We, The Little People
While recently discussing the Gulf oil spill, Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman of British Petroleum (BP), said that they cared about the little people. Little people? I guess that means that he considers himself to be one of the big people. Just why does he feel so superior to the little people? Where does that arrogance come from? Some historical perspective may be helpful in answering that question.
When I was growing up, we were taught that the country was established for the benefit of “We, the People”, not “We, the Little People”. The constitution expressly said that the government was “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Further, the founding fathers established a Bill of Rights to provide that we would be a free society.
In today’s world, of course, one needs to realize that large corporations and governments are constantly meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to manage the lives of the little people. Laws of all kinds, including the recent healthcare reform bill, exempt certain groups from having to participate. But of course, the little people rarely, if ever, receive such exemptions. Nancy Pelosi’s infamous quote of “Are you serious?” when asked about the constitutionality of the healthcare reform bill, says it all.
So just who exactly are the ones that think of us as the little people? You need only follow the money trail to find them. You see, the gold is not in Fort Knox, but in the hands of the super-wealthy. After all, over half of the wealth in this country is controlled by just 5% of the people. If you happen to rise from humble beginnings to great success, you may get to join one of the exclusive clubs, such as what’s been referred to as the Good Club. After a secret meeting of the Good Club in New York, which was attended by some of the richest people in this country, they announced that their most important goal was significant population reduction on the planet. Ted Turner specifically stated that the goal was to reduce world population to two billion. Obviously, they want to thin the herds – of the little people.
Bill Gates went so far as to say that new vaccines need to be used to help reduce population growth. He put his money where his mouth is by announcing that his foundation would give $10 billion to develop and deliver new vaccines to children in third world countries. The interesting question is just how will vaccines help reduce population growth. Flu vaccine anyone?
But don’t expect the government to ride to the rescue of the little people. They are run by what one trends forecaster calls “The White Shoe Boys”. They are the children of the elites, who mostly went to Harvard, Princeton, or Yale, and they belong to a variety of secret societies. Specifically, there’s the presence of Goldman Sachs alumni in top government and corporate posts. From the Treasury Department, whose roster is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of people from Goldman Sachs, to current and former top executives such as John Thain (Merrill Lynch) to Robert Steel (Wachovia) to Ed Liddy (AIG) to Robert Zoellick (World Bank) to Stephen Friedman and William Dudley (New York Federal Reserve Bank) – they are all from Goldman Sachs. The federal government bailout was orchestrated by Goldman alumni at the Treasury Department. Some of the money went to Goldman Sachs itself, as well as to AIG (see list above). Goldman was AIG’s largest trading partner and had exposure of $20 billion in credit derivatives. Talk about self-dealing.
Oh, did I mention that a former chairman of BP was also from Goldman Sachs. It’s a small club. Little people need not apply. One last thing. Goldman Sachs was the biggest contributor to President Obama’s election campaign. I can just see Glenn Beck on his blackboard connecting the dots for us little people. As is his usual way of explaining what is really going on, he would probably refer to it as Crime, Inc., or some such thing.
So, let’s raise our glasses and toast to that great humanitarian Carl-Henric Svanberg. After all, the little people quip was no doubt just a slip of the tongue.
“In a climate of political correctness and hypocrisy, truth is the first casualty.”