Deer, I don't think you're a villain....lol. And I do still think it is a great country.
My point was an educational one. I just thought this was a part of history the younger members here had never heard before. The fact that Noah didn't know anything about it proves that point.
And it was history. Neil Bush paid a $50,000 fine and got off with a hand spanking after sitting on the board of directors for Silverado and that one bank alone cost the taxpayers over $1 billion. This happened under Reagan's watch with George, the senior, as VP. It was all hushed up very quickly considering the damage it did to our own individual tax indebtedness to make up the difference. I've read some of the monies ripped off were used to fund the Contra Affair with Ollie North.
As of 2001, Neil Bush after keeping very, very out of sight making billions of dollars out of the public view, surfaced again in Austin to raise millions of dollars to start his venture into computerized educational software -- interesting the timing, along with the federal government getting its hands more and more into the control of public education. It has long been a goal of GWB to encourage privatized education. It's an untapped source of zillions of dollars....but first, you have to destroy public education using vehicle 1 No Child Left Behind. Make it so teachers hate teaching and students hate going to school so that the reasonable alternative is privatized education. Then bring in the Ignite software designed to make learning fun for "hunter-warrior kids who don't like reading" (quote Neil Bush 2002). Sounds like a corner on the education market to me. Just for kicks, read http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2001-03-16/pols_feature3.html
It has been stated that the S&L Scandal served as the example for the Enron chronies.
We've all heard when following any investigation to follow the money trail -- why, even Homeland Security follows the money trail looking for transfers between extremists to nonprofits, etc. So why is no one interested in following the money trails of the Bush family? I think it's pretty interesting really. It's equally as interesting as the Kennedy family's.
I don't care if it is Republican or Democrat -- I just don't care and I've said that before. Why does this have to be a party thing? Can we not look past political parties, really?
Foremost, I believe in Democracy and the free enterprise system with competition. With all the derugulation that has occurred with the FCC now again making monopolies easily obtainable, it is "hard ball" unbridled capitalism I fear more than anything else. Both political parties contain players in this game along with the richest and most powerful people and nations in the world. The man who will get my vote next election will be someone who talks and lives DEMOCRACY, loves our Constitution, which veterans have sworn to defend, and not a winner in the game of Monopoly. Personally, I think that there would be conflict of interest with anyone else.
[This message has been edited by iliana (03-12-2006 04:05 AM).]