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Paul Craig Roberts - Let Them Eat Cake

Chelsea's Wedding -Let Them Eat Cake
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Before we attend to the poor political judgment of such an extravagant affair during times of economic distress, let us wonder aloud where a poor boy who became governor of Arkansas and president of the United States got such a fortune that he can blow $3,000,000 on a wedding.

The American people did not take up a collection to reward him for his service to them.
Where did the money come from? Who was he really serving during his eight years in office?

Today in the American Superpower, one of every six Americans is living on food stamps.
The Great American Superpower, which is wasting trillions of dollars in pursuit of world hegemony, has 22% of its population unemployed and almost 17% of its population dependent on welfare in order to stay alive.

The world has not witnessed such total failure of government since the final days of the Roman Empire. A handful of American oligarchs are becoming mega-billionaires while the rest of the country goes down the drain.

And the American sheeple remain acquiescent

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http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07302010.html



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reedr3v's picture

I don't care how Clinton spends his own

money on a gaudy power spectacle, but 2 million in taxpayers funds for Secret Service thugs to protect these overpaid trough suckers is beyond indecency.

Debbie's picture

The point made by Dr. Roberts

The point made by Dr. Roberts was not just that he was spending so much money, but how did he get that money? He was not worth any fraction of that when he entered the White House. He's done some speaking engagements but I don't think that would have made him a multi-millionaire, so the question as posed by Dr. Roberts is: who was he working for? How did Tony Blair suddenly become worth $15M a year as soon as he left office - who was he serving?

Debbie

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So glad PCR is back.

Debbie's picture

Me too - he never really

Me too - he never really left, well, he left "MSM" in understandable disgust and joined us, the real media! He is going to be writing for Gerald Celente's Trend Forecaster Journal, how cool is that??

Debbie

"I have always found that

"I have always found that rogues...always contrive to nestle themselves into the places of power and profit. These rogues set out with stealing the people's good opinion, and then steal from them the right of withdrawing it, by contriving laws and associations against the power of the people themselves." --Thomas Jefferson to Mann Page, 1795

13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he shall hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and riches. - Luke 16

The Power of No..

"It is only the slavish obedience to authority, the reluctance and refusal to break the damned rules and "cause trouble," that makes the elites and their hold on power possible. Take away that obedience, take away the refusal to deny the legitimacy of the ruling elites and their demands that all the rest of us support them in their rule, and they have nothing. The elites know that; most Americans don't ...

The ruling class is corrupt, immoral, deadly, and entirely illegitimate. Their greatest fear is that you will realize it.

"The power of "No" is far, far greater than most people ever permit themselves to understand."~Arthur Silber

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/139786#comment-1492898

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Eating Cake Crumbs Is Not My Idea Of Weight Control

Throwing Weight Around:

"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. "
--- Etienne de la Boetie, "The Politics of Obedience" (1553)

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/141280#comment-1504229

"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine"

Eating Away At American Pie

Our desire to have our cake and eat the thin slices They serve up are the crumbs for mass consumption we swallow.

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/139999#comment-1492092

The delicate tories of the last American Revolution wore the white gloves to serve at the table of their masters.

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/141280#comment-1503848

"If high culture is coming to an end, it is also the end of you and your paradoxical ideas, because paradox as such belongs to high culture and not to childish prattle. You remind me of the young men who supported the Nazis or communists not out of cowardice or out of opportunism but out of an excess of intelligence. For nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought… You are the brilliant ally of your own gravediggers."
--- Milan Kundrea, ('The Unbearable Lightness Of Being')

Ha!~ justifying the rule of non -thought!!

"nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought… You are the brilliant ally of your own gravediggers."

Justifying the rule of non thought..UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY!! Ha!

Love Ya! Going to watch the Egyptians ..you posted as much watch..it's raining..I will watch it..Building Empire etc...

Rainy night...Dark chocolate...wine ..a little doobie..egyptian empire..I'm such a lovable nerd, eh?

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Belle -- By The Time The Munchies Kick In ...

... on your way to a rainy night culminating in a well deserved moment of non-thought ...

... You'll find a trail of Kake Krumbs in Sync da' Kitsch'n.

But if the chocolate doesn't satiate and the effects of the wine kick in, Kundera's 'Unbearable Lightness Of Being' ( ... a film of the most profound effect ) will have you floating down a deluge of Da' Nile ( and enlightenessment) by morning.

You've been warned ... [ ... then, again, surreal r'Evolutionaries cannot live by bread and cake alone. But, ... I don't need to tell you what's important ... this is not some border check point ... If it was ... you are beyond the profile ... It is recognizable to me -- you are There. ;-) ].

viva la .... vida.

great quote" "the brilliant ally of your own gravediggers"

Milan is one of my faves....and you cite one of my favorite lines ever

cee cee

A Kulture of Kouture Krumbs 'n the Kitsch'n Sync

"The more indifferent people are to politics, to the interests of others, the more obsessed they become with their own faces. The individualism of our time."

--- Milan Kundera

[ cee cee --
Here's one of my favorites: "The worst thing is not that the world is unfree, but that people have unlearned their liberty. "

You might enjoy the following related posts, and the links within. I'm really glad we can share this. Since you like Kundera I imagine you will appreciate the humor and tragedy of these musings. ]

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Kake Walk:

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/141241#comment-1503997

" Humor can only exist when people are still capable of recognizing some border between the important and the unimportant. And nowadays this border has become unrecognizable."

"life is either crazy, or it's nothing at all"...thanks LibBerte

enjoyed the links immensely

finding humor is a tool for maintaining sanity
(as well as perspective) and a well reasoned choice (imho)

especially when living in a world where it seems everything is

"on the surface an intelligible lie, and underneath an unintelligible truth"

sign on desk: "facts mean nothing compared to attitude"

cee cee

We Make The Best Of It ...

"there is no perfection, only life"

a literary person....wow....what a blessing
thanks again for the links....

not humorous (except for small moment gems), but interesting read (or film series)

Larrson (Swedish): take on current culture...trilogy

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
"The Girl Who Played With Fire"
"The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest"

"the dream precedes the meaning"

thank you again...you are a delight to this one

cee cee

I Appreciate The Recommendation

I'll take a peak ... Thanks.

bump

Thank you LB.

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