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August 10, 2009

Democracy for Sale

“I'm having a very good crisis. It is, in a way, the culminating point of my life’s work,”

- George Soros, commenting on how he profited from the recent financial crisis.

Yes, that George Soros. The pampered darling of the American Left:

George Soros has been blamed for the destruction of the Thai economy in 1997. One Thai activist said, “We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the people.” The Chinese call him “the crocodile,” because his economic and ideological efforts in China were so insatiate, and because his financial speculation created millions of dollars in profits as it ravished the Thai and Malaysian economies. Soros once made a billion dollars in one day by speculating (a word he abhors) on the British pound. Accused of taking “money from every British taxpayer when he speculated against sterling,” he said, “When you speculate in the financial markets you are free of most of the moral concerns that confront an ordinary businessman. I did not have to concern myself with moral issues in the financial markets.”

Apparently, the strong desire of the American people for government run health care is so ... umm... overwhelming that we can't get it passed without millions of dollars of money from big corporations....

Which, of course, is far less of a threat to democracy than a bunch of blue haired geezers voicing inconvenient opinions.

Astroturfing. It's only wrong when they do it.

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009.

Update: You've got love the progressive mindset. Force never solves anything... unless you use it to confiscate what doesn't belong to you to pay for what you can't afford.

Christ. I need a drink.

Posted by Cassandra at August 10, 2009 03:07 PM

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That Yglesias article is enough to make a girl glad she's not rich. (Okay, not really since taxing rich people just means they leave and take their money with them.) Make that two drinks, Cassandra - I'm behind.

Posted by: Elise at August 10, 2009 05:09 PM

But the political process very much can collect tax revenues and use that revenue to finance things that we currently “can’t afford” like more widespread provision of health care services, better rail transportation, cleaner streets, more police officers, more and better pre-kindergarten, etc.

It just won't actually *collect* them from Democrats unless they've been nominated for a position in the Obama Cabinet.

"...more and better pre-kindergarten..."???

I want a *pound* of whatever he's smoking...

Posted by: BillT at August 10, 2009 05:36 PM

Didn't Franklin say something about democracy being great until people figured out they could take the other guys money.

Posted by: RIslander at August 10, 2009 06:01 PM

"Socialism works until you run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher.

Hiding in my basement with lots of beer and guns, after converting my money into gold, I am.....

Posted by: Don Carlos Brouhaha at August 10, 2009 08:07 PM

Relax, all is well. Big Pharma has found the solution to all of this appropriationist sentiment.

It turns out to be magnificently simple. Just bribe the President, and he stops trying to shake you down.

A little "lobbying money," and suddenly everything's all right again.

Posted by: Grim at August 10, 2009 08:32 PM

'nother quote - "If you aren't a socialist in your twenties, you haven't got a heart. If you are still a socialist in your thirties, you haven't got a head."

Posted by: RIslander at August 10, 2009 11:16 PM

Sorta gives the lie to the old aphorism that "We have the *finest* politicians money can buy," though.

If they were cars, I'd certify most of Congress as totalled...

Posted by: BillT at August 11, 2009 01:24 AM

Aye yay yay yay
The ladies lob Don Carlos
He feels up hees basement
Weeth Bibles and guns
So join heem for brewskis
Jou'll hab lots of funs...

Posted by: Chinese-Jewish Mexican American Lawn Chica at August 11, 2009 10:12 AM

Remember last Fall, September 18, the day President Bush's top people told us that "the wheels almost came off" of the financial system? The big scare that started the bailout crises, one after another?

Turns out the action that panicked the feds was a group of sudden massive withdrawals from certain banks. The feds never revealed who coordinated those withdrawals.

That incident, together with the experience in the Far East, makes me wonder: where was George Soros last September?

Posted by: joe doakes at August 11, 2009 01:23 PM

Perhaps you are confusing morality with capitalism. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0212/027.html

Posted by: I Call BS at August 11, 2009 10:09 PM

[Editor's note: comment deleted. Personally threatening and obscene to boot.]

Congratulations bud. You are the 11th person to be banned here in 5 years.

Posted by: Ibrahim at August 14, 2009 03:45 PM