Monday, February 08, 2016

Another Vulture Hovering

An article by investigative reporter Greg Palast throws light on something of interest regarding Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and one Paul Singer:
The big boys are confident that Sen. Marco Rubio has locked up the Republican nomination. But who’s locked up Rubio?

We all know who Marco Rubio is, we've also read of his loopy repetitive style, as reported from Saturday's debate.
What was Marco Rubio thinking Saturday night in Manchester, New Hampshire? Why would he repeat the same canned talking point four times, even after Chris Christie accused him of constantly repeating his canned talking points?
But Paul Singer...?

Paul Elliott Singer (born August 22, 1944) is an American hedge fund manager, investor, philanthropist and political activist. He is the founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation, what the New York Times terms an "activist hedge fund", and (via his Paul E. Singer Foundation) a prominent New York based philanthropist.

In 2015, Forbes rated Singer's net worth as $2.1 billion. In 2015, Singer was 327th on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, 1006th among the world's billionaires, 350th of American billionaires, and the 16th highest earning hedge fund manager. His investment style has been described by the Washington Post as either "an activist investor" or a "vulture capitalist".

Singer is active in Republican Party politics and is a staunch supporter of gay rights since his son came out in 1998.

From Greg Palast's piece (do read the whole article for context)

...But The Vulture has a problem: Hillary Clinton. As Secretary of State, Clinton went to court on Argentina’s side and body-blocked every ugly attempt by The Vulture to savage Argentina.

Singer is screeching. A President Hillary would cost Singer billions. (As would a President Sanders, a stalwart foe of vulture financiers.) To counter Hillary, The Vulture hatched a Senator: one Marco Rubio. Senator Rubio has made several ethically dubious attempts to bully the Treasury and State Departments on Singer’s behalf.

That failed, so Singer has decided to put the anti-gay martinet Rubio into the White House. (Singer’s son is married to a man—but hey, to Singer, a feast of billions means more to him than family.)

Yet Singer knows you can’t put a Rubio in the Oval Office by winning the most votes. No way. Changing demographics doom almost any GOP candidacy.

The only way to take the White House is to block the vote of millions of voters of color.

So this guy is trying to buy the presidency via Marco Rubio? I'd like to take a look at Singer's natal chart. It'll have to be a 12 noon chart as time of birth is unknown.

Born 22 August 1944 in New York City

Oh look! His natal Sun is on the same degree of Leo (29) as Donald Trump's ascendant, and conjunct Fixed Star Regulus!

What a tightly bundled chart it is too. That's evidence of determined focus, and we don't have to guess in which direction Singer's attention has been for most of his life.

Four personal planets plus Chiron all in meticulous Virgo, with Moon somewhere in Libra, whatever his time of birth. Virgo can be meticulous in many ways, not all of them virtuous it seems.

I'm going to leave the rest of the astrological to Jude Cowell at Stars over Washington - she wrote about Singer in December 2011.


mike said...

Well, Paul Singer's connection to Marco Rubio should come as no surprise, as most of the wealthy, political donors have connections to at least one of the puppet-trope candidates. Singer is part of the American Opportunity Alliance, one of many groups funneling money to their chosen politicians. There are far richer and greedier global billionaires to consider: Waltons, Koch, etc.

It appears that Marco Rubio's day in the Sun turned cloudy and dark Saturday was a brief parting of the clouds for his picnic...LOL. Never know, he may return, but I suspect it's over for him. That leaves Singer to find another surrogate for his deeds and that shouldn't be difficult. It should be obvious to Republican donor-repressives that the Republicans have been in melt-down mode for some time now and it may be time to talk to Hillary, if they haven't already...they are known to cover all bases. I can't imagine Trump or Sanders wanting the taint.

This election cycle is amazing! Trump is the best dish the Republicans have on their table and he offers dyspeptic, unpalatable fare that is sure to provide salmonella.

Astrologer Raymond Merriman has been stating for some time now that the Saturn-Neptune square (aka the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square) will provide chaos and mayhem for those that lie, cheat, misrepresent, steal, etc. His advice is to be as clean as possible at all times. Go Bernie!

Twilight said...

mike ~ Greg Palast seems to think that Singer is bigger (or more dangerous) than Waltons or Kochs:
The Vulture, not the Kochs, has become the Number One funder of the Republican Party. The Vulture’s blessing signals to the other billionaires where to place their bets. Yes, singer has picked a loser, unless he intends sending Rubio on some kind of debaters' finishing course to polish his lack of skill and ability to think on his feet.

We can but hope that Mr Merriman is correct.

Go get 'em Bernie!

And to Maddy Albright and Gloria Steinem and any other female who would tell me, and all other young or old women that if we don't vote for Clinton there's a special place in Hell for us - I say that they should keep their dang mouths zipped on the topic lest they unleash a whole tide of something they'd be best not having to hear.
Oh - and see you there Maddy!

mike (again) said...

I've been perplexed by Hillary's blurring-of-the-lines about her self-appointed, moderate stance, while claiming to be a progressive, with her quip that it should be OBVIOUS that she's progressive since she's a female in a male-dominated candidacy. Any of her modest attempts at progressive tendencies have been switcheroos to appeal to the left. It would be an error to elect Hillary only for gender equality.

Here's Politico's funder breakdown for 2014 [ ]

Tom Steyer San Francisco Farallon Capital Management (hedge fund) founder $74.3 million
Michael Bloomberg New York Bloomberg L.P. founder and CEO $27.7 million
Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO $13.2 million
Paul Singer New York Elliot Management Corporation (hedge fund) founder and CEO $12.6 million
Fred Eychaner Chicago Newsweb Corporation founder and chairman $9.7 million
Bob Mercer Suffolk County, N.Y. Renaissance Technologies (hedge fund) co-CEO $8.4 million
Jim Simons New York Renaissance Technologies (hedge fund) founder $8.3 million
Joe Ricketts Jackson Hole, Wyo. TD Ameritrade founder $6.8 million
Dick Uihlein Lake Forest, Ill. Uline, Inc. co-founder and CEO $6.7 million
David Koch New York Koch Industries Vice President $6.2 million

There are so many ways donors can contribute without being identified...the list above is DIRECT contributions.

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ Yes - that theory makes Carly Fiorina a progressive also then? But many will not connect those dots.

Hmmm well Greg Palast ought to have done more research it seems. But... Steyer and Bloomberg donate to the Dems , so Singer does come a close second to Adelson as top patron of the Republicans. It's a sickening scenario though!

Rubio will probably not suffer too much from his stumble, it's not as though all Republicans watched that debate, or have even read about it. It'll be interesting to watch his progress (or lack of it) anyway.