Bernard Madoff is in jail. He is in jail for running a Ponzi scheme that resulted in taking money from investors to pay off earlier investors to satisfy their expectations of his achieving tremendous benefits for those investors. That is illegal in America...in the private sector. Those investors who had received the returns that had been promised by implication were very, very satisfied...lauding Mr. Madoff's abilities and worthiness to others and recommending him to their friends...until the law came after them and making them return the money because it had been originally obtained fraudulently and therefore could not be passed on to them or anyone else. Oh, the anguish and gnashing of teeth...they had believed that, even with the discovery of the con, they had been "lucky" and won the equivalent of a financial game of musical chairs.
So, you ask, what is this nonsense of Bernie Madoff being President?
Both History and current events hold the answer!
For over 3 Presidential terms, the individual in the Oval Office in the White House has "bought" things for the American people. Benefits of money, influence, real and imagined power, and insulation from the rule that regular people thought needed to be followed. All to provide the profit to the person in the Oval Office of election, re-election, power and status. Those, it can be argued, are the equivalent and even superior in the minds of some, of ill-gotten money. Our leaders have lied to us...and that is a moral lack. But...we have received benefits that we have not invested it, that cost money that we will never pay. As with Bernie Madoff, that money is expected to be paid for future investors in...the future taxpayers of...the United States of America: the children and grandchildren of the current citizens.
We have people running for election to the American Presidency who are promising "free" stuff to many, vowing to take the money from current citizens who have legally acquired their riches. But those riches, even if taken completely away by the government and applied to the cost of the promises, both past and future, would not even make a small impact on reducing the debt. Consider that the National Debt at present exceeds Nineteen TRILLION Dollars; There are about 400 Billionairs in the United States at present...if you took all of their wealth you would not net more than just over ONE Trillion Dollars. Where is the rest of the money coming from? FUTURE taxpaying INVESTORS.
Bernie Sanders is making these promises. Hillary Clinton is promising to continue the benefits that President Obama has granted over more than seven years in office that added more than Fifteen Trillion Dollars a sum that current citizens expect will be paid by LATER taxpaying INVESTORS.
And yet...like the earliest Madoff investors...today's citizens accept the "investment returns" promised by Mr. Obama, and currently promised to be continued and extended by Sen. Sanders and Sec. Clinton. And no one seems to even consider that our national financial game of musical chairs is subject to the stopping of the music at any time...or even that we imagine and talk ourselves into even believing that there is any music at all, much akin to the Emperor's New Suit of Clothes.
When Congress passed the RICO statutes that made it possible to really attack and more successfully prosecute those involved in "Organized" crime, they exempted themselves from its application. Why?
President Bush waged a war that wasn't paid for...its cost was just added to the national debt. The amount was huge...Trillions of Dollars. But the actions of our Presidents and of Congress since then make that amount look like chump change.
Honest and well-meaning people can discuss and argue over governmental policy and ideology endlessly. That is valid, and experimentation with different approaches based on the will of the people is to be expected...even encouraged.
But to steal from innocent taxpayers not yet born to fund benefits wanted as a "right" and not earned, is the very essence of corruption, crime and immorality at any level, sectarian or religious.
IF THE ACTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT, CONGRESS, PRESIDENT AND THE PROMISED ACTIONS OF SEN. SANDERS AND SEC. CLINTON OCCURRED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THEY WOULD ALREADY HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND BE RESIDING IN CELLS ADJACENT TO BERNARD MADOFF. AND CURRENT CITIZENS ARE COMPLICIT, AND WOULD BE REQUIRED TO RETURN TO THE "INVESTING TAXPAYERS" THE VALUE EQUIVALENT TO THEIR UNEARNED "PROFITS!"
But I fear that our citizenry has become so narcissistically oriented that they knowingly refuse to acknowledge the truth, their greed, and their disregard for their children and grandchildren. so....
MADOFF for PRESIDENT.
Might as well go all the way and acknowledge our corruption and greed as a nation!