I am admonished not to judge my fellowman lest I, too, get the judgment I deserve. But it is impossible for me to withhold judgment of the CEOs involved in the “Fix the Debt” campaign, Surely, these men deserve to burn forever in the Ninth Level of Hades (illustration above, bottom row). They are obscenely rich and they want to take away the few crumbs that fall from their table – the pathetic crumbs that keep the least fortunate Americans alive.
The campaign, spearheaded by a billionaire named Peter George Peterson (photo top row, left), is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to advocate for a deficit reduction deal that would reward the rich and punish the poor
Peterson is an 86-year-old American investment banker,who served as United States Secretary of Commerce under Richard Nixon. He founded the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in 2008 – with a $1 billion endowment – with the express purpose of raising public awareness of issues related to federal deficits, entitlement programs and tax policies.
In other words, this old man, who should be thinking about facing his Maker, is devoting the rest of his life to depriving less fortunate Americans of their only means of sustenance.
According to an article by Lynn Parramore, published by Alternet and reproduced in Salon.com this morning, this is what Peterson’s group is planning:
Using the excuse of a phony, manufactured crisis known as the “fiscal cliff” – which isn’t a crisis at all, as economist James K. Galbraith has succinctly explained – they are gearing up to pull the wool over the public’s eyes by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The mean-spirited group includes:
- Lloyd Blankfein (photo top row, right), chairman and CEO of Goldman, Sachs & Co., the immensely powerful and frighteningly sinister financial outfit that seems to have a death grip on the U.S. government, regardless of who gets elected. This wretched creature whose company was among the most to blame for the economic meltdown of 2008 and who was immensely enriched by the collpase and the subsequent taxpayer bailout, has the nerve to describe his financial activities as “God’s work.”
- Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Company, which – as you might recall – is notorious for paying not one dime of income taxes on $14 billion in profits last year. Immelt, one of America’s most notorious outsourcing pioneers, enjoyed privileged access to the Obama White House but supported Mitt Romney in the recent elections.
- Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., another villain in the TARP scandal, who amazingly remains not only free but inordinately influential.
- W. James McNerney, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of the Boeing Company, a notorious union buster and purveyor of deadly war machines.
- David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc., a top corporate polluter of the environment.
- Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable Inc., head of one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. (And you wonder why the media have deteriorated so dreadfully in recent years!)
- Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation. (Don’t bother to send me any more of those invitations to “link” with you.)
- Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, Inc., which is among the biggest moochers off the federal government. (Go figure!)\
- Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways Corp. (Even if Sandra would fly, I certainly wouldn’t take Delta or JetBlue after this!)
What would I say to these heartless billionaires – if I could? I know what my maternal Grandma would have said if she were alive to confront them:
Beware the wrath of God! Repent before it is too late!
But I am sure they wouldn’t listen to her. They would dismiss her as a crazy old lady. At their peril.