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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

More Obama

The Black Agenda Report is a great source of information about many things, not the least of which is the Wall Street wolf in sheep's clothing known as Barack Obama.

Pam Martens writes today:

"We are being asked to accept at face value the notion that after more than two centuries of entrenched racism in this country, which saw only five black members of the U.S. Senate, it's all being eradicated with some rousing stump speeches.

"We are asked to believe that those white executives at all the biggest Wall Street firms, which rank in the top 20 donors to the Obama presidential campaign, after failing to achieve more than 3.5 percent black stockbrokers over 30 years, now want a black populist president because they crave a level playing field for the American people."

I gotta stop here and just echo what Pam Martens is saying here.

As if, suddenly, this gust of fresh air, this Obama, comes in and says some shit, which I have no idea if he actually believes or not, and he's changed everyone's minds, especially those that would lock the door to each and every black person prior to today.

As if, suddenly, the movers and shakers of the world have decided that the poor and disadvantaged should have a chance to get what they, the executives, already have.

Pam Martens continues:

"The number one industry supporting the Obama presidential bid, according to the widely respected, nonpartisan Center For Responsive Politics, is 'lawyers/law firms' (most on Wall Street's payroll), giving a total of $11,246,596.

"This presents three unique credibility problems for the yes-we-can, little-choo-choo-that-could campaign: (1) these are not just 'lawyers/law firms'; the vast majority of these firms are also registered lobbyists at the Federal level; (2) Senator Obama has made it a core tenet of his campaign platform that the way he is going to bring the country hope and change is not taking money from federal lobbyists; and (3) with the past seven ignoble years of lies and distortions fresh in the minds of voters, building a candidacy based on half-truths is not a sustainable strategy to secure the west wing from the right wing...

"The Akin Gump law firm is a prime example of how something as mundane as a business classification code can be gamed for political advantage. According to the Center For Responsive Politics, Akin Gump ranks third among all Federal lobbyists, raking in $205,225,000 to lobby our elected officials in Washington from 1998 through 2007. The firm is listed as a registered federal lobbyist with the House of Representatives and the Senate; the firm held lobbying retainer contracts for more than 100 corporate clients in 2007. But when its non-registered law partners, the people who own this business and profit from its lobbying operations, give to the Obama campaign, the contribution is classified as coming from a law firm, not a lobbyist.

"The same holds true for Greenberg Traurig, the law firm that employed the criminally inclined lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Greenberg Traurig ranks ninth among all lobbyists for the same period, with lobbying revenues of $96,708,249. Its partners and employee donations to the Obama campaign of $70,650 appear not under lobbyist but the classification lawyers/law firms, as do 30 other corporate law firm/lobbyists.

"Additionally, looking at Public Citizen's list of bundlers for the Obama campaign (people soliciting donations from others), 27 are employed by law firms registered as federal lobbyists. The total sum raised February 16-29, 2008 by bundlers for Obama from these 27 firms: $2,650,000. (There are also dozens of high powered bundlers from Wall Street working the Armani-suit and red-suspenders cocktail circuits, like Bruce Heyman, managing director at Goldman Sachs; J. Michael Schell, vice chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup; Louis Susman, managing director, Citigroup; Robert Wolf, CEO, UBS Americas. Each raised over $200,000 for the Obama campaign.)

"Senator Obama's premise and credibility of not taking money from federal lobbyists hangs on a carefully crafted distinction: he is taking money, lots of it, from owners and employees of firms registered as federal lobbyists but not the actual individual lobbyists. But is that dealing honestly with the American people?"

You don't even need to read between the lines to get this. All you need to do is to actually read. And then you understand that Barack Obama was created by the powers-that-be and is being steered towards the presidency so that they can get what they want.

And what they want is more of what they already have.

This is nothing new and has been going on forever. But it's why I've been harping over and over again about the threats that an Obama presidency holds. And it wouldn't matter if I changed the name to McCain or Clinton. No matter which of these three gets in the Oval Office, they will be owned.

There is no change coming.

Some people are so desperate that they don't seem to understand this and Barack Obama, more than anyone else, is preying on this vulnerability to get one over on all of us, save his corporate puppeteers.


  • At 4:11 AM, Anonymous JollyRoger said…

    Change is coming. Barack can be in the vanguard of it, or be swept aside BY it. The choice is his.

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger LET'S TALK said…

    You might want to take a look at my two sites Let's Talk and Let's Talk ABout It.

    I have no dog in this fight but Hillary is lying and playing very dirty to become President.

    She has stated that only she and McCain has the experence to be President and Obama brings only a 2002 speech.

    If She's not the nominee then she talks as if she will support McCain.


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