Of late there has been a great deal of talk of the Treasury “regulators” and their efforts to ensure that banks are only giving loans to what Geitner keeps calling “viable” businesses.
One could only conclude that those “viable” businesses would be of the kind that would fit well into the liberal concept of what constitutes “business”.
The kinds of “business” from an historical standpoint that have captured the interests of the liberals in the past seem to be of the type that do the most to inhibit industrial-capitalist enterprises.
For example, one such business is the business of regulation itself.
With this “greening” of America that is shaping up, there will have to be countless regulators forming businesses such as environmental study firms set up to count the ass hairs on the rare African Finch to determine how mankind’s breathing has affected hair growth on its nebulous nates.
There will, of course, have to be firms established that will handle all the after-effects of all this greening as well.
For example, we will need firms to determine what to do with all those “green” light bulbs once their “promised” 10,000 hour lifespan has ended. We can’t have that mercury that is a part of their engineering winding up in landfills.
So Geitner and his 64 banking regulators, I suppose, will play god and determine who gets money, and who does not. If, for example, you are a firm building large, wind-powered mercury-reclamation facilities, you’ll probably get a large, lump sum of “capital” to build your plants. With any luck they will make it big, if the wind blows as much as the politicians and regulators you have in your pockets.
I think there needs to be a new word coined. Since we are no longer a capitalist country under the Obama-Geitner Gulag, maybe we should begin calling the moneys appropriated “socital” rather than capital (capital, after all, comes about from re-investment from your own profits – what profit is there in this whole eco-socialist manifest?).
Well, moving on.
Solzhenitsyn speaks in his book (which, by the way, I’m backing off from the synopsis in the right column – my blog is not a set of cliff notes, and students need to digest this work themselves – it is fascinating) – but Solzhenitsyn speaks of the mining engineers who were thrown into the Gulag because they “hid” large deposits of precious metals while the Germans were invading (ore deposits that they had not yet discovered).
I am reminded of the quip about journalist’s questioning (interrogation, really – like Gitmo Waterboarding) during the media-driven Nixon ‘coup’ – “how often do you beat your wife”. There is no answer to that one – damned if you do, damned if you don’t (answer, that is).
Through the vast cataloguing of arrests and the offenses that led to arrests in Solzhenitsyn work, I took note of one group that was of particular interest to myself as a sworn defender of all things Capitalist (well, most things) – the Kadenko group.
It would seem that a Russian destroyer was either driven or ran aground near Sweden. Sweden was (and is, illustrated by the current mass-investigation into USB) a capitalist (and war-neutral) country.
The seamen aboard the ship were welcomed into Sweden throughout the rest of the war. Once the war was over, Sweden turned them and the ship back over to the Russians. The crew was, of course, put on trial for sentencing to a “tenner” in the Gulag, but apparently the trial never gained steam and they were dispersed through-out the country only later to be brought up on charges of “Soviet Agitation” as enemies of the state due to their indiscreet discussions of how good they had it in Capitalist Sweden and then summarily thrown in the Gulags.
They had never known prosperity like they had seen in Sweden during their “captivity” there during the length of WW II.
Now the reason I take such interest in this (and you probably wonder how this ties in to the “viable” business) is that I wonder what sorts of movements will spring up in our nation in opposition to the Socialist undertakings of the left-wing.
Geitner and his bunch are shaping up to be just like the Russians with their convenient definitions of what constitutes “viable” businesses that will qualify for the now state-owned banks to lend moneys to.
It’s like the poor engineers who failed to deliver a bridge when the Politburo members were spending all the appropriated moneys for the bridge on lavish Dachau’s and opulent parties instead.
Party insiders got fat and rich while the engineers were tossed in the Gulag.
Same goes for the undiscovered iron ore that was in the ground that the Russian Geologists had therein been “hiding” and thus hampering the Russian war efforts against the Germans.
It is probably far, far preliminary for such talk now, but I think it is time that an “underground” movement be formed in our nation. We can call it the “Kadenko Underground” in memory of those seamen who were so enamored with the capitalist society they experienced in Sweden during the war.
By the way, after those seamen had spent years in the Gulags, the Western European press became curious as to what had happened to these men. The Russians spent time grooming them, fattening them up and conditioning them for a meeting with the foreign press “canard” (as Solzhenitsyn describes them) to feed them propaganda about how they were being educated or working in varied aspects of Russian society and that they had all written one another to get together and meet these journalists and people whom they had known back in Sweden, thus helping to perpetuate the lie that they were being well-treated by the Russians and had enough money to travel to meet with this crack investigation team (not unlike those keeping an eye on Iranian nukes or the United Nations team that was watching Hussein).
After the press canard was satisfied they printed their stories and the men had their head’s shaved, they were deloused, their clothes were taken and they were reissued prison stripes. Because of their cooperation though, the Russians were kind enough not to give them a second sentence of ten years, hard labor.
This concept of obfuscation and lies, of cover-ups and dirty pool seems all-too-familiar in this age of Obama.
It seems every appointee he has put forth has some sort of troubled financial past; and these are who we are entrusting to “fix” our broken capitalist system?
To this I say long live the Kadenko Underground; it is akin to the Diaspora, where the Israelites had their “taste of honey” only to be cast into the wilderness to relay stories of the promised land.
These poor men, because they had dared to speak of what life outside the iron curtain was like, were cast into the dungeon hell of the Gulag.
It is my fear that the same will begin to happen in America today, as banks and regulators decide who is worthy of government-mandated moneys, and who should be cast into an impoverished wasteland.
Long live the Kadenko Underground (the “KU” or “coup”).
I’ve compiled some quotes from our Revolution that I felt like re-visiting, given current events.
No Taxation Without Representation
Don’t Tread On Me
Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.
John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765 (from library thinkquest)
“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.”
John Adams in a letter in 1777
I wonder where is the justice in Al Gore’s rants that the sky is falling and the globe is melting, melting, melting, or in Geitner’s bank “regulators” who are really more redistributionist hit-squad? More and more Geitner is looking like the man behind the curtain, and Al Gore like a melting, wicked witch of the West.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1775
The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America.
John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry, June 3, 1776
Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the “latent spark” … If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference.
John Adams, the Novanglus, 1775
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin, (attributed) at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils.
Benjamin Franklin, An Address to the Public, November, 1789
The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.
Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, 1774
Can you say “Timothy Geitner” ???
He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
Benjamin Franklin, from his writings, 1758
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A penny saved is twopence clear.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
Ben Franklin, 1766
“The war has actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!”
Nathanael Greene, In an anonymous letter, 1781
“Every kind of of service, necessary to the public good, becomes honorable by being necessary.”
Nathan Hale, when his friend, Captain William Hull, was accused of crossing enemy lines, 1776
“If this be treason, make the most of it.”
Patrick Henry, n.d.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, 1775
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Hunter
“These are the times that try men’s’ souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; bur that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny…..is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Thomas Paine, Intro to the The Crisis, December 19, 1776
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
Thomas Paine, 1776
Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776
See these and more fascinating quotes from our American Revolution at library thinkquest .