Sunday, November 4, 2012
Dubya returns - still much like The Shadow
For these miillion-billion-zillionaires, since it is not possible to get to heaven while they are still breathing, the Caymans are their luxurious tax-free destination of choice. Smart money-guys like Mitt Romney would have it no other way.
The true Republican brand of the party's moneyed achievers was again disclosed a few days ago when reports filtered out of the Caymans that George W. Bush was on hand to be the keynote speaker at a global investment conferfence. In the perfect fit of the Ritz-Carlton. On Grand Cayman Island.
But then we lost the narrative of Dubya's sudden reappearance like Jacob Marley's ghost. Until then we had given up on seeing the former president again inasmuch as his party declared him to be a non-person in the current campaign. We could be heard shouting, "George W. Bush LIVES!"
But no sooner than we wanted to eavesdrop on his return, the entire trip was blacked out. Reporters were banned from covering the speech and the participants who paid $4,000 to hear it were told not to say a word about it. Conference spokesman Dan Kneipp said the restrictions were imposed by Bush's staff.
As long as the topic is investment savvy, do you think that somebody might have asked Dubya about why he approved the trade of Sammy Sosa when he was a managing partner of the Texas Rangers? Or how Texas oilmen rushed to his aid to buy his cash-poor oil company? "I'm all name and no money," he once said. But now as his party is concerned, it's the other way around.