic, handsome Prescott Bush: From the Brown Brothers Harriman skyscraper at 59 Wall Street--where he was senior managing partner, confidential investments manager and adviser to Averell and his brother `` Bunny ''--he walked across to the Harriman Fifteen Corporation at One Wall Street, otherwise known as G.H.  Walker & Co.--and around the corner to his subsidiary offices at 39 Broadway, former home of the old W.A.  Harriman & Co., and still the offices for American Ship and Commerce Corp., and of the Union Banking Corporation.
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Averell Harriman and Bert Walker had gained control over the steamship company in 1920 in negotiations with its post-World War I chief executive, Wilhelm Cuno, and with the line's bankers, M.M. Warburg.  Cuno was thereafter completely dependent on the Anglo-Americans, and became a member of the Anglo-German Friendship Society.

Albert Voegler was chief executive of the Thyssen-Flick German Steel Trust for which Bush's Union Banking Corp.  was the New York office.  He was a director of the Bush-affiliate BHS Bank in Rotterdam, and a director of the Harriman-Bush Hamburg-Amerika Line.

The Schroeder family of bankers was a linchpin for the Nazi activities of Harriman and Prescott Bush, closely tied to their lawyers Allen and John Foster Dulles.

Baron Kurt von Schroeder was co-director of the massive Thyssen-Hu@autte foundry along with Johann Groeninger, Prescott Bush's New York bank partner.  Kurt von Schroeder was treasurer of the support organization for the Nazi Party's private armies, to which Friedrich Flick contributed.
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Thousands of German opponents of Hitlerism were shot or intimidated by privately armed Nazi Brown Shirts.  In this connection we note that the original `` Merchant of Death, '' Samuel Pryor, was a founding director of both the Union Banking Corp.  and the American Ship and Commerce Corp.  Since Mr. Pryor was executive committee chairman of Remington Arms and a central figure in the world's private arms traffic, his use to the Hitler project was enhanced as the Bush family's partner in Nazi Party banking and trans-Atlantic shipping.

The U.S. Senate arms-traffic investigators probed Remington after it was joined in a cartel agreement on explosives to the Nazi firm I.G.  Farben.  Looking at the period leading up to Hitler's seizure of power, the Senators found that `` German political associations, like the Nazi and others, are nearly all armed with American ...  guns....  Arms of all kinds coming from America are transshipped in the Scheldt to river barges before the vessels arrive in Antwerp.  They then can be carried through Holland without police inspection or interference.  The Hitlerists and Communists are presumed to get arms in this manner.  The principal arms coming from America are Thompson submachine guns and revolvers.  The number is great.
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Max Warburg replied on March 27, 1933, assuring his American sponsors that the Hitler government was good for Germany: `` For the last few years business was considerably better than we had anticipated, but a reaction is making itself felt for some months.  We are actually suffering also under the very active propaganda against Germany, caused by some unpleasant circumstances.  These occurrences were the natural consequence of the very excited election campaign, but were extraordinarily exaggerated in the foreign press.  The Government is firmly resolved to maintain public peace and order in Germany, and I feel perfectly convinced in this respect that there is no cause for any alarm whatsoever.

This seal of approval for Hitler, coming from a famous Jew, was just what Harriman and Bush required, for they anticipated rather serious `` alarm '' inside the U.S.A. against their Nazi operations.

On March 29, 1933, two days after Max's letter to Harriman, Max's son, Erich Warburg, sent a cable to his cousin Frederick M.  Warburg, a director of the Harriman railroad system.  He asked Frederick to `` use all your influence '' to stop all anti-Nazi activity in America, including `` atrocity news and unfriendly propaganda in foreign press, mass meetings, etc. '' Frederick cabled back to Erich: `` No responsible groups here [are] urging [a] boycott [of] German goods[,] merely excited individuals.  '' Two days after that, On March 31, 1933, the American-Jewish Committee, controlled by the Warburgs, and the B'nai B'rith, heavily influenced by the Sulzbergers (New York Times), issued a formal, official joint statement of the two organizations, counseling `` that no American boycott against Germany be encouraged, '' and advising `` that no further mass meetings be held or similar forms of agitation be employed.

The American Jewish Committee and the B'nai B'rith (mother of the `` Anti-Defamation League '') continued with this hardline, no-attack-on-Hitler stance all through the 1930s, blunting the fight mounted by many Jews and other anti-fascists.
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The executive board of the Hamburg Amerika Line (Hapag) met jointly with the North German Lloyd Company board in Hamburg on Sept. 5, 1933.  Under official Nazi supervision, the two firms were merged.  Prescott Bush's American Ship and Commerce Corp.  installed Christian J.  Beck, a long-time Harriman executive, as manager of freight and operations in North America for the new joint Nazi shipping lines (Hapag-Lloyd) on Nov.  4, 1933.
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The Warburgs transmitted a letter received from Emil Helfferich, German chief executive of both Hapag-Lloyd and of the Standard Oil subsidiary in Nazi Germany: `` It is the intention to continue the relations with Mr. Harriman on the same basis as heretofore....  '' In a colorful gesture, Hapag's Nazi chairman Helfferich sent the line's president across the Atlantic on a Zeppelin to confer with their New York string-pullers.

After the meeting with the Zeppelin passenger, the Harriman-Bush office replied: `` I am glad to learn that Mr. Hellferich [sic] has stated that relations between the Hamburg American Line and ourselves will be continued on the same basis as heretofore.

Two months before moving against Prescott Bush's Union Banking Corporation, the U.  S.  government ordered the seizure of all property of the Hamburg-Amerika Line and North German Lloyd, under the Trading with the Enemy Act.  The investigators noted in the pre-seizure report that Christian J.

This pact had been negotiated in Berlin between Hitler's economics minister, Hjalmar Schacht, and John Foster Dulles, international attorney for dozens of Nazi enterprises, with the counsel of Max Warburg and Kurt von Schroeder.

John Foster Dulles would later be U.S. Secretary of State, and the great power in the Republican Party of the 1950s.  Foster's friendship and that of his brother Allen (head of the Central Intelligence Agency), greatly aided Prescott Bush to become the Republican U.S. Senator from Connecticut.  And it was to be of inestimable value to George Bush, in his ascent to the heights of `` covert action government, '' that both of these Dulles brothers were the lawyers for the Bush family's far-flung enterprise.

Throughout the 1930s, John Foster Dulles arranged debt restructuring for German firms under a series of decrees issued by Adolf Hitler.

Dulles wrote to Prescott Bush in 1937 concerning one such arrangement.  The German-Atlantic Cable Company, owning Nazi Germany's only telegraph channel to the United States, had made debt and management agreements with the Walker-Harriman bank during the 1920s.  A new decree would now void those agreements, which had originally been reached with non-Nazi corporate officials.  Dulles asked Bush, who managed these affairs for Averell Harriman, to get Averell's signature on a letter to Nazi officials, agreeing to the changes.
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The 1929-31 economic collapse bankrupted the Wall-Street-backed German Steel Trust.  When the German government took over the Trust's stock shares, interests associated with Konrad Adenauer and the anti-Nazi Catholic Center Party attempted to acquire the shares.  But the Anglo-Americans--Montagu Norman, and the Harriman-Bush bank--made sure that their Nazi puppet Fritz Thyssen regained control over the shares and the Trust.  Thyssen's bankrolling of Hitler could then continue unhindered.
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But immediately after Germany came under Hitler's dictatorship, the Anglo-American financiers granted debt relief, which freed funds to be used for arming the Nazi state.

The North German Lloyd steamship line, which was merged with Hamburg-Amerika Line, was one of the companies which stopped debt payments under a Hitler decree arranged by John Foster Dulles and Hjalmar Schacht.
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New York attorney Jacob Chaitkin, father of coauthor Anton Chaitkin, took the cases of many different bondholders who rejected the swindle by Harriman, Bush, Warburg, and Hitler.  Representing a women who was owed $30 on an old steamship bond--and opposing John Foster Dulles in New York municipal court--Chaitkin threatened a writ from the sheriff, tying up the 30,000 ton transatlantic liner Europa until the client received her $30.  (New York Times, January 10, 1934, p.  31 col. 3).

The American Jewish Congress hired Jacob Chaitkin as the legal director of the boycott against Nazi Germany.  The American Federation of Labor cooperated with Jewish and other groups in the anti-import boycott.  On the other side, virtually all the Nazi trade with the United States was under the supervision of the Harriman interests and functionaries such as Prescott Bush, father of President George Bush.

Meanwhile, the Warburgs demanded that American Jews not `` agitate '' against the Hitler government, or join the organized boycott.  The Warburgs' decision was carried out by the American Jewish Committee and the B'nai B'rith, who opposed the boycott as the Nazi military state grew increasingly powerful.

The historical coverup on these events is so tight that virtually the only expose@aa of the Warburgs came in journalist John L.  Spivak's `` Wall Street's Fascist Conspiracy, '' in the pro-communist New Masses periodical (Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 1934).  Spivak pointed out that the Warburgs controlled the American Jewish Committee, which opposed the anti-Nazi boycott, while their Kuhn Loeb and Co.  had underwritten Nazi shipping; and he exposed the financing of pro-fascist political activities by the Warburgs and their partners and allies, many of whom were bigwigs in the American Jewish Committee and B'nai B'rith.

by ultraworld 2005-04-24 10:34AM | 0 recs
A laughably impotent fascism
I don't know if you have been following the travails of Mark Thatcher, son of the Iron Lady. That kind of  monied adventurism is laughable and not a serious threat to democracy. The real fascism, or better to say the really dangerous fascism is that of the average man. Without the the flag waiving know-nothings, the Prescott Bushses and Adolph Hitlers of the world would not have a base of power upon which to rise.

Perhaps it is something in the male psychology, to wit, the humiliation of losing a dominance ritual... where does it go? Does it just go away? I don't think so. Most likely the bile is discharged on a weaker object (shit rolls downhill). That could be wife-beating, child-abuse, kicking the dog... but ours is a society in which such actions have no place, especially in the middle class.

Males need this to save face, and the modern-conservative movement has provided an eerily similar scapegoat to the ones Hitler did. "Liberals" is another catch-all that replaces Jews and Niggers in a country that denies those outlets, especially in the middle class. Its OK to bash those "Liberals" who passed the Civil Rights act and those "Liberals" responsible for busing inner-city blacks into white neighborhoods, because, dad gummit (!) we just can't get away with talking about niggers the way we yusta!

Is it any wonder that the South and the Midwest are Red? Is it really a rational reconsideration of the New Deal that drove people away from the Democrats? No. People still love their welfare. Its the welfare for the other guy that they don't like. Just ask George Bush about his efforts to eliminate social security! The Democrats need to tell these good ol' boys to grow the hell up. Its not about votes, its about dominance rituals.

by Paul Goodman 2005-04-24 12:38PM | 0 recs
Where I live..
Real men show their maturity by not being so insecure....

Real men show that they are real men by admitting their mistakes and apologizing....when they realize that they are wrong.. not digging themselves in deeper and deeper until they have to attack the other to save face..

Real men know that success is hard, hard work in this competitive world and that nothing is going to wipe their butt for them..

The problem is that the GOP people have always had it easy - at others expense, and now they are panicking because its beginning to show and they are desperate...

But it won't last..

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is laughing at us and getting better at doing what we do to make money while we argue among ourselves and waste our money on weapons that probably will never be used (because if they did get used, it would probably be the end of humanity.. or the survivors wouldnt find life much worth living.. except for the lucky few in the government's hollowed out mountains..)

The money they are making off cheap foreign labor is making them blind to the mess it is causing here at home..

If we instead, let salaries here rise, for now, and let that cost drive robotics and energy research, and employment.. here in the US, we would be in good shape to keep a middle class..

Instead, they bitch about math and science education (the fucking nerve) while they literally DRIVE young people out of the field by exporting all the jobs to India while doing everything they can to hide the fact that they just don't give a rats ass about Americans or America anymore..

by ultraworld 2005-04-24 07:12PM | 0 recs

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