posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:00 PM
We just spoke on the phone about Boxer's incompetence and/or criminality and you asked me to email you so you could answer my questions, as her
equally incompetent office has either refused outright, misrepresented facts, told me I was too unsophisticated to understand all the complexities,
hung up on me, pretended to be the office manager, popped gum in my ear and complained about my tone or language, but not once has clearly answered
any of the following questions, no matter how phrased. They haven't even tried to provide anything remotely resembling genuine information,
reasoning, or good excuses. To say I am disgusted and disappointed in a party and person I've voted for in every election I could is a galactic
understatement. I gave up on even trying with Feinstein years ago: she votes her class every time. Why is she still called a Democrat, anyway?
On the economy:
1. AIG committed fraud, pure and simple: when you sell something you can't deliver, it is fraud. Selling insurance when you know you don't have the
resources to cover what you've sold is intential f-r-a-u-d. It doesn't matter that you've called it CDO's, CDS's or straight insurance. No
special authority is required to prosecute the perpetrators, it happens every day on smaller scale frauds. Why isn't Boxer demanding the laws be
followed in this case, and why aren't the directors and officers of AIG being prosecuted?
2. Goldman Sachs seems neck deep in multiple massive fraud/ponzi schemes, yet no investigation of their role has begun, rather it seems they've been
rewarded with lucrative positions within government where they can unduly influence economic policy. Geithner, Summers, Rubin and other G-S officers
seem to be running the country's economic policies for the benefit of G-S and their clients. Why is this being tolerated? Why is there no
investigation underway to determine if they illegally gamed the market to create the crisis? "Toxic assets" are toxic because they were
misrepresented as being of higher quality than they actually were, i.e., fraud.
3. The TARP, TALF, and whatever else they've come up with is neither Boxer's nor the Treasury's private investment fund: how dare Geithner, and
Paulson before him, assert the right to withhold information on who got the money under what terms, and how dare Boxer accept such an answer? I want
explicit information on who got what, when they got it, the terms under which it was taken, what we the taxpayers got in return, both the asserted
original value of stocks and warrants and the actual value at the time, and current value now. Where EXACTLY did the money go? If Paulson
misrepresented the amounts, terms and results, why isn't he being prosecuted or otherwise being held accountable?
4. If there was ever a justification for the Patriot Act, the economic meltdown is it. It can be easily classed as a possible terrorist attack not
only upon the nation but entire world. Why haven't the investigative powers if it been invoked to examine the books and emails of all involved to
determine whether or not there was a concerted conspirancy to blackmail the US Treasury into giving up trillions in unaccounted for cash? If ordinary
Americans can be wiretapped and have their emails searched without warrants based upon nebulous fears or information, why can those same powers be
exercised upon Wall Street when there is obviously suspicious behavior resulting in direct and horrendous economic damage? After all, the innocent
need fear nothing, correct?
5. The H-1B and H-2B programs and other excuses to import cheap labor are an insult to the American people. To claim that out of 350-odd million
people, over 12% either unemployed or underemployed, none are qualified enough or skilled enough to fill the jobs taken by foreigners is patently
unsupportable. Nearly 3,000,000 American citizens have lost their jobs in the past 15 months alone: to claim that none of those people can fill a job
currently held or being held open for a foreigner is blatant corporate nonsense, and ultimately economic suicide. It bleeds the economy of circulating
dollars, as the vast majority of those workers send a portion of their income back to support the family in their home economy. It bleeds the economy
at the high end also, as the money saved at the corporate level is invested outside the US. So why does Boxer continue to support these programs and
what is she doing to ensure Americans have real jobs that produce real, tangible goods?
6. If AIG or any other corporate entity is "too big to fail" why aren't steps being taken to limit the size of any one company to prevent it from
becoming a systemtic risk? What exactly is Boxer doing to protect against this recurring?
7. The Constitution is about checks and balances. No one is guaranteed unlimited wealth and power under it. We commonly place limits upon shared
resources: speed limits on highways, hunting and fishing limits, timber harvest limits and the like. Surely a billion is more than enough for one
person to take from the shared resource of our economy. If we allow continued unlimited wealth-building how much suffering must the world endure
because a few plutocrats compete with each other for the highest pile? After you have a billion dollars, it isn't business, it's an addiction. Why
has she refused to support legislation limiting wealth to $1 billion per citizen?
On war crimes:
1. Torture is and was illegal, under state, federal, and international law. No amount of legal finesse changes what it is. Decades of study and
practice have shown that it is ineffective and counterproductive. Torturers, their handlers, superiors, and the crafters of policy must not be given a
free pass for this highly unethical, immoral, and nationally harmful behavior. "Just following orders" is a defense that was shattered at Nuremberg:
everyone has an ethical responsibility not to follow depraved and illegal orders. Pardon the lower ranking lowlifes if you must, but the act of
torturing another human being changes the spirit of the torturer more than that of the tortured: do we really want these people to continue to be
employed by our government? Why does Boxer seem willing to protect criminals?
2. The torture memos alone are enough to arrest and try most of the Bush administration for war crimes, the list of his other crimes is manifold.
Either we try them, or we turn them over to the World Court and let them try them, or we do both.
[edit on 22-4-2009 by apacheman]