What if Hillary is forced to drop out?

September 12, 2016

 

 

First, before I get started, let me say that this is not to question Hillary Clinton or her campaign. Don’t put me in the vile category of Matt Lauer who was taken to task by the New York Times for daring to ask her questions during a recent NBC forum.

And please don’t include me in “the deplorables” that Mrs. Clinton defines as racists, homophobes, Islamaphobes who support Trump. My circle of family and friends include all of the targeted groups she mentioned.

Clinton, who is the 2016 Democratic nominee for president has not actually had a press conference in 2016. And I completely understand why the New York Times wants her to be protected from prying questions. It now turns out that she has been ill for weeks.

This probably comes as no surprise to the long lines of well wishers she has been coughing over at events across America. There must be a trail of pneumonia a thousand miles long.

No, no, Hillary Clinton does not have neurological issues. Notwithstanding the concussion and the blood clot on the brain, this is not about any of that. This is just pneumonia. As Donald Trump would say, “Believe me.”  She just has highly contagious pneumonia. No neurological issues. It would be highly inappropriate to pry about that.

And to prove that point her campaign had her appear outside of Chelsea’s apartment and smile and wave to the media, who stood back to give her room to cough, and arranged for her to hug a little girl and get her picture taken. Apparently Hillary’s highly contagious pneumonia is not relevant for the little girl , after all, a photo op is a photo op.

A few nights before people paid $34,000 a piece to contract pneumonia. This little girl got it free.

But just for the record. Just to know. Just for fun. What would happen if Hillary Clinton’s health forced her to drop out of the presidential race?

Again, keep in mind, it’s not gonna happen. But let’s say for another candidate, one less protected by the New York Times and the 1% an ordinary, non Clinton candidate in the same situation.

FDR had polio and got elected. John F. Kennedy carried colitis, prostatitis and Addison’s disease into the White House with him. He was drugged throughout much of his presidency and suffered side affects such as depression. Of course, the voters didn’t know about all of this at the time.

Presidents and presidential candidates get sick like the rest of us. They even get pneumonia. President Eisenhower had heart attacks during his second term in office. In 1973, President Richard Nixon was hospitalized for pneumonia. When he was released he made such a subtle joke that the media missed it. Said Nixon, “The doctors tell me I feel fine.”

But okay, okay, if it were to happen, if you insist, let me tell you what we know about who would take her place.

In 1973, Senator George McGovern won the Democratic Nomination at the Convention in Miami. He chose Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri as his running mate.

Two weeks later it was learned that Eagleton had neurological issues. He did not have a blood clot on the brain like Hillary Clinton but he had suffered depression and was hospitalized and experienced electroshock therapy.

McGovern said I am 1,000 percent behind Eagleton. But there was such an animated discussion in the medical community that Eagleton was forced to resign from the ticket. McGovern chose Ambassador Sargent Shriver to replace him and the Democratic National Committee agreed.

Keep in mind. Technically, if Hillary withdraws, the Democratic National Committee will select her replacement. The Chairman of the DNC is that very angry, brooding presence on ABC television, Donna Brazile. But the delegates themselves are overwhelmingly Clinton, handpicked folks who will do as she directs.

What forced Eagleton from the ticket was the drumbeat in the medical community. It became a cacophony that the media could not ignore.

In this case, it is hard to imagine that the media and corporate elites who want Hillary are going to let pneumonia be a disqualifier. If raising $3 billion for quid pro quo selling of power and access is acceptable, then they will find the doctors to say what is needed to say to defend Hillary.

In the first debate, with all eyes on her health, Hillary Clinton will get that fast ball right down the middle of the plate and like Ronald Reagan, who was asked about his age, and knew the question was coming, she should be able to hit the ball out of the park.

“I will not make health an issue of this campaign,” she will say, “I will not exploit for political purposes my opponent’s irrational and unstable comments.”

 

 

 


Hillary “Rotten” Clinton went viral on Twitter before it was shut down.

July 25, 2016
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     Monday night at the Democratic National Convention delegates on the floor spontaneously drove up the Twitter search of #HillaryRottenClinton. It soon spread out of the arena in Philadelphia and across the nation, reaching 42k in a matter of minutes and was ranked number six before Sanders’ supporters claim that Twitter had apparently interfered and eliminated it as a viable hashtag.
     At this writing, Twitter is still showing it as a “trending topic.” But not the hashtag. So what gives?
     It seems that not only is DNC Chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz tilting the scales for Hillary Clinton, but according to some Bernie Sanders’ supporters, executives at Twitter, feeling the heat from the powerful political leader, are doing the same. Or does someone else have an explanation?
     Yesterday, we woke to the news that months ago top officials at the DNC were brainstorming on how to smear Bernie Sanders to Southern Baptist ministers in the Party. The insider emails pointed out that not only was Sanders a Jew, but that he was likely an atheist, which was apparently fair game for the DNC operatives, who were rigging the primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton.
     Just before the weekend, the choice of Senator Tim Kaine as Clinton’s running mate, had infuriated Sanders’ supporters who had hoped for someone who might champion their goals. Kaine is seen as the darling of the Wall Street 1% which plays into fears of rank and file Bernie Sanders supporters.
     So what is it that Bernie Sanders die hard’s believe?  And what can Hillary do to win them over?
     Many of the young people I spoke with see the American economy as co-opted by a new oligarchy. They spread the blame around to both Republicans and Democrats but most say it began in earnest with George W. Bush and the War in Iraq when billions of dollars were spent – off the books – resulting in a massive windfall for a few lucky corporations and, of course, the bankers who financed them. Meanwhile, the economy collapsed for everybody else.
     But the Democrats don’t get off very easy either. Bernie supporters point to a University of California Berkeley study that shows the poor got poorer and the rich got richer under President Barack Obama.
     According to the narrative of Bernie supporters, Obama stimulus legislation, that lawmakers admittedly did not read, provided massive exemptions from environmental regulations and other regulations for chosen big companies, all in the name of creating jobs, while small businesses had to keep them. The Federal Reserve made massive interest fee loans to some companies and nothing to others.
     And corporate welfare, that is, direct money to companies from the taxpayers, soon towered above welfare to the poor and needy.
     Both the Democrat and Republican political parties got money direct from the government pipeline to a few chosen, favored companies who in turn donated heavily back to the respective lawmakers.
     According to Sander supporters, corruption in America has reached epic proportions. American now resembles a government on the subcontinent or in Latin America. And Hillary Clinton, who has telegraphed her willingness to be bought by apparently accepting donations to her Foundation in return for favors, is the epitome of that corruption.
     The disheartened Sanders supporters declare that the American Dream is over. Supply and demand no longer work in a manipulated marketplace that is artificially controlled and its outcome predetermined by insiders who bet on what they know will happen.
     Frustrated, heartbroken, weary, Bernie Sanders supporters inside the stifling Convention arena in Philadelphia tried to express themselves on Twitter, only to feel that this door too had been closed to them.
     Perhaps it will all be unraveled tomorrow. Or perhaps they are asking to much. The Clintons, like the Lannisters from Game of Thrones, always pay their debts and there are too many people in corporate American who know that.

Exposing the corrupt reasons why “the establishment” fears Trump and Sanders?

April 4, 2016

Why does the GOP establishment fear Donald Trump? And the Democratic establishment fear Bernie Sanders?

Money.

 

Both political parties depend on large donations from banks and corporations. So too do candidates running for office.

What do the banks and corporations get in return?

Money right back at ya. Big money. Directly and indirectly. Money through the Federal Reserve, money through the Export-Import Bank and most of all, money by creating artificial monopolies through selective enforcement of regulations.

First there is direct corporate welfare. This is not the biggest source of income, in fact, it is the least, but it is the easiest for the public to understand so I will begin there and tell more in later posts.

Billions of dollars are given to companies directly from the U.S. Treasury. In fact, twice as much money goes to corporate welfare than to welfare for the poor. The latter is a point that Bernie Sander’s supporters like to make.  Look it up yourself.

These grants are smothered in honorable language, “to create jobs, to stimulate the economy, to protect the environment, to redress past wrongs,” the list goes on and on. Special interest groups, some of them well-intentioned, promote these “causes” but in the end, the establishment corporations make most of the money.

There are sometimes very compelling and logical reasons for corporate welfare. When I was in the White House a major company wanted millions of dollars to compete in France. They said that the French saw their company as a cultural invasion and so the French government was subsidizing their own.  

But whatever the reason, the bottom line is this, the big companies get money from the government for their business and YOU don’t.  If you start a company you are on your own and worse, you will be subsidizing your competition with your very own tax dollars. 

Oh yeah, once they get that money they turn around and give it back as donations to the politicians and political parties that helped them get it. 

When you read that the establishment is backing Marco Rubio or now, reluctantly, Ted Cruz, that is where some of that backing comes from. When there was a misquote from the Chairman of Goldman Sachs saying he was fine with either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton as president, that was why it was so widely believed. And that’s why it raised eyebrows when Ted Cruz forgot to report a $750,000 loan from Goldman Sachs that launched his political career. 

Forget about liberal and conservative. Think in terms of insider and outsider. 

When I worked in the White House conservative businessmen came in to make sure I was onboard for federal dollars going to their companies.

“This is our chance,” they explained. “We are in power. The liberals do it.  We have to do it too.”

I also had publishers of conservative magazines and presidents of think tanks come in and lobby me for money for these same “conservative” companies. It didn’t take long for me to see that the companies who got government money were the companies who bought advertising in those same “conservative” magazines and who financed the retreats for their think tanks and gave them research grants.

This is how the liberal-conservative equation has become compromised. Liberals will push for environmental legislation but then exempt companies that give them money. Conservatives will criticize fraudulent welfare abuse but award money to companies that overcharge for worthless services.

Yes, there are good people in the middle of this. People who believe in their cause. Private contractors who give good service to the public, government servants who give their lives to help others. But the poor continue to get poorer and the rich continue to get richer.

The Democratic establishment doesn’t trust Bernie Sanders who would answer corruption with government run socialism.

Socialism is the poor man’s way to “game” the system. They will get YOU to pay for their rent, their food, their education. It’s popularity shows how hopeless the public is about corruption.

The Republican establishment doesn’t trust Donald Trump who keeps saying that Washington is stupid, that it should be run like a business, that contracts should go to the lowest bidder. But there is a reason why they don’t go to the lowest bidder. Corruption

Trump’s answer is a return to free enterprise, supply and demand, the American Dream.


Another Shoe Drops for Hillary Clinton

January 19, 2016
     Another scandal from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State has come to light.  Warning.  This is not for the faint of heart.
     Throughout Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State she was constantly nagged by a pesky question.  Why was she refusing to name the Islamic Boko Haram as a terrorist organization? In fact, Hillary Clinton never would.  It took John Kerry’s appointment as Secretary of State to get it done?
     What was the problem? Hadn’t the Boko Haram publicly pledged to assassinate the American Ambassador in Nigeria?  They had bombed the United Nation’s Headquarters in Abuja. Reportedly, the FBI, CIA, the Pentagon, the Justice Department, even the White House urged her to do so.  Some were saying that her own State Department was urging her as well?  Get this, eventually, even Al Qaeda condemned the Boko Haram.
     CNN,  careful to be balanced during its coverage of the Clintons during their many scandals raised the issue and asked the question.  Congressman Peter King was interviewed saying, “For the life of me I cannot understand why?”   For more than two years the team at Fox and Friends was totally befuddled asking again and again, “Why?”
     Well, now we can see more clearly.
     It turns out that the Clinton Foundation had received several million dollars from Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton campaign donor, Gilbert Chagoury. The billionaire owned the five star Ekko Hotel in downtown Lagos and the five star Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
     Bottom line? Could it be that labeling the Boko Haram as a terrorist organization would be bad for tourism?
     What is especially galling is the outrage Hillary Clinton later demonstrated when the very same Boko Harm kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls from a boarding school in Chibok.  Most of the girls were raped and sold across Africa as slaves by the Boko Haram.  Clinton joined First Lady, Michelle Obama in a campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.”  The mainstream media covered the story straight.
     It remains to be seen whether the media will now pick up on this story but previous accounts of Clinton’s alleged “pay to play” escapades at the State Department have passed with little or no comment.  If you resent life behind this new Iron Curtain, be sure to click on all of the links in this story and track for yourself its careful documentation.  It is one thing to live in a society where the news is censored.  It is another to passively accept it without challenge.
     Contributing to the problem is a long held American media conflict about racism and religion.  For decades our television executives and publishers have discounted African deaths, especially if they involve religious-sectarian issues. From Idi Amin to Rwanda, they have unashamedly tolerated the slaughter of thousands.  On those occasions, when covering a war was unavoidable, they would show the displaced persons camps but obfuscate when it came to the cause and the identities of the combatants, letting their North American viewers guess at what was going on.  A former employee at one of the major networks told me that the use of the names Muslim and Christian were actually forbidden in news segments until the recent rise of Islamic militants made such censorship ludicrous and damaging to the media’s own credibility.
     But for that small percentage of Americans who are trying to keep track of the truth and keep the tangled mess of the Clinton money trail somewhat coherent, here is a replay of what happened.  Hillary Clinton ended her tenure as secretary of state on February 1, 2013.  Boko Haram was not designated as a terrorist organization until November 2013.  Clinton never gave them terrorist designation on her watch.  Apparently, Gilbert Chagoury got what he paid for.  Say whatever you will about the Clinton’s, like the Lannister’s in The Game of Thrones, they always pay their debts.
     By the way, if the national news media refused to consistently report on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, ABC did feel it important to file a story about  Homeland Security apologizing to Clinton donor Gilbert Chagoury.  It seems that Chagoury’s name showed up on a no-fly list in 2010.  The billionaire Clinton buddy got a written apology from the Department of Homeland Security and ABC duly reported this historic and newsworthy moment in a special segment for its viewers.  You gotta stay informed.
     Meanwhile, the Boko Haram slaughter of Christians in Nigeria which has been ongoing for years continues unabated.  For example, while last year Isis killed 6,000 people reports say the Boko Haram killed even more, closer to 10,000.
     We may never know the salacious details of how this drama played out inside the State Department, where Hillary Clinton held off everyone from the White House to the CIA, no doubt pleasing her big money crony and Clinton Foundation donor.   She destroyed her personal emails remember?  And you can be sure those emails to Gilbert Chagoury were most definitely personal.

Clinton takes a dump, Media blames Trump

December 23, 2015

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s, ill timed toilet break in front of an audience of 7.8 million television viewers is an excellent metaphor for the 2016 presidential election.  It happened during the ABC Democratic Presidential Debate, December 19, 2015.  Basically, the whole democratic process is now in the toilet.  The national media has determined to give the White House to Hillary Clinton and no scandal, no incompetence and no lack of decorum will dislodge them from their task.

“Sorry,” Clinton said when she came back to the podium.

Of course, the mainstream media is well aware that ridicule can be even more damaging than scandal so their handling of the “Clinton Dump” is instructive. The next day the television networks refused to tell anyone in their audience what had happened. If they hadn’t found out on their own through social media they were out of luck. And it had been the smallest television audience for a debate so far this cycle.  The Democrat National Committee had arranged for that, making sure it happened the week of Christmas, trying to minimize the possibility of any opposition to Clinton.

Yet the story of Clinton’s departure from the stage was so widespread that they couldn’t ignore it either.  The network evening news, with its half hour weather reports, is verging on the cliff of irrelevancy.  It had to say something.  Thus, at the beginning of the next night’s newscasts the major networks led with a story of Donald Trump’s comments on the Clinton toilet break, as well as his comments on other events.  Trump had dismissed the moment as “disgusting.”  The networks attacked Trump’s response, and did so without telling their audiences what had triggered it.  He had done it again, they intoned, for those who could figure out what had happened.  That Donald Trump is just so classless.

In fact, it is the major television networks, now bent on cramming Clinton down our throats who have become classless.  We are talking about a handful of old men, who want to see a woman elected president in their lifetime.  It will be their gift to their wives and daughters.  And while there are many civilized and intelligent Democrat women, whose creation of wealth is less criminal and outrageous than Hillary Clinton, they know that she is the only chance they have to elect a woman in their lifetime and so she will have to do.

Hillary knows this too.  And so, say her critics, she did not shrink from extorting every major international company or government on her way through the experience of Secretary of State. “They will all forget this in a few months,” Bill probably assured her. “Look at me.  The public forgets.  And remember our dinner at Claridges?  Old Mr. so and so and his daughter love you.”

When Paula Jones first made her outrageous accusations against Bill Clinton, she was dismissed by the Clinton entourage – and the national media – as “trailer park trash.”  No one believed Ms. Jones.  Women’s groups ignored her story. The nation dismissed incumbent President George H.W. Bush’s campaign emphasis on character.  Obviously, character doesn’t mean much in American society anymore.

But today, after a decade of Bill Clinton, and stained dresses, and endless stories, we know that Paul Jones was not lying.  She was being crushed by powerful men who control television and politics in America and the pain and abuse and sexual exploitation of a single young woman did not matter.  It could be laughed off. The victims of the Clinton’s must shut up and take their medicine. Laws do not apply.  Ask the Clinton’s White House counsel, Vince Foster, who once said, that in Washington “ruining people is considered sport.” Ask Sally Perdue, who was warned not to talk about her affair with Clinton. “We know you go jogging by yourself, a former Democrat Party official allegedly told her, “and we can’t guarantee what might happen to your pretty little legs.”

It is now clear that Hillary Clinton, who turned $1,000 into $100,000 in 92 transactions in less than a year in the commodities market is going to get a pass to power.  She will not be asked to answer questions about the conflict of interest of the Clinton Foundation.  It now appears she will not have to explain anything to anybody.

Only now we know.  It is not Donald Trump who lacks class.  And it is not Paul Jones who is trailer park trash. It is the Clintons and it is the wealthy, powerful old men who are delivering up America on a platter.  They are asking that once more we put the American dream and the U.S. Constitution in suspension, this time so they can make Hillary Clinton the next president, a birthday gift wrapped in a ribbon, for their indolent daughters.

To put it in Hillary’s own words, “Sorry.”  Or, “At this point, what difference does it make?”

 

 


French baffled by Obama’s ISIS – anti abortion comparisons

December 3, 2015

President Obama’s comparison of the violence committed by ISIS in Paris and the attack by a deranged man against a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado brought gasps of surprise from some French journalists.  “There is no comparison and it cheapens the loss of life here to try to make some dubious political point back home,” I was told.  Beyond that, the feeling was that the president’s comparison was illogical.

I spoke with French citizens and government authorities earlier today by Skype and on FaceTime.

Meanwhile, here are some of the points of comparison to consider.

  1. ISIS speaks for a wing of the Islamic faith that represents millions of followers.  Even the most conservative polling data and research confirms this.  According to one recent poll, as many as 7% of all Muslims, or roughly 80 million people worldwide believe that the Koran approves of the killing of “infidels” or persons who do not share the same Islamic faith. Meanwhile, the gunman in Colorado can name no group of people, no organization, no religious denomination, no rogue pastor, no NGO, that endorses the killing of persons in the name of “anti-abortion.”
  2. ISIS is a full fledged – self declared – Caliphate with an estimated $3 million a day in income from oil and international banks who willingly do business with them.  The deranged gunman in Colorado lives in a house trailer that by some accounts he doesn’t even own.
  3. ISIS has an active online presence, with thousands of sites and postings, preaching terror and death to infidels and recruiting followers.  There is no online anti-abortion presence advocating death to abortionists or recruiting volunteers to kill them.
  4. ISIS murders number into the tens of thousands.  They have targeted Shiias, Yazidis, Kurds, and Christians.  Entire ethnic or religious populations have been wiped out in some villages and cities in the Middle East.  By comparison, since 1990 there have been a total of eight murders associated with anti abortion extremists. None of the eight were coordinated. To offer a point of reference, 136 persons have been murdered in the city of St. Louis so far this year.
  5. Ironically, Islamic laws about abortion are strikingly similar to the views of most Christians and stricter than many.  For example, it prohibits all abortions after four months, even in the case of rape.  It only makes exceptions in the case of the life of the mother.

Meanwhile, after their initial shock, most French journalists ignored the President’s comments. There was no reference to them in the French media. Most French citizens I spoke with had no idea what the President had said.

“Yes, we see this as a war against extremism,” said one French official.  “But how this relates to abortion is beyond me. Donner sa langue au chat.”

Meanwhile, a debate erupted over the American acceptance of 10,000 Syrian refugees. It will push the United States ahead of France in the number of such refugees accepted in 2015.   And this after a Syrian passport was found near one of the dead terrorists in Paris. This past summer a shocking poll revealed that that 51% of all American Muslims favored Shariah Law over the U.S. Constitution.  And a surprising 25% were okay with violence against Americans.

Back at home, Republican presidential candidates wondered if the United States shouldn’t hold off on the influx of Syrian refugees and accept some of the Christian refugees now being slaughtered by ISIS in countries across the Middle East, or even military translators and their families, who helped U.S. ground forces during the Iraq War.

At this Obama was outraged. “When I heard political leaders suggest that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing a warn-torn country is admitted…that’s shameful, that’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

Which many Christians would contend is the whole point. There is indeed a test. Christians refugees are accepted last or not allowed.

For their part, the mainstream media continues to rigidly cater to the President’s version of the world even when embarrassing events such as the tragedy in Paris interrupt.

A documentary on ABC television points out that Islam and Christianity share common verses in the Old Testament that speak of barbaric executions for crimes against religious laws.

CNN reports on a raid against a Charity in Karachi in which Christian workers were separated from Muslims, the Christians murdered, the Muslims spared, while CNN intones that there appeared to be “no indication of a motive.”

Now both Obama and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, insist that we must take the 10,000 Syrian refugees or suffer the consequences. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL,” says Obama.

Has it come to this?  We must take them, feed them, educate them and trust they will assimilate or they will blow us up?


Inside the government plans to shutdown the direct sales industry: Vemma is only the begining

September 10, 2015

The Arizona direct sales company Vemma was recently hit by the FTC and virtually shut down without a judge, jury or trial.  The income of thousands, including single mothers, housewives, young businessmen, retirees and disable veterans has been instantly blocked by the government agency.  Nobody will be paid, no matter what they have sold or how many years they have worked.

Ominously, among the reasons the FTC gave for its action, are methods that are employed by almost all other Direct Sales companies.  If Vemma is unable to survive, it could spell the end of a vibrant industry that involves 18 million Americans, 74% of them women.  It may be the last loophole allowing an ordinary person the opportunity to earn extraordinary amounts of money.

What is behind this action?

Money.

Shortly after the re-election of Barack Obama a former law enforcement – corporate security specialist called me with some interesting information.  A friend in the Justice Department was asking him for details on Multi Level Marketing companies in Utah.  They were talking names, income, the nature of their compensation plans and any questionable claims about their products.  They would welcome any gossip about lifestyle too.  Mistresses?  Lavish meals?  “Ahh, gonna take out a source of Republican money huh?” my friend joked.

It is no big secret that most entrepreneurs, including the kind who get into MLM’s, tend to be Republicans.  Just as people who believe that government has the solutions for society, tend to get jobs in government.

Rich DeVos, the co-founder of Amway one of the nation’s most successful MLM’s, was a major donors to both the Reagan and Bush presidential campaigns.  Frank VanderSloot, of Melaleuca, was the finance chairman and a $5 million fundraiser for Mitt Romney.

I have been an eyewitness to the political power of these companies and their sprawling networks of independence entrepreneurs.  In 1984, when Ronald Reagan announced his re-election, he did so at an MLM event at the Atlanta Georgia Dome.  Distributors came to the Dome for a weekend of seminars and forfeited the platform to the Reagan Campaign during the afternoon.  In another city at yet another event, I spoke just before Reagan to an audience of 10,000 MLM builders.

During the election campaign of George H.W. Bush I would often get a call from campaign manager, Lee Atwater.  “I need 500 people with signs cheering for Bush outside of Butler aviation in Raleigh Durham.”  Atwater would give me five photo ops with Bush at the foot of the airplane and in return the five MLM leaders would guarantee the crowd as requested.  In 1987, George W. Bush, working his dad’s campaign,  spoke at an MLM event I arranged, helping to funnel distributors into campaign workers.  It is not unlike what the unions do for the Democrats.

I have also been one of the pack who got the message from the top of the network.  In 2008 I was building a network in XanGo when word came down to make a $1,000 donation to Mitt Romney.  I complied.

It was only a matter of time before Obama would shut down this industry, which is a vibrant part of the economy of every other major western nation and flourishes in Russia.

There are many complaints about MLM.  The odds of success are not high, although probably a lot higher than a career in journalism or professional sports or Hollywood or – for that matter – the FTC.  The difference is MLM will take anybody and most other opportunities won’t.

In recent years the culture of MLM has diversified.  Shaklee, for example, the MLM vitamin giant, is owned by a Democrat billionaire who is a friend of Oprah Winfrey.  It will probably be the last one taken down and may even be permitted by the Obama administration to live out its retirement, as long as it remains quiet.

The danger for other MLM’s is the nature of the attack on Vemma.  They have been hit hard on “auto-ship” a policy that has products automatically shipped to a distributor unless he or she opts out in advance.  That, the FTC, contends, makes it a pyramid scheme.  Most former members of the Book of the Month Club or the Literary Guild are familiar with auto-ship.  If you signed up you got a book every month.  You could opt out but if you didn’t you had to pay for the book or send it back.  In our new “victim society” the FTC has determined that this is illegal.

It was also wrong, they say, that Vemma prospected college students.  Universities are now places where beer pong is a sport, abortions are choice, date rape is so rampant that universities refuse to publicly publish the numbers but selling vitamins to your roommate is now a crime.

(Donations to defend the industry should go to the Direct Sellers Defense Fund, Morrie Aaron: maaron@mca-financial.com)