AMERICAN INVESTMENT

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By: Wayne Brown

I listened to President Obama’s State of The Union speech with interest to see what grand plan he was proposing to rein in the run away spending in America which has been draining our asset base for the past three years.  When the speech was over, I essentially knew little more than when I started with the exception that the President confirmed in a round about method that he intended to continue spending at the current rate for the foreseeable future of his administration.  Of course he served up with dose of bitter medicine with a flowery, highly motivated push for investment in America’s future even if it bankrupts those who will have to live it.  At a time when we needed vision and leadership, we simply got more of what we have already seen…misguided economic and social philosophy.

 

You might have heard the President casually mention late in his speech that he planned to head down to South America to forge new partnership in the coming year.  He specifically mentioned Brazil and “investing” more of America’s money into offshore drilling in that country.  He said little or nothing of the state of affairs of offshore drilling in the USA and offered no urgency on the point.  Obviously, the President was continuing his pandering to the environmental crowd for their vote in 2012.

 

As you might remember, early on in the Obama administration, the President committed 2 billion U.S. dollars in investments to Petrobras, the giant oil company owned by the Brazilian government.  This investment of taxpayer dollars conveniently took place after Mr. Obama’s prime benefactor, George Soros, had invested his money in the offshore drilling operations of Brazil.  Some conclude this was simply a coincidence.  Others smell a rat especially in light of the restraints placed on offshore drilling in domestic waters of the USA.

 

With the news of the USA’s investment and a potential future investment that could reach as high as 10 billion dollars, the price of Petrobras stock took on an upward trend shortly afterward.  George Soros hedge fund held at least 22 million shares of Petrobras through his hedge fund investment company.  In August of 2009, Soros’ fund took advantage of the price increase and sold off the stock only to turn around and reinvest in some of the preferred premium shares of Petrobras which yield an additional 10% in dividends to the holders.  Needless to say that Soros and company made a tidy profit off of the investment impact by the USA.

 

Now President Obama is going to Brazil to firm up this partnership to a greater degree with plans to use Brazil as an alternative supplier for petroleum products.  Keep in mind that this is oil that Brazil has basically committed to China. It is not oil bound for the USA markets and the effect at best may be to relieve some of the Chinese demand for oil in other sectors of the world.

 

You might wonder why Brazil would not be more interested in producing this oil for its own consumption. Apparently, some years back, Brazil was able to find effective methods to convert the sugar cane raised in the country into a form of ethanol which is one-third to one-half the price of the current ethanol made in the USA from corn products.  With that achievement, Brazil’s need for expanding their offshore operations is primarily driven by the interest in selling the products to other countries.  So America is investing in Brazil’s offshore drilling so that Soros and Brazil can make money off the venture. I wonder when the American taxpayer will see any profit from the investment.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement by President Obama as to his intention to also invest taxpayer dollars in oil exploration in Venezuela.  Specifically, be on the look out for the names HOVENSA and Petroleos de Venezuela.  This is a joint venture currently in the works between U.S. based Hess Corp and Venezuela for the purpose of refining oil in St Croix, Virgin Islands.  By the way, in case you are wondering, George Soros recently raised his investment in Hess Corp from 3.7 million shares held to 5.1 million shares held according to his filings.  It will certainly be interesting to see if President Obama and George Soros just happen to coincidentally have the same idea once again only in Venezuela this time.

 

On the surface, all of this seems so transparent that many would simply shrug it off as nothing more than coincidence.  Certainly George Soros is getting wealthier by the day off of the investments made by the USA.  The President is playing to the environmental tone in the USA and keeping a tight lid on U.S. domestic offshore drilling as well as potential new sites in Alaska.  Brazil and Venezuela are offered up as shining alternatives to the potential environment dangers of investing in our own oil resources.  From that perspective, the President reaps the justification for investing more dollars which America does not have into foreign oil production.  He simply ignores that the removal of the government’s choke hold on U.S. domestic oil producers could enrich our oil independence and the taxpayers would not have to invest one dime.  Now that is truly transparency at work.

 

George Soros despises all that America stands for yet he is willing to whisper in the emperor’s ear and have him do his bidding in order to make money in the most underhanded of ways while appearing to have some real genius in terms of his financial savvy.  He relishes the idea of bring America to its financial knees knowing that when that time comes it will be much easier to convert it to the Socialist nation that it rightly should be; at least that is how he sees it.  There is no better way to get there than to continue to borrow money from the Chinese to cover our investments in South American oil…it’s a given.

 

Political correctness, cultural diversity, and environmental consciousness are the rules of the day in America at the present.  Our lives seem to revolve around such issues and any one person who takes issue with these concepts is immediately labeled with as many evil names as those on the left can conjure up to undermine the credibility of their argument.  As they silence those voices who might question the legitimacy of these conceptions, they mortgage America’s future again and again.  If those voices continue to go unheard and unheeded, Americans will not have to worry about future investments or national debt for America will be over, once and for all.  Give that some thought when you hear the President speaking of his new plans for investment in America’s future.

 

 

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We have managed to place ourselves at the mercy of our oil producing enemies. They now have the power to destroy the United States by simply cutting off our life blood of oil.

No oil means no fuel for big farm machines which means no food. No oil means no trucks or trains to bring anything to market and no way for essential service people to get to work. In a few days, nothing will move or work. In a few weeks, people will begin to starve.

Until we invent a new, cheap source of energy, oil is what we must have, yet our politicians have maneuvered us into a position of impending disaster with their foolishness.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

When will it end? What WillStarr said in his comments is perfect. We are putting ourselves in a very vulnerable position and making it worse by the day. All they have to do is close the oil faucet and we are all screwed.

Great hub as usual Wayne.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...Your comments are right on the money. I don't think the average citizen ever stops and asks what would happen if the trucks quit running. This is the reason there is no accountability in Washington...no one pays attention. We will pay a price for that and we will drill where the reindeer roam whether folks like it or not...we will have no choice. Sadly, it will be too late then. WB

@Old Poolman...We are being sold down the river while people get rich in the process. Rich people don't worry about the USA going to hell...they will just to some exotic island and live with their millions made on the backs of honest American people. As a nation, we need to wake up and fast! WB


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Thank you for a brilliant and important piece of writing. I don't believe in coincidence and i do know a rat by its smell. Everything about this administration is disturbing. My fear is that Obama will continue on his way unchecked because not enough of the American people are paying attention and far too many people simply rubber stamp everything he does.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Wayne - Great piece on a bad situation! If only the majority of the nation would turn off their Ipods and their Blackberry's for a few minutes and really pay attention to what is going on around them... Unfortunately, we have become a very self-interested people who have grown accustomed to thinking that the government is a benevolent benefactor who will run it's self and take care of us. We have lost sight of the principles on which are country was founded....I don't know what it will take to turn us around, but pieces like this one, are definitley a start....Thank you!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Thank you Poppy...As soon as I heard Obama mention this in his State of the Union, I knew that his relationship with Soros was alive and well. There no telling how large our investment will become in Brazilian and Venezualan oil. Whatever George wants! If he cannot ruin America from the inside as they tried to do for the first two years, the concentrate on attacking it from the outside. After all, Obama will feel more at home when America is immersed in socialism...something, unlike democracy, which he totally understands. WB

@K.Burns Darling...Thank you. You are correct, too many Americans look upon the government as the benevolent benefactor that is always looking out for our best interest...wrong! There are many agendas set to lead us down a road that America does not need to be upon and it is our job to stop it as the stakeholders in this country. WB


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sam3m 5 years ago from New York

wayne, nicely researched piece, but i'm puzzled as to why soros, who makes millions here, is pushing for a socialist economy. that would take away his wealth, wouldn't it? also, the coincidence doesn't smell right, but again, why would he want to destroy america? kind of like killing the golden goose.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Grrrr!

Fed up with 8 years of mismanagement, we voted for change and 'yes we can!' What we got was business as usual: status quo.

Big business and corporations win; the working class gets the shaft and the budget is balanced on the backs of those who can least afford it.

Political parties no longer matter--they all behave the same.

We are in dire straits in this country, and the destruction of America will be the fastest rise and fall of a superpower in history!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@sam3m...I was puzzled in the same way you describe. Why would a man who had made billions want to see America go away? Soros looks at things more globally. He is a proponent of world government, world courts, world banks, etc. and for good reason...it gets folks like the SEC off his back and allows him to try his case in the court of world opinion which is a much more liberal and easily swayed entity. Soros has made money manipulating currencies to the point that he has almost tumbled governments in Europe. Some believe he almost broke the Bank of England...others see him as an instrument of the British Empire on a mission to resestablish its greatness. Soros is a socialist in terms of his beliefs. He is a hypocrite as it pertains to capitalism in that has been the springboard for his early wealth. You will find his name associated with some of the most left leaning and liberal causes and organizations. He stays behind the scenes, lays out the money, and lets others do the dirty work. He predicted that a stimulus package would be used in America to the tune of at least 600 billion dollars before the 2008 elections were held. I have to think that he sees a world with a redistributed basis of wealth which of course does not touch his investments. At the age of 14, he sold his own Jewish people out to the Nazis in the interest of saving his own neck and then accompanied the Nazis to some of their houses to confiscate their belongs. He rationalizes all this by saying that if the Nazis did not do it someone would have therefore his conscience is clear. He apparently has no allegiance or loyal to anything except the process of manipulation nor does he care who gets hurt in the process. His hedge fund operations are held offshore because his dealings have been so tainted with regard to US laws and insider trading. It is difficult to find any redeeming qualities in the man and for all the man he has made, I truly question his intelligence. Thanks for the great comments. WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@DzzyMsLizzy...When Obama spoke of transparency, we assumed that he meant the government. It appears that he was talking about his plans for America and the deals he is willing to enter into. It does not appear that he hides much nor does he bear any shame for the company which he keeps. All of this makes me want to grab on to the "conspiracy" aspect of the recent Gulf oil spill. The spill so conveniently played into his plan in South America. I really think Soros is pulling a lot of strings in this administration. I cannot wait for it to end. WB


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Investment is a euphemism for spending.I don't exactly know what soros is about but he is not a friend to our values or at least my values.It seems that the extremists on the left have taken over.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@dahoglund...Yes, basically Obama told the American public that he plans to keep spending at the same rate in the future. As for Soros...too many Americans do not know who he is but should...he is the disturbance in the force. WB


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Wayne, B.O. accomplished next to nothing in the Illinois Senate, he accomplished nothing in the U.S. Senate and the same goes for his Presidency. But the man ran on nothing, and that's what we got. Is he then a failure? H


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Kindacrazy 5 years ago from Tennessee

Wayne, since everyone has said what I was thinking, I have nothing left to say except, GREAT writing and info.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Harvey Stelman...I guess his admistration should be like the Seinfeld Show...something about nothing. Unfortunately the theme seems to be the ruination of America...George Soros' dream. His image will go down in American history as the time that we lost sight of our direction as a democratic republic. WB

@Kindacrazy...Thanks much...that as good as the compliments get! WB


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Dusty Snoke 5 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

I agree with Kindacrazy, everyone has already said my thoughts. Great hub, well done.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Dusty Snoke...Thank you. I appreciate the read and please stop by again anytime. WB


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Wayne even the aftermath of these decisions has had a ripple effect on the rest of the world. For Ireland, the price of fuel has gone through the roof and with the British recession it is making times very hard. As a community carer, who does not get an allowance for fuel, I am having to be more particular in the runs I take. This then has a comeback not only for the company but for the old people who deserve their care so much. I am not the only community worker who feels the same. What will happen to our welfare state if this continues I hate to think.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...As much as I hate to say it, I think things will continue to get worse. The days of affordable gasoline are gone and slowly that effect almost singularly will raise the price of most everything else due to the transportation aspects. It becomes a circular error...employees will demand more pay from their employer who in turn will demand higher prices from the market which in turn will raise prices to the consumer who happens to also be the employer and the employee. Entitlement expense is a big cost in America. Social Security is a large part of that. There are those who would say that we should get rid of it which seems like an easy solution. It is not. Much of our elderly population is dependent on it to just survive...my mother included. The deserve to get it because the government took their money and made them a promise. In any other circle of life, backpedaling on that promise would be labeled as a "ponzi scheme" designed to rip people off...the same thing Madoff did to his investors over time. The fault with Social Security is simply the government mismanaged the money and now the taxpayers must make up for that mismanagement...it's theft on both sides of the equation. If we do away with entitlements, we need to do it in a manner that those who have paid into the system, get their just due before it ends. That means any termination as such must be a ways out there. As you look at what is happening world wide in terms of energy, the same will eventually happen in terms of food staples...until we finally become once again a world where one nation attacks the other for its resources and to maintain their own survival...we have come this far only to return to an animal instinct world. Too bad no one forsaw the need to balance agriculture with industry, energy with use, and war with peace. For all that mankind has become, he will eventually return to his caveman instincts for survival....sad. WB


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Wayne that is such a frightening thought, but you are so correct. The struggle for power is seen the world over and it is such as the government that starts these struggles, only to lead our boys into war. What are they fighting for, and why just on the ego of several men do they put their lives at risk. It is such a shame that dog eat dog at the moment when everyone should be concerned about each other. Michael Jackson's Earth Song is very true.

When I was growing up in the 60s neighbours watched out for each other. Human kindness was plentiful and such a thing as locking your door to stop burglars was never thought of. Now instead of looking deeper into each countries resources we are hell bent on theft. Why can't human kind be happy to survive happily together, am I the only one who is not interested in self gains or big ego trips?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...as much as we don't like to think it is true, there are those in the world who derived as much from manipulating the world as one does from a good chess match. It is a part of avarice and greed but so much more...far beyond even the stimulus of power. Sometimes wer fight because no one has left us an alternative and some things are worth fighting for. Things just seem to turn out different that many assume they will...for example, far too many assumed that China would simply be a third world nation henceforth content on raising rice and making cheap toys. With their industrialization, their ability to raise rice will slowly diminish until the agricultural sector is out of proportion with the needs of the population. Then, the world will become their food basket and the competition for staples will drive prices up as greed takes hold. Far too many have just assumed that the way things were in the world was the way they would stay and when the Soviet Union fell, too many breathed a sigh of relief yet they were really not the true threat that we faced for the long term. China will not fall so easily nor will it give up what it needs in the process. Asia wil shift the money and the power of the world...eventually. WB


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Great hub but I don't know why you seem not to monetize you hubs


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@speedbird...Thanks for the good words. I do AdSense but do not utilize the others much. I only do AdSense on my stories and comments...not my poems. I find the ads quite distracting when I am reading other people's work so I had rather not go there...the writing first and the money later sort of thing. Thanks. WB


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Every lawyer will be on the side of business. Elect a republican. Elect a democrat. It's all destroy whatever the hell you can for "jobs/slavery". The 1% own the world. It's time this job and corporation became a co-op. The fake democracy we have where our lawyers are appointed to lie to us has to stop. It will not be stopped by electing another republican. It will not be stopped by electing a democrat. All lawyers are republicans after they are elected. This is America where we let lawyers, who will never run a court-room- run America and the world.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Micky Dee...You know they say a "crying shame" is a busload of lawyers going off a cliff with one empty seat. It is an amazing profession in that it ironically seems to be the least trusted of what should be the most trusted. Go figure. WB


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AJReissig 5 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

Great article. When you look at the first 100 years of this country, you have to ask yourself "how did we come to this"? This is everything that our country should stand against.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@AJReissig...And to think, we really thought Bill Clinton could lie. He is no match when it comes to Obama and his explanations. The only time that I think he might have a patriotic bone in his body is when he is painting things red, white, and blue to cover up his dealings for Soros or the labor unions...anything to buy a vote for 2012. I hope that we are seeing a revolution of sorts in America and that fact comes shing through at the polls in 2012. We might then take sanity out of the lost and found and get America back on the track it was designed to be on. Thanks for your great comments! WB


Texasbeta 5 years ago

It is hilarious how you view Soros as the king bee of big oil, while Koch and every oil company has literally owned Republicans for years. What a joke. When are you going to write about the securitization food chain and how that happened? I'd check into that if I were you.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Texasbeta...I don't view George Soros as the king bee of big anything. I view him as an inside trading bottom of the deck dealing card cheat who manipulates money in order to satisfy his social desires. I have not heard the Koch family expounding on how evil the USA is and how they will do everything in their power to bring it to its knees. Do they makey...I am sure they do. I will start worrying about them when they start trying to take America down a socialist path like the resident genius Soros has attempted with his minions. WB


Texasbeta 5 years ago

On a side note - watch that movie the Inside Job. Phenomenal...opens up all kinds of thoughts.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Texasbeta...Hey, thanks much Beta! I will check it out out...love to have the juices flow. I appreciate your comments! WB


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DannyMaio 5 years ago from New York

hello wayne, great hub!! i will make sure people can see truth. as far as soros and why we would do this and will he not lose money? All i can say is and this is my thoughts not facts but think they make logical sense. He is like 80 something years old and will never have to worry about money so why not try and make a name for yourself or see if you can actually take down a few countries. he has hit the UK already and a few others, You can not take the money with you when you die and all the terrible things this man has seen from the holocaust I believe probably effected him also. He had to evict his fellow jews and played he wasnt jewish. If his plan works the name George Soros will always be remembered. just a thought. keep up the outstanding hubs.


Texasbeta 5 years ago

You know, you are the only hardcore Republican on here I genuinely like. Good talking with ya man. Later on.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Danny Maio...Yes, it is amazing what happens to people when they get so rich that making money is not enough...manipulation must be invoked. We live in some dangerous times. Thanks for the read and the good comments.

@Texasbeta..Thanks man...that's quite a compliment. My best to ya! WB


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DannyMaio 5 years ago from New York

LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT ON!!!!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@DannyMaio...Glad you think so...Thanks much! WB

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