Saturday :: Mar 25, 2006

A Billion Here, A Billion There - Soon You Have A Quorum!


by pessimist

The late Illinois Republican Senator Everett Dirksen would be proud! According to the latest Forbes Magazine World's Richest List, a record 793 wealthy people made it.

They’re worth a combined $2.6 trillion, up 18% since last March. Their average net worth: $3.3 billion.

India, whose bse sensex market was up 54% in the past 12 months, is home to 10 new billionaires, more than any other country besides the U.S. China now has 8 billionaires, four times as many as last year... Canadian playboy Calvin Ayre went down to Costa Rica a decade ago and began taking illegal bets over the Internet. Now he’s worth $1 billion.

No wonder tainted wealth is such a fascination and avocation for the entire Bu$h family!

Poppy's single [pre-2000] talk to the board of Global Crossing, the telecoms start-up, earned him $13m in stock.

That is more than twice what Dubai-yeah has 'earned' (extrapolating for the as-yet-unreleased tax year 2005 data) being pretzeldunce, but is still a long way from the stratospheric wealth that earns one place on the Forbes list:

President and Mrs.George W. Bush have reported net taxable income of $744,682 for the tax year 2000. This resulted in a total of $240,342 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush.

President and Mrs. George W. Bush reported taxable income of $711,453 for the tax year 2001. This resulted in a total of $250,221 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush.

President and Mrs. George W. Bush reported taxable income of $771,940 for the tax year 2002. This resulted in a total of $268,719 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush.

President and Mrs. George W. Bush reported taxable income of $727,083 for the tax year 2003. This resulted in a total of $227,490 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush.

President and Mrs. George W. Bush reported taxable income of $672,788 for the tax year 2004. This resulted in a total of $207,307 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush.

They always said that you'll never get rich working a job!

Being in a high visibility job, like Leedur of the Freebooter World, means that one can't casually engage in the sort of money-making tran$action that George W. Bush's 'Uncle Bucky' (William H.T. Bush), brother of George H.W. Bush, has, out of which he pulled in almost $2 million.

For all the enrichment efforts of Bu$h Family men, no one even comes close to having had cash like George's brother Neil. Despite cleaning out Silverado Savings (at a cost of over $1.3 billion to the US taxpayers for Silverado alone), he still always seems to want more. He's managing to have all kinds of cash thrown at him for his new Ignite! effort. But even this isn't going to get him on the Forbes list!

Why this obsession with making it all that way? Considering all the evidence, there is only one common factor for all of the members of the George H.W. Bu$h family which ties it together - Bab$:


Meeting the real Barbara Bush

Rarely has a First Lady been greeted by the American people and the press with the approbation and warmth accorded to Barbara Pierce Bush. Perhaps this is prompted by the image she calls “everybody’s grandmother.” People are comfortable with her white hair, her warm, relaxed manner, and her keen wit. With characteristic directness, she says people like her because they know “I’m fair and I like children and I adore my husband.”
It was all a myth, of course.
This uglier real-life version of the ex-First Lady first blew into the public’s consciousness shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit when she showed her butt, to be frank, while discussing the hurricane survivors. George W. Bush is his mother’s son: But then that will come as no surprise to anyone who’s closely followed his career, or even just his lackadaisical response to the human tragedy following Katrina.
These are people for whom expressing concern about the less fortunate
is nothing more than an unpleasant, but necessary, PR exercise.

Yes, expressing genuine concern about people who are neither Have$ nor Havemore$ has to be something that those who aspire to be on the Forbes list (and who don't ever stand a snowball's chance without becoming incredibly corrupt) cannot do credibly. That is one reason why there is little sympathy expressed over all the furor over Bab$' Keep-It-In-The_Family 'Charitable' donation to son Neil.

As corrupt as Poppy's ancestors have been in the last hundred years or so, it's clear that the rapaciousness of the younger Bu$h men comes from their avaricious mother, for the fruits don't fall far from the tree - and Poppy's been as far away from Bab$ as he could be as often as he could arrange over the years.

"What do you mean you're invading Cuba tonight?" and "Oh sure, you were out on another top secret black op for the CIA all week!" and "What do you mean you're going to China as ambassador?" ...

You could always make the Forbes list the old-fasioned way, Bab$, like Martha and Oprah have in the past - you could earn it yourself! Are you man enough?


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