An article recently appeared in Rolling Stone that pulled back the layers of lies that has been the Mitt Romney’s representation of himself. It laid out in the simplest terms how he came to become rich, and how he overtook companies, then saddled them with the loans he used to purchase said companies, while raiding any capital said companies contained.
It’s a sad yet interesting look at the disgusting greed that fueled Romney through much of his business career and serves to prove the hypocrisy of Romney’s debt cries. Nonetheless it sounds all too familiar, like something out of a history book, or a recent presidency.
What is a nation to a company? The similarities are many but the power is found in only one. Yet with such power comes the transparency that seems to make the kind of tactics that Romney used at Bain unfeasible. Even if he were to somehow take over the country by winning the presidency it would be impossible to convert the value of the Governments multiple savings and budgets into cash and transfer it somewhere. The very attempt would raise red flags from coast to coast and lead to some sort of impeachment without a second thought.
No to raid the US Government you would have to be craftier than ol’ Mittens.
You would have to be Dick Cheney.
When one thinks of Cheney it is not a agreeable man that comes to mind. And
despite being only Vice President, it was never doubted in the minds of most that only one man held control of the US Presidency from 2000 to 2008.
But driving up the US Debt in order to steal Billions of dollars is not a easy job. You need a distraction. Like a war.
And not just any war, a war you can profit on, and use to funnel money to yourself and your wealthy friends by increasing the US Debt.
You certainly wouldn’t be able to pay for it with tax increases, that would just create a circle of money that would defeat the entire purpose of stealing from the Government. Instead you would need to cut taxes and create a scapegoat.
A scapegoat of a country like Iraq. Rich in oil reserves, and with a long history of grievances against your nation. You would simply need to find the most faulty intel and put all your support behind it, or even just outright manufacture intel.
What did you stand to profit from said venture? Contracts, to your defense contracting friends. And more importantly oil. Both Cheney and his partner George W Bush had their hands deep in the oil industry.
It was a simple scheme, take over the United States Government, declare war on a scapegoat and drive the Government into debt while taking away billions for you and your friends before dumping the country on the next leader.
In other words: Asset Management.