Monday, October 24, 2016

Toilet Bowl Politics

                                                             From The Ramparts
                                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton       
                                                             Toilet Bowl Politics

            I never thought I'd see the day the decadence, criminality of the American political system and the depravity of US culture would be exposed in real time for the world to see. Over the course of this election cycle we have seen the 1% manipulate the "news" to protect an enormously disliked career political opportunist with an entitlement mentality because she sold her soul (if she had one) to  the 1% crowd who repaid her by stealing the nomination from Bernie Sanders (as documented in the DNC leaks) to force her down our throats as the next president of the USA.
             On the other hand we have Donald Trump a narcissist egomaniac, a "TV reality show" personality who openly flaunts his "success" by telling the world how he navigated a rigged system to make billions now proclaiming he and he alone can "save" this country from the very people who rig the system. Trump accomplished the unthinkable, he defeated a posse of contenders to win the Republican presidential nomination. Trump is a political outsider, a novice to electoral politics but he has huge name recognition, he's rich, knows the game, has played it well and used the system to his benefit. Now he says he wants to save the country and make it great again.
             Trump has a huge following and it appears nothing the 1%'s sock puppets at the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC et al throw at Trump seems to work. Trump fights back and his support grows with each new attack by the mainstream media. Trump's style is to hit back harder when he is hit. Unfortunately he gets so caught up in hitting back, he loses focus on the key issues because he is a shallow, self-centered narcissist. In his mind it is always about him. Trump fought back during the last two televised debate and went on the personal attack. The campaign has gone into the toilet but what did you expect given the character (or lack thereof) of the two prime contenders for the presidency.
            My mantra "think for yourself, make up your own mind" has been reaffirmed and reinforced throughout this whole election process. You cannot rely on the corporate media for truth or the issues! 
             Exposing a male politicians sexual proclivities is a tried and true formula to ruin him. This is what the Clinton campaign and the media are doing to Trump. It worked on John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Herman Cain to name a few and it almost worked against Bill Clinton in 1996. The corporate mind control apparatus thought they could use the same card to discredit Donald Trump and double down by disingenuously linking him to Russian president Vladimir Putin in order to suppress, distract and obfuscate the detrimental Wikileaks E-mails documenting the thorough and unrepentant corruption of Hillary Clinton; from the DNC plot to undermine Bernie Sanders, to the nexus between the Clinton Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative, the insecure server she used during her time as Secretary of State for pay to play to the just released E-mails  about her speeches to top Wall Street banksters.
             Trump took a major hit when the media coverage took up all the space and air time focusing on his alleged misogyny and sexual abuse which allowed the media to ignore the mounting revelations about Clinton's corruption.
            I predict it will get worse as the election gets closer. The 1% are petrified an outsider like Trump will upset their apple cart. They planned for this race to be between two of their own, possibility Jeb Bush and Clinton or Marc Rubio, Ted Cruz and Clinton with Clinton winning. The system is rigged to the hilt, but Bernie Sanders and Trump  throw monkey wrenches in their plans. Now the 1% crowd shot callers must increase the stakes to make sure their Hillary girl wins. Look for the campaign to go deeper into the cesspool, becoming even more putrid while the real issues impacting us be ignored. Both sides will insult our intelligence; alas no matter who wins this name calling, mud slinging contest the American people and the world will be worse off.



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nate Parker's Birth of A Nation

   From The Ramparts
   Junious Ricardo Stanton
   Nate Parker's  Birth of A Nation

            Filmmaker Nate Parker's Birth of A Nation has as of this past weekend grossed over twelve million dollars. The film cost eight point five million to make, so it is making a profit despite attempts to undermine this important film about Nat Turner. We went to see it last week. I was  impressed but I also know why the powers that be attempted to sabotage the film by bringing up Parker's personal history of being accused of rape while at student at Penn State. Parker was subsequently exonerated of the charges but his accuser committed suicide several years after the event. All that is tragic but should not have any bearing on Parker's film.
            The film makes a deep political statement, it presents Nat Turner as a hero. By making this film Parker violated one of the most sacrosanct commandments of American race dynamics, "never make white people uncomfortable by telling the truth about their evil."  Parker's film does exactly that, it exposes the vile nature of slavery; what the whites called "the peculiar institution."
            Making a film about Nat Turner is a touchy project.  Even today to whites Nat Turner represents their worst nightmare a motivated and inspired black man who dared to challenge his oppression by using violence as the means to gain his freedom. In 1831 two years after David Walker a free Black man living in Massachusetts published his Appeal to The Coloured Citizens of The World in which he called for the use of violence in the cause of freedom Turner who by all accounts was a literate man led his rampage in Southampton County Virginia.  Turner was an itinerant preacher who felt he was called to lead his people to freedom.
            Parker's version of Turner's life begins when the young Nat is recognized by Africans practicing traditional African customs as a child bearing special marks which destined him to be a leader of the people. Young Nat was allowed to learn to read and write by his owner. The film follows Turner's life as a boy slave learning to read and write but subsequently being taken from the tutelage of the owner's sister to working in the fields. The book she used to teach Nat to read was the Bible. Of course the slave owners wanted docile slaves so servility and submissiveness were stressed.
            A white preacher convinces Nat's owner to use him to influence slaves throughout the county to be submissive and obedient. The white preacher and Nat's owner split the profits the slave owners pay to have Nat preach passivity and obedience to their bondsmen and women.  I won't spoil it for you by telling you any more but suffice it to say Nat Turner makes a three sixty degree turnabout and Parker shows the incidents that led to his transformation.
            I strongly urge you to see this film. I know there have been a rash of slavery films:  Amistad, Twelve Years A Salve, Django Unchained, Belle to name a few but this is a must see film. Parker deliberately linked his film to the Black Lives Matter movement. By  watching his film we see the social and political roots of the systemic devaluation of Black lives and we can connect the dots to present day racial dynamics in the US.  
            America has not dealt with its legacy of slavery, the endemic racial animus, terror and brutal oppression, nor has it dealt with the values and mindset that fostered such a system and allows it to continue hundreds of years later. So rather than deal with the film and the historical material it presents, the powers that be have chosen to demonize Nate Parker. Rather than discuss and connect the dots about the slave patrols (patty rollers) and how the police treat many Blacks today we are subjected to personal attacks on Parker.
            Our biggest problem is we do not know our history nor the forces arrayed against us today. Go see the film. It will fill in some of the blanks and give you some understanding about what our people experienced, survived and overcame.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It Doesn't Look Good


                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                It Doesn't Look Good

            The pundits say the presidential debate was the most watched debate in US history. Wow. I watched the first presidential debate Monday evening and I must say, it doesn't look good for this country. What I saw alarmed me but the after show analysis was even more disturbing. It appeared as if Donald Trump was totally unprepared that he merely repeated his primary stump speech when he was on the attack and he bumbled badly when the moderator Lester Holt and Hillary Clinton made comments that put him on the defensive. As a supposed counter-puncher Trump misfired when he was on the ropes to use a boxing analogy. He came out swinging and landed some good points early on when he talked about trade and the failing US economy but wasn't able to sustain the momentum for the full ninety minutes.
            Clinton on the other hand, was on her game as a world class liar and politician. She called up all the progressive feel good stuff she knows neither she nor Congress will ever pass like: free college tuition, paid maternity leave, equal pay for women and other such fantasies. Unlike with Trump, the moderator never fact checked or challenged anything Clinton said nor asked her any tough questions that called her character into question like he did Trump. Clinton skated through without taking any serious shots. When the final bell sounded Clinton's body language indicated she thought she won.
            The corporate mind control apparatus spun the debate as a decisive win for Clinton, claiming she won on points, poise and looking "presidential".  At first glance that assessment seems credible. But what people seem to forget is she is a lawyer, a seasoned litigator, a career politician and government hack going up against a businessman and TV celebrity with no political experience; so she should have had the advantage. Clinton was the seasoned incumbent and Trump was the novice challenger. But considering the expectation bar has been set so low for Donald Trump even though he did not outshine Clinton he didn't come off looking like an out of place idiot on that stage. Clinton did not knock Trump out or show him as unfit as she has been claiming. If anything Trump hurt himself rather than being outshined by Clinton.
            Clinton was adroit getting under Trump's skin. Trump is a narcissistic egomaniac and she put him on the psychological defensive early by saying Trump started out in business with a multi-million dollar loan from his father, while she on the other hand grew up in a working class home. Clinton also got to Trump when she pointed out he had been sued by the federal government for housing discrimination and she got a lot of help from Holt when he raised the "birther" issues and Trump's failure to release his taxes.
            On the campaign trail Trump feeds off of his celebrity status, the energy and  response of the large crowds that flock to see him. He is looked upon as the candidate of change in an era of massive dissatisfaction towards the government and status quo. Clinton on the other hand is the consummate insider and tool of the 1%. She does not draw large crowds like Trump and she is seen by many as the personification of what ails this country. 
            During the debate the audience was admonished to remain quiet and not respond to what either of the candidates said. This hurt Trump because he missed the energy of the crowd. The audience cheered after one exchange where Trump said he would release his tax returns when Hillary released the thirty thousand E-mails from her server, but other than that the audience was silent.
              By contrast, Clinton is charismatically challenged. She is not a celebrity by any stretch of the imagination.  Even her supporters are forced to admit she lacks personal dynamism and she comes across stiff. So not having audience responses probably favored her.  
            The post debate "analysis" was very telling. CNN (some call it the Clinton News Network) and MSNBC gushed that Clinton won the debate by a two to one margin and lambasted Trump for being unprepared What CNN/ORC are not telling the public is their "poll" was weighted in favor of Democrats meaning more Democrats were asked than Republicans.  So much for the CNN/ORC poll being scientific. The Fox cable news network which seems to be Trump's PR apparatus tried to spin it like Trump did a credible job and some Fox commentators actually said Trump won?!
            Interestingly, Online poll respondents saw the debate differently and the results were the exact opposite of the CNN/ORC poll. Of course the pundits claim the Online polls are bogus but the thing is, the Online polls are far more inclusive even though they are not "scientific". But, neither was the CNN/ORC poll!
            The corporate media has a love hate relationship with Trump, they love the ratings he brings but hates the fact he is the Republican nominee. The oligarchs love Clinton she is their girl and they support her whole heartedly. Amongst the masses, both candidates have huge unfavorable ratings and major likeability issues. 
            Clinton favors globalism, she supports trade agreements (NAFTA and  TTP) that send capital and jobs overseas, boost corporate influence. Most alarmingly she is for unlimited US military intervention and imperialist wars. Trump on the other hand has people like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich advising him. His trickle down economics and "Law and Order" rhetoric are troubling as are his vague policies.
             All in all it doesn't look good for this country if Clinton and Trump are the best both parties can offer: a female pathological liar, warmonger, career politician versus an alpha male narcissistic jingoist populist.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Psy Ops For Fear Mongering

                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                          Psy Ops For Fear Mongering

            After 9-11, the Bu$h administration instituted color code alerts and warnings to keep us hyped and fearful. Remember George W (Dubya) Bu$h and "Deadeye" Dick Cheney extremely unpopular even after 9-11 so they used the color code system whenever their approval ratings dropped or they felt they lost the attention of the people. Eventually the color coded alerts became the butt of comedians' jokes, late night TV talk show hosts' monologues and so much derision the Obama administration discontinued them in May of 2011.
            Tyrants, megalomaniacal leaders, false prophets and charlatans have used fear to intimidate and control the masses since the earliest days of humanity. Exploiting the fear of forces and events the people did not understand was used to prop up and legitimatize leaders who took advantage of the people's ignorance and desires for safety and security. Sociopaths and psychopaths began to intentionally use natural and manufactured events to manipulate and control the masses.
             Adolph Hitler used the 1933 arson of the German parliament Reichstag Building carried out by his own henchmen to stoke national fears, to blame the fire on his political rivals and as the rationale to grab more personal and political power for himself. Hitler used the Reichstag arson to launch internal oppression, institute the legalization of a German domestic police state and launch foreign wars of imperialist conquest.
            The Bu$h administration did the exact same thing following September 11, 2001. Bu$h, the NeoCons, multinational oil consortia, the Wall Street banksters and assorted criminals used September Eleventh and the fear generated by the corporate mind control apparatus to pass the USA PATRIOT ACT I and II (the Patriot Act was crafted and written way before 9-11 even happened) to legalize the formally illegal actions of the government like COINTELPRO and Operation Chaos and ive Bu$h, Congress, the NSA, FBI and the giant telecommunications companies a pass for the spying and intrusion into our lives they were conducting before 9-11.
            Both the Reichstag arson and 9-11 airplane attacks were psychological operations by the German and US deep states respectively (9-11 was a more elaborate and extremely complex crime) to condition the German and American public to be afraid and to look to their governments for protection and safety no matter how much personal freedom, privacy and assets we had to forfeit. In order to continuously reinforce the psychological operation (psy-op)  threats of future attacks, wars, disasters and apocalypse have to be overtly and subliminally produced, enemies must be created, the fear of strangers and outsiders (xenophobia) has to be drummed up and propagated. 
            In Germany Hitler demonized the communists, and socialists, he stigmatized non-Aryan or Nordic phenotypes and outsiders like the Gypsies, Slavs and Jews using the controlled media as his platform. Following 9-11 the US the corporate media was used to hype anti-Islamic rhetoric, promote American exceptionalism/nationalism and vilify anyone who did not go along with their warmongering and imperialism in the name of their phony War on Terrorism. Yet the 1% demonize Donald Trump for doing the same thing!?
            The ruling elites are still trying to keep us fearful. The FBI creates sting operations to entrap not too bright people so they can continue the ruse the government is on the case protecting us from bogymen all around us. They want us to be afraid so we cannot discern the con game being run on us.

            Many other psy-ops and false flag operations are used to keep us fearful such as the London subway bombings, the Paris attacks, the recent shootings in Florida, or the bombings in New York last weekend. The objective is to keep us afraid, dependent on the government and demanding more oppression in the name of security. Don't fall for the okey-doke.

Friday, September 09, 2016

9-11 The Crime of The Century


                                                    From The Ramparts
                                                   Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                     9-11, The Crime of The Century

            Nine-eleven wasn't a surprise terrorist attack on the United States by a small group of fanatical Muslims. It was a false flag operation, a multifaceted and complex criminal operation perpetrated by elements within the US government like Vice President  Dick Cheney with the assistance of  the NeoCons, influential financiers and operatives from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. It wasn't a surprise because it is now a known fact the US CIA Director personally warned President George W. Bu$h as did Russian President Vladimir Putin and governments such as: Argentina, Germany, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
            Despite being warned, the Bu$h administration chose to do nothing. Nine-eleven was a false flag operation. A false flag operation is a crime perpetrated by individuals, groups or nations where disguises, other nation's flags and/or false clues are left to make people think someone else did the crime. A classic example of  a false flag operation was the Boston Tea Party where whites dressed up as Native American and threw English tea into the harbor.
            The notion that a terminally ill Osama bin-Laden living in a cave using a laptop and satellite cell phone could circumvent the US intelligence and defense systems, major airport security, NORAD, Air Force and the FAA is preposterous. Nine-eleven was a multilayered criminal enterprise abetted and obscured by the Bu$h administration, their cabal of warmongers, Wall Street bankers and thugs. Various cliques and elements within the government, Wall Street and foreign capitals plotted and planned 9-11 or used it for their own nefarious ends whether to launch a global military campaign for resource expropriation and US dollar hegemony or as a cover for massive theft and fraud here at home.
            For example the Afghanistan government at the time was not responsible for 9-11, but the Taliban had shut down the opium growing that was/is part of the US CIA's money making and money laundering monopoly and they refused to go along with plans to construct transit pipelines across Afhganistan that would carry Eurasian oil and gas to the Indian Ocean to Western markets. So for being uncooperative, they had to be deposed. Plans for this were made way before 9-11 happened, 9-11 was just the pretext for the invasion and occupation!
             After years of stonewalling demands for a formal investigation into 9-11 by the victims' families, the Bu$h administration finally relented and convened the "9-11 Commission".  It was a total sham just like the Warren Commission that investigated the JFK assassination which the perpetrators convened to cover up JFK's murder. Even the two co-chairs of the 9-11 Commission admitted it was designed to fail, that the government failed to provide the needed resources and truthful information!
            The 9-11 Commission obfuscated the facts to reinforce the government's disingenuous fairytale about Muslim fanatics. Every crime creates and leaves evidence that must be scrutinized, analyzed, evaluated and discussed if it is to be solved. But within days, the US government literally scooped up all the critical evidence: the scrap metal and debris from the twin towers and Building 7, carted it off and sold it overseas to China without any forensic examination whatsoever! No attempt was ever made to examine the debris to verify or discount the governments preposterous claim three buildings fell (when only two were hit by planes) because of the heat and fire from airplane fuel! No tangible evidence was ever offered to prove Osama bin-Laden was the culprit, nevertheless government and media sycophants kept repeating it over and over until it became accepted "fact".
            On the international level, nine-eleven was used to expand the resource theft and destabilization of a region stretching from North Africa into the so called Middle East and Eurasia; all rich in oil and other natural resources that just happened to be under the feet of Muslims and enemies of Israel! The War on Global Terrorism is a total fraud. It is based on the criminal act of 9-11 which was an inside job! Most of the major US advocates and architects of the invasion of Iraq we now know was based on lies, were dual citizens and supporters of Israel, rabid supporters of the military industrial complex, the police security state and big oil.
            There were additional aspects of 9-11 we never heard about such as the fact building 7 which was not hit by a plane but collapsed in free fall just like a controlled demolition, housed offices of the IRS, EEOC, Secret Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission which was investigating thousands of securities fraud cases like Enron and Worldcom, many linked to prominent Wall Street investment firms and government officials. Investigative Reporter Tom Flocco reported in 2005  several other "coincidences" such as the Securities and Exchange Commission was in the midst of massive investigations into securities fraud. One investigation involved "Brady Bonds" worth hundreds of billions of dollars that had been fraudulently purchased which were scheduled to come due on September 12th. Coincidently one of the firms that held the bonds, Canter-Fitzgerald had offices on the 101-105 floors of the North Tower and it suffered major loss of life and supposedly all their records. How convenient for the perpetrators. Remember building 7 was not hit by a plane! Check out to glean just how deep and intricate this crime was.
            On this fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 don't go for the okey-doke. There are enough anomalies, inconsistencies and evidence  that provide a concrete prima facie case  9-11 was not a terrorist attack but the crime of the century executed by rogue elements within the US government and their international corporate crime network patrons.


Saturday, September 03, 2016

Colin Kaepernick vs Francis Scott key

                                                         From The Ramparts
                                                       Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                             Colin Kaepernick vs Francis Scott Key       

            The corporate mind control apparatus is making a big deal about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the playing of the US National Anthem. I think the media has a reprehensible motive for focusing on Kaepernick. When he did it the first two times nothings was said or written because he was injured and not in uniform. When he suited to play in the third pre-season game he was noticed and when asked about it he articulated his reasons and a contrived controversy ensued.
            Controversy sells papers, controversy increases viewers for the TV and cable propaganda machines. But we must always remember the main message of the Western media is Eurocentric domination. There are numerous reasons the media is focusing on Colin Kaepernick: 1) to take our minds of the four white swimmers who brought international discredit to the US by their antics in Rio when they urinated in and vandalized a convenience store and fabricated the story they were robbed. The swift US PR/media campaign to minimize the damage demonstrates just how powerful the US media is. 2) the media is playing the race card with Kaepernick which is always guaranteed to trigger emotions further obfuscating the national shame Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger caused by their actions in Rio, 3) the media is making Kaepernick the scapegoat, the villain and substitute target of white ire,  4) the media's demonizing of Kaepernick 5) the media is subliminally defendng the militaristic theme of the Star Spangled Banner.
            There are other issues, but I'll just stick with these for the time being. The main point I want to convey is Colin Kaepernick is a young man of conscience who is doing something valuable that could cause him great "loss". He risks the loss of endorsements, his position as a professional athlete and the vilification of white America. The good news is his stand is gaining ground with other NFL players. Now the NFL is going to have to balance the line of respecting his First Amendment rights with their need to keep their white patrons satisfied.
            Lost in all of this is the fact the man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner was a successful lawyer, a slave owner and an influential founder and life long supporter of the American Colonization Society an organization created in 1816 whose goal was to send free Blacks back to Africa, the Caribbean or South America. Key remained a faithful advocate of the ACS until his death in 1843.
            The Star Spangled Banner was written by Key in 1814 during the War of 1812. It  became popular and was first used officially by the US Navy in 1889. In 1931 it became the United States' national anthem. Most people have no idea how racist the song's lyrics are since they usually only sing the first verse. This is third verse's words "And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave". These words were directed at the Blacks who fought for the British who promised them their freedom if Britain prevailed in the war. Key a slave owner and poet spewed his venom against our ancestors who made the decision to be free by fighting against their American oppressors. Black people should applaud them for their decision which offered a way out of the hell they were experiencing at the hands of the Americans!
            Colin Kaepernick may not even be aware of the words or history of the song because his protest is against the ongoing legacy, patterns of bigotry and violence against people of color!  The corporate media is using him, but that shouldn't detract from our respect for him and what he is doing.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Partners In Crime


                                                              From The Ramparts
                                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                              Partners In Crime

            From their time in Arkansas to the present the Clintons have been dogged by allegations they benefited from insider access, corruption, and a network of organized criminal activities. There have been numerous and costly investigations, books written and theories about the couple that depict them in an unfavorable light. But except for the Monika Lewinsky affair which resulted in Bill Clinton being impeached by the US House of Representatives but acquitted by the US Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton have been convicted of any crimes on the state or federal level. But that doesn't mean they are not guilty, that they are not crooks.
            The Bu$h family has a multigeneration documented record of crony capitalism and shady dealings dating back to Samuel Prescott Bu$h the patriarch of the Bu$h crime family.  The elder Bu$h became well connected as an industrialist working with the Harriman and Rockefeller families in railroads, arms and banking industries. He began the family fortune profiting off of armament sales to both sides during WWI.
            When you look at all the rumors of wrong doing, countless allegations, conspiracy theories about all the people connected to the Clintons dying under strange circumstances, the Congressional hearings into a myriad of Clinton activities, you get the impression there is something irregular going on but either investigators have not figured it out or they are being protected by very powerful people.
            The Bu$hes and Clintons have had a cozy relationship since Clinton's days as Governor of Arkansas when Vice President George H.W. Bu$h's National Security Council ran drugs out of the Mena airfield in the mountains of Arkansas. The consequences of this operation was the cocaine and crack epidemics that devastated urban America during the 80's and 90's.
            As President, Clinton pushed for legislation that resulted in poor recreational drug users and low level drug dealers being sent to prison for long terms, the expansion of the federal prison system and the subsequent creation of profitable private prisons.
            There is a sinister nexus between the Bu$h and Clinton families, George H.W. Bu$h and his NSC trafficked drugs through Mena in Arkansas during the 80's and 90's when Clinton was the governor and President Clinton passed legislation that locked people of color up for using the drugs the NSC/CIA brought in!  
            With all the scrutiny about the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative why hasn't there been a thorough investigation into what happened to the money Bill Clinton and George W Bush raised to "help" the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Both former presidents were asked by President Obama to spearhead an initiative to raise money to assist in the rescue and recovery following the earthquake.
            When I first heard it I thought to myself, "this is not going to end well for the people of Haiti given the personal history of both men and the fact Haiti is a failed state made so by US neocolonialism. An entity called the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as created supposedly to focus on the creation of micro, small and medium sized entrepreneurial initiatives, life skills and job training, all noble sounding objectives. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund raised over $54 million dollars from over 200,000 donors. Many donors thought they were contributing to an Haitian relief effort. But that was not the case. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund closed shop in 2012.
            When you look at the Board of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund you see members of both the Clinton and Bush administrations like Alexis Herman and Joshua Bolton, you also see former US Senator Bill Frist, and people connected to agencies like US AID, who had no expertise promoting grass roots entrepreneurship.
            Many people thought the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was a vehicle to rebuild, revitalize and stabilize Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund money actually went to: making mortgages available to Haitians ($40 million), $1 million for insurance products?!, $350,000 to upgrade a tourist hotel, $2 million to complete another luxury hotel, $500,000 for cooking facilities for "micro-entrepreneur" chef/cooks at an industrial park, $300,000 for computer labs for the University of Haiti's School of Management, $1.5 million to fight cholera (a disease that was brought to Haiti by the UN)
            None of the money went towards reconstruction of Haiti's infrastructure. Some of the money in the form of grants and loans (which obviously have to be repaid) went to a series of small entrepreneurs and community agencies.  No Haitians were included in the decision making process to determine who received the funds! Now many Haitians are demanding an accounting and rightly so.
             It's hard to run a business when the towns and country are still in rubble with no running water, extremely limited electricity and horrible sewage conditions. Most of the $54 million went to mortgage loans and to build luxury hotels! Even if the people who were trained for employment were serious entrepreneurs, with their country still in ruins no national electric grid system and cholera spreading it is difficult to see how they will be successful in such an environment since no new industries except a few sweatshops have been created since the earthquake. If they fail the entrepreneurs still have to repay the loans!
              Methinks the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was a scam by prime time crooks like Bill Clinton and George W. Bu$h, as a way to raise and reroute money to benefit their non-Haitian cronies. We need to remember this when the election comes around.