Tag: Money

Big bucks for political parties: How Australia’s politicians are selling us out

Actually, when you come to think of it, the problem is not what they do with all that moolah, but what they do for it. And, again, because you are a simple person, you understand that if you give somebody money, you’d expect that person to do something for you. That’s the way the world works: your friend fixes a door hinge for you, so you buy him a drink; your wife helps out a neighbour and gets a sponge cake for a thank you; you drop your son’s friend off to school and his father takes you to the football a few times a year.

So you can only imagine what you would be prepared to do if someone actually gave you $95 million. You strongly suspect the folk in government must be feeling grateful to those who gave them all that money. Look, we said you are no genius and have only a vague idea what a government could do to thank those donors, but you feel they will get something for their contributions and you will miss out.

It’s actually worse than that. It isn’t just that they get something that you don’t: they get something at your expense and that of others like you. In other words, each of you pays a small amount of the reward which those donors receive. You pay it in small cutbacks in benefits to which you are entitled; in the rundown of your children’s school, in the roads that, in the old days, used to be free; in a dozen little helpings that enable the top ten per cent of the population to recoup a profit on the donation they have made to the political party.

via Big bucks for political parties: How Australia’s politicians are selling us out

Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money

Given these areas of mutual interest it is not surprising that since its inception the Central Intelligence Agency has been in permanent collusion with narco-traffickers, assisting their safe passage, protecting their activities, rewarding drug lords, hiring them for covert missions and using money derived from these operations for other activities. The fact that these drugs end up in American veins has never deterred the Agency and, given the hue of the skin often covering those veins, has perhaps even been seen as a positive outcome.

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Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart

Minister Nigel Scullion, Gina Rinehart and Barnaby Joyce at the National Agriculture Day celebration in Canberra on Tuesday.

“This is very unhealthy for our democracy. It’s not right, it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. This is very, very unusual and concerning conduct,” Mr Shorten said.

Mr Joyce – who is fighting a byelection after being booted from Parliament for holding dual citizenship – said on Tuesday night that “all I’m thinking about now is the things I’m going to do on my own farm” with the money.

When handed the novelty oversized cheque, he exclaimed: “Hooley dooley! Rightio.”

Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart

America gives $700bn to the military – but says healthcare is a luxury | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

On Monday, the Pentagon received even more money than it had asked for. Funding war is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on

Source: America gives $700bn to the military – but says healthcare is a luxury | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy’ Claims Donald Trump Stole the Election (Video) – Truthdig

Greg Palast’s documentary told how millions of minority votes were discounted through a voter crosscheck program. Now, Palast demands that the DOJ investigate the crosscheck system.

Source: ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy’ Claims Donald Trump Stole the Election (Video) – Truthdig

CNN Law Enforcement Analyst: Outrage Over Terence Crutcher Shooting Is Part Of “The War On Police”

CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of playing the “race card for black votes” following her comments about the police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK, describing the comments as part of “the war on police.”On September 20, Clinton commented on several recen

Source: CNN Law Enforcement Analyst: Outrage Over Terence Crutcher Shooting Is Part Of “The War On Police”

Religion

Ever notice how the U.S. government never calls out Saudi Arabia on its countless human rights abuses? This is because Saudi Arabia is the number 1 buyer of U.S. military weapons/equipment in the world [The U.S. is the number 1 exporter of weapons throughout the world too] and is also a key ally of the U.S. internationally.

Every administration since world war 2, including Obamas, has enjoyed a very close relationship with this corrupt government, which is better described as a dictatorship.

Governments are businesses, corrupt businesses to be specific, that is the most important thing you need to understand about them. Once you realize this, things begin to make more sense.