Dec 28 2011

Henry Kissinger’s Most Maniacal Quotes

Kissinger Picking NoseHenry Kissinger has been an advisor (officially or unofficially) to every president since Eisenhower, except for John F. Kennedy, who did not want Kissinger near the White House. Kennedy declared that Kissinger’s policies were (and perhaps Kissinger himself was) “insane”.

Richard Nixon, however, thought he was such a great asset that he not only put Kissinger on as National Security Advisor, but made him Secretary of State as well. While Nixon and Congress were preoccupied with Watergate, Kissinger was busy running U.S. foreign policy, hopping around the globe making secretive closed-door deals with foreign countries.

When Gerald Ford took office, he drastically diminished Kissinger’s role. Ford considered this move to be his “most important contribution” to foreign policy.

Bob Woodward’s new book, “State of Denial,” portrays Kissinger as the single most frequent outside adviser to President Bush on foreign policy.

A master of secrecy and deception, some say it was quite logical that George Bush chose Kissinger to head the 9/11 investigations. Shortly after taking the post, Kissinger resigned when a legal opinion from the Senate Ethics Committee said that all members of the commission would have to comply with Congressional financial disclosure requirements. Senator Harry Reid, Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, stated “There were too many conflicts of interest for him to lead this task. I knew he would never disclose that information.”

Over the years, Kissinger has worked closely with Nelson, then David Rockefeller. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the successful CIA operation that installed Gen. Pinochet (September 11, 1973) as dictator of Chile, thus preserving Rockefeller business interests. Over 3000 people were killed in this violent overthrow of Chile’s democracy.

“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”


“What we in America call terrorists are really groups of people that reject the international system…”

— At a May 31, 2007 conference in Istanbul Turkey


“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”

— Henry Kissinger
“The Final Days” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, page 194 to line 14 of page 195


“Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power, and is often, in point of fact, useless.”

— Henry Kissinger


“It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.”

— Henry Kissinger
Statement at a National Security Council meeting in 1975.


“I can think of no faster way to unite the American people behind George W. Bush than a terrorist attack on an American target overseas. And I believe George W. Bush will quickly unite the American people through his foreign policy.”

— Henry Kissinger
Statement from 2000.


“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”

— Henry Kissinger


“Wouldn’t have mattered very much. If the Vietnam domino had fallen then, no great loss.”

— When asked “What if the United States had allowed Vietnam to go communist after World War II?”


“Why should we flagellate ourselves for what the Cambodians did to each other?”

— Commenting on the massive U.S. bombing of Cambodia in 1973, which killed three-quarters of a million peasants and disrupted Cambodian society, setting the stage for Pol Pot to come to power and ultimately kill another one-and-a-half million people.


“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will willingly be relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.”

— Henry Kissinger
In an address to the Bilderberger organization meeting at Evian, France, on May 21, 1991. As transcribed from a tape recording made by one of the Swiss delegates.





Nov 27 2011

Kissinger, Eugenics and Depopulation

By Leuren Moret
11-20-4

henry-kissinger-eyesDr. Henry Kissinger, who wrote: “Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.”

Research on population control, preventing future births, is now being carried out secretly by biotech companies. Dr. Ignacio Chapela, a University of California microbiologist, discovered that wild corn in remote parts of Mexico is contaminated with lab altered DNA. That discovery made him a threat to the biotech industry.

Chapela was denied tenure at UC Berkeley when he reported this to the scientific community, despite the embarrassing discovery that UC Chancellor Berdahl, who was denying him tenure, was getting large cash payments – $40,000 per year – from the LAM Research Corp. in Plano, Texas.

Berdahl served as president of Texas A&M University before coming to Berkeley. During a presentation about his case, Chapela revealed that a spermicidal corn developed by a U.S. company is now being tested in Mexico. Males who unknowingly eat the corn produce non-viable sperm and are unable to reproduce.

Depopulation, also known as eugenics, is quite another thing and was proposed under the Nazis during World War II. It is the deliberate killing off of large segments of living populations and was proposed for Third World countries under President Carter’s administration by the National Security Council’s Ad Hoc Group on Population Policy.

National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974, and titled “Implications of world wide population growth for U.S. security & overseas interests,” says:

“Dr. Henry Kissinger proposed in his memorandum to the NSC that “depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.” He quoted reasons of national security, and because `(t)he U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less-developed countries … Wherever a lessening of population can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resources, supplies and to the economic interests of U.S.

Depopulation policy became the top priority under the NSC agenda, Club of Rome and U.S. policymakers like Gen. Alexander Haig, Cyrus Vance, Ed Muskie and Kissinger. According to an NSC spokesman at the time, the United States shared the view of former World Bank President Robert McNamara that the “population crisis” is a greater threat to U.S. national security interests than nuclear annihilation.In 1975, Henry Kissinger established a policy-planning group in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Population Affairs (by angel). The depopulation “GLOBAL 2000″ document for President Jimmy Carter was prepared.

It is no surprise that this policy was established under President Carter with help from Kissinger and Brzezinski – all with ties to David Rockefeller. The Bush family, the Harriman family – the Wall Street business partners of Bush in financing Hitler – and the Rockefeller family are the elite of the American eugenics movement. Even Prince Philip of Britain, a member of the Bilderberg Group, is in favor of depopulation:

“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels” (Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, leader of the World Wildlife Fund, quoted in “Are You Ready for Our New Age Future?” Insiders Report, American Policy Center, December 1995).

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been proposing, funding and building Bio-Weapons Level 3 and Level 4 labs at many places around the U.S. even on university campuses and in densely populated urban locations. In a Bio-Weapons Level 4 facility, a single bacteria or virus is lethal. Bio-Weapons Level 4 is the highest level legally allowed in the continental U.S.

For what purpose are these labs being developed, and who will make the decisions on where bio-weapons created in these facilities will be used and on whom? More than 20 world-class microbiologists have been murdered since 2002, mostly in the U.S. and the UK. Nearly all were working on development of ethnic-specific bio-weapons (see Smart Dust, Roboflies &).

Citizens around the U.S. are frantically filing lawsuits to stop these labs on campuses and in communities where they live. Despite the opposition of residents living near UC Davis, where a Bio-Weapons Level 4 lab was planned, it had the support of the towns mayor.

She suddenly reversed her position after a monkey escaped from a high security primate facility on the campus where the bio-weapons lab was proposed. Residents claimed that if UC Davis could not keep monkeys from escaping from their cages, they certainly could not guarantee that a single virus or bacteria would not escape from a test tube. The AWOL monkey killed the project (see Smart Dust, Roboflies&).

Population is a political problem. The extreme secrecy surrounding the takeover of nuclear weapons, NASA and the space program and the development of numerous bio-weapons labs is a threat to civil society, especially in the hands of the military and corporations.

The fascist application of all three of these programs can be used to achieve established U.S. government depopulation policy goals, which may eliminate 2 billion of the worlds existing population through war, famine, disease and any other methods necessary.

Two excellent examples of existing U.S. depopulation policy are, first, the long-term impact on the civilian population from Agent Orange in Vietnam, where the Rockefellers built oil refineries and aluminum plants during the Vietnam War. The second is the permanent contamination of the Middle East and Central Asia with depleted uranium, which, unfortunately, will destroy the genetic future of the populations living in those regions and will also have a global effect already reflected in increases in infant mortality reported in the U.S., Europe, and the UK.

References

Birth defects: The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm,Life photo-essay
(1995).

Statement by Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Smart dust, roboflies, microbugs: UC is spying on youby Leuren Moret,
San Francisco Bay View, Feb. 26, 2003.

San Francisco Bay View
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Sep 11 2011

Lowkey Relatives Ft. Logic – Music Video and Lyrics

Lowkey Relatives Ft. Logic

Lowkey released his song Relatives on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to send a message of world peace, when some are trying to foment further conflict. The song show the war from the view point of a british solider and a Iraqi boy. Both know there is something wrong with what is occurring but both are so caught up in it that they do nothing to change it.

The video shows the callased views of the elite that are running this war with a quote from former Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Kissinger said,

“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

The main characters in the video are Balach Amzz, Jimmy Jitsu, Aqeelah Abd Al-Rahman and Crazy-Haze.

Enjoy Lowkey’s Relatives Music Video featuring Logic.

Lowkey Relatives Ft. Logic Lyrics

Lowkey (born Kareem Dennis, 23 May 1986[1]) is a musician, poet, playwright and political activist of English and Iraqi descent.[2] He first came to fame through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18,[3] before taking a hiatus from the music business. He would return in 2008 with wider music coverage, featured on BBC Radio[4][5] and appearing at various festivals and concerts including the Electric Proms,[6] Glastonbury, T In The Park and Oxygen[7] in the build up to his first solo album, as well as collaborating with other famous English musicians to form a supergroup.

Buy this song on Lowkeys: Uncensored

The views expressed on this track are not directly those of Lowkey or Logic, we’re just drawing attention to the lifestyles that some people lead.

Lowkey: I was born in Bermondsey, one of the south parts

Logic: And I was born in Basra, southside of Iraq

Lowkey: We used to play football outside in the park

Logic: We used to dodge bullets outside in the dark

Lowkey: I never prayed, I was told there isn’t a god

Logic: I prayed 5 times a day its like I lived in a mosque

Lowkey: Me, I’m easy with a pint and some cricket to watch

Logic: They sanctioned everything we got, so now it isn’t a lot

Lowkey: My mum and dad worked hard, always had employment

Logic: My mom just left and my dad got poisoned
I was young but I was told that the government did it

Lowkey: From my heart I can say that I love being British
I grew with 5 older brothers and sisters

Logic: Yeah I had a lot of siblings but some have gone missing
Now it’s just me and my little sis

Lowkey: Britain’s got a lot of immigrants; they take our jobs everyday I swear I’m sick of it

Logic: My uncle’s trying to get to Britain quick

Lowkey: I’m trying to find a job

Logic: Me I’m still illiterate

Lowkey: every 2 weeks I’m signing on

Logic: we only had school a little bit

Lowkey: I got kicked out of school very early, labeled as an idiot

Logic: Before my uncle left us, he gave me his gun

Lowkey: my girl just gave me a son

Logic: You see its hot where I live, every day I bake in the sun

Lowkey: Its cold where I live so I read every page of the Sun
And I’m getting mad, with what I look at and read

Logic: I just met a couple elders that are good on their Deen.

Lowkey: My dad told me joining an army would be good for the peace

Logic: I started meeting, now I’m training with the mujahedeen
Because I’ve heard that the westerners are coming with bombs

Lowkey: I spent months in the regiment training up to be shot

Logic: But this is my land, my country, ill defend it till I pass

Lowkey: I just got the message that they’re sending me to Iraq

Pain is the same fam, its all relative
They cried the same tears, you cried for your relatives
And one way or another, my brother we’re all relatives
Home is where the heart is, yeah that’s where it is (2X)

Lowkey: Now I’m in the south of Iraq, it’s a smelly place
I don’t know who to trust, everybody’s got a hairy face

Logic: And Bazara’s a scary place, its worse than it used to be
They’re dropping bombs everyday

Lowkey: Even little boys shoot at me

Logic: I shoot at white faces, and any green suit I see

Lowkey: Every regiment’s lost a couple of troops; we’ve lost 2 or 3

Logic: I still go to pray in the same place the mosque used to be

Lowkey: I see little kids starving to death, with no food to eat,
But an orders an order, we’ve got to clean the city up

Logic: they see how we’re suffering, and still they don’t pity us
They shoot us every day tomorrow’s probably me

Lowkey: We’re trying to help these bastards, but its like they don’t want to be free

Logic: Yeah these people don’t know what freedom is

Lowkey: I saw my colleague rape a woman against her will, but I didn’t agree with it

Logic: I shot a soldier in the face and then I had to run quick

Lowkey: My sergeant got shot in his face by some dumb young kid,
Now I just want to go home that’s where my heart is

Logic: My heart is in Basra, and never will I part it

Lowkey: this wars going nowhere, tell me why did we start this

Logic: I’m fighting regardless till I’m resting where Allah is

Lowkey: come to think of it, I should have never joined the army
And when I think about it, I don’t hate these Iraqi’s

Logic: Yeah bullets flying past me, I’m scared but I cant run,
I take my sister upstairs and get my uncle’s old gun

Lowkey: Don’t know if it’s terrorists or just some civilians,
But I’ve been told to neutralize the threat up in that building

Logic: I see the soldiers they’re about to pass, I take my pistol out and blast

Lowkey: A bullet wizzes by my face and tears my friends mouth apart,
I saw red, and starting shooting to make em all dead

Logic: I tried to guard my sister, but a bullet hit her forehead

Lowkey: I ran up the steps to see if I buried them all
But all I saw was

Logic: my little sister dead on the floor

Our pain is the same, but its all relative
They cried the same tears, you cried for your relatives
And one way or another, my brother we’re all relatives
Home is where the heart is, yeah that’s where it is



Aug 8 2011

Corporations Receive More Welfare than the Poor

This report is a collection of other reports and documents on Corporate Subsidies only, although it does include some general information on the Oil & Gas Industry, Farm Subsidies and Tax Expenditures. A more specific report on the latter three can be found in reports linked at the bottom.

NOTE: There are literally hundreds of reports on Corporate Subsidies. Many are undermined by self-serving purposes, but some are not. You may find a mixture of those in this report. In addition, depending on what and who these reports included or excluded, the total dollars for a particular subsidy will vary, sometimes considerably.

“The nation’s largest corporations and richest citizens receive more welfare money than our social welfare programs.”


It is important to note that many reports on Corporate Subsidies include other things such as Tax Expenditures. Thus, one of the reasons for the conflicting dollar amounts between reports. This effort attempts to focus just on Corporate subsidies, but does reference reports that include Tax Expenditures. That said, the most common figure quoted for Corporate Subsidies only is about $100 billion each year.

Surge in Corporate Tax Welfare Drives Corporate Tax Payments Down to Near Record Lowfrom an April 17, 2002 report.

Total Corporate Tax Welfare: Fiscal 2002 = $171.1 billion; Fiscal 2003 = $175.2 billion estimated.

historical corporate income

Corporate Subsidies have risen substantially since 2002.

Myth: The poor receive the most welfare

Fact: Corporations receive the most welfare

“Entitlement spending on households is surprisingly “flat” in the U.S. — the spending is distributed proportionately among the various income groups. However, federal spending tilts in favor of the rich when you add corporate welfare to the mix. And this pro-wealthy favoritism becomes more pronounced when you consider who is paying for it: over the last few decades, the tax rates for the rich have sharply fallen, both in personal income and corporate taxes.”


The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech produced a study a few years back where, in part, they compared Corporate Subsidies (welfare) to social welfare:

“The nation’s largest corporations and richest citizens receive more welfare money than our social welfare programs. In 1994, the United States spent $104.3 billion on corporate welfare, while spending only $14.4 billion on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC; now TANF). If we add together recent federal monies spent on AFDC/TANF, food stamps and Medicaid, it comes to about $85 billion annually. The total cost of the corporate tax breaks and subsidies is hundreds of billions of dollars.”


U.S. Companies Get Huge Government Handouts – (from the mid 1990’s)

“While the US establishment is pushing for reduction of welfare for the poor and for developing countries to cut government subsidies, the US government is giving hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies and tax breaks to its companies and individuals.”

Discounted user fees for public resources

  • Direct grants
  • Corporate tax reductions and loopholes
  • Giveaways of publicly funded research and development (R&D) to private profit-making companies
  • Tax breaks for wealthy individuals

nuclear industries′ $7.1 billion subsidy from 1996:

“Most successful US industries wouldn’t be competitive internationally if the federal government hadn’t developed their basic technology with your tax dollars, then given it away to private companies. Computers, biotech and commercial aviation are examples, and so-preeminently-is nuclear power.”


Corporate Welfare and Foreign Policy – from 1999 by the Foreign Policy In Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

The U.S. government doles out more than $167 billion annually in what critics dub “aid for dependent corporations (AFDC).”This corporate welfare includes: (1) cash payments by governments to businesses; (2) government provision of below-cost products and services, such as loans and insurance, to businesses; (3) tax breaks for businesses; (4) laws—and changes in laws—that help business bottom lines; and (5) government purchases of goods and services from businesses at inflated prices (though laws are supposed to prevent this).U.S. aid for international investors, exporters, and importers exceeds $32 billion annually and benefits such “needy” recipients as General Motors, Citibank, Archer Daniels Midland, and Boeing. The Market Access Program (MAP), for example, uses taxpayer money to reimburse corporate foreign advertising costs. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) supplies loans and insurance to companies investing abroad. Federal tax law allows exporters to exempt a portion of revenues from taxation.

(The report includes farm related subsidies.)


(In 1998 TIME Magazine published an investagative report entitled “Corporate Welfare”. It was published in parts over four consecutive issues. The report covered Corporate Subsidies at both the Federal and States’ level and includes “Tax Expenditures”, which is a concession of tax revenue’s, as well as direct payouts of money to corporations. As such, it applies to all four of my reports: Corporate Subsidies, Tax Expenditures, Oil & Gas Industry Subsidies and Farm Subsidies. Hence, references to and excerpts from the TIME report may be included in each of those.)

NOTE: References and excerpts included here from the TIME report are primarily about Corporate Subsidies.

TIME COVER

The investigation leading to TIME Magazine’s report took 18 months. It was published over four consecutive issues of the magazine: November 9, 16, 23, and 30.The first part begins with an attempt to get ones attention:

“How would you like to pay only a quarter of the real estate taxes you owe on your home? And buy everything for the next 10 years without spending a single penny in sales tax? Keep a chunk of your paycheck free of income taxes? Have the city in which you live lend you money at rates cheaper than any bank charges? Then have the same city install free water and sewer lines to your house, offer you a perpetual discount on utility bills–and top it all off by landscaping your front yard at no charge?”

But then they burst your bubble:

“Fat chance. You can’t get any of that, of course. But if you live almost anywhere in America, all around you are taxpayers getting deals like this. These taxpayers are called corporations.”

As for what states and local governments hand over, this is what Time had to say:

“There are no reasonably accurate estimates on the amount of money states shovel out. That’s because few want you to know. Some say they maintain no records. Some say they don’t know where the files are. Some say the information is not public. All that’s certain is that the figure is in the many billions of dollars each year–and it is growing, when measured against the subsidy per job.”

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“There is no uniform definition [for this welfare]. By TIME’s definition, it is this: any action by local, state or federal government that gives a corporation or an entire industry a benefit not offered to others. It can be an outright subsidy, a grant, real estate, a low-interest loan or a government service. It can also be a tax break–a credit, exemption, deferral or deduction, or a tax rate lower than the one others pay.

“Two years after Congress reduced welfare for individuals and families, this other kind of welfare continues to expand, penetrating every corner of the American economy. It has turned politicians into bribery specialists, and smart business people into con artists. And most surprising of all, it has rarely created any new jobs.
[bold added]

“The justification for much of this welfare is that the U.S. government is creating jobs. Over the past six years, Congress appropriated $5 billion to run the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which subsidizes companies that sell goods abroad. James A. Harmon, president and chairman, puts it this way: “American workers…have higher-quality, better-paying jobs, thanks to Eximbank’s financing.” But the numbers at the bank’s five biggest beneficiaries–AT&T, Bechtel, Boeing, General Electric and McDonnell Douglas (now a part of Boeing)–tell another story. At these companies, which have accounted for about 40% of all loans, grants and long-term guarantees in this decade, overall employment has fallen 38%, as more than a third of a million jobs have disappeared.

“FORTUNE 500 companies have erased more jobs than they have created this past decade, and yet they are the biggest beneficiaries of corporate welfare.

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“From her second-floor offices bordering the sparkling Caribbean at Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Catherine Sittig presides over one of the corporate-welfare system’s most enduring success stories.

“Sittig’s company represents hundreds of U.S. corporations–she won’t say exactly how many–that have offshore affiliates in the islands. This isn’t as demanding as it might sound. It’s largely a matter of filing papers and mailing out invoices.

“After all, the companies she represents are just paper entities. But they have come to represent a drain, created by Congress and perfectly legal, of $1.7 billion annually on the U.S. Treasury.

“It works like this:

“A company sets up what is called a foreign sales corporation. Companies can form FSCs in 32 countries designated by Congress–among them Jamaica and Barbados–or in a U.S. possession like the Virgin Islands. The company then funnels its exports (or, more accurately, the paperwork for its exports) through its offshore FSC. Presto: no federal income taxes on a portion of those export profits.

“Programs such as foreign sales corporations are a product of Congress’s attempts to legislate economic behavior–attempts that generally fail, to the detriment of the Treasury. In 1971 legislators became alarmed at the growing trade deficit–imports that exceeded exports–and the threat to American jobs. So Congress came up with a program, the Domestic International Sales Corporation, that deferred corporate taxes on export income. The idea was to encourage companies to keep jobs here.

“It didn’t work: the new law had no impact on the nation’s trade deficit or manufacturing employment. While collecting billions of dollars in subsidies, corporate America continued to move manufacturing abroad. The merchandise trade deficit spiraled from $2 billion in 1971 to $67 billion by 1984.

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“How would you like to get the Federal Government to invest with you in a hot new business in the global market? For every buck you put up, the government, in the form of something called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), puts up two bucks. Best of all, if the deal goes sour because of a crumbling economy, currency devaluation or some other unforeseen event, you won’t have to pay back the government’s share.

“Sound too good to be true? It is. Unless you have $1 million or more to put in the pot. That’s most often the minimum investment required for one of these deals. As a result, investors fall into three broad groups: wealthy individuals, institutions such as pension funds, and large corporations like GE and Citicorp.

“In the 1990s, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has established 26 funds, which have invested $3.2 billion in businesses in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) has established 11 other funds with 1.4 billion taxpayer dollars.

“In the case of AID’s so-called enterprise funds, the investment dollars are supplied directly by you, the taxpayer.

“Who gets to sponsor or manage a government-backed or -bankrolled investment fund? People who have the proper political ties or who are major campaign contributors or both.

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“A corporate-welfare bureaucracy of an estimated 11,000 organizations and agencies has grown up, with access to city halls, statehouses, the Capitol and the White House. They conduct seminars, conferences and training sessions. They have their own trade associations. They publish their own journals and newsletters. They create attractive websites on the Internet. And they never call it “welfare.” They call it “economic incentives” or “empowerment zones” or “enterprise zones.”

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“The Federal Government alone shells out $125 billion a year in corporate welfare, this in the midst of one of the more robust economic periods in the nation’s history. Indeed, thus far in the 1990s, corporate profits have totaled $4.5 trillion–a sum equal to the cumulative paychecks of 50 million working Americans who earned less than $25,000 a year, for those eight years.

“And what are those costs? The equivalent of nearly two weekly paychecks from every working man and woman in America–extra money that would stay in their pockets if it didn’t go to support some business venture or another.

Evidently Time has archived the articles that followed the first one linked above. However, this was pieced together, including the first part, and convert it to a PDF. It reads like the take-over of a third-world country, and SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY AMERICAN WHO IS VOTING AGE.


Steven Moore with the CATO Institute testified before Congress in 1999 on Corporate Subsidies. He said there was $75 billion in the 1997 budget [for Corporate Subsidies], the same year “Fortune 500 corporations recorded the best-ever earnings of $325 billion”. Moore did point out that most of these were in the form of Tax Expenditures.

Many of these companies are double, triple and quadruple-dippers into the taxpayer pig trough. And there are no time limits to these Corporate Subsidies — they go on forever, unlike most social welfare programs.

Ironically — ironic in that it was coming from the CATO Institute — Moore said:

One perverse, but predictable outcome of a $100 billion-plus corporate welfare state is that industry begins to view Congress, rather than consumers, as their real customers. Moreover, industry has done an all effective job at protecting their subsidies.

However, if you read Moore’s report you will find that he was looking for a way to pay for the elimination of other taxes such as the so-called “death tax” and “capital gains tax” ($95 billion annually at the time), of which only those with more than $2 million of inheritance would benefit, and very wealthy people who have rolling investments where they experience very large capital gains each year.


 Another report from the OMB Watch in 2002 gave us the following information:

  • Spending for corporate welfare programs outweighs spending for low-income programs by more than three to one: $167 billion to $51.7 billion.
  • Total federal spending on a safety net for the poor costs the average taxpayer about $400 a year, while spending on corporate welfare programs costs the same taxpayer about $1400 a year.
  • Over 90% of the budget cuts passed by the last Congress cut spending for the poor – programs that ensure food for the needy, housing for the homeless, job training for the unemployed, community health care for the sick. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • Only 3.9% of total federal outlays go to programs that solely benefit poor people.

Welfare programs for corporations do not play by the same rules as welfare for people. Welfare benefits for individuals and families are limited by strict eligibility requirements and time limits, while corporations get Corporate Welfare benefits regardless of wealth or accountability.

  • Individuals and families must demonstrate need to receive benefits, while corporations with billions of dollars in annual income remain on the federal dole.
  • Most social spending is in the form of discretionary spending, which is scrutinized in the annual budget negotiating process in Congress; most Corporate Welfare programs are in the form of tax expenditures, which go on and on since they are not subject to annual review by Congress.

A sort of indirect corporate subsidizing comes in the form of health care cost. Since many corporations are significantly decreasing health care coverage for employees, states are having to pick up the cost. From an updated report early last year: “states are being put in a position of subsidizing the cost-cutting measures of private sector employers”. You can check to see if your state is on the list; if not, go to “Show Us the Subsidies” and look up your state.


More Recent 

The last two links above is web pages of “Good Jobs First” whose objective, in big part, is to be a Corporate Subsidy Watchdog group. GJF does not necessarily segregate Corporate Subsidies, Tax Expenditures or Farm subsidies; in many cases they’re combined.

GJF has case studies on:

  • Boeing – $3.2 billion tax concession (nearly 100% of their tax liability) from the state of Seattle to remain in that state. In addition taxpayers were stuck with an additional gasoline tax to fund transportation improvements, and they overhauled the unemployment insurance system to reduce costs for employers and tightened up on workers compensation claims. Boeing later received $32 million from the state to cover the cost of training and other unnamed “sweeteners”. Boeing got these concessions through an implied blackmail of the state. They “solicited” other states, finally agreeing to state in Washington where they were: “The strategy was successful, though there were lingering suspicions that Boeing never seriously considered leaving the Seattle area.”
  •  Cabela’s and Bass Pro – “The company claims that a substantial share of shoppers come from long distances, creating jobs at hotels and restaurants (including those in the stores), and generating new sales tax revenues. Cabela’s uses this model to justify its extraordinary demands for subsidies from the localities where it sites its stores. It has been so successful in obtaining taxpayer funding that subsidies are an essential part of the company’s business plan. Cabela’s made this plain in the prospectus it issued when it became a publicly traded firm in 2004.” This little ploy netted them $500 million in taxpayer subsidies.
  • Dell – $262 million in tax concession from North Carolina; In Round Rock Texas, 20 years of no taxes, $50 million in tax-exempt industrial revenue bond financing, and 40 percent of sales tax revenues collected by Round Rock on Dell’s sales; In Nashville, Tennessee, free land for the site worth $6.5 million, 40 years of property tax abatements, $20 million in infrastructure improvements at the site funded by the city and state, one-time credits of $2,000 per employee against state franchise and excise taxes, Metro Nashville tax credits of $500 per employee for 40 years, industrial machinery state tax credits and $4,000 per employee to pay for job training costs. The Kicker: Three years after the deal, Dell announced they were eliminating all manufacturing operations at the facility. From a local newspaper: “It doesn’t take a disenfranchised anti-business character to believe that Dell Computer’s reneging on the spirit of its incentive deal with the city amounts to bad corporate citizenship, to put it charitably.”
  • Nordstrom (2005) (a designer apparel, shoe, handbag and beauty chain) – “In 1992 one developer told a reporter: ‘You pretty much have to guarantee that when [Nordstrom] open their doors for businesses, they will not have any money invested in the deal.” Norfolk, Virginia had to take out a $32.8 million loan to pay for the construction of a store for Nordstrom. That loan, along with many more in other states, were HUD loans; a federal agency designed to help low-income families buy homes.
  • Sykes Enterprises (2005) (an outsourcing company) – Tens of millions of dollars in subsidies and direct payments from several states and towns, which, in many cases, resulted in the company pulling up and moving out when customer contracts expired.
  • Target – Several states have paid out a total in excess of $100 million and tens of millions more in tax concessions.

In additions to the individual corporations mentioned above, Good Jobs First has case studies on several industries.

Biotechnology (2005)

Film Production

Foreign Auto Plants

Private Prisons (2005)

Professional Sports

Semiconductors

Server Farms

At state levels, Site Location Consultants grease the skids by going into state’s and local communities to instill fear among government officials and local residence. Once that’s accomplished, high-paid lobbyists’ move in to acquire government welfare for the corporations. It’s a coordinated effort. You don’t have to ask how much these two interest charge corporations; it’s in the tens of millions, ultimately paid for by taxpayers.

You can “Discover Where Corporations are Getting Taxpayer Handouts Across the United States” by tracking subsidies.


A Sense of Entitlement

General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt became very upset when a subsidy “entitlement” hadn’t arrived as soon as he wanted it to. The Obama Administration has promised $1.9 billion for a wind farm in Oregon, for which GE was going to supply the turbines. Immelt wrote a “shellacking” editorial in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, maybe the only newspaper that would have carried it for him. Here’s the real scary part: Immelt was just awarded the job as head of the Economic Advisory Board to President Obama, replacing Paul Volcker.

During the health care debate of 2009 / 2010 several corporations made headlines by declaring that the new health care law would rob them of hundreds of millions of dollars. But the truth was that the new law would require corporations to only pay taxes on the billions they were getting through Corporate Subsidies to supplement medical care cost to their retirees; which was in fact a double subsidy.


Still doing the same thing they were in 2002 and years before, the Export Import Bank is in the business of providing Corporate Subsidies. They guarantee loans made to foreign governments to purchase “American made” goods, but those loans go sour at times and the ExIm Bank pays off. Proponents of the bank insist that it saves American jobs. However, as the linked report above points out, those same companies are moving American jobs overseas at an astonishing rate.


American taxpayers are also in the business of subsidizing the making of rum in the Virgin Islands to the tune of $6 billion. To make matters worse, Diageo, a British-owned company, has moved in and is taking the lion’s share of these American Corporate Subsidies while greatly reducing the number of workers. This process is know as The Rum Excise Tax Cover-Over, which, in great part, is paying the rum-makers a larger profit for their goods.


More Nuclear Power Plant Subsidies

In February of last year the Obama Administration handed out the second payment of a $54 billion loan to the Southern Company to build two nuclear power plants in Georgia. The commitment for the money was authorized by Congress in 2005. It is tagged as a “loan”; however there is a 50/50 chance of a default by the Southern Company.


$1 Billion: The amount Wal-Mart has received from taxpayers directly or in the form of Tax Expenditures.


Corporate Subsidies

When Corporate Subsidies are extracted from Tax Expenditures, it represents at least $100 billion of the federal budget each year. That is a direct payout to corporations using taxpayer money.


Links to Other Studies and Reports

The CATO Institute has many case studies and papers (linked below) on Corporate Subsidies and other subsidies. However, there have been several cases where the CATO Institute’s reports appear to be self-serving in that they are not necessarily advocating an end to certain Corporate Subsidies in the name of reducing net cost to taxpayers. In some cases they simply want to transfer the savings to wealthy individuals in the form of less taxes for them.

Corporate Welfare and Earmarks

Corporate Welfare

Agricultural Policy – Mostly Farm Subsidies

The Corporate Welfare State: How the Federal Government Subsidizes U.S. Businesses

The Corporate Welfare Budget: Bigger Than Ever

Corporate Welfare Update

Corporate Subsidies in the Federal Budget

Cato Handbook for Congress: Corporate Welfare

Archer Daniels Midland: A Case Study In Corporate Welfare

Ending Corporate Welfare As We Know It

Corporate Welfare Update

How Corporate Welfare Won: Clinton and Congress Retreat from Cutting Business Subsidies

Silicon Valley versus Corporate Welfare

The Bipartisan Scandal of U.S. Corporate Welfare

Market Opening or Corporate Welfare?

Full Disclosure for Corporate Welfare

Cutting Corporate Welfare Could Fund a Bush Social Security Plan

No Corporate Welfare for Nuclear Power

Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers: The Hidden Costs of Spending on Defense and Foreign Aid(PDF)

The Corporate Welfare Information Center appears to be a very old website with most of their references dating back to the 1990’s. However, they have dozens of links on Corporate Subsidies as well as other kinds of subsidies.

Corporate Welfare Headquarters is another who tracks Corporate Subsidies.

The Progress Report has a page called Corporate Welfare: The Shame Page. They cover an awful lot of information on all fronts of government handouts, not just Corporate Subsidies. Certainly well worth the click.


Jul 2 2011

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Slavery I Would not be a Slave

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“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

—Abraham Lincoln

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    Jul 1 2011

    Abraham Lincoln Famous Quotes, America will never be Destroyed From the Outside

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    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

    —Abraham Lincoln

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      Jun 29 2011

      Quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Allow the President to Invade a Neighboring Nation

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      Quotes from Abraham Lincoln

      “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

      —Abraham Lincoln

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        Jun 16 2011

        Thomas Jefferson more Dangerous That Even a Guilty Person Should be Punished Without the Forms of Law

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        “It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.”

        —Thomas Jefferson

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        Jun 2 2011

        Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Music Video & Lyrics

        Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade”

        “Bulls on Parade” addresses the American military-industrial complex, a situation in which industry (the arms industry, primarily) urges government to take military action, with the intent of obtaining military contracts, to thereby increase its revenue. The idiom “bulls on parade” refers to a bull market. The symbol may also mean the muscularity of American responses to complex problems; we act like mad bulls on dress parade rather than negotiating or using less violent strategies. Also the verse, “They rally around the family, with a pocket full of shells” could refer to the composer’s belief that American politicians in both parties represent the family as an integral part of their policies, but in actuality they use this as a “scarecrow” tactic because they really have pockets full of ammo (“shells”) catering to the military-industrial complex.

        The verse in the song, “Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes, not need, just feed the war cannibal animal”, refers to the military-industrial complex in the song. Another verse, “They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ‘em” is an example of literary reference, alluding to Fahrenheit 451 and its author, Ray Bradbury’s famous quote, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.” With the words “Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons”, the song suggests that fear of terrorism is used to manipulate the American population into supporting military action. The phrase “the terror rains” serves a double meaning, suggesting that “the terror” by the government literally reign.

        The song is widely known for its popular guitar solo containing a vinyl scratch effect used by Tom Morello, done by toggling between two pickups – one on and one off – while rubbing his hands on the strings over the pickups and using a wah-pedal to create the effect that someone is scratching a vinyl disc. “Bulls on Parade” is also known for one of Tim Commerford’s more famous bass solos, during the second wah-wah riff, and right before Tom’s guitar solo.

        The video for “Bulls on Parade”, directed by Peter Christopherson and produced by Fiz Oliver at Squeak Pictures, premiered on MTV’s 120 Minutes on April 14, 1996. On July 31, 1996 it was nominated for Best Hard Rock Video in the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.

        The video contains footage from the Sydney Big Day Out (25th of Jan, 1996) and their side show at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney (27th of Jan, 1996). Throughout the video shots of young people protesting in the streets with political signs, military drills, flags, and other similar images are montaged together. An antique-style film is used which promotes scratches, dust and film grain. Several scenes show people wrapping ‘Evil Empire’ banners on walls, telephone posts and posting up other propaganda posters designed by Barbara Kruger. There is a scene where a character wearing a black “Libertyville” jacket with a baseball cap is painted by the renowned Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs who paints his iconoclastic figures on city walls. This is the actual portrait created by the street artist of Tom Morello himself. Various lyrics are flashed on top of these scenes in a scrawled sort of chicken-scratch throughout.

        Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Music Video

        Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Lyrics

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        Come wit it now!
        Come wit it now!
        The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
        Either drop tha hits like de la O or get tha fuck off tha commode
        Wit tha sure shot, sure ta make tha bodies drop
        Drop an don’t copy yo, don’t call this a co-op
        Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons
        That five sided fist-a-gon
        Tha rotten sore on tha face of mother earth gets bigger
        Tha triggers cold empty ya purse

        Rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

        Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
        Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
        I walk tha corner to tha rubble that used to be a library
        Line up to tha mind cemetary now
        What we don’t know keeps tha contracts alive an movin’
        They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ‘em
        While arms warehouses fill as quick as tha cells
        Rally round tha family, pockets full of shells

        Rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
        They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

        Bulls on parade

        Come wit it now!
        Come wit it now!
        Bulls on parade!
        Bulls on parade!
        Bulls on parade!
        Bulls on parade!
        Bulls on parade!


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        May 29 2011

        Rage Against The Machine “Sleep Now In The Fire” Lyrics and Music Video

        Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire

        The music video for the song which was directed by Michael Moore with cinematography by Welles Hackett, features the band playing in front of the New York Stock Exchange, intercut with scenes from a satire of the popular television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire which is named “Who Wants to Be Filthy F#&%ing Rich”. Quoted at the end of the song is Republican politician Gary Bauer stating that, “a band called ‘The Machine Rages On’ – er – ‘Rage Against the Machine’, that band is anti-family and it’s pro-terrorist”, following an incident outside of fellow Republican Alan Keyes’ 2000 primary campaign town hall event, where Keyes jumped into a mosh pit formed while Rage Against the Machine was playing. Actor Garrett Wang is briefly seen in the video enjoying the music.

        The shoot for the music video on January 26, 2000, caused the doors of the New York Stock Exchange to be closed. In fact, the Stock Exchange locked its doors mid-day in response to fears of crowds gathering to watch the filming. This was not recorded as a closure as trading on the exchange floor continued uninterrupted.

        “We decided to shoot this video in the belly of the beast”, said Moore, who was detained by police for an hour and threatened with arrest during the shooting of the video, as the band had a permit that allowed them on the premises, but did not have a sound permit. The band was escorted from the site by security, after band members attempted to gain entry into the Exchange.

        The video was nominated at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video but lost to Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”, causing the infamous incident where bassist Tim Commerford climbed a large piece of the award show set in protest of losing to Limp Bizkit.

        Rage Against The Machine “Sleep Now In The Fire” Music Video

        Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire Lyrics

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        YEAAAH!

        The world is my expense
        The cost of my desire
        Jesus blessed me with its future
        And I protect it with fire
        So raise your fists and march around
        Dont dare take what you need
        I’ll jail and bury those committed
        And smother the rest in greed
        Crawl with me into tomorrow
        Or i’ll drag you to your grave
        I’m deep inside your children
        They’ll betray you in my name

        Hey!
        Hey!
        Sleep now in the fire

        Hey!
        Hey!
        Sleep now in the fire

        The lie is my expense
        The scope with my desire
        The party blessed me with its future
        And i protect it with fire
        I am the nina, the pinta, the santa maria
        The noose and the rapist, the fields overseer
        The agents of orange
        The priests of hiroshima
        The cost of my desire
        Sleep now in the fire

        Hey!
        Hey!
        Sleep now in the fire

        Hey!
        Hey!
        Sleep now in the fire

        For it’s the end of history
        It’s caged and frozen still
        There is no other pill to take
        So swallow the one
        That makes you ill
        The nina, the pinta, the santa maria
        The noose and the rapist, the fields’ overseer
        The agents of orange
        The priests of hiroshima
        The cost of my desire
        Sleep now in the fire

        YEAAAH!

        Sleep now in the fire!
        Sleep now in the fire!
        Sleep now in the fire!
        Sleep now in the fire!


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