By Manifesto Joe
So, who would name their son Tagg? For that matter, who would name their son Mitt? I suppose it doesn't matter what one's name is, provided that one conducts oneself with a modicum of honor. That, it seems, is too much to expect.
Tagg Scumney is a major investor in a company that owns a lot of voting machines in Ohio, a presidential election battleground state. Can you say conflict of interest?
Here's a link outlining the problem. This cries out for an investigation NOW, before the major voting takes place.
And, it gets worse. The Scumney family investment group has been linked to the $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme that got Texas swindler Allen Stanford sent to prison for a 110-year sentence. No Scumneys are under investigation -- well, not in a direct, CRIMINAL way -- but ask some of those who were swindled if that translates into clean hands. The last thing I read about this is that they "aren't cleared."
And it gets worse still. Greg Palast, in The Nation, exposes how the Scumney clan profited, to the tune of $15.3 million, off the auto industry bailout that Mitt Scumney regularly condemns when he's on the campaign trail.
I've seen pond scum like this before, too many times in my life. It's just business, they seem to reason, and that's a totally amoral realm in the eyes of such people. And many people seem to have a perverse admiration for their great mastery of mammon.
Such people make much ado about not smoking or drinking, and they're in church every time the door opens. (They usually wear too much cologne or perfume, perhaps to hide the de facto stench.)
But when it comes to making big loot off other people's toil and misfortune -- in their view, what does one thing have to do with the other?
I think this kind of trashy behavior has even made it to the White House before, and recently. We, the American people, have got a chance to stop it this time, if we will.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.