Apr. 8, 2016 By Jack Jodell.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
– Lord Acton –
Libertarians, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, and even some “Third Wave” corporatist Democrats have long opposed government regulations and have successfully rolled many of them back. That is most unfortunate, because many of these types have done things which need to be overseen or outright regulated for the public good. Proof of this lies in the recent release of a record number of incriminating documents known as The Panama Papers.
These documents, much more massive than either the 2010 WikiLeaks revelations or the 2013 Edward Snowden NSA Files document dumps, are causing quite a lot of uproar across the globe. They were released by a conscientious whistleblower to a German newspaper, the Suddeutsche Zeitung, and were subsequently shared with and investigated by hundreds of investigative journalists working for more than 100 news organizations in 80 different countries for more than a year. They detail a huge level of corruption and tax evasion occurring worldwide among government leaders, businesspersons, arms traders, hedge fund managers, drug dealers, con artists, and even human traffickers. This list implicates 12 current or former heads of state, plus their families and friends. Pedro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia (both of whom are close allies of the West) are directly implicated, as well as DICK Cheney’s, Donald Rumsfeld’s, and George W. Bush’s favorite ex-interim prime minister and one-time vice president of Iraq Ayad Allawi, and even the prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. Along with them are the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson (who has just resigned as a result), close friends of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, plus many more; even the father of British prime minister David Cameron!
This gargantuan leak contains an astonishing 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth-largest foreign law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which is based inPanama. These Panama Papers spill the beans on roughly 14,000 clients over a nearly 40 year period. This law firm is a registered agent for greater than 200,000 companies. It is one of the largest creators of shell companies (phony entities which make it possible for greedy corporations to do business and make huge profits without having to claim ownership of any assets). The tax havens this firm operates are set up in numerous countries, including Switzerland, Cyprus, Hong Kong, and the British Virgin Islands, plus others. A number of “too big to fail” banks have strongly pushed for the creation of these bogus companies, with political and economic big shots collaborating to keep this corruption as difficult to trrace as possible. Plus, as one might expect, many of these questionable transactions were deliberately falsified, backdated, or even destroyed altogether to protect the greedy wrongdoers. The Panama Papers were leaked to the press by an anonymous, unnamed source, who said,“I want to make these crimes public.”
Thank God for these conscientious whistleblowers! Their very existence proves decisively that big business needs to be regulated – ALWAYS! The Koch brothers and their like-minded allies can piss and moan all they want about regulation – or scheme to get rid of it – but the fact remains, and has been repeatedly proven all throughout history, that government oversight is needed to protect society at large from these greedy, narcissistic sociopaths who are drawn to leadership and big business and all the profit they can plunder from it. These charlatans claim to be lovers of “free market” economics, but in reality, they practice a sordid game of self-enrichment more often than not at the expense pf everybody else. They must be reined in and kept under control, lest we all suffer needlessly. When the cat’s away, or not looking, these rats will definitely play, and this malarkey must stop! That is why we have got to remain ever-watchful and keep a steady eye on our business leaders and elected officials, for democracy can’t protect itself all by itself: it needs EACH of us to be a good, wary cat! We have plenty of wealth to go around in this country, and there is absolutely no need for the richest 1% to lie, cheat, and steal to keep it from being much more equitably distributed. The 99% MAJORITY below them deserves far better, and, damn it, we’re going to get it! So I urge you ALL to begin paying much more attention to both politics and business, regardless of how disgusting you may or may not find them to be! Contrary to what some Libertarians may mistakenly believe, these rats are NOT omnipotent beings who can do whatever they damn well please! Mere ownership does NOT give one license to do as one pleases without question. Think of it this way: most of us wouldn’t dream of hiring an employee for roughly $175,000 (or more) per year, and then ignoring that employee as he or she steals us blind, would we? Consider politicians and business leaders to be your own personal employees. Make them EARN their bloated paychecks, show responsibility to those whom they are supposed to be serving, and let them know you are keeping your eyes on them! And when they talk of deregulation, look at them even more closely – and – if necessary – FIRE them when justified!
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