United States of America, Inc.
has an excellent article on the senate intel report in the "The CIA did it!"
. I'll let you go there and read it for yourselves.
I'm going to take a different tact.
One of my favorite ways to view our country is in keeping, oddly, w/ Baby Bush' leadership style
"The CEO In Chief
This is, of course, no departure from Bush's leadership style since the day he assumed the presidency. Bush has always taken pride in his image as the CEO-president, a smartly dressed executive who lives by synchronized watch and day planner, who delegates tasks where appropriate, and who works out regularly, eats right and gets plenty of bed rest."
He claimed to be a CEO kind of prez. Well, that's fine w/ me.
But, that makes me a shareholder. And as a shareholder, I want to look at our earnings report, projected earnings, asset values, capitalization, etc. I, of course, also want to look a corporate liabilities, debt, p/e ratio, cost of labor, and total overhead. From what I've been able to piece together, this CEO and this country are underperforming in all areas, except the cost of labor. The cost of labor is the cheapest it's been in a while.
On the otherhand, the rest of the corporate report looks lousy. Corporate debt at an all time high. Projected revenues down. Asset values stagnant.
Quick aside: I consider our public lands and natural resources as assets. And as assets, I want top return upon their sale. No one can convince me, that it is in my interest as a shareholder, to give away assets to other corporations. Let them instead pay market value. If private property owners are receiving X dollars/per acre for allowing their forests to be havested, or for energy extraction, than that's the return I want. You can argue that I will pay more for goods as a result, but I think the off set to my tax obligations, and potentially, actual real dividends in my account, will more than make up for it. Also, if the market is depressed, than I agrue for holding on to the assets until the market improves. Long term investment is what I'm after anyway, not quarterly profits. It maybe a corporation, but it still is a 'government' of the people, and I really would prefer to maintain, and possibly increase my share of the equity.[I'll have to return to this and present a clearer argument.]
Anyway, as a CEO, Baby Bush sucks. The corporation is in it's worst state in years, and the CEO keeps saying, "It's not my fault." As a shareholder, my thoughts run toward, "So, what? I want a CEO in charge who can fix it." Not just say, "Well, I would have done better, but for the fact that my employees didn't do a good job..." Screw that.
I am calling on all shareholders of the United States of America, Inc. to FIRE this CEO, who has failed to bring any substantial returns on investment and operations in three and a half years. It is time for a shareholder revolt!
Baby Bush, "The CIA did it. The congress did it (energy give away bill}. 9/11. Bill Clinton."
Shareholder, "I understand. What did you do? More importantly, what do I pay you to do?"
Baby Bush (after consulting w/ Cheney and Rove), "Protect the assets of the United States of America, and increase corporate value."
Shareholder, "You have failed. You are fired."
Just one man's opinion.
God Damn! He's on to us.
How to retain power in face of a shareholder revolt? See: Inspector Lohmann
who cites U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack
Newsweek cited unnamed sources who told it that the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Departmen last week to review what legal steps would be needed to delay the vote if an attack occurred on the day before or on election day.
Oh hell! Now I understand. This will guarantee an attack. Nobody is as good for terrorists as Baby Bush. He's just enticing them.