“Corporations are people, my friend…”
“Well, the banks aren’t bad people. They’re just overwhelmed right now,”
“The banks are scared to death of course. They’re feeling the same thing that you’re feeling…”
Romney understands that, like you, banks are worried that they might run out of homes to foreclose on. They fear they might not be able to bribe politicians to look the other way. They’re scared the public might refuse to bail out their latest multi-billion dollar gambling fiasco. They lay awake at night, concerned that regulations might not be watered down enough to let them run buck wild. They’re scared to death that profitable wars might come to an end. These are overwhelming times for regular guys and gals like you and the banks.
Almost all of Romney’s top 20 donors are banks. The others are large corporations deeply tied into international banking. (Obama’s top donors are a far more eclectic group.) The banks will be Romney’s most important constituents and he will be certain to represent their interests above all others if they give him enough money to execute a leveraged buyout of the White House. Romney’s top three donors are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Together, they’ve donated nearly $1.5 million to Romney Super PACs, breezily legal under Citizens United. Romney particularly empathizes with JP Morgan Chase’s feelings.
Like you, JPMC recently lost 2-4 billion dollars while gambling with federally insured money. And, like you, it has rigged the congressional investigation by staffing the oversight committee with its own lobbyists. Come on, we all know in high school you ‘borrowed’ the school district’s annual treasury, blew it at a casino and then had your friend take over the principal’s job so you would get out of detention. This is the same thing. And Romney wants to be that friend for the banks.
Like you, JPMC worries that dictators, terrorists and genocidal war criminals won’t have enough money due to international sanctions. A new report details that in spite of numerous warnings, between 2005 and 2011, JPMC violated sanctions in thousands of wire transfers totaling over $200 million. The violations include loans to a Cuban national, an Iranian shipping firm, a Sudanese bank in Khartoum during Sudan’s crackdown on the South, convicted war criminal and former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and a loan of over $20 million in gold bullion to a bank in Iran.
The Iranian and Liberian violations are particularly damning. The loans assisted Iranian shipping and central banking while the international community was trying to isolate Iran over its nuclear weapons program and to prevent Israel from being cornered into attacking. The global political implications of this assistance could have been, and could still be, catastrophic. JPMC’s assistance to Charles Taylor also makes them complicit in the 11 war crimes and crimes against humanity for which Taylor was recently convicted:
Terrorising the civilian population and collective punishments
|1||Acts of terrorism||WC||Guilty|
|3||Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular murder||WC||Guilty|
|5||Sexual slavery and any other form of sexual violence||CAH||Guilty|
|6||Outrages upon personal dignity||WC||Guilty|
|7||Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular cruel treatment||WC||Guilty|
|8||Other inhumane acts||CAH||Guilty|
Use of child soldiers
|9||Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups, or using them to participate actively in hostilities||VIHL||Guilty|
Abductions and forced labor
|*Explanation of type of crime:
CAH = Crimes Against Humanity
WC = Violation of Article 3 Common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II (war crimes)
VIHL = Other serious violation of international humanitarian law
JPMC feels the same way about rape, slavery, torture, child soldiers, murder, terrorism and looting that you do. Like you, JPMC worries that there’s not enough money to support these war crimes. Mitt Romney knows that you are utterly sociopathic. And he supports you.