In recent weeks, our LA Progressive has started getting a regular stream of reader comments on our articles or directly to us as editor and publisher.
Many are short, one- or two-sentence expressions of support or condemnation about a particular point of view that we or one the contributing authors has expressed. There have also been a few threats, usually directed at us rather than the authors. We read every comment and then determine if it should be posted.
Most readers, who take the time to post a comment, provide thoughtful commentary, usually reflecting a great deal of passion and insight—virtually articles in themselves. To draw attention to these contributions, we’re launching a new feature on LA Progressive: “Friday Feedback” – much thanks to a suggestion by Gary Lee, part of the Golden Search Marketing team with Danielle Nagami who designed our site.
Every Friday going forward, we’ll highlight an especially interesting and insightful comment or two from a reader, featuring the responses on our main page and in our weekly digital newsletter.
To kick off “Friday Feedback,” we selected this comment by George F. Watson. In commenting on “Thanks, GOP, For Ruining A Country So Your Friends Could Get Wealthy,” by Charley James, Watson wrote this:
“As a senior in high school I worked among six or seven people for Ronald Reagan as part of his east coast campaign headquarters Congressional Liaison office in Washington DC in May of 1980 when he defeated George Bush for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. I routinely developed and delivered correspondence to Capitol Hill and handled communications from Reagan’s West Coast Presidential Campaign headquarters over a brand new device — the drum scribe fax machine — which could receive one page “instantaneously” approximately every 5 minutes from the West Coast.
As a kid I knew little about politics except that Jimmy Carter was one of the worst public speaking leaders of the country I could imagine and Reagan was one of the best. What I also learned while working in the Washington Office was that Reagan and Reagan’s people severely disliked George H. W. Bush because there was the view that the Bush’s had used their government positions to personally profit sometimes at the expense of their country. Remember Ronald Reagan was a World War II vet, and “in October 1942, the U.S. government charged Prescott Bush with running Nazi front groups in the United States. Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, all the shares of the Union Banking Corporation were seized, including those held by Prescott Bush as being in effect held for enemy nationals.” (source John Loftus among others)
Of course few of us younger than 20 could also know that Reagan was a bought-and-paid-for corporate speaker who also seemed to have received payoffs from Lou Wasserman in land sales in return for selling out the union Reagan ran earlier in his career. (This according to a recent TV movie, “The Last Mogul” about former Universal Pictures Chief Lou Wasserman.)
What Reagan said at the time was he wanted to balance the budget and limit spending by reducing what the government took in.
What most of us learned fairly quickly when hanging around the Republican insiders then and in later years was there was a secret agenda of many Republicans to not just reduce the intake of the government but to put the government in so much debt that there would never be an opportunity to build any more Roosevelt type social programs long after Republicans left office. This tactic was known as “Starving the Beast.”
Needless to say, for someone who had been captivated by Reagan’s spoken ideology, learning that there was a secret ideology that would not the leave the United States in good shape was extremely disturbing.
I don’t know if Reagan personally knew or supported this secret agenda. Remember Reagan was the disliked crazy Californian outsider at the time, and Republican insiders had hand-picked George H. W. Bush to be president in 1980. Reagan’s huge popularity with the people and his primary win had upset their plans. It’s also worth remembering that in 1981 only a few months after George Bush’s VP election with Reagan, Ronald Reagan was shot and almost killed by John Hinckley. The bullet came within one inch of Reagan’s heart. John Hinckley was the son of John Hinckley Sr. a Texas oil man and one of Vice President George H.W. Bush’s larger political and financial supporters in his 1980 presidential primary campaign against Ronald Reagan. Also, John Hinckley Jr.’s older brother, Vanderbilt Energy vice president Scott Hinckley, and the Vice President’s son Neil Bush (President George W. Bush’s brother), apparently had a dinner appointment scheduled for the next day.(source wikipedia and Now Republic) If Ronald Reagan had died George H. W. Bush would have been president.
How that assassination attempt affected Reagan’s policy decisions for the remaining seven years of his presidency we can’t know. Reagan’s wife Nancy sought astrologers for years afterward to try to foretell other dangers to her husband and we know Reagan and Nancy were extremely close so it’s likely it affected Reagan greatly.
When Reagan left office he left a huge budget deficit. According to the secret agenda: Mission Accomplished!
Because of that huge Reagan and George H.W. Bush Presidential era budget deficit, even years later Clinton had to spend most of his first term rebuilding America’s finances and then was hamstrung from implementing any major programs like health care in his final years. (and Clinton was no Franklin D. Roosevelt; he was half a corporate Republican himself.)
So when I see Bush who is the most radical, hard core, and ruthless of the secret republican strategists that ever existed – the allegedly pathological, drug addicted, mentally disturbed, privileged yet unaccomplished, son of a family that started their fortune trading with banned Nazi enemies of the US…when I see him buying up horrible private debt leaving the country perhaps closer to the brink than after Hoover I wonder if it isn’t still part of the same secret agenda.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it was Bush’s INTENTION to leave the country nearly bankrupt so it cannot rebuild a strong middle class that could effectively be a strong force in the world to regulate the international families that have always played one country against another for personal profit.
Everyone knows now the Bush family record for three generations of working with any scoundrel from Hitler to the Saudis if it made them money even if it was against the interests of the USA.
Bush’s goal may very well be to maximize the final transfer of private debt from his friends to the US treasury while at the same time crippling the country as a force with the possibility of countering imperial families that now operate internationally in the world.
Remember that when you see Paulson shifting more private debt to the US balance book this week.
It is their last chance to keep shifting more of the US treasury cash into Bush family friends and co investor hands while crippling with debt the one country that could most easily come after Bush’s interests around the world after he has left office.
note: George Watson wrote the original comment this article is based on two days before former CEO of Goldman Sachs now Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and George Bush proposed on Friday 9/19/2008 the largest transfer of bad Wall Street debt to the US government in history. Their apparent plan as thus far stated as of today is to have the US taxpayer own all the bad mortgages Wall Street financiers sold and profited from for the past 5 or ten years while allowing those Wall Street financiers to keep all the profits. These bad mortgages could equal perhaps between $1 trillion or perhaps even $4 TRILLION in bad debt which could even cause the USA to lose it’s triple A credit rating from S&P and permanently cripple the United States as a powerful government in the world.
George F. Watson
George Fitch Watson is a graduate of Georgia State University with a major in Business and three years toward a mixed Mechanical Engineering/ Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt University. He has started two national magazines, websites, nationally distributed software lines and brokered major internet ad sales. He computerized much retail real estate ownership in the 1990’s and brokered over $50,000,000 in institutional grade commercial real estate sales. He is also an actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and MENSA the international society for individuals with high IQs.