10A011 Ten Years, Three Huge Lies by Jim Davies, 8/28/2010

Government hasn't become more truthful, yet, in the third Millennium AD. Given that it is founded always on several absolute lies (example: that A can act in B's interests better than B can) that isn't surprising - but before 2010 ends, let's highlight three of its biggest whoppers.

1. 9/11 was unprovoked. This lie was told by keeping silent, in the face of the obvious and immediate question "Why?" Nobody in government even asked that in a public forum, and any "answers" its spokesmen gave were ludicrous. "These fanatics are jealous of our freedoms" is an example, and it's nonsense; first, government goes daily about the business of reducing what freedoms remain, and secondly the attackers had a political agenda; namely to advance Muslim theocratic rule in the Islamic world, by demonstrating their ability to humble the world's biggest aggressor against Muslim interests: the 60-year US sponsorship of the Israeli State had furnished ample provocation. A few days after the Towers fell, I wrote at length about this and my 9/11 Trilogy has needed little improvement in nearly a decade.

2. Katrina was a natural disaster. The hurricane was natural enough, and quite predictable. What was unnatural was its effect on New Orleans, ie the disaster. I wrote soon afterwards that the disaster had been over a century in the making, because government had built the levees too low and too badly. For all that time, government lied by saying or implying the contrary - that the city was a safe place to live. Now, five years later, some of that mendacity is floating to the surface. The Army Corps of Engineers is being fingered for "monumental negligence"; but the Corps was just doing what government told it to do.

3. Private greed caused the Great Recession. No sooner did it start in 2008 than government and its media parrots accused firms on Wall Street of causing the crisis, bleating for bailouts and then paying top directors obscene rewards. A gross and absolute lie, which all but guarantees a repeat performance. Caught in the maelstrom, finance firms certainly protected their shareholders (for which they were properly grateful) but the cause was government itself and alone; because for almost a century only government has controlled money, and money was and is right at the root of the problem, and I outlined how in Fiat Folly in September 2008. Excess money was printed (to pay for government overspending) and some of it went into housing, while laws obliged lenders to provide mortgages to borrowers with obviously poor credit. That bosted prices faster than the cost of servicing the loans, hence a "bubble" - which burst, as it happened, in mid-2008. Money printing was the cause, and government has printed even more to "cure" the problem, lying through its teeth so as not to bear the blame.

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