Tuesday :: Feb 1, 2005

The Resurrection Of John Kerry?

by pessimist

I watched Republican Partisan Tim Russert on Meet The Press Sunday (it's gotten to be a habit, I guess) just to see what was going on. I wish now that I had a tape of this episode! Unlike Timmy's rabid attack-dog style of assaulting non-Republicans who guested on his show, Sunday's presentation of John Kerry and his views (essentially unchanged from his campaign positions) was given in a respectful manner - one that any candidate for major national office should have been given. Think of how King George was treated with kid gloves on MTP! Certainly, the 'loser' of the 2004 presidential election would rate a 'non-person' status when it comes to being presented by a national talking-head propaganda vehicle. So why was Kerry being treated so respectfully? Why did it appear to me (and to a small circle of my personal advisors) that Kerry's presense on MTP was part of an effort to rebuild his image with the public? If so, why is NBC playing along with this perceived plan? Maybe because the world's truly powerful people - such as those meeting in Davos right now - are getting a bit fed up with the antics of the Terrible Tyro from Tex-Ass?

The world's richest men are these truly powerful people who are losing patience with King George and his temper tantrums over 'terrizm'. Those who can 'show me the money' are trying to tell Georgie in the gentlest way possible that it's time to grow up and begin to act like the international statesman he claims to be: Bill Gates tells Davos the dollar is going down and his money is elsewhere

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the two richest men, are partners in business, bridge and travel. Now they are both predicting the dollar will weaken. "I'm short the dollar," Gates said in a television interview this weekend at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "The ol' dollar, it's gonna go down."
It will go down hard - just like that crappy operating system he sells, so he knows about falling down!
The comments by Gates about the dollar came a week before Group of Seven officials meet to discuss currency policy and were echoed by officials from Europe and Asia. "It is a bit scary," Gates said of the US's $7.62 trillion in debt. "We're in uncharted territory when the world's reserve currency has so much outstanding debt." Buffett, whose personal fortune of more than $42.9 billion (R255 billion) is topped only by Gates's $46.6 billion, has been buying foreign currencies since 2002, citing the US deficits. Buffett, who is the chairman of US-based investment company Berkshire Hathaway, bought $1 billion in foreign currency contracts in the third quarter, bringing his total to $20 billion of forward contracts in eight currencies on September 30, according to Berkshire. The currency position gave Berkshire a $412 million pretax gain in the quarter as the value of the dollar fell.
Let's pause here for a moment. Warren Buffett is worth $43 billion dollars, and almost half of his total worth is lodged in foreign currencies??? When the Wizard of Wall Street speaks, the world listens! This will not prove to be a good thing for the US, and the 'leader' of the free world better wake up to the fact that he isn't in control anywhere near as much as he likes to think he is! But I digress.
Their concerns were echoed in Davos by policy makers including European Central Bank (ECB) president Jean-Claude Trichet and investors such as George Soros. Trichet said in a Davos panel discussion: "The governing council of the ECB has repeated a very, very short sentence, namely that the sharp moves upward of the euro [against the dollar] were unwelcome and that we thought they were counterproductive from the economic growth perspective." German deputy finance minister Caio Koch-Weser said in an interview in Davos the US budget shortfall was "the number one risk, disregarding geopolitical risks" to the global economy. He urged US President George W Bush to present a "credible" plan for getting the deficit under control. Chinese central bank adviser Yu Yongding said in Davos that Washington should do more to tackle its record current account deficit and ease pressure on China to loosen its currency's peg to the dollar.
Gates and Buffett are both strong on China, though:
The shared view of Gates and Buffett on the dollar is not the billionaires' only joint interest. Gates revealed a $319 million stake in Berkshire Hathaway on December 21, a week after he joined the company as a director. The two play bridge and have travelled together, taking a 1995 train trip through China. In Davos, Gates described China as a potential "change agent" for the next two decades. "It's phenomenal," Gates said. "It's a brand new form of capitalism." Buffett made his first investment in China in 2003, buying a stake in PetroChina. In September Gates's $27 billion foundation received approval from China's foreign currency regulator to invest as much as $100 million in the nation's yuan shares and bonds.
So what does this anti-dollar situation have to do with John Kerry and the improved image that he's receiving from the powers that be? Here's the way I see it: The key to unlock this mystery (as I speculate) is that Bu$h is on the verge of a massive failure in Iraq - so huge that all of his previous failures will seem as nothing. Because the world's richest men are anything but foolish, they are hedging their bets concerning supporting King George in his Pinky and the Brain quest to take over the world.His promises of massive profits to be gathered in the process of rebuilding Iraq now seem like the crack pipe dreams of a cokehead. If allowed to run rampant over the world's daily business like he has that of Afghanistan and Iraq, he presents a risk far greater than that of North Korea's nukes or Osama's jihadis, and that just plain isn't good for business. Hence the world's richest men are 'forced' to take a hand in the actual governance of the world by replacing their hand-picked minion and removing him from office. Now these great men (and I use that term only in the sense that they wield great economic power which can affect everyone on this planet) do not wish to be separated from their true love - their wealth - any longer than is necessary to secure the future of that wealth. They remember the September poll conducted by the University of Maryland from which it was determined that the majority of the world vastly prefers Kerry to Bu$hCo. As international corporatists, this is a factor to be taken into account in the conduct of business, and to ignore it would greatly imperil future profitability. Thus, if one's hired government fails to deliver as promised and actually presents a threat to the continuation of the status quo (which is really what being a conservative is all about, and not the fascistic hatred and intolerance that is claiming that mantle), then it must be replaced with another that will do a better job and pose less of a threat. This is why John Kerry is undergoing a revitalization. As a rich man himself, he can be trusted to 'know his place'. Considering the value of his wife's portfolio, he can be considered a minor-league version of these very richest men, and can be trusted by them to understand their concerns and not do anything like the dangerously rash actions of Bu$hCo. In fact, John Kerry stands a chance of actually realizing the stated goals of Bu$hCo due to his massive international support. Here's what he told Timmy Sunday:
"[I]t's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in. Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq. I was in Egypt three weeks ago. I met with President Mubarak. We were talking about training. I asked him, "You know, why don't you do more training?" His response was, "We've offered do more training. We're doing 146 officers today. I don't know why we're not doing more. People haven't followed up with us. They haven't gotten back to us." I had the same response in Jordan and in other countries, including European leaders who have offered to do more with respect to police training, more with respect to border and other kinds of training that could take place. We are not doing today the kind of war footing effort to train people, the Iraqis, to take over their own security. And a year and a half has gone by, Tim, and it has been much of it wasted as a consequence of the administration's approach. We're going to hold this administration accountable over these next days to do the things that we need to do.
So who's this 'we'? You know my position from my comments above. So how does this change of president get accomplished without creating a great deal of turmoil? Simple. We have historical precedent to show the way. First, Dick 'Brain' Cheney resigns as pResident of Vice due to medical reasons and a deep desire to 'spend more time with his family'. Then, Denny Hastert declares that he's not up to the job of the vice-presidency, and is followed by the balance of the House and Senate (except for Kerry) in this declaration. Next, someone proposes that Kerry be named VP, and confirmed by the Senate, in the same manner that Nelson Rockefeller (another of the world's richest men when he was alive {hint, hint}) was during the rise of Gerald Ford after the resignation of Richard Nixon through the agency of the 25th Amendment. Once Kerry is in as VP, then the pressure mounts on King George to follow suit since he's got a 'potentially fatal heart condition' as well and has a sincere desire to 'spend more time with his family'. Now, we of the reality-based world know that King George's ego is too large to take this step willingly, so there would have to be a huge incentive for him to follow the orders of the richest men. They would certainly not be above blackmailing him to get him to obey. They just might have, for example, information linking GWB to OBL in the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks? Whether they do or not, they have the means to persuade people anyway they want us to go, and right now, it looks to me like they are using that power to persuade the people of the world that John Kerry really is suitable to be the president of the united states (lower case usage deliberate - these men are so much bigger than nations, you know!). I have no doubt that they could sell the majority of us on the legitimacy of the transition of power in the manner I describe above, if that were to come about. It's not so far-fetched! It's going on in Nepal right now! It would correct the results of the fraud that elections in this nation have become, and would restore legitimacy in the eyes of the world for this nation and our actions. Peace could again reign. Having saved the world from mass destruction by Bu$hCo, the Dynamic Duo of Bill Gates and Warren could get back to the Great Game of making money no matter who is in power. You heard it here first. *************** Sidebar: Having established both a stable non-WinDOH!s computer and a new DSL link, I'm hoping to be getting out here with more frequent posts. My health continues to improve, and I'm almost feeling like my old self. It's good to be back. *************** Copyrighted source material contained in this article is presented under the provisions of Fair Use. FAIR USE NOTICE This article contains copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I am making such material available in my efforts to advance understanding of democracy, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. I believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material in this article is distributed without profit for research and educational purposes.

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