Skip to comments.Billionaires Secretly Met in Aspen to Defeat Bush
Posted on 10/19/2004 2:07:29 PM PDT by jstolarczyk
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004 1:09 p.m. EDT Billionaires Secretly Met in Aspen to Defeat Bush
In the days following the Democratic National Convention in Boston this past August, several billionaire Democratic activists secretly met at the famed Aspen Institute in Colorado. The purpose of their clandestine meeting was "to use their fortunes to engineer the defeat of President George W. Bush," The New Yorker magazine reports in its most recent edition. Details of the meeting remain sketchy, but the magazine described the Aspen conference this way: "Five billionaires joined half a dozen liberal leaders in a lengthy conversation about the future of progressive politics in America." For sure, there were differences of opinion in the group, but they all shared one goal: to get George Bush this November. The Aspen meeting was supposed to have been a top secret within Democratic Party circles. When The New Yorker inquired about the meeting, an assistant to one of the attendees was surprised by the call. "No one was supposed to know about this," the aide told the magazine. "We dont want people thinking its a cabal or some sort of Masonic plot!" Apparently the leader of the secret cabal is billionaire Peter B. Lewis, chairman of the Cleveland, Ohio-based insurance company Progressive Corporation. Like another attendee, wealthy financier George Soros, Lewis has poured millions into Democratic 527 groups, including Americans Coming Together and MoveOn.org. One of Lewis top agenda items has been the decriminalization of marijuana, a policy position also shared by Soros. Another billionaire who attended was John Sperling, founder of the online University of Phoenix. Also present were Herb and Marion Sandler from California. The couple founded Golden West Financial Corporation, a California bank reportedly worth $17 billion.
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Since these are business people, they might respond to the bottom line. Boycott every one of their businesses.
The party of the little people.
I'm sure this bunch is looking to make legislation, have Kerry in their pockets (and deep ones, too), and just all around make policy for thee and me.
They sure won't do it for your benefit, or mine.
They have nothing to worry about, GWB is a lamb who doesn't believe in getting even with his enemies.
How funny. I was recently apprised by an employee of Progressive insurance that their network actively blocks the Conservative parody site Sacred Cow Burgers, but allows unrestricted access to Leftist parody sites.
Seems those Leftists only know how to pay lip service to Free Speech. Heh.
Fine. I'm not above doing the dirty work.
I hope *our* billionares have these kinds of get-togethers.
Obviously they are upset with the tax cuts. Take their money from them and redistribute it among the poor. That should satisfy them.
I say 80%, even though we are apparently only 50% of the population, because Republicans are the ones that are not on welfare, we have jobs and control more of the money.
let 'em piss away their money. of course, i would rather they invested it so that americans could have jobs, but why would this group care anything about the little guy?
I find this appalling- that this is what business "leaders" in our country are up to.
If I found out there was a meeting like this of Republican high-rollers I would feel EXACTLY the same way.
I'm not naive- I realize the role Big Bux plays in modern politics. It is short-sighted, however. As long as our candidates are for sale- the citizens will grow more weary and cynical.
Interesting, just now on Neil Cavuto's show he was discussing these issues with his panel. What would happen...for instance...if politicians TOLD THE TRUTH??? Would we tolerate it? Or would we welcome it?
The boycott has already begun. The behavior of these fanatics is representative of the obsession of the hard liberal socialists, to regain power in the White House. They can NOT about this country, just POWER.
I bet you that Maurics Strong was there also:
The Strong Scent of Tyranny
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
Once upon a time, his name was cautiously whispered within the dark confines of a militia group meeting or two. Today, Maurice Strong is up front and center in at least two recently published mainstream magazines. In September of last year, Mr. Strong was the subject of a cover story in National Review. Amazingly, the first feature story of 1998 in Forbes stars this same ascending world figure.
Strong has emerged as one of the most powerful and enigmatic figures on the international scene. He wields considerable influence in the areas of business and politics. Twenty years ago, The New Yorker magazine described Maurice Strong as the man upon whom "the survival of civilization in something like its present form might depend."
As of late, this billionaire Canadian businessman works simultaneously for the United Nations as Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General and for the Rockefeller and Rothschild's Trusts. He is Director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Senior Adviser to the President of the World Bank, Chairman of the Earth Council, Chairman of the World Resources Institute and Co-Chairman of the Council of the World Economic Forum. He was Secretary General of the 1972 Earth Summit in Stockholm and the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
In addition, his credentials include membership in the UN funded Commission on Global Governance. This body's 1995 report called "Our Global Neighborhood" contained a number of ominous proposals including the establishment of a global tax, UN control over "global commons," expansion of the powers of the World Bank, expansion of the jurisdiction of the International Court, removal of U.S. veto power in the Security Council and creation of an Economic Security Council to oversee the world's economy. Clearly, the implications of such proposals were intended to move us towards the creation of a world government infrastructure. Unfortunately, they also necessitate and precipitate the decline of U.S. sovereignty.
Strong's business arrangements have been equally convoluted and diverse. His dealings have involved major U.S. oil interests as well as influential power brokers including Saudi arms merchant Adnan Kashoggi and Canada's Power Corporation.
Currently, Strong is attempting to control a potential scandal involving Molten Metal
Technology, a hazardous waste firm known for its ties to Vice President Al Gore. Molten Metals has surfaced in the Senate hearings on campaign financing due to questionable contributions made to Gore's campaigns.
Strong has complained that "the United States is clearly the greatest risk to the world's ecological health" and has forcefully advocated a new economic order based on the redistribution of the developed world's industries and wealth to the Third World.
Strong has supported New Age movements in the U.S. and once helped finance a second ark in preparation for the next great flood. His many global activities are orchestrated with the philosophical bent of a long time believer in the establishment of a new world religion.
Strong has instituted what is ostensibly the global headquarters for the New Age movement at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Crestone, Colorado. He and his wife run the Manitou Foundation and call this center the "Baca." It is an international collection of alternative religious beliefs. Located at this New Age mecca are a subterranean Zen Buddhist center, the Haidakhrndi Universal Ashram, a facility for Native American shamans and a Vedic temple where devotees worship the Vedic mother goddess.
The Rockefellers, the McNamaras, the Kissingers, the Rothschilds and other international bureaucrats conduct regular pilgrimages to this center for global spirituality.
UN watchers place Maurice Strong on the top of the short list to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations. No one is better positioned or as well connected to achieve this increasingly powerful position.
We can smell it coming. When values decline as they have in the last twenty years, the continuity of civilization requires that a substitute order emerge to insure societal stability. If we are not careful, this substitute could take the form of tyranny. Perhaps even a secretary general with greater powers than any predecessor has heretofore been vested. Sort of a king of the world.
........not Gus Hall's Cleveland?
Liberal fatcats -- Kerry offers higher taxes for the working people and endless loopholes for fellow billionaires. Tarazzaaa pays a lower rate than the local school teacher. Charming.
Any plans in the works to get these people out of American politics? They are attacking the foundation of our country. Let's make sure they fail.
.........not Gus Hall's Aspen?
The purpose of their clandestine meeting was "to use their fortunes to engineer the defeat of President George W. Bush in the 2000 election, the New Yorker magazine reports in its most recent edition.Oh well. Would of made a great movie.
May 2, 2003
CNN LOU DOBBS MONEYLINE
DOBBS: This week, we have a bonus CEO of the week. Two CEOs of the week, in fact. They share the same last name, the same title at the second largest savings institution in the country. The company has $70 billion of assets. Its stock recently hit an annual high of $76.91. Herb and Marion Sandler of Golden West Financial, our CEOs of the week.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DOBBS (voice-over): Herb and Marion Sandler are partners in life as well as in business. The husband and wife team are co-CEOs at Golden West, a banking business they bought 40 years ago in Oakland, California. Today, annual revenue almost $4 billion. Herb Sandler admits the savings and loan business is in a bit of a sweet spot right now, but he points out they've held the course during bitter spots as well.
HERB SANDLER, CEO, GOLDEN WEST FINANCIAL: I mean this is a company, again, that has compounded earnings over 35 years at 20 percent, and, over the last five year, at 25 percent. So this is not an isolated performance.
DOBBS: The company's success is attributed to team work, no egos, and their system of meritocracy.
MARION SANDLER, CEO, GOLDEN WEST FINANCIAL: The way you get ahead here is performance, and it's not whether I like you or Herb likes you. It is merit. We have very high standards.
HERB SANDLER: Both of us worked in organizations before we came to Golden West in which you got ahead by who you knew and how you played the game.
DOBBS: And Herb and Marion don't consider business ethics a game.
HERB SANDLER, The Enrons, the WorldComs, the Global Crossings -- they're a disgrace, and they must have had a level of greed that to -- Marion and I just can't fathom where they were coming from and what was in their heads.
MARION SANDLER: There are some very -- people with very high ethical standards, and there are people who will cut corners, but that has nothing to do with corporations. It has to do with what people are. I think the difference is the stakes were very high in terms of the rewards for acting improperly, and something has to be done about that. Something has to be done about corporate compensation, I would say.
DOBBS: The Sandlers don't follow the herd in their business decisions. In fact, their corporate board is predominantly women.
Our congratulations to the Sandlers and Golden West.
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