English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No, not GM, Ford and Chrysler. The Big 3 I am referring to are the three Republicans who have done the most damage to the US and the US economy besides GW Bush. None were ever elected to office, none ever faced the voters. They are Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and Alan Greenspan.
Without Karl Rove’s help, GW Bush would have lost both elections in 2000 and 2004. In 2012, Rove’s group American Crossroads is poised to further damage American politics.
Grover Norquist is a brilliant individual according to his longtime friend, Jack Abramoff. To him, I believe, we owe the Republican tendency to label all opponents as Marxists. We also owe him the Republican refusal to compromise on taxes.
Alan Greenspan’s allegiance to Ayn Rand and the unfettered free market led to the unchecked housing bubble that burst and produced the present Great Recession.
Both Karl and Grover support Mitt Romney. I don’t know who Alan Greenspan will endorse, but I suspect that eventually it will be Mitt Romney.
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Who is Grover Norquist? He is the founder and CEO of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), formerly Fairness for Families foundation, at www.atr.org Americans for Tax Reform only has 14 or so employees, yet this organization through its no tax increase pledge effectively governs the GOP in Washington and in many state capitals also. In California, many of the problems that faced Arnold S. and now face Jerry Brown in governing the state and raising sufficient revenue can be traced back to Grover Norquist and ATR. Grover Norquist has never been vetted nor elected to any office. Who does he represent and where does his funding come from?
Rolling Stone reported on Grover Norquist in their November 24, 2011 issue written by Tim Dickinson. CBS featured Grover on 60 Minutes on November 20, 2011. In his book Capitol Punishment, Jack Abramoff, a friend of Grover’s, stated that Grover is a genius, a “brilliant political strategist,” who labeled all his opponents “Bolsheviks.” Now the term that the Right uses is Marxist. The term Bolshevik has lost its sting, and Marxist is easier to spell.
Grover Norquist has operated in the shadows for far too long. If the corporate media will not expose his operations to the light of day and the informed scrutiny of the American public, then someone else must. I do not have the resources to do the job. I hope and trust that the independent media is up to the task.
Please see The Big Lie | I am not a Marxist
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Until Rick Santorum became a candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2012, I only knew two things about him. In his book Herding Cats, former Senator Trent Lott praised Santorum as a friend and a good guy. Someone else, I don’t recall who, had described Santorum with an expletive deleted term.
Unlike Mitt, Rick stands by his principles; I admire that. Unlike Newt, Rick has high personal moral standards. However, when it comes to political standards, there are questions that require answers. Santorum had a close working relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Santorum brought a lot of pork projects home to Pennsylvania and then was soundly defeated in the election of 2006. Perhaps the voters of Pennsylvania know something that the rest of us don’t.
I do not want Santorum as my president or vice-president. I have listened to what he has to say, and I disagree with most of it. If he wants to serve again, I would not object to him running for the House or Senate from Pennsylvania. Before making up my mind, I would require more information. I bought a book from Amazon.com that I thought might help, but it was only a collection of his speeches. No help there.
Please see Santorum and Obamacare | 10 little Republicans | Jack Abramoff | Home schooling
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Capitol Punishment, The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist by Jack Abramoff is his life’s story to date. If you want all the seamy details about how lobbyists operate in the Washington, DC, of our time, this is as good a primer as you will find. At times, the details of how lobbyists, operate are overwhelming. At the end of the book, there is a short chapter on Jack’s suggested solutions to the problem of Washington corruption. I agree with some and am not sure about others.
Jack is a conservative Republican and his central suggestion is a smaller federal government. So much power and money is concentrated in Washington that widespread corruption is inevitable. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is at the core of his argument. Less power and less money would mean fewer temptations for corruption. I am undecided whether or not I can buy his argument. If we reduce the power of our federal government to reduce corruption, we also reduce government’s power to do good. Similar to throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I do not agree that the solution to any and all problems is privatization and the free market. I would have greater faith in the apostles of small government if they advanced ideas about how to solve the nation’s problems and showed more compassion for their less fortunate fellow citizens at the same time advocating smaller government.
This is Robert Reich’s take on the subject.
Please see Washington corruption | Kabuki Democracy | Newt Gingrich
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According to Jack Abramoff, the sure way to gain influence with a member of Congress is to offer the Congressman/woman’s chief of staff a high paying job after the chief of staff leaves government employ. The only way I see to stop this is a lifetime ban on former government employees working as or for lobbying firms. It would be OK for a lobbyist to work for the government, but he/she could never return to the lobbying profession. It would be a one-way street. If someone really wants to serve in government, he/she would be required to sacrifice substantial future income to do so.
Please see Kabuki Democracy