Machiavelli Alive and
Machiavelli Alive and
Fri Feb 20 19:53:40 2004

Machiavelli Alive and
Well in Foggy Bottom
By Judith Moriarty

Yesterday things seemed to be turning the corner. GWB announced that we could be expecting 2.3million new jobs-this year! I tried to figure out how many new Walmarts-Prisons-and McSlop food fast food joints that would mean-then decided to wait for clarification.

Didn't take long...Feb 18-04, Lou Dobbs CNN update on the hemorrhaging of jobs- scrolled down the hundreds of names of companies taking off for other lands where labor is almost free-no medical coverage-pensions-unemployment-vacations-or the environment to worry about. Then a short piece on the newest wave of a 1000 Bank of America jobs-(joining the already thousands of others)....going to Russia-China-and India.

Today GWB stated that he was sure employment was going to pick up--that its hard for people to suffer these downturns. No-GWB never suffered a downturn in his life-so the words are detached meaningless script...maybe given in his earpiece? Then he went on about the thrill of small businesses opening and filling the gap. Huh! That should do it-most especially with right-to-work (for less) states, overtime cut and medical insurance coverage (thanks to state legislators) rising for the little guy.

Yes we're all going to be gainfully employed at Dollar Stores-Ski Resorts-Yacht Clubs (scraping boat hulls) Golf Courses-Convenience Stores-Barber Shops-Dumps-Incinerators-Scrap Yards-Junk Stores-Health Clubs (cleaning up after sweaty pigs)-Tanning Salons-Security Guards-Bouncers-Strippers-Blackjack Dealers-Snow Makers-Septic Tank Cleaners -Prison Guards-Groundskeepers-Car Washers-Dishwashers-Short Order Cooks etc. That should get us back on our feet and put the kids through college-buy that first home-hey, and maybe take in a carnival and movie.

The newest round of job training has us all as "scientists-health workers". Used to be back in the old days (70s-80s-90s) that computer training in this new world of technology would take us out of the factories-mills-auto plants and assembly lines. So we all got retrained or had our children become technologically savvy. Here we go again now that those jobs are gone to India, China, and Russia. It appears that the only cradle to grave jobs left are politician-lobbyist-or expert (at something).

No GWB doesn't have a dust as to rents, utilities, medical, food, fuel or costs of college. That was all handed to him on a velvet cushion resting on a silver platter trimmed with gold leaf. Lifers ( encrusted mildewed legislators) have long lost touch with the real world-if they indeed ever knew it. In the rarified marbled halls of Foggy Bottom (built appropriately on a swamp) politicians jockey for the most sumptuous of offices, have full medical coverage (we pick up 72% cost), housing allowances, automatic raises, laden tables of food in the Congressional/Senate dining rooms, an on site health club, clinic (should they suffer gas from stuffing themselves), expense accounts, some with private security guards, and exotic vacations called "fact finding missions"....usually abroad and ascetically pleasing with exotic sights.

All this posturing and lamenting on caring, feeling the people's pain, and empty clanging promises every four years is getting kind of old with the script unchanged. Both parties have voted for job exports, trade agreements, most favored nation, visas (to bring foreign workers in to replace Americans) telecommunications (giveaway to airwaves to corporate interests) act, subsidies, off-shore banking and reneging on their responsibility to declare war--giving it over to the Executive Branch. The only thing they're good at is the blame game-- getting jobs for their relatives--holding hearings, after the fact, of everything from Gulf War Syndrome--contracts awarded without bids, billions gone missing, defense spending, fraud by corporations etc. They take up hours of time with never any actions taken, nobody fired, and the billions just (shrug) gone! But the important thing is--they look busy and important.

If any of us were to walk out into our yards every morning and find them knee deep in $50-$100-$1000 dollar bills do you think we'd be buying those economy light bulbs-turning the thermostat down-buying our rags at thrift shops-eating hamburger helper without the hamburger-chicken-tuna salad-and spaghetti? Do you think we'd be getting only $5.00 worth of gas, getting the cheapest haircuts, cutting pills in half or not buying them at all? Do you think we'd be checking the want ads daily for that second or third job?

Well that's the difference. A Senator retires and goes into a multi-million dollar lobbyist job. With no responsibility or accountability for the people's hard earned monies it's a party every day for these guys. The Capitol lawns are filled with payer money. $100.00 haircuts, best of suits, steaks, lobster, free gas, and no going through body cavity searches at airports for them. If they feel bloated, tired, need a rest, they can check themselves into a hospital for whatever length of time. No drive through giving birth, brain operations, or mastectomies for them or theirs. In the real world your holding the bloody gauze to your gut trying to make it home! As for birthing it's a wonder they don't cut the umbilical cord in the parking lot.

It is nothing short of depraved indifference and cavalier insolence to proclaim "times are tough-we're in a transition period-this is a global economy-goods are cheaper-people need to retrain to keep up with the changing world". Tell this to the auto worker, the miner, the farmer, the textile worker, the fisherman, the steel worker, the machinist, the small business, the information technology employee....sitting at their kitchen table with shut-off notices, the rent due, the car broken down, a feverish child and no medical coverage. Tell them to retrain as a scientist, or hey, maybe a heart surgeon. Tell the kids that daddy will get some food, as soon as he, at 50 years of age, with scarred, gnarled hands and black lung gets that astronomers degree or becomes a surgeon. Tell the utility company, bank, grocer, fuel man, and landlord you'll get back to them as soon as you get that degree and the money starts rolling in. This is how removed-detached-malignant-depraved-indifference thinks. Total disconnect. The lights are on but nobody's home.

But GWB with his lucrative paycheck and government housing says he thinks employment is going to improve. GWB says whatever his alter-ego Karl Rove tells him to. Like Noam Chomsky says, "Karl Rove is GWB's mentor the one who teaches him what to say and do." GWB refers to him by the nicknames of "Boy Genius or Toad Bloosom". Karl Rove is to GWB as Mark Hanna was to President William McKinley. Hanna held corporate interests above national interests and its no different now. No need now though to influence-corporate honchos reign -in their appointments to high places.

Nobody argues globalization in a changing world. What the people's of all lands be they Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Chili, England, Thailand, Korea, Canada, Russia, India, Philippines, Japan, Africa, Haiti, Poland, France, Germany, etc., is a place at the table in these giveaway trade agreements. Trade agreements made of, for, and by the corporate interests behind closed door barricaded summits. Agreements that have nations rushing to the bottom in wages and environmental protections. Agreements that plunder, despoil, drill, clear cut, and rob the people of their resources (including water) and their dignity. The earth belongs to all of the people to nurture, protect and guard. Not to the insatiable depraved clowns with hatchets with their Machiavelli twisted mind sets. The Prince-by Niccolo Machiavellia---might be the foundational stone of today's policies.

Chapter 6 "is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe no longer, it may be possible to make them believe by force."

Chapter 8 "For injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less; benefits ought to be given little by little, so that the flavor of them last longer".

Chapter 9 "Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him,and then he will always find them faithful."

Chapter 15 "a man who wishes to act entirely up to his profession of virtue soon meets with what destroys him among so much that is evil. Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity".

Chapter 16 "We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed."

Chapter 18 "You must know there are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts; but because the first is frequently not sufficient, it is necessary to have recourse to the second. Therefore it is necessary for a prince to understand how to avail himself of the beast and the man. If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them. Nor will there ever be wanting to a prince legitimate reasons to excuse this nonobservance."

Chapter 19 "And here it should be noted that hatred is acquired as much by good works as by bad ones, therefore as I said before, a prince wishing to keep his state is very often forced to do evil; for when that body is corrupt whom you think you have need of to maintain yourself---it may be either the people or the soldiers or the nobles---you have to submit to its humors and to gratify them, and then good works will do you harm."

Chapter 25 "because fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her under it is necessary to beat and ill-use her; and it is seen that she allows herself to be mastered by the adventurous rather than by those who go to work more coldly. She is, therefore, always, woman-like, a lover of young men, because they are less cautious, more violent, and with more audacity (bold daring) command her. He who is the cause of another becoming powerful is ruined."


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