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GettysbergII Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 01:43 AM
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16.  The 'crazy idea' is to believe that the ruling class is not trying to
Edited on Tue May-10-05 01:45 AM by GettysbergII
coopt/control any 'progressive' organizations or media for their own purposes. To not take a good hard look at where any orgnization gets its funding is sheer naivity in my estimation.

Let's for example take George Soros. He's a major player in the Council on Foreign Relations which is the premier ruling class stealth organization in the county but the progressive community views him as a friend in the sense that he's a 'enemy of our enemy'(the Bush Administration and the Neo-Cons.) But that doesn't mean he isn't a big time promoter of globalization and the third-worldization of the American working class. He's just a kinder gentler plantation owner as far as I'm concerned. He's a major funder of moveon.org and many other 'progressive' organizations and while I wouldn't say he 'owns' those organizations, I have no doubt that he's quite capable of applying all kinds of direct and indirect pressure to all manner of 'progressive' organizations whenever he desires just as he can influence all manner of other organizations he's involved with. As Bob Dylan said, "Money don't talk, it swears".

According to Wikidepia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Philanthropy
Soros vs. Bush

For many years, Soros did not involve himself greatly in US politics, but that changed under President George W. Bush. In an interview with The Washington Post on November 11, 2003, Soros said that removing Bush from office was the "central focus of my life" and "a matter of life and death" for which he would willingly sacrifice his entire fortune. Soros gave $3 million to the Center for American Progress, committed $5 million to MoveOn.org, while he and his friend Peter Lewis each gave America Coming Together $10 million. (All were groups that worked to support Democrats in the 2004 election.) On September 28, 2004 he dedicated more money to the campaign and kicked off his own multi-state tour with a speech: Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush (http://www.georgesoros.com/index.cfm?Fuseaction=SpeechH... ) delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, during the 2003-2004 election cycle, Soros donated $23,581,000 to various 527 Groups dedicated to defeating President George Bush. Bush was subsequently reelected to a second term as president on November 2, 2004.

Soros has been criticized for his large donations, as he also pushed for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 which was intended to ban "soft money" contributions to federal election campaigns. Soros has responded that his donations to unaffiliated organizations do not raise the same corruption issues as donations directly to the candidates or political parties.

Ironically, Soros's Harken Energy bailed out Bush in 1986 by buying his ailing oil venture, Spectrum 7.

His most recent book, The Bubble of American Supremacy, was published in January 2004 ( <5> (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A24179-2003Nov... )).


The Phoenix Group

On the weekend of April 16, 2005, Soros met with 70 likeminded millionaires and billionaires to discuss strategy for the creation of left-leaning thinktanks to compete with conservative institutions such as the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Leadership Institute. Former Bill Clinton Commerce Department official Rob Stein's Democracy Alliance will act as a clearinghouse and channel funds to organizations new and old, like David Brock's Media Matters for America and John Podesta's Center for American Progress.

Participants in the meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona have begun to refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group. <6>



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