In the glare of sensationalism, important narratives are missed. Rachel Maddow loves these narratives, long stories tying rich decision-makers and governments together; her latest about the Bank of Cyprus, Trump lender Deutsche Bank, ties to Russian money laundering and a member of Trump’s cabinet (Wilbur Ross) elevates political economy over politics.
Political economy is the story of power and wealth; the American bifurcation of the two creates a massive dishonest world view. Politics and economics are linked like strands of DNA. Every value is priced, every utterance moves cash, every promise hides a cost, every lie detracts from figures flipping on the balance sheet. To know government, listen and follow the money. As the budget director said, when asked about the Meals-on-Wheels cut to seniors, “Weren’t you listening? Did you expect something different from this administration? We can’t fund something that isn’t working.”
The media is too word-focused when often the real story is the balance sheet. Every cut also brings a cost–it is not just a saving! Think for a minute about which cuts kill, be it by raising diabetes and strokes rates (preventable with early detection), or the million dollar payouts for black lives lost without any change in official behavior. Think about the malnourished children, brain-starved, who will never succeed in the workforce–think about Flint! The media focuses on Trump’s tweets. His insanity they treat as sane, but sensational, when he doesn’t set that standard for himself; his only standard is blame.
For all its preoccupation with words, the bigger story than Russian hacking is the way America has ignored the story–blithely dismissing a unparalleled successful attempt to use cyber warfare materials to shift the winners of an election. Has the country become blinded to hate? Soft on tyranny? Or overwhelmed by domestic threats? The story of broken standards of logic, custom, and values and the danger of foreign threats is lost in the noise.
Behind the scenes, in the American cabinet are men who stole American homes, enriched themselves in Congress, who took foreign money while advising the country; in front of the scenes, is one who fails to understand the importance of the filter of the Presidential voice, a Secretary of State who doesn’t visit American embassies as he travels. These men, of wealth and theft, with vetted records of amorality, shady dealings and crimes are expanding the global network of oligarchs as they elicit power and “deconstruct the administrative state.”
Not the Trilateral Commission, the UN’s Agenda 21, Zionist conspiracies, or the New World Order come close to the reality of causal and hidden ties of new norms of shared behaviors and wealth that stretch across the globe, in banks, real estate, and secret accounts.
A China company with its own government ties enters talks to buy his stake in 666 Fifth Avenue (NYC) from Trump’s son-in-law. His sons have flown to Dubai and Vancouver to open new Trump-named Properties since the inauguration. The President hits at a company that drops his daughter’s brand. The Russian naval ships are sighted sailing off the shore of New Jersey. Trump golfs at Mar-a-Largo on the weekends. His visits kill the town’s commerce and ruins small companies. His Presidency is a death watch. (36,000 from lost healthcare.) But wealth thrives. Markets set new records.
Why is Ivanka Trump sitting next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a White House meeting at the table with two Heads of State? Is this her birth right, decreed by unspoken fiat? Wisely remember Cicero: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. Any man can make mistakes, but only a fool persists in his error.”