Sunday, August 17, 2008

See the Fat Lady, the Two-Headed Dog, You, There!

The Pitch is on, to get us voters panicked into giving up not just our freedoms, but any future prospect we might have for economic security. The prospect that economic disaster might give the voters the impetus to kick the crooks out is really, really scary to the financiers who got us into this. There's a new foundation, founded and named by Pete Peterson, of Blackstone, Inc., that is funding a whole seminar to teach you how to sell out. Yes, Blackstone, that is a staple of buying and milking cash cows. Say "Mooo", you're the newest cash cow on the block.

This Friday, the documentary opens in Dallas theatres, followed by a live blog with Peterson and Warren Buffet. You will be invited to give away all your entitlements to buy back the prosperity the high rollers have sold out from under you. The ads are insisting that this is the new "An Inconvenient Truth", for which Al Gore should be royalties, but I'd rather he were getting a lawsuit going, for fraud at the least.

At the website, you get this hard sell:

I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation’s financial practices and policies. The film follows U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America’s unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens.

Hopefully there will be carnival barkers at the entrance pulling in the rubes with a line like "You look like a pretty smart fella. You I will let in free, just don't tell the boss, okay?"

Entitlements like social security have long been making this crowd drool, and now they've got the country in a fix they can't get out of without making sacrifices, this is the sacrifice the robber baron class wants you to choose. Not something like government regulations and oversight, which have been removed to our great loss. Don't look at that fella behind the curtain.

Do they take us for idiots?


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