By Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow, Ret.
October 21, 2011
It takes a crook to know a crook
Following is a historical statement by Al Capone, explaining why he would play the ponies but wouldn’t invest a dime on Wall Street: “It’s a racket. Those stock market guys are crooked.”
One has to give it to old Al; he was apparently as astute and perceptive in regard to corrupt economics as he was morally corrupt. That which he so aptly stated in his day in regard to the stock market is true even today; possibly more so. The markets are a racket and the fruits thereof – like those garnered in the nation’s gambling casinos – are transitory and misbegotten. The odds are always in favor of the house dear reader and the house in this regard is a government backed corporate clique that can be likened to a syndicate as venal and corrupt as the mafia ever was, and in fact profoundly more so.
The media, a/k/a our perpetual propaganda machine, would have you believe that a bull market is indicative of a healthy economy and of a productive society. Watching these medium puppets of government – and of the government’s corporatist confederates in economic chicanery – is akin to watching an old Edgar Bergen Mortimer Snerd puppet routine. The ostensible words that fall from the dummy’s mouth – via its manipulator – are profoundly foolish and innately stupid; and the words of the media manipulators of public thought are beamed as fact to a conspicuously ignorant and receptive people. Unlike Edgar Bergen, Mortimer Snerd’s manipulator, these puppeteers are not just amiable entertainers; they are the mouthpiece of a fraudulent collusive collective that is robbing the middle-class taxpayers of this nation blind.