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Bush Bullshit on Wall Street - a commentary
10 Jul 2002
Modified: 11 Jul 2002
When George Bush paid a visit to his corporate Wall Street cronies his script read: “High profile acts of deception have shaken American’s confidence.” Well…..yeah! Who in the room WASN’T engaged in high-profile deception?

Listening to George W. Bush talk tough about ethical standards in Corporate America is what it might have been like hearing the late Pol Pot lecture on human rights. Ethical standards? What about double standards?? Isn’t this the guy who stole the U.S. presidency? Isn’t this the man from Big Oil who used to refer to his friend from Enron, CEO Kenneth Lay, as Kenny-boy, but later claimed he barely knew the man when the scandal surfaced? This is the guy whose national energy policy was written by the corporations; who received massive political contributions from some of Corporate America’s most notorious players; who has the worst environmental record of ANY president in U.S. history! Ethics? Ha! Is ANYONE taking this guy seriously?
When George Bush paid a visit to his corporate Wall Street cronies his script read: “High profile acts of deception have shaken American’s confidence.” Well…..yeah! Who in the room WASN’T engaged in high-profile deception? Deceiving the public is chapter and verse for Corporate America and its henchmen in Washington, as well as its frontmen on Madison Avenue. I feel like Alice in Wonderland here. Find me one honest man, or at least some better actors!
Of course, the corporate media attempted to elevate what was, for all intents and purposes, major damage control among collaborating oligarchs into some sort of teaching moment for the public and those “few bad apples” who went astray. God forbid anyone should imply that the system stinks! That 21st Century capitalism is inherently immoral, unjust and in many respects, criminal! Far from it! Nearly everyone in front of a camera or microphone fell all over themselves justifying the system that rewarded the likes of WorldCom, Enron, Arthur Anderson, and the rest of the corporado line-up.
If you like Kafka you’ll love following the mainstream media in Corporate America. None of it makes any sense, you can’t tell the commercials from the content (do we wonder why?), and it reduces you to the level of a co-conspirator! If you can’t differentiate George W’s bad acting from Tom Brokaw’s, Bill O’Reilly’s or Cokie Roberts’, don’t feel bad. There really IS no difference! They all make way more money than you ever will in the effort to convince you that it’s all right! That it’s OK CEOs earn 500 times more than workers; that the system is working when we discover insider trading and cover-ups are commonplace; that top management treat their employees like marks at a carnival; and that greed and selfishness drive the engines of commerce and so-called free trade.
That’s what George W., high-rolling congressmen and senators, wannabe courtesans, corporate oligarchs, and bible-banging Republicans are selling us. Obviously it’s a bad deal. People only buy it because they think it’s the only deal in town. It’s not. People can redirect their commerce locally toward co-ops and small family-run businesses, they can form their own cooperatives, they can tap into the alternatives to corporate merchandising. They can change their spending habits, and yes, even their lifestyles. It’s really just a matter of education and example. Tell your neighbors to wake-up. Turn off the TV. We need to ring up “No Sale” on the register of complaints.
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We Own the World
11 Jul 2002
Don't worry. Liberal? Conservative? Who cares? We buy everyone. We're in control here. And we're replacing Dr Kissinger with Dr Wolfowitz, so you better watch out!
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