Who manufactured all the bullshit stories about Social Security being in danger? Meet the man who created the danger, with a billion dollar pledge. Meet Pete Peterson, co-founder of Blackstone Group, greedy to the grave. Does he think he'll live for fucking ever? He certainly plans to end that Roosevelt curse of "Socialist Security", even if it's with his dying gasp, and he's ante'd up a billion dollars to do it.
An interesting aside - the new military leader of Chile, a follower of good old Augusto Pinochet, worked for the law firm that represented Blackstone Group, until he headed back to Chile. The very same Rodrigo Hinzpeter managed to somehow misplace 1000kg of cocaine while Interior Minister of Chile, but it will be difficult to ask him about it now that it's no longer his department. He is Minister of Defense, as of Nov. 5, 2012.
Here's a related article that prompted my rant
The freedom of his money's speech has inspired some good writing. Here's a sampling:
Mary Bottari, at The Nation Feb. 20, 2013: http://www.thenation.com/article/173018/pete-petersons-puppet-populists
William Greider, at The Nation Jan. 4, 2010: http://www.thenation.com/article/looting-social-security-part-2
Bill Berkowitz, TruthOut Mar.1 2013 http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/17834-pete-peterson-s-fix...
From the start of his campaign, he's gotten hammered for trying to buy the national dialogue. Not everyone is for sale. I've only listed a few, and may be back with more.
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