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“The country is not being run by the President. It is being run by spy agencies and private interest groups, Wall Street and military security complex . . . They run the country. The President is a puppet, a figurehead.”
Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist and a columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and was noted as a co-founder of Reaganomics. He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by benrl
This leaves me with very mixed feelings... As one of the architects of "Reaganomics" Mr Roberts is, in reality, one of the people who enabled the current oligarchy via deregulation. Given this fact, his concerns tend to ring less than true IMO.
I'm left wondering if he's genuinely concerned with the problems we face - or if he's just another talking head seeking to make sure that the next round of voting swings as far to the right as possible.
Regardless - it is good that people are talking about these issues, even if their motives might well be propaganda or agenda driven. With any luck the people will take the message to heart and discard any potential agendas embedded into it.
Originally posted by darkbake
reply to post by Hefficide
Well... the pendulum swings both ways. Totalitarian tactics are approved, like The Patriot Act, by appealing to Republican feelings - and then the tactics are continued when a Democrat takes office, and Democrats approve because they listen to what Obama says and not what he does, and think their officials are immune to being corrupt. It is a trick.
Democrats don't want to criticize Obama's totalitarian tactics, but they forget that he is setting up the Executive Branch for the next Republican President. The tactics he is creating will remain.edit on 29-7-2013 by darkbake because: (no reason given)