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Corruption In Iraq, Tax Cuts For The Rich & Arnold Schwarzenegger

We have a little stew today it started with one story but then some other things got tossed in the pot and well here we are.

This isn’t even a new story but it happened in 2004 and there were those who at the time it was going on said a lot of this cash was being stolen. So now here we are seven years later and auditors are finally saying almost half the cash was stolen. It’s stunning on so many levels and yet it’s just a small part of the gigantic criminal enterprise that this war has been. You had no justification for the invasion and occupation. You had no plan on what you were going to do once you took over the country. You had no oversight on any of this and to top it off you have no exhaustive investigation into the whole mess.


To be sure there are lots of investigations into little pieces of the disaster like this one that the story is based on. There will be no accounting for the invasion itself because in really a stunning abdication of responsibility the Democrats were given the majority in the whole Congress and the White House and decided we don’t really want to look into this. Probably because the same sort of madness still goes on in Afghanistan.

Let me put it this way the two parties have formed a throughly corrupt partnership and are engaged in activities that if any private company or people were engaged would be called racketering. It’s absolutely disgusting that were told that public employees have to give up there union rights because were told they make too much money. It’s obscene that were telling our elderly that they have shoulder a much larger share of their health care costs. And the endless waste of a never ending supply of billions of dollars goes on with hardly a peep from the people the press and Congress. Those of us who are outraged generally express here on the Internet where it gets lost among the millions of other voices. While at the same time making it easy for the government to know who to keep an eye on.

At this point the only hope the country has for lawmakers who are sick of this dirty racket to leave their party and become independents. Take a look at Bernie Sanders from Vermont an independent and his voice is always consistent and always in support of the people and for what is just and fair. It would be nice to see him joined by folks like Ron Paul, Colin Powell, Al Franken or fill in the blank.

 Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say

By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2011

Reporting from Washington—

After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the George W. Bush administration flooded the conquered country with so much cash to pay for reconstruction and other projects in the first year that a new unit of measurement was born.

Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.


This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash — enough to run the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Chicago Public Schools for a year, among many other things.

To read the entire post click here.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives A Stunning Speech On Corporate Greed & Then Gets Caught In A Sex Scandal

And on the subject of corruption last September Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a speech lashing out at corporate corruption that the press in this country mostly ignored but I did a post on it from a story on a British site. Anyway when I was thinking about potential independent politicians and right away thought of him but then of course realized that just this past May he was caught up in a sex scandal that didn’t go away. Funny how those things happen.




 ONE MORE thing a word about the wealthy because they have prospered mightily these past ten years while the rest of us have suffered. But they are the job creators right? Well maybe they are but the jobs they are creating with the windfall of tax cuts they’ve received aren’t in this country. Because since the Bush era started 53,000 factories have been closed so those job creators that need that tax break. In fact since the Bush tax cuts took effect we’ve lost 1.1 million jobs. By contrast after Clinton raised taxes 23 million jobs were created in eight years. That and more from Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks.



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