Friday, January 4, 2013

"Billionaires Don’t Use Lobbyists" a Guest Post from Dr. Charles and Rebecca Reier

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When multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, wants to meet with our highest elected officials, he invites them to a closed door session, and low and behold they arrive on time. Sheldon Adelson has made his multibillion dollar fortune the “All American Mafia” way – through casino gambling and associated immoral activities topped off with bribing officials in Macao and elsewhere. Sheldon is in serious trouble and is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly having bribed foreign officials. This is a violation of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act which is a federal crime under US law. Not surprising then after meeting behind closed doors, he contributed over 100 million dollars to the Romney campaign – all to no avail. Billionaires seem to know something that the rest of us lesser individuals miss – if you want a job done well do it yourself. Not surprisingly then, Adelson recently met behind closed doors with two of the most powerful elected officials in the nation – Representative John Boehner, (R) Ohio 8th Congressional District, Speaker of the House and Representative Eric Cantor (R) Virginia 7th Congressional District, House Majority Leader.

In previous articles we have warned of the potential dangers to our American democracy coming from people whose wealth exceeds that of the US Congress, Executive Branch, and the Supreme Court. We can ill afford such distractions from their sworn duty when “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?” is our most serious economic problem and the underlying reason why we are hanging by a thread on the fiscal cliff. The austere virtues of these two elected officials, Boehner and Cantor, should not be wasted in private meetings with a casino owner under federal investigation. Their legislative and negotiating skills should be focused on a bipartisan effort to streamline and make affordable essential social systems such as Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid as opposed to simply destroying them and leaving the broken mess for someone else to make workable.

We would appreciate your thoughts, opinions and comments because we are having difficulty finding an explanation for their behavior that is not “irrational and bizarre”.

Dr. Charles and Rebecca Reier

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