COMPETITION IN AMERICA?
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
(Note: Following up on my last article regarding Iraq, President Bush said 30,000 troops could be brought home by next summer. That, however, is contingent upon circumstances at the time, so nothing has really changed. In his September 13, 2007, address to the nation, President Bush said his guiding principle on troop levels is "return on success." This reminds me of a Walt Handelsman cartoon months ago in NEWSDAY. It was titled "Phased Withdrawal From Reality," and Bush was depicted as saying in part: "By sending more troops into Iraq, we can bring them home sooner." But no one seems to be asking President Bush why the troops would be brought home if the surge was successful. Wouldn't they be needed in other provinces to replicate what he claims is a successful model?
America is known as a land of competition, from sports to the competitive free market economic system. Unfortunately, there are today people who seem to believe the statement by John D. Rockefeller that "competition is a sin." Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and others are depicted in a 1911 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH cartoon by Robert Minor as welcoming Karl Marx and his "Socialism" to Wall Street. This is because under Socialism, CEOs of major corporations and banks can limit competition via their control of politicians who pass laws and enact rules and regulations favorable to the CEOs.
Early in the 20th century, these leaders secretly plotted the Federal Reserve (Fed), which is actually a private banking cartel in league with the federal government to create money out of nothing. Between the Fed's beginning (in 1913) and 1971, it doubled the money supply only once. However, between 1971 and today, the Fed has doubled the money supply at least 12 times !
Today, people are cheering because the Fed pumped money into circulation to prop up the stock market, which had taken a dive due to unwise loans in the mortgage industry. But people seem oblivious to the fact that this action by the Fed makes each dollar already in circulation worth less (in buying power), which means inflation. People are actually cheering that they will be paying more for goods and services! At the heart of the current problem are the hedge funds which former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan did not want regulated.
The attitude of government and corporations seems to be "What are you going to do about it?" Governments' control over schools has led to a dumbing down of youth, and government leaders often resist the competition of school choice, which would give parents more educational options. Most people get their drinking water from a government source, 90% of which use hydrofluorosalicic acid even though Prof. Roger Masters has shown silicofluorides increase uptake and absorption of lead from the environment. And the government has allowed the introduction of new medications and food additives often without testing for their long-term effects or interaction with other drugs or additives in foods (note the recent national news about an additive in microwave buttered popcorn).
Government doesn't seem to care, and the same is true for corporations. I recently called a major corporation about a particular product and got the usual run-around. Like Government bureaucrats with their "He's not at his desk" mantra, corporate bureaucrats transfer you from one person's voice mail to another, and no one returned my call for days.
Fewer and fewer corporations are controlling more and more industries. There once were many newspapers and other news sources in America competing with each other, but now just a handful of media corporations control what the public is told.
Government also contributes to a growing lack of competition, as evidenced by certain corporations receiving federal no-bid contracts for operations overseas. The result is a great deal of tax dollars spent on cost overruns and waste.
Again, the prevailing attitude seems to be "What are you going to do about it?" And I know this from my own experience. On June 29, 1980, I wrote to the head of NBC, Fred Silverman, describing a movie or miniseries based on my book, THE YANKS ARE COMING. Silverman asked Irmgard Luebkemann to send me a standard release form. My agent, Bertha Klausner, who had also been an agent for Silverman, discussed my suggestion with Marian Searchinger (NBC's Vice-President for Literary Affairs), who pitched the idea at NBC. Searchinger and Silverman shortly thereafter left, and I suggested the same project to Grant Tinker, the new head of NBC. Not long afterward, NBC's "The Facts of Life" show had a movie strikingly similar to my suggestion. I later wrote to NBC's new CEO Robert Wright about this, but never heard anything. Evidently, their attitude was "What are you going to do about it?"
Secondly, I was granted a design patent (253631) on a new tube design facilitating a thick flat emission for anything one may want more of faster (toothpaste, cheese spreads, deep-heating rubs, etc.). It received tremendous publicity via the NEW YORK TIMES News Service, Mutual Radio Network, AP, UPI, etc. However, when a reporter contacted Colgate-Palmolive, a spokeswoman said Cuddy's tube might be great, but our policy is not to accept ideas from anybody but our own research department.
Thirdly, I compose music (religious, an anthem for a state, etc.), and one children's song about the birds and animals of Australia, with accompanying book describing each, was received favorably by "The Captain Kangaroo Show" if only I would get the book published. Do you think children's book publishers cared about this great opportunity with free national publicity? No ! They had their own particular authors and subjects they wanted to promote.
So I next composed a positive country/western song that won a couple of local awards. Do you think it was well-received in Nashville? No ! I learned major Nashville stars had been buying up publishing houses, which in turn focused on publishing songs that fit their owners' styles.
Whether it's the media, music industry, children's book publishing, or leading manufacturers of products, the system is mostly closed to outsiders. Their attitude is dismissive, probably because their competition is increasingly limited. America has changed for the worse in this regard, and my question is "What are you going to do about it?"
Unfortunately, I know the answer to my question. Most Americans will do absolutely nothing about it. Why? Because they have been programmed that way and don't even realize it. In George Orwell's 1984, when Winston tells Big Brother's agent O'Brien they will not be successful in their effort to control people's behavior, O'Brien replies: "Suppose that we quicken the tempo of human life." Since the 1950s, that's what has occurred, and people now think temperocentrically. For example, we are told that we need illegal immigrant labor to keep the price of farm products down. Otherwise, we would have to pay a dollar for something instead of 70 cents. That's where most Americans' minds come to a screeching halt. They figure it's a great deal for them. They don't think beyond their immediate purchases to the fact that illegal immigrants cost them annually about $33 billion in taxes at the federal, state and local levels ! Plus, illegal aliens are killing more Americans than the Iraq war. The FBI reports that illegal aliens commit more than 15% of all murders in the U.S.
Most Americans also don't ponder the implications of what Mexican President Filipe Calderon said on September 2, 2007, regarding protecting the rights of Mexicans in the U.S.: "Mexico does not end at the borders. Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico." The people especially in the southwest U.S. should think about what that could mean for them!
Most Americans have also accepted the power elite's coercive mechanism which controls their lives. For example, people are told they won't be forced to serve, but colleges and employers look at one's record of service in making admissions and employment decisions. Therefore, people "voluntarily" decide to serve. States are told they don't have to adopt federal education standards, but if they want federal education funds (their own tax dollars returned to their state), they will "voluntarily" accept federal standards. Contractors are told if they want government funds, they will "voluntarily" enter into government regulated public-private partnerships. In the future, people will be told they can still eat whatever they want, but if they don't want their insurance premiums to skyrocket, they will "voluntarily" decide to eat what they're told to eat for a healthy lifestyle. The examples are many, but you get the picture.
The increasing lack of competition in America facilitates the power elite's planned consolidation of power within fewer and fewer hands. This is occurring globally and impacting America directly.
In earlier articles, I have already mentioned how Cintra of Spain and Zachry Construction of Texas are working on the TransTexas Corridor. The larger picture is that Cintra is part of the Ferrovial Group of Spain, which manages Belfast City Airport and Antofagasta Airport in Chile. In April 2000, Ferrovial acquired Budimex, Poland's largest construction group. Two years later, Ferrovial in January 2002 formalized an alliance with Macquarie Infrastructure Group (Australia), an investment partner with Cintra in a 99-year lease of the Chicago Skyway toll road and a 75-year lease on the Indiana Toll Road. In March 2005, after signing the contract for the Chicago Skyway project, Ferrovial's Cintra signed the contract for the TransTexas Corridor. Five months later, in August 2005, Ferrovial bought the Webber Group of Texas (specializing in infrastructure civil engineering, etc.). Less than a year later, Ferrovial in June 2006 bought the BAA (Great Britain), the world's leading airport company. Do you get the picture? And the next year, the Brands of Spain announced their new honorary ambassadors would include Ferrovial chairman Rafael del Pino, along with his friend, Javier Solana, and 2 others. Remember my earlier articles about Solana and his importance to the power elite's ultimate goal.
Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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Therefore, what we have today, according to Sen. Mitch McConnell on August 26, is an Iraq government which hasn't passed an oil law (sharing profits among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds), hasn't completed the de-Baathification process, and hasn't even had local elections.