Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How the Financial Plutocracy Tugs the Leash on the Two-Party Duopoly

How the Financial Plutocracy Tugs the Leash on the Two-Party Duopoly


(Photo: Prospecta Press)(Photo: Prospecta Press)The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Winsexplains why fighting financial malfeasance and greed is like betting against a gambling casino where the dealers play with marked cards.
So, when an insider reveals the reality of how banks too big to fail hold Congress and the White House on a leash - as in The Payoff - it doesn't go unnoticed.
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi writes of former senate staffer and retired lobbyist Jeff Connaughton's detailed book on the revolving door of DC and the subversion of financial reform:
The great mystery story in American politics these days is why, over the course of two presidential administrations (one from each party), there's been no serious federal criminal investigation of Wall Street during a period of what appears to be epic corruption. People on the outside have speculated and come up with dozens of possible reasons, some plausible, some tending toward the conspiratorial - but there have been very few who've come at the issue from the inside. We get one of those rare inside accounts in The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins.... [T]hose interested in understanding the mindset of the people who should be leading the anti-corruption charge ought to read this book. It's the weird lack of concern that shines through ... On the outside we can only deduce the mindset from actions and non-actions, but Connaughton's actually seen it, and with the book you get to see it too. It's scary and definitely worth a read.
Inc. Magazine named The Payoff one of the top five business books of 2012: "You'd think that after destroying the world's economy with dodgy trades and double-dealing, at least somebody (other than the taxpayer) who was responsible might get thrown in jail. But you'd think wrong because Wall Street essentially "owns" both political parties, thereby making accountability impossible."
Truthout spoke with Connaughton in a recent interview. READ MORE

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