Hey, guys and gals! I don't like writing everything that appears on this blog. Please put your thoughts together and submit something. Agree with me, disagree with me, break new ground, write a poem, draw a picture, but submit it to me for inclusion in the blog. See top of blog for my address. (The following story is a work of fiction, I think. Any resemblance to events which may have actually occurred is purely coincidental, I think.)
The meeting was held in a secluded and luxurious chalet in the foothills of an isolated mountain range. A private airstrip was the only access to the place other than a rugged unmarked road used to bring in the staff, food and housekeeping essentials from the nearest town, sixty miles away. A number of private jets were parked at the end of the runway where the hangar and fuel depot were located.
The men, all casually dressed as if they were there for a weekend of hunting or fishing, sat around a large conference table. They shall remain nameless, but suffice it to say, each one represented personal wealth in excess of the 300 billion dollar level, which made their eight figure annual salaries almost meaningless. These were the wealthiest men in America. If I were to identify them, you would not recognize one name. Each had gone to great lengths to preserve their anonymity, a quality common to possessors of wealth of this kind.
"Although we as individuals are clearly the most charitable people in the world, our prime objective is wealth preservation.”
View looking westward from chalet picture window
"If the funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and every government spending program out there were cut at least in half, we would never again need to even think about raising taxes. We might even cut them significantly. Frankly, I know people would be hurting and some might even die, and things the government does, like roads and dams and research, would have to be eliminated. But it is far more important that this nation preserve our freedom to accumulate wealth without having to share it with anyone else through excessive taxation. It’s our money. We cannot have anything that would even hint at the Marxist concept of wealth redistribution. That’s what high taxes really are. The French cut off Louis XIV’s head to start this God damn leftist ball rolling and we aim to make sure it is stopped right here.”
1. We must control the media. We have to have at least one or two major TV networks in our pocket whose programming we can control. We must dominate talk radio, internet web sites, newspapers, particularly in smaller cities and towns, and magazines. Once they get our message out, it gets E-mailed all over the country, multiplied ten-fold.
2. We must fund foundations and institutes which provide legitimate appearing material and documentation, telling our story, to be provided to the media. Generously endowing a few hard-up colleges or universities can result in strong support for our position from the academic world.
3. We must ally ourselves with groups who seem susceptible to adopting our ideology because they are already single-mindedly devoted to one cause or another. This blind devotion can be easily transferred to our cause. This will increase our numbers and believe me, this is very applicable to members of Congress and local legislators. The groups with which we must ally ourselves are endless. They include pro-Israel groups, pro-life groups, creationists, anti-fluouride groups, home schooling and pro-educational voucher groups, evangelical Christian groups, anti-immigrant groups, chambers of commerce, some professional societies, sporting groups, bankers associations and Second Amendment groups.
4. We must repeatedly attack any opposition to our positions. Innuendo and stretching the truth can be used to discredit any who disagree with us. Guilt by association and lies, even ones easily disproven, are effective tools since refuting them takes the opposition’s eye off of the ball. Individuals who are in financial distress can be coerced. Anything questionable in an opponent’s personal life should be capitalized on.
"If any of you are not willing to contribute $200,000,000 to this effort right now and commit to that amount each and every year for the next ten years, you may get up and leave this room right now. All of your jets out there have been refueled and are ready to take off with you if you so choose. Remember though, what I propose is not only for your good, but for the good of the country as we know it. You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth of every word that I have said.”
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