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The Richest 0.1% Have Launched A War On Us – It’s Time To Fight Back And Hold These 400 Billionaires Personally Responsible For Our Economic Crisis

September 8th, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Economy, Feature, Hot List . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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Editor’s Note: The following post includes adapted excerpts from David DeGraw’s book, “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.” Release Date: 9.28.11

We have endured financial oppression for long enough. In a time of national crisis and shared sacrifice, the richest one-tenth of one percent of the population cannot continue on their merry way, living in obscene wealth and detached from reality, while the majority of the population desperately struggles to make ends meet. We are under attack, and it’s time to fight back.

I work over 60 hours a week and still barely make ends meet. Increased costs of living and thousands of dollars in medical bills have made me and my family move three times in the past three years to downsize and cut living expenses. I’m certainly not alone in this dire economic situation, tens of millions of Americans are fighting this daily war to keep their family fed and healthy with a roof over their head.

In fact, as long as I can keep up this intensive work schedule at my current income level, I’m actually better off than many Americans. Over 46 million Americans are currently relying on food stamps to feed their family, over 50 million can’t afford health care, 62 million have zero or negative net worth and 64% of Americans have less than $1000 saved. As the economic downturn begins to accelerate once again, the majority of the population, which has been struggling for over three years now, is going to be pushed to a breaking point.

Meanwhile, in this time of national crisis, as we keep hearing calls for “shared sacrifice,” tens of trillions of dollars are consolidated within the hands of the economic top one-tenth of one percent of the population. This unprecedented consolidation of wealth continues unabated, as we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in American history. US millionaire households now have over $46 trillion in wealth, yet only one-tenth of one percent of the population makes over $1 million per year.

Let me be clear, I don’t fault a person for being rich. If you are great at what you do and work hard, you should be financially better off than people who slack off, are bad at what they do and don’t work hard. Almost all Americans agree with that. However, the problem we currently have is that people who are extremely bad at what they do are now all too often the people who have the most money. For example, the very people who caused this economic crisis have profited off of it and are now among the richest people in the world.

The reality of our current crisis is that we now have an aristocracy in this country that lives beyond the rule of law. They have used their wealth to rig the government and the economy. Through campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door between Washington and the most powerful global corporations, the world’s richest people have now effectively rigged the system against hardworking Americans. This economic crisis is the result of a deliberate systemic looting engineered by the global financial elite. To attempt to dismiss this reality as some unproven conspiracy theory is to display a stunning level of ignorance.

Just look at the bailout of Wall Street: trillions of dollars in national wealth were given to the people who engaged in fraudulent activity and crashed the economy. They then used the public’s wealth to give themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses. And now, while the rich people who caused this crisis have never been richer, the government is giving them tax breaks and cutting vital programs that we need to keep our society functioning. To say that America has descended into a neo-feudal banana republic is not using bombastic rhetoric or hyperbole, it is a technical fact to anyone who spends time analyzing our current economic and socio-political condition.

As our society is incrementally and steadily deteriorating, millions of people are growing more desperate by the day. American families can no longer remain passive when under such a prolonged and ongoing economic attack. We literally can’t afford to. Clearly, this is a highly unsustainable and dangerous situation that cannot continue for much longer. A small fraction of society has systemically robbed the country and destroyed the economic future of the majority of the population. As more people realize this, and as desperate times continue, the mega-wealthy will eventually reap what they have sown.

To understand our future prospects, we just need to look at the civil unrest that is currently spreading throughout the world. The same people who robbed America have also robbed many other countries. People worldwide who have been pushed into severe poverty are rebelling because they have no other choice. It’s either fight back or let your family die a slow death. The massive protests and riots that have swept from Cairo to London are just the first wave of a tsunami of rebellion and unrest that, if the present course is not urgently and significantly changed, is sure to hit America soon.

Even the Wall Street friendly press, such as Market Watch, are publishing reports like this one from veteran journalist Paul B. Farrell:

“What a year. Rage in London, Egypt, Athens, Damascus….

Warning: More rage is dead ahead. Across our planet a new generation is filled with rage. High unemployment. Raging inflation. Dreams lost. Hope gone. While the super-rich get richer and richer.

Listen to that hissing: The fuse is rapidly burning, warning us. Wake up before the rage explodes in your face. This firestorm is endangering America’s future….

Super-rich addicts are destroying the American Dream for everyone. They’re destroying the American economy. They don’t care about you. Yes, they hear the ticking time bomb. They’re stockpiling cash. Don’t say you weren’t warned. The IMF sees a new collapse sweeping across the planet. Open your eyes. You’re not watching a film. This is not a metaphor. Plan now for the revolution, class warfare, market crash, economic collapse, plan for another depression.”

Contagion of Global Unrest Spreads Worldwide

Unfortunately, as we see spreading throughout the world, the blacklash by impoverished and economically disenfranchised people is already taking a violent turn for the worse. All throughout the UK, which is economically comparable to many American states, financially oppressed people have resorted to rioting and looting. While the fallout and financial loss from these riots have only been a small fraction of the economic looting global bankers have inflicted upon the British population, it is horrifying to see. The popular German news outlet Der Spiegel recently featured this article:

A Society on the Verge of a Meltdown

“The riots in London are a social Fukushima for the Western world. Should we really be surprised that an increase in wealth for just a few, accompanied by simultaneous impoverishment of the masses, could not continue unabated?…

But with all due respect, the only thing astonishing here is the actual astonishment. Who really thought it could simply go on indefinitely like this? Who believed there would be no consequences to the increase of obscene wealth for a few while impoverishment simultaneously plagued the masses. Wealth disparity is no accident….We famously learn little from history. But if we take one thing from the Weimar era it should be this: The res publica amissa, or the neglected polity, will fail in the end.”

John Pilger, an award-winning London-based journalist, summed up the riots in this report:

Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain

“Such is the truth of [UK Prime Minister] David Cameron’s ‘sick society’, notably its sickest, most criminal, most feral ‘pocket’: the square mile of the City of London where, with political approval, the banks and super-rich have trashed the British economy and the lives of millions. This is fast becoming unmentionable as we succumb to propaganda once described by the American black leader Malcolm X thus: ‘If you’re not careful the newspapers will have you hating the oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing.’”

Phil Rockstroh exposed the corporate mainstream media’s biased reporting in this article:

Life in an Age Of Looting

“According to the through-the-looking-glass cosmology of mass media elitists, when a poor person commits a crime of opportunity, his actions are a threat to all we hold dear and sacred, but, when the hyper-wealthy of the entrenched looter class abscond with billions, those criminals are referred to as our financial leaders.

Regardless of the propaganda of ‘free market’ fantasists, the great unspeakable in regard to capitalism is its wealth, by and large, is generated for a ruthless, privileged few by the creation of bubbles, and, when those bubbles burst, the resultant economic catastrophe inflicts a vastly disproportionate amount of harm upon those — the laboring and middle classes — who generate grossly inequitable amounts of capital for the elitist of the fraudster class… by having the life force drained from them by the vampiric set-up of the gamed system.”

Even in Germany, which has a better economic situation than most other European countries, people are burning luxury “fat cat” cars.

Arsonists Torch Mercedes, BMWs in Berlin Protests

“Arsonists have set fire to 26 cars in the German capital in the last two days, mainly from Daimler AG (DAI)’s Mercedes, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) and Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s Audi, police said today. That brings the total number torched this year in Berlin to at least 138, more than double the figure for all of 2010….

‘The arsonists want to hit what they say are ‘Fat Cats,’’ Berlin police spokesman Michael Gassen said. A special unit is investigating the fires as political crimes after the police received letters claiming responsibility that derided globalization, gentrification and rising rents, he said.”

Israel is another financially “better off” nation that has seen massive protests. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country have been protesting the “high cost of living.” Some protesters even brought out a functioning guillotine on a street named after an infamous banking family. As Washington’s Blog summed it up:

“Indeed, these pictures from Israeli protests on Rothschild Boulevard last week show that people worldwide are getting sick and tired of the wealthiest acting like despotic kings:”

This past weekend, over 430,000 people protested throughout Israel in the country’s largest demonstration ever. This week, hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike in Italy and Spain. In Greece, yet another country that has been looted by the same people that have robbed the US, they have seen increasingly violent protests. There have been many violent clashes with the police. They even blew up JP Morgan offices and have repeatedly attacked the Ministry of Finance in Athens.

Throughout the world the situation is the same: rising costs of living, rampant poverty and unemployment, lower income and increasingly dire economic prospects for the overwhelming majority of citizens, while 0.1% of the population, the people who caused this economic crisis, are richer than ever.

Unfortunately, most of the American public has been propagandized and they still do not fully comprehend this blatant reality. US corporate television “news” has blinded much of the US public to this highly volatile situation.

The saddest part is that we know how to begin fixing this problem, yet common sense steps are not being taken. We can start by breaking up the “too big to fail” banks that hold us hostage and hold their top executives accountable. We can also end the system of political bribery that allows the mega-wealthy to control our political processes through campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door. Those are the first steps that absolutely need to be taken. Anyone who spends time researching our political and economic system will come to these obvious conclusions. These are common sense steps that are in the interests of 99.9% of the population.

However, with the US public so marginalized, confused and unaware of basic political reality, it appears these changes will not happen. Therefore, based on much empirical and statistical evidence, our society will soon descend into outbursts of rioting and violence.

Preparing for Civilian Unrest, the Crackdown in the US

Major US cities are getting ready for the blacklash by preparing their police force riot squads. New York City, the financial capital of the world, is a geographically clustered region that is home to millions of poor people – significantly large populations in highly impoverished neighborhoods are only a stones throw away from Wall Street. As this recent report reveals, the New York City Police Department is urgently preparing for unrest:

In wake of British riots, New York police prepare for unrest

“New York police anti-riot units assembled last week at a training facility on Randall’s Island to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain. The August 12 ‘mobilization exercises’ brought together police from all five of the city’s boroughs, including specialized units such as mounted police and aviation.

The riot training was held just days after the New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced the formation of a new ‘juvenile justice unit,’ which is to include detachments of cops assigned to troll Internet social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in search of any indication of impending disturbances….

The training mobilization of the NYPD, however, makes it more than clear that the ruling elite on the other side of the Atlantic is quite conscious that the conditions of social inequality, poverty, police abuse and attacks on social services and conditions that exist in both Britain and America can trigger an explosion in New York City.

In terms of income distribution, New York City, the capital of the US financial sector, is the most unequal major city in the US and is among the most unequal cities in the world. According to recent figures, the city’s top 1 percent monopolizes 44 percent of income. The city’s boundaries encompass both Wall Street, where top executives rake in salaries and bonuses amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Bronx, the poorest county in the country. If it were a country, New York City would be one of the most unequal in the world, ranking between Chile and Honduras.

Sitting atop this social powder-keg is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest of New York City’s 58 billionaires….

The combination of stark social inequality, depression-level unemployment in many city neighborhoods, ever-escalating budget cuts and relentless police harassment are creating the conditions for a social eruption in America’s largest city.”

Violence is on the rise throughout New York City. Over Labor Day weekend, 48 people were shot and killed in a rash of random shootings. New York is far from the only city in the country to be in imminent danger of mass civil unrest and increasing violence. Nine major US cities currently have a poverty rate over the critical threshold of 25%. As the economic downturn once again accelerates, there are many terrifying and ominous indicators. One leading indicator for unrest is youth unemployment. The percentage of young Americans who are not in the workforce, eligible workers up to the age of 24, is now at a record high of 51%.

As another example of a major US city on the edge, in Milwaukee the poverty rate is currently hovering around 30%. [Note: The graphic to the right is based on 2009 Census data. The poverty rate has increased since then.] Among African-American men in the region, 50% are now unemployed. Milwaukee has recently seen several small-scale riots, a violent flash mob riot just broke out at a local state fair.

As we have seen historically and recently throughout the world, the first phase of economic disenfranchised backlash leads to riots where people who are deeply impoverished look for the nearest person to attack or the nearest store to loot or vandalize. This eventually leads to clashes with local law enforcement – much like we have already seen in San Francisco (see below) and on a larger-scale in London. Throughout the US, as just mentioned, we have also seen the start of violent flash mobs, a trend many believe will continue to grow and occur more frequently. After this initial emotionally-driven phase, there tends to be more sophisticated acts of crime and violence directed at banks, politicians, mega-wealthy individuals and rich gated-communities, as we have started to see sporadically throughout Greece, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

The bottom line is that we will inevitably see many more “civil disturbances” throughout the United States, and the Army, just like the NYPD, is currently preparing for such occasions. As this report from Tom Burghardt reveals:

As Economy Tanks, ‘New Normal’ Police State Takes Shape

“Civil Disturbances: Emergency Employment of Army and Other Resources, otherwise known as Army Regulation 500-50, spells out the ‘responsibilities, policy, and guidance for the Department of the Army in planning and operations involving the use of Army resources in the control of actual or anticipated civil disturbances.’ (emphasis added)

With British politicians demanding a clampdown on social media in the wake of London riots, and with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency having done so last week in San Francisco, switching off underground cell phone service to help squelch a protest against police violence, authoritarian control tactics, aping those deployed in Egypt and Tunisia are becoming the norm in so-called ‘Western democracies.’”

As the excerpt above references, in San Francisco, after the police fatally shot a person, protests broke out and a police state crackdown occurred, similar to the attempts to stifle free speech in Egypt. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sums up here:

BART Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco

“This week, EFF has seen censorship stories move closer and closer to home — first Iran, then the UK, and now San Francisco, an early locus of the modern free speech movement. Operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) shut down cell phone service to four stations in downtown San Francisco yesterday in response to a planned protest…

One thing is clear, whether it’s BART or the cell phone carriers that were responsible for the shut-off, cutting off cell phone service in response to a planned protest is a shameful attack on free speech. BART officials are showing themselves to be of a mind with the former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, who ordered the shutdown of cell phone service in Tahrir Square in response to peaceful, democratic protests earlier this year. Free speech advocates have called out British Prime Minister David Cameron for considering new, broad censorship powers over social networks and mobile communication in the UK, and we are appalled to see measures that go beyond anything Cameron has proposed being used here in the United States.”

To see how far the US police state is going, the Department of Homeland Security just sent out a bulletin warning financial corporations of an upcoming non-violent protest on Wall Street this September 17th. Police are now employing unprecedented measures to stifle First Amendment rights. In another recent example, an artist who painted a picture of a JP Morgan Chase bank on fire, to symbolize the financial crisis, was visited at his home by police questioning him as a potential terrorist.

It’s Time for Aware Citizens to Hold the Richest 400 Americans Personally Responsible

There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class,
the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
– Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Obviously top Wall Street executives, the Federal Reserve, members of the Business Roundtable, the American Legislative Exchange Council, health insurance CEOs, war profiteering oil and private military companies, both dominant political parties, along with the Bush and Obama administrations all bare direct responsibility for our economic suffering. First and foremost, they deserve most of the blame. We need to hold them all personally responsible and apply mass direct action and pressure upon them.

That being said, at this urgent point in our national crisis, as the economic situation grows increasingly severe, we need to also focus on the richest 400 Americans and hold them personally responsible as well. We need to get in their face and call them out in a non-violent manner.

It is not my intention to demonize all 400 of the richest Americans. Some of them are well-meaning and hardworking people. However, as the primarily beneficiaries of a rigged and predatory economy, they must all acknowledge that the system that has produced their immense wealth is now overrun with corruption and society is breaking down as a result.

At this point, even the billionaires who haven’t had a direct role in creating this financial crisis need to be held responsible. As a person who has benefited so greatly, and has acquired so many resources, whether they like it or not, they are now in a position of responsibility. The richest 400 Americans have as much wealth as 154 million Americans combined, that’s 50% of the entire country. They personally have the power and wealth necessary to financially support organizations and politicians who will fight for much needed changes. If they are unwilling to put their immense power behind changing this dire situation, they too must be held personally responsible.

I’m extending an olive branch to these 400 billionaire Americans. I’m giving them fair warning. Either use your wealth and power to make urgently needed changes, or you too will end up like tyrants of the past.

Our country and our families have endured systemic financial oppression for long enough. In a time of national crisis and shared sacrifice, the richest one-tenth of one percent of the population cannot continue on their merry way, living in obscene wealth and detached from reality, while the majority of the population desperately struggles to make ends meet.

The last thing I want to see is rioting and violence. However, as we have seen throughout the world, it is evident that you cannot rob tens of millions of people of their economic security, dignity and future and expect society to continue functioning business as usual. All the gated communities and private security you can buy still won’t be enough to save you from tens of millions of desperate and enraged people.

As the economic crisis once again begins to accelerate, the overwhelming majority of Americans are hanging by a thread. When the inevitable wave of unrest hits our streets, the masses will be looking in your direction – this you can be sure of. Either start fighting for much needed changes or face the consequences of your actions, and inactions.

To paraphrase Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy,” we are many – you are few.

Are the 400 richest Americans going to stand and fight for America, or is history going to remember them as short-sighted, delusional, narcissistic and despotic tyrants?

The choice is theirs.

Which side of history will they be on?

From here on in, the people will be watching their every move.

We want to know what these 400 billionaires are personally doing to solve our financial crisis. In the days ahead, we will track their political activities.

Here are the 400 richest Americans according to Forbes Magazine:

1 Bill Gates
2 Warren Buffett
3 Larry Ellison
4 Christy Walton
5 Charles Koch
6 David Koch
7 Jim Walton
8 Alice Walton
9 S. Robson Walton
10 Michael Bloomberg
11 Larry Page
12 Sergey Brin
13 Sheldon Adelson
14 George Soros
15 Michael Dell
16 Steve Ballmer
17 Paul Allen
18 Jeff Bezos
19 Anne Cox Chambers
20 John Paulson
21 Donald Bren
22 Abigail Johnson
23 Phil Knight
24 Carl Icahn
25 Ronald Perelman
26 John Mars
27 Jacqueline Mars
28 Forrest Mars
29 George Kaiser
30 James Simons
31 Len Blavatnik
32 Steve Cohen
33 Edward Johnson
34 Philip Anschutz
35 James Goodnight
36 Mark Zuckerberg
37 Jack Taylor
38 Rupert Murdoch
39 Samuel Newhouse
40 Jim Kennedy
41 Blair Parry-Okeden
42 Steve Jobs
43 Andrew Beal
44 Eli Broad
45 Harold Hamm
46 Patrick Soon-Shiong
47 Pierre Omidyar
48 Eric Schmidt
49 Donald Newhouse
50 Charles Butt
51 John Menard
52 Charles Ergen
53 Richard Kinder
54 David Geffen
55 Harold Simmons
56 Ray Dalio
57 Frederik G.H. Meijer
58 Dennis Washington
59 Ira Rennert
60 Ralph Lauren
61 Sam Zell
62 Richard DeVos
63 Ray Lee Hunt
64 David Tepper
65 Richard LeFrak
66 Lester Crown
67 Leonard Lauder
68 John Paul DeJoria
69 Micky Arison
70 Bruce Kovner
71 Robert Rowling
72 Stephen Schwarzman
73 Roger Wang
74 Robert Bass
75 Charles Johnson
76 Robert Ziff
77 Daniel Ziff
78 Dirk Ziff
79 Marion MacMillan Pictet
80 Whitney MacMillan
81 Cargill MacMillan
82 Pauline MacMillan Keinath
83 Charles Schwab
84 Rupert Johnson
85 Thomas Frist
86 Ray Dolby
87 Victor Fung
88 Leonard Stern
89 Gordon Moore
90 William Koch
91 Henry Kravis
92 Henry Ross Perot Sr
93 John Sall
94 Haim Saban
95 John Sobrato
96 John Arnold
97 George Lucas
98 Ron Burkle
99 Ann Walton Kroenke
100 Daniel Och
101 William Cook
102 Robert Holding
103 George Roberts
104 Edward Lampert
105 Stephen Ross
106 Randa Williams
107 Dannine Avara
108 Milane Frantz
109 Scott Duncan
110 Paul Tudor Jones
111 John Malone
112 Steven Spielberg
113 James Jannard
114 Leon Black
115 Trevor Rees-Jones
116 Ted Lerner
117 Bruce Halle
118 Terrence Pegula
119 Stanley Druckenmiller
120 Riley Bechtel
121 Leslie Wexner
122 Kirk Kerkorian
123 Stephen Bechtel
124 Sumner Redstone
125 Barbara Piasecka Johnson
126 Ronald Lauder
127 Peter Kellogg
128 Joan Tisch
129 Philip Falcone
130 Oprah Winfrey
131 Steven Udvar-Hazy
132 David Murdock
133 Patrick McGovern
134 Stanley Kroenke
135 Timothy Headington
136 David Sun
137 Malcolm Glazer
138 John Tu
139 Edgar Bronfman Sr
140 Nancy Walton Laurie
141 Mitchell Rales
142 James Leprino
143 David Green
144 Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
145 Donald Schneider
146 William Hilton
147 Charles Dolan
148 Archie Aldis Emmerson
149 Richard Schulze
150 Mark Cuban
151 Igor Olenicoff
152 Warren Stephens
153 David Rockefeller
154 John Anderson
155 Martha Ingram
156 Donald Trump
157 Ty Warner
158 Tom Gores
159 Steven Rales
160 Richard Rainwater
161 Doris Fisher
162 Ken Griffin
163 Rodney Lewis
164 Glen Taylor
165 Julian Robertson
166 A. Jerrold Perenchio
167 David Shaw
168 Jack Dangermond
169 Nicolas Berggruen
170 Michael Milken
171 William Randolph Hearst III
172 Jeremy Jacobs
173 Henry Hillman
174 H. Wayne Huizenga
175 Robert Friedland
176 Edward Roski
177 William Wrigley
178 Ronda Stryker
179 Bill Gross
180 Stewart Rahr
181 Diane Hendricks
182 Lee Bass
183 George Mitchell
184 Sid Bass
185 Phillip Frost
186 Bennett Dorrance
187 Alfred Taubman
188 Amos Hostetter
189 Jerry Jones
190 Herbert Kohler
191 Mortimer Zuckerman
192 Phillip Ruffin
193 Gordon Getty
194 Peter Peterson
195 H. Fisk Johnson
196 S. Curtis Johnson
197 Winnie Johnson-Marquart
198 Helen Johnson-Leipold
199 Imogene Powers Johnson
200 David Rubenstein
201 Robert Rich
202 Lynn Schusterman
203 William Conway
204 Daniel D’Aniello
205 Walter Scott
206 Ted Turner
207 Steve Wynn
208 Alan Casden
209 Wilbur Ross
210 Michael Jaharis
211 James Cargill
212 Austen Cargill
213 Marianne Liebmann
214 Jeffrey Hildebrand
215 Reyes J. Christopher
216 Reyes Jude
217 Frederick Smith
218 Albert Ueltschi
219 Jess Jackson
220 Israel Englander
221 Neil Bluhm
222 Dean White
223 Austin Hearst
224 Phoebe Hearst Cooke
225 George Hearst Jr
226 David Hearst Jr
227 Fred DeLuca
228 David Bonderman
229 Peter Buck
230 Jim Davis
231 James Coulter
232 Marc Benioff
233 Jerry Speyer
234 Kelcy Warren
235 Jeff Greene
236 Charles Munger
237 Stanley Hubbard
238 Clemmie Spangler
239 Michael Ilitch
240 Clayton Mathile
241 Bradley Hughes
242 Louis Bacon
243 John Catsimatidis
244 Thomas Siebel
245 Henry Samueli
246 Alec Gores
247 Alexander Rovt
248 Randal Kirk
249 Thomas Kaplan
250 Craig McCaw
251 Isaac Perlmutter
252 Barbara Carlson Gage
253 George Argyros
254 Ted Forstmann
255 Thomas Pritzker
256 Marilyn Carlson Nelson
257 William Connor
258 Michael Heisley
259 Leandro Rizzuto
260 Bharat Desai
261 Ken Fisher
262 S. Truett Cathy
263 Glenn Dubin
264 Stephen Mandel
265 Manuel Moroun
266 John Marriott
267 John Doerr
268 Wilma Tisch
269 Bernard Marcus
270 Edward DeBartolo
271 Leon G. Cooperman
272 S. Daniel Abraham
273 Edward Bass
274 Richard Peery
275 Richard Marriott
276 George Lindemann
277 Joe Jamail
278 Robert Kraft
279 Henry Nicholas
280 Thomas Friedkin
281 Min Kao
282 Penny Pritzker
283 David Gottesman
284 Charles Brandes
285 Brad Kelley
286 Norman Braman
287 Anita Zucker
288 Drayton McLane
289 Kavitark Ram Shriram
290 Roger Penske
291 John Arrillaga
292 Michael Price
293 Robert McNair
294 Gerald J. Ford
295 Romesh T. Wadhwani
296 John Pritzker
297 T. Boone Pickens
298 Anthony Pritzker
299 Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker
300 Gary Michelson
301 Thomas Peterffy
302 Joseph Craft
303 Henry Ross Perot Jr
304 James Irsay
305 Dustin Moskovitz
306 Ron Baron
307 Jonathan Nelson
308 Christopher Goldsbury
309 Thomas Lee
310 John Morgridge
311 Billy Joe McCombs
312 Carl Berg
313 Vinod Khosla
314 Michael Moritz
315 James Kim
316 Stephen Bisciotti
317 Pat Stryker
318 Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler
319 James Pritzker
320 Linda Pritzker
321 Karen Pritzker
322 Jean (Gigi) Pritzker
323 Daniel Pritzker
324 Richard Hayne
325 James Dinan
326 Ray Davis
327 Richard Chilton Jr
328 Marc Lasry
329 Leon Charney
330 Herbert Simon
331 John Fisher
332 Scott Cook
333 Arthur Blank
334 Charlotte Colket Weber
335 Richard Scaife
336 Bernard Saul
337 David Duffield
338 Sheldon Solow
339 Barry Diller
340 Tom Golisano
341 Alfred James Clark
342 Alfred Mann
343 Gary Magness
344 Meg Whitman
345 Todd Wagner
346 Jon Stryker
347 Joseph Mansueto
348 Aubrey McClendon
349 Malone Mitchell
350 Thomas Barrack
351 Johnelle Hunt
352 Henry Swieca
353 Joshua Harris
354 Marc Rowan
355 C. Dean Metropoulos
356 Alan Gerry
357 Kenneth Adams
358 Peter Sperling
359 Jerry Yang
360 David Filo
361 Alexander Knaster
362 Howard Marks
363 Bruce Karsh
364 Eduardo Saverin
365 Kenneth Langone
366 Peter Lewis
367 William Moncrief
368 Sidney Kimmel
369 Hope Hill van Beuren
370 Nelson Peltz
371 Alexander Spanos
372 Edmund Ansin
373 Dan Snyder
374 Kenny Troutt
375 Steven Roth
376 Steve Case
377 Irwin Jacobs
378 Frank Fertitta
379 Matthew Bucksbaum
380 Peter Thiel
381 William Macaulay
382 John Sperling
383 Tom Benson
384 Elaine Wynn
385 Patrick Ryan
386 John Edson
387 William Ford Sr.
388 Donald Hall
389 Herbert Allen
390 Michael Krasny
391 George Joseph
392 Arturo Moreno
393 Samuel Wyly
394 John Brown
395 Darwin Deason
396 Nicholas Pritzker
397 Lorenzo Fertitta
398 Thomas Secunda
399 Jeffrey Lurie
400 Tamara Gustavson

- David DeGraw is the founder and editor of AmpedStatus.com. His long-awaited book, The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III, will finally be released on September 28th. He can be emailed at David[@]AmpedStatus.com. You can follow David’s reporting daily on his new personal website: DavidDeGraw.org


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  1. Anonymous said:

    Yayy AmpedStatus!! This article was a breath of fresh air!

    What a relief from the “progressive” sites that say we should support Obama or the Republicans will do bad things to us.

    You have my support!

  2. Anthony said:

    I see and look over, occasionally read a lot of stuff, most of it is B.S. This is one of the best articles I’ve seen in a while. I’m over the “party lines”, that even sounds like Communism. Remember when we laughed at Russia years ago over that? When 1% of teh population is excessively rich and the other 99% are hungry or dog paddling… something is very, very wrong.

  3. Anonymous said:

    Everyone said I was crazy in the 1980′s and 1990′s when I said all this would happen to our economy starting with Wall St. crashing- to set it off. I WISH I had been wrong.
    I wish I had been wrong about Afghanistan too.

  4. Katycordina said:

    You summarised the global situation very well and highlighted the fact that people are going to start getting very angry, very soon. The problem could
    be rectified by fair and rational measures as you indicated, but so far the elite haven’t acknowledged that ‘we are many and they are few’. They’re going to have to spend a lot of money isolating themselves in their lofty towers from the raging masses. How ironic that their ‘freedom’ will also be restricted. It’s no good expecting the riot police to protect them as they too are ‘few’ compared to the ‘many’ angry masses.

  5. woodkitten said:

    how about solutions? if someone suddenly handed you a billion dollars what would you do with it? people are basically greedy selfish and self serving excepting us poor folks. killing off the rich won’t work. only a fair way of dispensing the wealth will work . lets start by getting back control of our gov’t from the corps. it shouldn’t cost millions to be the leader . that leaves most of us out of the picture and only serves the wealthy

  6. woodkitten said:

    how about solutions? if someone suddenly handed you a billion dollars what would you do with it? people are basically greedy selfish and self serving excepting us poor folks. killing off the rich won’t work. only a fair way of dispensing the wealth will work . lets start by getting back control of our gov’t from the corps. it shouldn’t cost millions to be the leader . that leaves most of us out of the picture and only serves the wealthy

  7. Robert said:

    This entire article is based on class envy. Yes, some people are rich and some are poor and most of us are somewhere in-between. The politicians and media have done a fantastic job spreading class envy. But even the very rich, at some point in time someone started off with nothing and worked hard. Even as bad as obama has made things, it is still entirely possible to make enough money to afford all that is necessary. My proof is my wife. I met her and married her in Eastern Europe. She did not have to work after she came to the USA, but wanted to. She walked 2 miles to Arby’s in the morning and worked at a local restaurant in the evening. She studied English, passed the CNA test. She worked at the hospital during the week and a nursing home on the weekend. She worked hard and was rewarded with raises. Now she makes more than I do as a degreed mechanical engineer with 15 years of experience. We still have plenty of family time with our 3 kids. She never gets laid off while I have been 3 times in my field. The above article is totally bogus. You might have to work at least 2 jobs, but if you do and work hard, you won’t have any problems affording the necessities and can still have a very nice family life. YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT!!!

  8. Anonymous said:

    These guys? Eh.
    If you want to see really rich, look at Rothschild family members.

  9. Arouete said:

    Why don’t you publish photos of these people so the public can see them wherever they go? As long as they can hide they are safe.

  10. Arouete said:

    This print format is ABSURD! GIVE! us a break already!

  11. Arouete said:

    So… how about their addresses, the gates to their yacht clubs, their country clubs, so we can picket them instead of the politicians that own?

  12. JCRUMB said:

    SOLUTIONS?

    WOW! THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS ARTICLE..AND THE COMMENTS THUS FAR..IS TRULY..A “STATEMENT” PROVING UNEQUIVOCALLY..THE..”TOTALITY” OF THE MASS DENIAL EPIDEMIC NOW INFESTING THE “MINDS” OF THE “CITIZENS” (IN NAME ONLY).

    I NO LONGER KNOW WHETHER TO..LAUGH OR CRY AT SUCH INCREDIBLE..LAZINESS..COWARDICE..DENIAL AND IRRESPONSIBILITY SO INGRAINED IT IS SIMPLY “NOT QUESTIONED OR NOTICED” BY…………..ALL OF YOU.

    1) “THE RICH KEEP GETTING RICHER”. RIGHT..BECAUSE THAT MONEY THAT COMES FROM…..OUTER SPACE..IS JUST SO TARGETD TO…’THEM’..BECAUSE OF COURSE THE MONEY DOES NOT COME FROM …………….YOU……NOW DOES IT?

    2) PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTHS ARE..OR SHUT THE HELL UP!

    3) THESE “MOVEMENTS” ARE…FAKE.

    FACEBOOK FAKE.

    FULL OF CENSORSHIP AND DENIAL AND STAGGERING ARROGANCE AND FINALLY…A TOTAL…LITERALLY..’TOTAL’..UNWILLINGNESS TO TAKE EVEN THE RUDIMENTARY “EQUIVALENT ACTIONS” OF…”USING THE POWER OF MONEY AS LEVERAGE”.

    4) FROM GANDHI TO MANDELA TO FARM WORKERS TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS…THE SIMPLE FACT..IRREFUTABLE IN FACT..A RARE ‘PERFECT TRUTH”…IS THIS:

    “ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WORK ABSOLUTELY AND TOTALLY TO DISLODGE ENTRENCHED CORPORATE GOVERNMENT POWER STRUCTURES”.

    PERIOD.

    AND YET? WHAT DO WE SEE AMONGST THE SO CALLED “CHANGE” OR “MOVEMENTS” THEMSELVES?

    A LITERALLY..’TOTAL” LACK AND I DO MEAN TOTAL..AS OF NOW..LOOK AT THE COMMMENTS…LOOK AT THE ARTICLES..THERE IS LITERALLY..”ZERO” MENTION..OR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND CERTAINLY ZERO CALL TO “ACTION” REGARDING THE FACT..IRREFUTABLE FACT THAT EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR..EVERY SINGLE ROVING WIRETAP..FUSION CENTER..BOMB..BULLET..FUSION CENTER..PIECE OF LEGISLATION..SALARY…IS PAID FOR BY:

    YOU.

    THERE IS NO….NO..”FINANCIAL VACUUM”.

    THIS IS ONLY….OCCURRING BECAUSE YOU…REFUSE..TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR OWN COMPLICITY AND THE FACT THAT YOU…CANNOT BE “INCONVENIENCED” TO EVEN STOP SUPPORTING THE VERY “CORPORATE PARTNERS” YOU CLAIM TO SO DESPISE.

    “OH…WHINE..WHIMPER..I HAVE TO HAVE THIS SMART PHONE (ANKLE BRACELET/TRACKING DEVICE) AND IT HAS TO BE SUPER FAST SO..GALL..I GUESS ITS JUST GONNA HAVE TO BE VERIZON OR AT-T THAT I PAY AND SUPPORT FINANCIALLY CUASE I CANNOT BE WITHOUT THIS SHINY GADGET..WHINE..WHIMPER..SNIVEL…I WANT CHANGE THOIGH..GALL..”

    HYPOCRITES.

    LIARS.

    IF YOU WANT CHANGE?

    STOP PAYING.

    IT IS LITERALLY…”THAT SIMPLE”.

    THE MOST AMAZING THIS IS…YOU PEOPLE ARE SO AWARE..AT VERY LEAST “SUBCONSCIOUSLY” THAT IT IS YOU…WHO ARE THE 100% “FINANCIAL BACKERS”…”CO-PRODUCERS”…”ENABLERS”…OF EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY “POLICY” OR AGENDA OF THE CORPORATE GOVERNMENT…THAT YOU WILL GO TO EXTREME LENGTHS TO AVOID AND DENY AND RATIONALIZE THIS….FACT.

    THAT IS WHY “TAX PROTEST” AND “BOYCOTTS” ARE AT THIS TIME…LITERALLY…NOT FIGURATIVELY..BUT…LITERALLY..”UNSPOKEN” AND “UNHEARD OF”.

    THESE “MOVEMENTS” AND EVEN THE BASIC “IDEA” BEHIND THEM..ARE THEREFOR…LIES.

    DRAMA CREATED BY GUILTY PEOPLE TO AVOID REAL..OR..”RISKY” ACTION.

    YOU PEOPLE WILL NOT…STOP PAYING..AND THAT IS THE FINAL REALITY.

    YOU ARE THE ‘CONSUMERS” OF A LETHALLY DEFECTIVE ‘PRODUCT’ BEING PRODUCED AT YOUR EXPENSE BY GOV-CORP,LLC.

    AND YOU ARE IN DENIAL OF THIS IRREFUTABLE FACT.

    AND REFUSE TO TAKE RISKY ACTION LIKE NON-PAYMENT (WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW DECIDED..EN TOTAL..IS “FRIVOLOUS”. AND THUS..SOMEHOW..’ILLEGAL”.

    NO!

    AS LONG AS YOU….YOU….PAY..THEY WILL SEE THAT AS APPROVAL.

    YUP! IT IS THAT SIMPLE..IT IS A CONSUMER RELATIONSHIP AND A CORPORATE GOVERNMENT..AND FOR THEM?

    “PAYMENT = APPROVAL”.

    PERIOD.

    I ALSO FIND IT..STUPEFYING..THAT ARTICLES LIKE THE ONE ABOVE..WILL GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO PROVE THAT IT IS ‘MONEY THAT IS THE “POWER” THEN..BECAUSE THEY CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES..ADMIT..THEIR OWN COMPLICITY AND THUS SIMULTANEOUSLY ADMIT THEIR OWN COWARDICE AND LAZINESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE REALITY….WILL;

    “STOP SHORT”…OF ACTUALLY SAYING THE MOST OBVIOUS AND..PERFECT..’TACTIC/REALITY”:

    “HEY…GOSH..WHY DON’T WE…THE PEOPLE…UNITE IN A REAL..’CITIZENS UNITED’…Y’KNOW..’CITIZENS UNITED IN…TAX STRIKE AND BOYCOTT OF CORPORATE PARTNERS..GOLLY GEE..WHATTA CONCEPT..”

    NOPE!

    NEVER…HJAPPENS.

    BECAUSE THAT WOULD REQUIRE “RISK” AND YO PEOPLE ARE FAKE. AND THUS ‘RISK” LIKE THE RISK OF “LOSING STUFF”..OR REPRISAL FROM THE FEDERAL CORPORATE THUGS WHO’S SALARIES YOU ARE PAYING..IS “TOO SCARY” OR…”TOO INCONVENIENT”.

    NOPE!

    UNTIL THE REALITY AND CRIES OF..”NO JUSTICE NO TAXES!” AND “BOYCOTT ALL CORPORATE PARTNERS OF GOVERNMENT DESTRUCTION OF LIBERTY”..OR THE LIKE..ARE HEARD..THERE IS NOT EVEN A CHANCE OF ‘ORGANIZED CHANGE”.

    AND ALL THAT EXISTS IN TERMS OF “CHANGE” WILL BE THE CHAOS OF “DE FACTO TAX PROTEST” OR:

    “ECONOMIC COLLAPSE”.

    FOR “RECOVERY” WOULD IN FACT BE THE WORST CASE SCENARIO..REWARDING THE FAILURE AND THE POLICE STATE THAT IS IN FACT CRIPPLING THIS NATION ON EVERY LEVEL.

    BUT AGAIN…THAT IS GOING TO BE “DISORGANIZED”.

    BUT YOU DON’T……..REALLY…….CARE..NOW DO YOU?

    NO!

    YOU DON’T!

    BECAUSE IF YO DID..YOU WOULD..VERY FIRST THING YO WOULD DO..IS ADMIT YOUR OWN COMPLICITY AND…REFUSE TO PAY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR…OWN…LIBERTY.

    THAT IS HOW….LAME..YOU PEOPLE ARE.

    ACTUALLY…FULLY…FINANCING..THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR OWN LIBERTY AND THEN WHINING ABOUT IT WITHOUT EVER ADMITTING OR ESPECIALLY..ACTING..TO STOP DOING SO.

    SIMPLY..ASTOUNDING.

    HYPOCRISY IS THE REALITY OF ARTICLES AND ‘THINKERS’ LIKE THOSE PRODUCING ARTICLES OF THIS…ILK.

    HYPOCRISY AND SELF DEFEATING LIES.

    ITS YOUR…MONEY.

    IT DOES NOT COME FROM “WITHOUT”..BUT FROM “WITHIN”.

    NOT ONE SINGLE SECOND OF THIS TRANSITION FROM DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO CORPORATE FASCIST NIGHTMARE IS BEING FINANCED “FROM WITHOUT”.

    IT IS THE “99%” THE TAX PAYING CONSUMERS TOO LAZY AND FEARFUL TO STOP PAYING.

    YOU..ARE THE “PROBLEM”.

    ITS YOUR MONEY AND YOUR COWARDICE AND YOUR REFUSAL…ANGRILY REFUSING IN FACT…TO BOYCOTT TAXES AND CONSUMER GOODS THAT IS THE REAL…PROBLEM.

    IF THIS MOVEMENT WERE REAL..HERE IS WHAT THE ‘NARRATIVE/SLOGAN’ WOULD BE:

    “PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!”

    OR..BETTER YET:

    “MONEY TALKS! BULLSHIT WALKS!”

  13. ECTOENDOMEZO said:

    SO…THEN..BASED ON YOUR COMMENTS AND APPARENT CONVICTION CAN I ASSUME YOU WILL:

    1) STOP PAYING TAXES THAT GO 100% TO THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR OWN LIBERTY?

    2) CEASE TO SUPPORT THE ‘CORPORATE PARTNERS’ OF THE NOW..OPENLY VICIOUS AND CORRUPT FEDERAL SYSTEM?

    3) PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND SIMPLY ENGAGE IN AN INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN BASED ECONOMIC SANCTION PROTEST?

    YES?

    NO! OF COURSE NOT.

    AND THAT IS THE DIRTY LITTLE REALITY NOW AIN’T IT.

    DON’T WORRY…THAT SAME 99% IS WITH YOU.

    THE AUTHORS OF THE ARTICLE ARE..WITH YOU.

    REFUSING..RABIDLY IN FACT…IN FACT CENSORING ANY AND ALL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THEIR COMPLICITY AS THE..PAYMASTERS…OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR OWN LIBERTY.

    1% VS. 99% AND WESPECIALLY WHEN THE 1% ARE IN FACT SMART ENOUGH TO…ALREADY…”NOT PAY”..SO 99% PAYING FOR EVERYTHING AND YET…WHINING ABOUT THAT….1%

    HOW…ODD.

    HOW…………….SILLY!

    NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY SECOND OF ANY OF NTHIS IS OCCURRING IN A ‘FINANCIAL VACUUM’.

    IT IS 100% FINANCED BY…..YOU.

    STOP PAYING OR STOP COMPLAINING.

    OR..ARE YOU REALLY..ACTUALLY..GOING TO ‘ARGUE’ THAT DESPITE 99% OF ALL TAXES AND CONSUMER TAXES AND PROFITS COMING FROM…YOU…THE CITIZENS (IN NAME ONLY)…ARE YO REALLY GOING TO DEFEND THE IDEA THAT YOU HAVE “NO FINANCIAL POWER”?

    ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO TRY AND PRETEND THAT THE POLICE THAT CRUSH DISSENT..THE WARS..THE BAILOUTS…THE BULLETS..THE ROVING WIRETAPS…ALL OF IT COULD:

    “JUST AS EASILY HAPPEN FOR………FREE”.

    NO!

    IT CAN NOT AND WILL NOT.

    IF YOU REALLY WANT CHANGE…STOP PAYING.

    OR EVEN FURTHER..ARE YOU GOING TO ARGUE THAT “MONEY IS NOT POWER”?

    ARE YOU GOING TO ARGUE THAT “NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD NEVER EVER OCCUR FROM A POSITION OF STRENGTH”?

    ARE YOU GOING TO ARGUE THAT:

    “IF I KNOW A PRODUCT IS LETHALLY DEFECTIVE..I BUY IT ANYWAY..”?

    SADLY…YOU ARE..IN FACT…ARGUING..VIA INACTION AND REFUSAL TO ADMIT YOUR DIRECT AND TOTAL COMPLICITY IN PROVIDING THE ONE (1) ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AND CRITICAL ‘RESOURCE”…..MONEY…YOU ARE..ARGUING THE ABOVE.

    YOU…THE 99%-ERS..ARE THE ONES PROVIDING EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY CENT…OF MATERIAL SUPPORT TO THE ENEMY.

    THAT’S YOU.

    YOU AND YO AND YOU AND YOU.

    NOT I.

    NOT ANY MORE.

    IS IT ANXIETY PRODUCING? SURE.

    BUT I WILL NOT…CAN NOT…PAY..FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF MY OWN LIBERTY.

    YOU PEOPLE ARE NOW….HAVE NOW…REACHED..THE “DEFINITION OF INSANITY”.

    “DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS”.

    YOU..THE CONSUMERS OF GOV-CORPS. LETHALLY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT..ARE THE REAL PROBLEM.

    ITS IN FACT………….YOUR FAULT.

    ADMIT THIS AND ACT…OR PLEASE…REMAIN SILENT.

    YOUR COMPLAINTS..”SANS ADMISSION + FULL-PAYMENT”..ARE A LIE SO MASSIVE IT IS IN FACT QUITE A STUNNING AND FASCINATING PHENOMENON.

    SO…FINALLY,..I REPEAT;

    CAN I ASSUME YOU WILL:

    “PUT YOUR MONEY………..YOUR………..MONEY…WHERE…YOUR…MOUTH IS?”

    DIDN’T THINK SO!

  14. rrrr said:

    Those who are having the most sex are making it harder for the rest of us to find partners. We should do something to make them stop. After all, everyone needs some. We should all have the same amount. It’s not going to be long now before those who don’t get enough are going to go after those who get too much. Let’s publish their names and pictures so everyone will know who they are everywhere they go. Then the situation is sure to improve. All we have to do is get rid of them, or take some of their sex away from them, and we’ll all have what we need. It’s their fault. Ler’s get ‘em. It’s that simple.

  15. Flavor said:

    Im glad your family is doing well. Not every American you know are lazy and uneducated. I have friends with Master degrees and they cant find work either but Im sure they’re not working hard or trying *rolls eyes*. Enjoy your life of luxury retard.

  16. Anonymous said:

    The modern nation-state is in a secular decline, made inevitable by the rise of a global market system. Even developed nations, like the US, are not immune to this process. The decline is at first gradual and then accelerates until it reaches a final end-point: a hollow state. The hollow state has the trappings of a modern nation-state (“leaders”, membership in international organizations, regulations, laws, and a bureaucracy) but it lacks any of the legitimacy, services, and control of its historical counter-part. It is merely a shell that has some influence over the spoils of the economy. The real power rests in the hands of corporations and criminal/guerrilla groups that vie with each other for control of sectors of wealth production. For the individual living within this state, life goes on, but it is debased in a myriad of ways. The shift from a marginally functional nation-state in manageable decline to a hollow state often comes suddenly, through a financial crisis.

    Capitalism, as it works today is failing. It lunges from crisis to crisis, each with increasing severity and duration. Ceteris paribus, we are headed for a decade long economic depression.Why is it failing? Its decision making is EXTREMELY centralized. Centralized economic deicison making (aka “central planning”), as the Soviet nomenklatura found out, doesn’t work in a complex modern economy. Here are some signs of extreme centralization:Wealth stratification. Fewer but bigger piles of liquid wealth. Trend is accelerating.To big to fail (TBTF) companies/systems. Interconnected, sprawling.The shadow banking system (a $650 trillion pile of interlinked derivatives — in contrast, the entire global GDP is $50 trillion and sinking) that sucked a sleepy US mortgage market dry.In John Boyd’s terms (the best strategist America ever produced): the decision making, or capital allocation, in our economic system is made by a small number of decision makers. These decision makers, collectively, represent a very small number of decision making loops (the process of making a decision). As in, based on the available information and previous experience: this goes there, that doesn’t get funded, this gets the green light. This small group, combined with adherence to a rigid ideology increasingly divorced from reality, has inevitably made bad decisions, regardless of how much technology and decision support they could afford. They were outpaced by a huge, extremely complex, and rapidly evolving environment.

    Labor Department

  17. Eyes Wide Open said:

    How wonderful for you.  But, you are a deluded one to think that all one has to do is work two or three jobs to have a “nice family life.”  Would you please provided a list of job openings for the 30,000,000 unemployed Americans, including full-time jobs for those that are working part-time, but need full-time jobs!  Some people, like yourself, will always blame the victims while bowing down and kissing the feet and asses of those 400 individuals listed above!

  18. nathan hale jones said:

    How about a list of the top 545 socialists ? Hint 435 are in the capitol building (congressmen/women), 100 are in the senate, 9 in the supreme court building, and one is in the white house. Actually, there are a FEW exceptions in there, that support the ‘tea party”. But they are too few.

  19. Anonymous said:

    Get a dictionary.  You have no idea what the word “socialist” means.

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  25. So 

    So where are all these steps
    heading? I assume most agree there is no doubt the collapse of the dollar as
    the worlds reserve currency is in our future, but the question I have is before
    they allow that to take place will they create a world war? The whole world
    system is setup on debt money that is idolatry money, call/see it as you want,
    but it’s causing the constantly repeating cycle that gets worse with each
    generation until the cycle re-starts post every major war. Debt is actually
    part of what controls morality by keeping unrestored balance! I try everyday to
    see further through the smoke!!! The Obama admin role in Occupy Wall Street is a classic move right out of the Hitler play book.
    On the surface it’s the unions funded by Adbusters Vancouver, British
    Columbia, and
    George soros is funding asbusters not to mention the communist party USA. Their next goal is to bring down the U.S. financial system. The final end goal is a final push
    for socialism to eliminate capitalism in the western world. Those uncovered
    emails and documents showing the real powers behind Occupy Wall Street is a
    collection of anarchists, socialists, labor unions, and foreign terrorists –
    all of whom are currently being supported by those in the Democratic Party.  Behind all of that smoke is the same cartel
    that killed Kennedy, they have controlled every president since and now OWN
    wall street, the same ones that also backed Lenin, Stalin, Hitler & now
    today back Obama. Many cannot connect the dots because they dont know history
    so I recommend they watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho

     

    Cronyism in Washington whether from the left or right is the enemy to the
    people that is destroying our country. The only planned goal from Obama UP the
    chain of command is to come out of occupy Wall Street riots with martial law to
    initiate the next step to make Obama Dictator. These people today protesting don’t
    even realize they are also being used as foot soldiers of who they despise the
    most & of Communism. It took decades to confuse them through media, US dept of ED, hollywood & it is likely they are too deeply misguided to
    figure it out until it’s too late. The whole Wall Street protest movement is
    just another sign so many people are in the transition of awakening to
    political reality. Many still at the stage of blaming Democrats, or Republicans,
    Obama, Bush or ANYONE with money, proving they are still missing the big
    picture that most of the US govt is run by, bought & paid for by the people
    who have amassed most of the wealth as the Top 1% of the U.S. population.
    Corrupt politicians representing their backers, NOT voters is the reality &
    they pass legislation that not only gives the super rich every advantage, but
    also free money through Quantitative Easing/Bailouts, not to mention zero
    accountability in the design. In addition, they own/control the mainstream
    media leaving the majority in America divided focusing their energies on decoys &
    partisan smokescreens.

     

    Our thoughts & ideas as
    conservatives & liberals as separate is simply history repeating itself,
    its all by design for the sheeple. Its as visible in today’s events as in how
    history clearly proscribes the ruling class thought it was their eminent
    destiny to rule the world, & today still use propaganda to narrow any
    message for the people to fit their now growing centralized global objectives.
    At least the ones that have taken the streets in protest on wall street are not
    complicit, just misguided/confused but unfortunately are assisting the
    communist plan America was warned about in the 1960s! The 0.1% are getting everything in place
    and when they do the Chinese, Japanese, Saudis & Europe will all dump their
    trillions at the same time causing mega hyperinflation. On one hand I am
    convinced we are in for one hell of a battle. Just like Hitler Obama &
    those backing him would rather see America destroyed to a medieval level before giving up power,
    all because the necessities of preserving America are irrelevant to their goal! But I still think we the
    people can win this battle, we have one more chance in 2012, Europe
    doesn’t.  I want to see hundreds in this
    govt tried for treason. But also I should enjoy my time now, because at some
    point on the road to victory I may go down during the battle, or end up in a
    FEMA camp detained for high treason guilty for wanting to end the Federal
    Reserve & re-instate OUR Constitution!

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  32. Jack Kraus said:

    Rich people didn’t put us $17 trillion in debt. Politicians did! I have a bet with a liberal friend about the 400 richest. I said half are liberal-Democrats. I’m only a tad off 43% are. The big surprise is that most of the 400 give nothing, little, or evenly to both parties.
    Clinton’s National Homeownership Strategy, his revamping of the CRA, crony appointments to Fannie & Freddie, and refusal to regulate derivatives were the main causes of the housing collapse. Biush passed a $600 billion medicaid drug bill and involved us in 2 wars. Obama has been on a spending binge twice as bad as Bush, and his healthcare bill is almost $2 trillion.
    Nobody made Congress pass TARP, and the Stimulus Bill was a waste of $767 billion, much of which went to political contributors (public unions).
    This idea that the rich are responsible is the political elite attempt to cloak their irresponsibility and incompetence.

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  35. clarence swinney said:

    REPUBLICAN FEAR=SHUTDOWN
    The Republicans know Affordable Health Care is going to be success
    Therefore, they want it delayed until after the mid-term election.
    They are mainly responsible for out financial disaster of Debt.
    Clinton left Bush a Surplus and CBO said had Bush followed Clinton policies
    we would have had a $10,000 Billion surplus in 2010. We would have paid off the
    $5800B Debt. Clinton left Bush an $1800B budget which could have been less than $2500B
    not the Bush $3500B. Two dumb unneeded wars and huge tax cuts for the richest of the rich.
    The Tea Party Republicans must kicked out of our government before they do more damage
    to enrich their backer, David Koch.

  36. clarence swinney said:

    SHUT DOWN

    In a blockbuster story this weekend, The New York Times reported that “the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall [government shutdown] effort,” backing multiple dark-money groups. They even funded the group that ran that horrible ad with a creepy Uncle Sam in the doctor’s office.
    It’s more important than ever that we unite to support President Obama and Harry Reid as they stare down the Republican extremists — we need to make sure that Republicans, and the billionaires behind them, know they can’t buy our government.

    Boehner said two weeks ago he would not let the nation go into default.
    Now he says he thinks the president will yield to the demands of the suicidal Republican majority. No sign anyone is talking just mud slinging. The budget should have been passed and ready to finance the government as of October 1. The president will not yield on Affordable Health Carer which is a law. Much of this goes to 80 members of the House known as Tea Party
    gut the government for their rich backer, David Koch. It is not long till some large payments such as Social Security must be paid. The Tea Party members are up for re-election and the president
    is not. A clean CR or not? Delay Affordable Health Care for a year or not? The Tea Party members are playing games with the budget. Cutting items that have little to do with decreasing debt. We should attack with revenue increases and balance that budget. The Tea Party is dead set against hurting their very wealthy backers with tax increases yet there is no way to balance the budget without revenue increases. President Obama cut Bush Deficit in half. His 2014 budget projects a 700B deficit while keeping spending below recent years.
    Almost everybody is disgusted. Tea Party members celebrate. Let us wake up and do what is right.

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