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The California Recall Plot

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  • Robert Sterling
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://www.hermes-press.com/recall2.htm The
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2003
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist


      The California Recall Plot
      Michelle Mairesse

      It was an extraordinary moment. Congressional Representative
      Darrell Issa stood before a press microphone array and wept. He had
      just spent two million of his estimated $300 million fortune
      gathering signatures and running campaign ads urging citizens to
      recall California Governor Gray Davis and replace the governor with
      Issa himself.

      Issa had reason to hope. Ben Ginsberg, the attorney who headed the
      Bush team in the Florida courts in the 2000 presidential election,
      had been Issa's advisor during these months of importing, organizing,
      and deploying petition circulators from out of state. Then a
      thunderclap came out of the blue and Issa's dream collapsed: The
      night before Issa cried on camera, a movie star announced on Jay
      Leno's Tonight Show that he, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was preparing to
      be California's next governor.

      Issa's resume neglected to mention that, like several of Bush's
      cabinet members, he had been charged with four felonies and convicted
      of one, but he thought his neoconservative outlook and his rags-to-
      riches immigrant's story would compensate for any past mistakes. He
      was wrong. Although the Republican wheeler-dealers kindly allowed him
      to pick up the recall tab, they never considered backing his run for
      the statehouse. Arnold was their boy from the beginning--and had been
      for years.

      Think back to the manufactured electrical power crisis of 2001. While
      Gray Davis was unsuccessfully trying to get through to Vice President
      Dick Cheney, Enron official Ken Lay, Texas energy traders, and Bush
      and Cheney cronies were conferring with Vice President Cheney in
      Washington and scheming to create power shortages in the golden state.

      They gamed the system so successfully in California that they soon
      were raking in fortunes and flicking the lights on and off all over
      the state. After the third rolling blackout had occurred in
      California, Lay called a secret meeting of high Republican honchos at
      the Beverly Hills Hotel. He invited such notable Republicans as then-
      mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan, convicted junk-bond scammer
      Michael Milken, and steroid-enhanced movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

      At that time, Lay was collecting allies for his plan to bring even
      more deregulation to California while he and his "competitors" were
      busy creating a rigged market that was to cost California more than
      $7 billion. Mighty Enron, favored and well-connected as it was,
      overreached and crashed, but not before it had thrown myriad
      businesses into receivership, annihilated billions of dollars of its
      own assets and workers' pensions, and wrecked public utilities in
      several third world countries. For the record, more than a year after
      participating in the biggest corporate fraud in U.S. history, chief
      executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are free men. Federal
      prosecutors say they may never face prosecution. "Kenny Boy" (Bush's
      nickname for family friend, funder, and advisor Kenneth Lay) knew all
      along that it pays to have friends in high places.

      Not everyone was unhappy about the rolling blackouts. California
      Republicans gleefully announced their strategy on the Internet, with
      such conservatively compassionate messages as: "Use blackouts to
      break Davis, and use Davis to break the Democrats."

      The strategy seemed to be working. The Federal Energy Regulatory
      Commission declined to intervene, although ratepayers in San Diego
      County eventually saw their energy bills increase by 300%. In pursuit
      of petty, partisan politics, the Bush administration allowed
      corporate outlaws to inflict grievous harm on the citizens and
      businesses of California. With electricity selling for $1500 per
      megawatt hour, Silicon Valley workshops, hospitals, and schools went
      dark; the poor dispensed with gas and electricity, and small
      businesses closed their doors. Belatedly, the FERC capped prices at
      $273 per megawatt hour.

      In a desperate attempt to spike energy prices, Gray Davis bought
      futures in the hope that California could buy natural gas for less
      than the market price. When natural gas prices fell through the
      floor, California actually had to pay more than market price for gas.

      Again, the Bush administration could have prevented this move, but
      chose to play politics with the welfare of California citizens.
      Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham knew that Saudi Arabia had
      contracted with the seven major Anglo-American oil companies and
      Enron, which specialized in liquid natural gas, to distribute liquid
      natural gas worldwide. Abraham knew that gas prices would drop. If he
      been a real public servant instead of a political time-server, he
      would have consulted with Davis and warned him against purchasing the
      gas futures.

      Gray Davis was not responsible for deregulating energy in California.
      Davis did what he legally could do to get the energy leeches off
      California's back, but the Bush administration colluded with the
      leeches. The person responsible for the deliberately manufactured
      crisis, the person who promoted and signed the energy deregulation
      bill that Davis inherited, was California governor Pete Wilson.

      Schwarzenegger's campaign manager is, of course, Pete Wilson.

      On April 12, 2003 while Issa was circulating recall petitions,
      Schwarzenegger conferred at the White House with Karl Rove, the man
      who has been called "Bush's brain." He appears to be Arnold's brain
      as well, for Schwarzenegger has surrounded himself with political
      consultants who are as ethically-challenged as any of Bush's

      Take Schwarzenegger's media director, Don Sipple, for example. He
      accepted $120,000 from California Insurance Commissioner Chuck
      Quackenbush to produce an underground political campaign ad for the
      commissioner. Sipple's payment came from a $13 million fund intended
      for earthquake victims, who never saw a cent of it. Quackenbush
      encouraged insurance companies to donate money to foundations in lieu
      of paying larger fines for mishandling Northridge earthquake claims.
      For this and other scams, Quackenbush faced impeachment and was
      forced to resign in disgrace. In 2000, the Assembly Insurance
      Committee censured Sipple, Jeff Randle, Marty Wilson, and Joe Shumate
      for participating in Quackenbush's fun and games and racking up six
      figure payments diverted from the general fund. It is mind-boggling
      to learn that these men now serve as consultants to Schwarzenegger,
      who vows "to clean up Sacramento."

      Last November, the citizens of California elected Gray Davis to serve
      as their governor for another four years. An elected official can be
      removed for malfeasance, but Davis is no malefactor. His budget
      figures are no worse than those of the Republican governor of New
      York, not to mention the Republican president of the United States.

      Funding George "leave no millionaire behind" Bush's tax-cuts for the
      rich was costly for all the states, including California, but
      California is far from collapse.

      An August 17 Los Angeles Times editorial maintains that the state of
      the state is not nearly as grim as the doomsayers claim. California
      has no more unemployed workers than has the rest of the country, and
      unemployment is greatest in Silicon Valley, where the high-tech
      bubble burst and created much of the budget deficit. The number of
      businesses actually increased during the energy crisis in 2000, the
      latest year for which statistics are available. Another
      Schwarzenegger advisor, Democratic billionaire Warren Buffett, in a
      pronouncement that was not much bruited abroad, said, "California has
      a vibrant economy."

      For what crime, then, have the Republicans conspired to flout the
      will of the California electorate? It's simple. Davis is a Democrat.
      He's on their hit list. He fits their pattern:

      After removing 90,000 qualified voters from the rolls and falsifying
      returns in Florida, the Republicans stole an election they could not
      win from Al Gore.

      Six states, after installing voting machines manufactured by right-
      wing Republican companies, noticed voting irregularities in the 2002
      congressional elections, some resulting in surprising Republican
      victories. The companies would not permit their machines to be

      Every ten years, all the states redraw electoral districts based on
      the federal census. Texas reapportioned its electoral districts three
      years ago, giving Democrats 17 seats and Republicans 15 seats in the
      U. S. Congress. After the jiggered Republican victory in the 2002
      elections, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to install a new
      districting map, based on fuzzy Republican math or dowsing or divine
      inspiration, which would give the Republicans 22 seats and the
      Democrats 10. Understandably, the Democrats left town to avoid being

      The California recall election will cost taxpayers $67 million and,
      considering the number of contestants, 135 in all, is expected to
      culminate in the same kind of polling fiasco that occurred during the
      hijacked Florida presidential election.

      Theoretically, Gray Davis could be recalled if he got 49.9% of the
      vote while a challenger won with only 10% of the vote.

      Those are odds that fit very nicely into the republican plan for
      winning elections: If you can't win or steal an election, recount,
      reverse, or recall.

      Don't make the mistake of thinking that the Bush Cabal is stupid.
      Unscrupulous, yes. Even crazy. But not stupid.
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