Inept President, Greedy Corporations, and U.S. Debt
Bush’s sham climate conference — which the lapdog media in the U.S. dutifully reported the way the white house wanted them to — is already generating criticism around the world for its failures to mandate any meaningful targets for countries, instead relying on “voluntary” targets by the countries themselves. Bush is still with the “it will hurt the economy” nonsense, and the Union of Concerned Scientists is saying enough is enough.
The U.S. was accused of killing women and children in its air strike on a neighborhood in Baghdad. By the way, the Spanish newspaper El Universal had an expose on a conversation between Bush and then-Spanish prime minister Aznar in the period before the Iraq war when we were ostensibly waiting for the UN inspectors to do their work that asserts that Bush told Aznar there would be war with Iraq regardless of what the UN finds (article is in Spanish).
Also on Iraq, the U.S. has quietly given another contract to Blackwater, despite all of the turmoil surrounding them. Did you hear this in any of the American mainstream lapdog media?
Corporate greed is alive and well. Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo sold large quantities of Countrywide stock as the mortgage crisis was in its infancy, having changed his stock plan more than once to accommodate his intentions to sell There are already shareholder suits against him alleging that the company misled investors.
Starbucks is also a proud torch bearer of greed. In Ethiopia on one of its contract plantations coffee workers earn $1 per day, and neighboring indigenous peoples’ are being told to alter their traditional ways of life.
Last, remember the outrageous debt that keeps mounting? The press doesn’t say much about it. But grumblings in Asia — including China, which owns much of our debt — are growing louder and the U.S. should take notice.