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It Would Be Funny if It Weren't so Infuriating

Wednesday, 13 February 2002 12:00 AM

The poor befuddled darlings have had their hearts set on convincing the public that Kenny-boy Lay had President Bush and his administration in his hip pocket and was able, by some unseen and inexplicable legerdemain to extract all sorts of goodies from Washington.

Achieving that goal, they thought, would deprive the president of his current sky-high popularity ratings and help them recapture control of Capitol Hill in the November elections.

Cruel fate, however, has intervened. It would appear that all those lavish contributions to Bush in his various campaigns bought Mr. Lay nothing but a couple of cold-hearted turndowns when he beseeched the president's people to pull Enron out of the ditch into which its skullduggery had driven it, before the company sank into the mire and disappeared from sight.

Ingrates that they are, they turned their backs on Mr. Lay, leaving him to contemplate the cold, hard fact that money doesn't really buy happiness after all.

Of course, a lot of Lay's largesse was ladled out to Democrats, too, but since everybody knows that Democrats are unimpeachably honest and would never provide favors for contributors who gave them big bucks, they could simply overlook that rather inconvenient fact and concentrate on revealing that the rascally Republicans were up for sale for big Enron bucks. After all, they got so much of Lay's lucre.

But alas, that dog would not hunt. It wouldn't even bark. Despite the dedicated efforts of the Marxist media, the National Socialist Democrat Party (NSDP) has been unable to uncover a scintilla of evidence that Enron got one damned thing out of its unrestrained generosity.

Sure, as big, big donors they got a hearing from time to time. That's the way things are done in Washington. Big donors get access. That's why they are big donors.

But access isn't a guarantee that you'll get your heart's desire. And on the record, in the case of the Bush administration that access provided nothing but a hearing – and a series of turndowns.

If that weren't bad enough news for the media and the NSDP, lurking in the background is the case of another monster corporate crash, one that clearly implicates the Democrats in some rather unseemly dealings.

Global Crossing, an international fiber-optic cable provider that has wired everything but the stellar system, just went boom. It came crashing down, dislodging scores of employees and rendering worthless the stock held by lots of innocent investors.

The media have finally turned their attention to a matter that NewsMax.com has been looking at for quite a while. But the major media aren't looking very hard. That, after all, could prove embarrassing to their NSDP patrons.

Last weekend, the New York Times wrote extensively about the Global Crossing debacle. Unfortunately, the Times appeared unable to find any involvement by major political figures, especially by any big-time members of the NSDP, even when the connection between the company and the top echelon of the Democrat establishment is a known fact.

Amazingly, about halfway though the lengthy article, the Times suddenly found a political connection. It seems that former President Bush had taken Global Crossing stock in lieu of an $80,000 lecture fee.

Unmentioned were a few rather intriguing facts about Global Crossing and the current chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton's handpicked choice to head the DNC.

Mr. McAuliffe and Global Crossing chairman Gary Winnick were bosom buddies. In 1997 Mr. Winnick, out of the goodness of his heart, allowed McAuliffe to buy Global Crossing stock for $100,000 – a bargain-basement price – before it was made available to the public.

Just two years later, McAuliffe sold that stock for $18 million. Had he held on to the stock it would now be worthless. He got out while the going was good.

Mr. McAuliffe introduced Winnick to his other bosom buddy, President William Jefferson Clinton. They played golf together, and in a show of gratitude Mr. Winnick dished out $1 million for the Clinton Presidential Library.

Not surprisingly, Global Crossing got a $400 million contract with the Pentagon, which has since been canceled. Somebody called the contract "smelly."

As it lay mortally wounded, Global Crossing suddenly attracted a potential savior, Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing, owner of Hutchison Whampoa (HW). Together with another company, Singapore Technologies Telemedia Ltd., HW will put up $750 million to save the company and get it out of bankruptcy.

Li Ka-Shing is very close to the Communist Chinese leadership. Hutchison Whampoa has been linked by intelligence agencies to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese intelligence community.

Thanks to an OK by Mr. Clinton, an OK given despite those known facts, HW now controls ports at both ends of the Panama Canal.

One cannot help but wonder if Mr. Li's arrival on the Global Crossing scene mightn't have been at the behest of the former president. After all, he owes him one.

Our Marxist media are having a hard time with this. Bound and determined to create a phony Enron/Bush/GOP connection, they now find themselves facing what is beginning to look like a genuine political scandal they won't be able to ignore much longer.

As I said, it would be funny if it weren't so infuriating.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute.

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