25 June 2020 — New Eastern Outlook
Donald Trump is finished. He’s gone halfway to destroying the office of President of the United States. The “deep state” he swore he would eradicate, they’re massaging the shoulders of truth killer Joe Biden as if to ready him like a has-been boxer about to emerge from a sweaty arena tunnel of American politics. But nobody is talking about the 2020 endgame. If all the world is a great big geopolitical stage, what does the final act promise?
A lingering pandemic still grips the world. The economic knockout punch is still cocked back ready to be unleashed by a bruiser of a market equalizer. Meanwhile, gut-punched by with trillions more in public debt, a flabby, out of shape U.S. economy is revealed most strangely. Images of protests all over the nation, bloody streets, clouds of tear gas, and strangled persons of color are painted on a canvas that shows the poverty, despair, and hopelessness of the multitude previously hidden. CNN and Fox have been so focused on the Trump show, they’ve missed the medieval peons of America, the millions scratching out an existence while billionaires coddle the fat, careless, middle class. Anybody sitting ringside at this one can smell the coming defeat. Trump has already thrown the fight even before round one, and the bookmakers are about to collect.
In November Donald Trump will not even make it one minute before being smashed to the canvas by former Vice-President Joe Biden. The way this dog and pony show was meant to end was preordained before Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2016. Trump, weary of the White House and “almost” having to work for a living, will not even make the effort to dodge the mystery punch that takes him down. Biden won’t break a sweat, at least not until it’s his turn to be the heavyweight champion. Then, by New Year’s Eve 2021, the bookies standing behind the liberal order’s punch drunk slugger will collect. When America’s economic bubble bursts this time, the new president will blame Trump, then a redux of 2008 and the Great Recession will happen. Only this time they’ll create trillionaires instead of billionaires.
The world is about to be fleeced. Just in case you’re not a political-sports analyst who’s paying attention. Trump and Co. have been playing Tweet for profit in the market almost four years now, but the billions they’ve banked will seem like longshot bets when the banksters and hedge fund owners start taking over more than a million U.S. small businesses, what’s left of freehold private property, retail, manufacturing, and public sector contracts for everything from mail shipping to chicken farming to supply Walmart stores. I know, the fight prediction is starting to sound fantastical and impossible, but trust me, it’s get’s much worse. You can sense the scope of the coming carnage in this New York Times story about Trump’s Federal Reserve plan diversion, which pretends to help small businesses. Let me quote here from the report, to give you an idea of the scope of the coming scam:
“Publicly traded firms that employ about 8.1 million people — roughly 26 percent of all employment at tracked publicly traded companies — are all or mostly excluded from direct government relief, based on an analysis by Samuel Hanson, Jeremy Stein and Adi Sunderam of Harvard, along with Eric Zwick of the University of Chicago.”
Now, we begin to understand why the Trump administration has refused to give Congress and the people an accounting of who is on the receiving end of the government’s taxpayer-backed small-business assistance grants and lending, which is more than $500 billion. But, what’s interesting about this, and diabolical on a level never seen before, is what some of this money will be used for.
To better understand what is about to take place, all one has to do is think like a mafia kingpin for a moment. In modern business capital is protection. To create a protection racket, all any mafioso has to do is restrict the flow of capital. Or, in the case of the U.S. government’s PPP program, “protect” one business while at the same time killing another. Take, for example, the real estate investment trust (REIT) Ashford Hospitality Trust, which the Washington Post said received government assistance through loans that were, at the time, legal. Here’s where things get a little tricky because some of these loan recipients were required by law to return monies if they did not fall into the guidelines of the new regulations. But the Trump administration’s refusal to release PPP and other financial records, essentially covers up which companies got what.
For the sake of my report, Ashford Hospitality Trust is as good a case as any to prove my points. As anyone who can read or watch TV knows, the travel sector has been hit harder than almost any other by the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Ashford Hospitality Trust is into hotels. The trust’s biggest investors bear mentioning here, Vanguard Group, Renaissance Technologies, and BlackRock are notoriously greedy when it comes to running other people out of business. I won’t get into these funds and their histories, but Renaissance was a top contributor to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016. This hints at my constant reference to “good cop and bad cop” politics in the U.S. But let’s get back to hotels and Ashford Hospitality.
According to this recent (PDF) Ashford Hospitality Trust portfolio report, the trust controls 24,842 rooms at various hotels/motels across the U.S. The list of hotels controlled ranges from the independents like the Residence Inn Phoenix Airport to the luxurious Ritz Carlton Atlanta. Now, let’s consider what happens if the Trump administration props up the businesses like Ashford Hospitality Trust (and by proxy Vanguard Group and others) while at the same time failing to help competing hotels. In a world of capitalist greed based on growth, can you visualize how the liberal order may be planning to extend its failed model? A takeover, worldwide, complete. This will buy another decade or two. And we will pay for our enslavement.
Out of the confusion, under the table, and even right in front of our eyes, the war for the last ingots of gold on planet Earth is being waged. I’ve said this many times, but I can honestly say I never truly believed it would happen. Or rather, I hoped and prayed it would not. Democracy, freedom, a peaceful prosperous world, these were the things all of us were taught to strive for. Now we see that there is no system in place for any of that to happen. Pirates and privateers sail every coast, and dirty fighters will sell out any contest, for the last drop of profit to be directed to those who have always ruled. Not even a revolution can solve the situation. Someone will figure out how to profit from that too. Our dismal failures are “home to roost” as the saying goes. On a longshot, maybe some candidate invests a few billion to become a write-in savior, but those with billions have their candidates already.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma Rally for Trump that there was so much fuss over, this was the bell sounding the opening and final round of the Trump versus Biden fake circus. Almost nobody showed, and the worst president ever was furious. “The Donald” will soon retire to his senior playboy lifestyle, only billions richer, while one of the destroyers of Ukraine takes up the title belt, to finally end democracy once and for all. The liberal order will go on, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Not even Putin. Gridlock is the legacy of humanity. The endless wars, financial or real, will go on until profit is impossible on a barren, used up rock spinning through space. The sad thing is, there’s not even a contender on the horizon. No one will put on the gloves to battle even pitiful aging politicians bought and paid for by soulless promoters. And that’s the final bell on COVID-19.
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”