Carbon Tax Scam Shifts from Climate to Poverty

Paul Joseph Watson

As the science behind global warming becomes increasingly discredited and its proponents are exposed as eugenics-obsessed control freaks who care only about destroying freedom, the effort to make Americans pay a global tax has shifted from the justification of climate change to that of poverty.

As we documented on Sunday, leaders from 60 nations will be meeting at the UN this week to push a tax on world financial transactions, formally launching a massive program to bankrupt the middle class and enrich the coffers of global government.

Separately, the leaders of Spain and France are also now calling for new “financing sources” with which to build the infrastructure of a one world government. Remember, this has nothing to do with poverty. As the leaked Danish text revealed, global institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank have no intention of handing the money looted from American taxpayers to poorer countries, they will merely continue to keep the third world in bondage with crippling loans while withholding the real wealth for themselves.

“We need to make more effort to look for alternative financing sources … that aren’t as vulnerable as the budgets of developed countries when faced with crises like the one we’re seeing today,” said Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

“Both he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for some form of financial tax to raise money to combat poverty, an idea already rejected by the International Monetary Fund and many Group of 20 major developed and developing nations,” reports Reuters.

Although climate change still gets a token mention in the call for a global tax, the justification of poverty has firmly overtaken it as the primary ruse via which globalists plan to conduct a massive transfer of wealth – not to poor nations – but to their own back pockets.

As the science behind global warming becomes increasingly discredited and its proponents are exposed as eugenics-obsessed control freaks who care only about destroying freedom, the effort to make Americans pay a global tax has shifted from the justification of climate change to that of poverty.

As we documented on Sunday, leaders from 60 nations will be meeting at the UN this week to push a tax on world financial transactions, formally launching a massive program to bankrupt the middle class and enrich the coffers of global government.

Separately, the leaders of Spain and France are also now calling for new “financing sources” with which to build the infrastructure of a one world government. Remember, this has nothing to do with poverty. As the leaked Danish text revealed, global institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank have no intention of handing the money looted from American taxpayers to poorer countries, they will merely continue to keep the third world in bondage with crippling loans while withholding the real wealth for themselves.

“We need to make more effort to look for alternative financing sources … that aren’t as vulnerable as the budgets of developed countries when faced with crises like the one we’re seeing today,” said Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

“Both he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for some form of financial tax to raise money to combat poverty, an idea already rejected by the International Monetary Fund and many Group of 20 major developed and developing nations,” reports Reuters.

Although climate change still gets a token mention in the call for a global tax, the justification of poverty has firmly overtaken it as the primary ruse via which globalists plan to conduct a massive transfer of wealth – not to poor nations – but to their own back pockets.

As the recently leaked UN blueprint revealed, the elite are determined to use a global tax as just one of the weapons in their arsenal to dismantle the middle class of richer nations.

In their own words, the globalists talk of their aim to “limit and redirect the aspirations for a better life of rising middle classes around the world,” in other words to reduce the standard of living for the middle classes in Western Europe and America.

As the opening session paper puts it: “The real challenge comes from the exponential growth of the global consumerist society driven by ever higher aspirations of the upper and middle layers in rich countries as well as the expanding demand of emerging middle-class in developing countries. Our true ambition should be therefore creating incentives for the profound transformation of attitudes and consumption styles.”

This is globalist talk for dismantling the middle classes by looting them with global taxes and consumption levies in the name of alleviating poverty in poorer areas of the world and stopping climate change. However, as we have already explained, this is merely a ruse. The money will not be “redistributed” to the poor, it will be swallowed up by the same globalist institutions running the scam.

To achieve their goal, the UN will have to oversee “nothing less than a fundamental transformation of the global economy,” states the report. In other words, economic growth will wither and be replaced by a “green economy” and a “post-industrial revolution.”

Since Spain’s “fundamental transformation” of its economy over to a “green economy” has devastated the country, with unemployment hitting a crippling 20 per cent, it’s unsurprising that Zapatero is now calling for a new global levy on financial transactions in an effort to force already destitute Americans to pick up the tab for the failed and economically crippling “green” measures that he inflicted on his own country while doing the bidding of his globalist masters.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.

As Predicted, Spain on the Brink of Collapse

The tentacles of the international banking cartel are about to envelop the fifth most important economy of the old continent

The Independent

European leaders meet in Brussels today amid growing fears that Spain, Europe’s fifth-largest economy, is preparing to ask for a

The horns of the depression are in Spain's rearview mirror. An aid package is in the works to rescue one more failed State.

bailout which would dwarf the €110bn (£90bn) rescue plan for Greece.

The Spanish government yesterday dismissed reports that it was already in discussions with the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the US Treasury for a rescue package worth up to €250bn.

Officials in Madrid, Brussels and Paris were forced to deny that a Spanish bailout – which would take the European debt and euro crisis into a potentially dangerous new phase – was on the Brussels summit agenda.

“Spain is a country that is solvent, solid and strong, with international credibility,” said its Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The European Commission spokesman said: “I can firmly deny [that a Spanish rescue is under discussion]. I can say that that story is rubbish.”

Brussels diplomats have been at pains to send out feel-good signals ahead of a summit in which Europe’s leaders are supposed to take the first steps towards more disciplined and co-ordinated, control of national finances. Those reforms are meant to restore confidence in the euro and underpin the €750m EU and IMF safety-net, created last month for euroland countries that lose the confidence of the financial markets.

However, it is proving hard to shake off persistent market fears about Spain, which, if it needed a lifeline, would swallow up a large part of the emergency fund. Worryingly for the EU, the doubts about Spain – whether real or driven by speculation – are eerily similar to the gradual seeping away of confidence that sent Greece into a financial death spiral in March and April. The Spanish government’s cost of borrowing hit a new record yesterday. The interest rate gap, or spread, between 10-year Spanish bonds and their German equivalents, rose by more than 0.10 of a point to 2.23 percentage points.

A senior Spanish banker, Francisco Gonzalez, chairman of the BBVA financial services group, confirmed that foreign private banks were now refusing to provide liquidity to their Spanish counterparts. “Financial markets have withdrawn their confidence in our country,” he said. “For most Spanish companies and entities, international capital markets are closed.”

As a result, the European Central Bank is said to have provided record amounts of liquidity to Spanish banks in recent days. The closure of bank-to-bank credit to Spanish institutions recalls to some market commentators the ripple of crisis through the global financial system after the fall of Lehman Brothers in the Autumn of 2008.

The IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected in Madrid tomorrow to see Mr Zapatero – but brushed off speculation of a crisis. “It’s a working visit,” he told reporters in Paris. “I am in France [today] – are there such rumours about France?”

Fears over Spain’s finances checked the recovery of the euro on money markets yesterday. The single currency lost much of the gains it had made in the past seven days.

One of the proposals on the table at the Brussels summit is public “stress tests” to force banks to reveal the state of their books. The Spanish government offered yesterday to open the books of its own private banks unilaterally to prove that they were sound.

Today’s summit in Brussels was intended to be a time for the EU leaders to catch their breath and discuss ways of restoring the euro’s long-term credibility. The threatened Spanish crisis may blow all that out of the water.

Despite an apparent rapprochement between Paris and Berlin this week, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel remain deeply divided on how to prevent the currency and debt crisis from dumping Europe back into recession. Mr Sarkozy has agreed to drop his proposals for new institutional machinery for a political “government” of the euro by its 16 member states. Ms Merkel prefers to talk of a vague “governance” of the euro, and European state spending, by all 27 EU governments.

More fundamentally, Paris is deeply concerned that the austerity plans announced by Berlin last week could – on top of budget cuts in other countries – plunge Europe into crisis.

The French fears were echoed yesterday by the billionaire investor, George Soros, who warned that Europe would almost certainly face a recession next year which might generate “social unrest” and the kind of populist nationalism seen in the 1930s. “That’s the real danger of the present situation – that by imposing fiscal discipline at a time of insufficient demand and a weak banking system… you are actually… setting in motion a downward spiral,” he said.

The collapse of Spain’s housing boom has helped fuel a deep downturn which has sent unemployment spiralling to 20 per cent, the second worst in the EU. Mr Zapatero introduced a range of measures last month, including spending cuts of €15bn over two years and reductions in public sector wages and spending. Unions have called a general strike over labour reforms.

The New Global Financial Order Begins in Europe

Banksters agree to force reviews on countries financial operations if  ‘suspect flaws’ arise.

Financial Times

Order out of chaos.  The EU takes more power away from nation-states.

Order out of chaos. The EU takes more power away from nation-states.

European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to new intervention powers for EU officials if member states’ economic statistics are suspected to be flawed.

The measure will allow officials from the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat and the European Commission to conduct “methodological visits”, sending in number crunchers to vet countries’ data if this is deemed necessary.

The intervention powers, however, will only come into play in strictly defined circumstances in which concerns have been flagged. Diplomats cite, for example, the situation in which a country revises its figures at short notice and without a clear explanation for this as a possible case for intervention.

Similar powers have been proposed in the past, but failed to secure the backing of EU member states. However, the data flaws that emerged during the Greek crisis and the new emphasis on tougher economic surveillance in the region, coupled with pressure from European parliamentarians, has persuaded countries to accept the potentially intrusive powers.

The new surveillance measure is one of the most concrete actions expected to come out of Tuesday’s meeting of finance ministers from the 27-country bloc in Luxembourg. They will also discuss economic governance – including a new stability programme for Cyprus and additional budgetary consolidation in Spain and Portugal – as well as proposals, driven by the European Commission, to strengthen financial regulation.

Some of these discussions will pave the way for further debate at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels next week.

“There’s lots of policy debate ahead of the council meeting and those debates are pretty significant, but no meaty items,” said one diplomat.

On Monday night, Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president, who is heading a special “task force” charged with improving economic governance in the bloc, said he believed “rapid progress” could be made on budgetary and macroeconomic surveillance. Proposals in this area would now be the focus of his interim report to EU leaders next week, he said.

Mr Van Rompuy is also thought to be leaning towards the French idea of some form of “economic government” for the eurozone. French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been pushing this idea, which would involve regular summits of eurozone leaders and give the bloc its own secretariat.

On Monday, finance ministers from the 16 eurozone countries also approved details of the “special purpose vehicle” facility, which could raise up to €440bn and make up the key part of their landmark €750bn stabilisation fund for the eurozone’s most vulnerable members.

The facility, based around a “special purpose vehicle”, which will raise money to be lent to countries in financial distress, will be called the European Financial Stability Facility and is expected to become active this month.

It will be backed by pro rata guarantees from individual member states. These will be for 120 per cent of each bond issue, providing a “cushion” should any individual contributor struggle to meet its share.

Countries will only be able to tap the fund when they have agreed programmes to overhaul their economies.

Finance ministers said they would seek “the best possible” credit rating for bonds or debt securities issued by the EFSF. “The message from finance ministers is that they will do whatever it takes to get an AAA rating on the debt issued by the SPV”, said analysts at JPMorgan on Tuesday .

● Estonia will join the euro from the beginning of 2011 after winning the backing of European finance ministers for the move.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg prime minister who heads the so-called Eurogroup, said that Estonia had agreed to “ensure the sustainability of convergence by implementing further structural reforms”. Estonia will be the 17th member of the eurozone.

France to Seize Pensions by Raising Retiring Age

Financial Times

Expectations are growing that France is set to remove the right to retire at 60, as it embarks on a contentious reform of its debt-laden pension system and brings public finances back into line.

Christian Estrosi, industry minister, said on Sunday the government was “leaning towards an increase in the [retirement] age” in its talks with unions and employers’ federations, despite denials from cabinet ministers over the weekend of a decision being taken.

Although there has been much speculation that France’s legal retirement age of 60 – one of the lowest in Europe – would be abandoned, Mr Estrosi’s comments on national radio are the clearest statement yet of government intentions.

His comments are likely to give ammunition to unions planning a national strike on Thursday to protest against spending cuts and pension reforms.

The government is expected to announce its planned reforms next month and expects to have a draft bill before parliament by September. Nicolas Sarkozy, president, has made pensions the last big reform of his government before the campaign for the next presidential election in 2012 gets under way.

All but one of France’s five main unions have rejected suggestions that the retirement age should be increased, favouring instead taxes to fill a deficit expected to hit €32bn this year, as much as €45bn in 2020 and possibly more than €100bn in 2050.

The government is highly sensitive to the potential of pension reform sparking widespread unrest and will be watching Thursday’s protest closely. Former prime minister Alain Juppé was eventually brought down by national protests in 1995 when he attempted to restructure one of the most generous pensions systems in Europe.

However, there are signs of opinion shifting and the government may be hoping to take the opportunity presented by the Greek crisis to convince the public of the need for reform. A survey last week showed two-thirds of those questioned believed the pension system was in danger of collapse.

A similar percentage of respondents agreed that the retirement age needed to be raised from 60 to 62.

Banco Central Europeu: U$ 1 trilhão só serve para ganhar tempo

Por Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
Maio 17, 2010

A corrupção e as mentiras do Banco Central Europeu e das suas filiais ao redor do mundo são ilimitadas. Há um ano atrás, o seu escritório nos Estados Unidos, -a Reserva Federal- solicitou 700 milhões de dólares para ‘salvar’ a economia. Isso, nós aprendemos mais tarde, revelou-se uma mentira. Foi uma mentira não só porque o dinheiro não era para fazer “mágica” econômica tal como foi prometido, mas também porque não erão somente U$700 milhões e, sim, mais de U$ 25 bilhões. Há poucos dias atrás, a União Européia lançou um pacote de ajuda de 1 trilhão de dólares que, segundo eles, serviria para manter a região economicamente estável. Agora, o BCE disse que o trilhão só serve para ganhar tempo. Tempo para quê? Resposta: Tempo para os bancos fazerem os preparativos finais para o colapso total da economia global. Existe alguém que ainda não vê isso?

Este tem sido o padrão mostrado ao longo da história com a elite liderada pelos bancos.  Eles criam problemas e apresentam soluções “milagrosas” que, também, ajudam a consolidar o poder e controle. Desta vez, porém, é definitiva. A linha inferior é esta, os banqueiros jogaram todas as suas cartas e, de uma vez, se converterão nos proprietários de tudo e de todos. A economia e o estado do mundo correram para baixo de modo incontrolável e nem mesmo eles podem salvá-los neste momento. Não que eles tiveram a intenção de fazê-lo.

Um por um, os países que foram vítimas de abutres financeiros ao longo de 100 anos fazem fila para pular além da borda do cânion. Como nos lembramos, tudo começou na Islândia, onde os funcionários agora parecem tentar lutar contra a corrupção enviando banqueiros para a cadeia. A crise mudou-se para a Grécia, onde as nuvens de dívida fiscal envolveram um país que, pelo contrário, é considerado um paraíso. Com Goldman Sachs como portador da lança, os banqueiros adicionaram mais um país à sua valiosa coleção. Nenhum banqueiro foi preso ou processado ainda. Em contrapartida, a Grécia sucumbiu à União Européia, enquanto os banqueiros tomam conta dos fundos de pensão e da poupança através do endividamento.  Os gregos agora estão imersos em uma dívida ainda maior através de um pacote de ajuda que assegura que a jóia do Mediterrâneo seja propriedade dos bancos.

Dois gigantes estão em linha para seguir os passos da Grécia e a Islândia. Portugal e Espanha começaram o processo de colapso através da redução dos salários, congelamento das pensões e o aumento dos impostos. Com uma população à beira do colapso social, as duas nações podem ver protestos no estilo tailandês mais cedo do esperado. A razão pela qual isso não aconteceu ainda? A Engenharia Social, é claro. A atenção do povo é desviada para o futebol e os torneios de tênis assím como cinzas vulcânicas imaginárias. Com o desemprego em torno de 20%, tanto Espanha como Portugal tiveram uma queda quieta livre de dor, mas as últimas medidas de austeridade provavelmente estouraram a bolha que isolou os dois países nos últimos dois anos. As subidas de impostos e os cortes nos serviços sociais foram bastante aplaudidos pelo Banco Central Europeu, bem como o líder do mundo em falências, Barack Obama. Esses aplausos decorrem do fato que as medidas os ajudam a ganhar tempo para consolidar o poder e os recursos. Cada vez que um país anuncia um pacote de medidas de austeridade, significa que mais dinheiro do povo, que já pagam impostos para tudo, é usado para pagar os empréstimos que os bancos já fizeram para estes países. É o banco que tem a prerrogativa de pedir aos países para reembolsar o empréstimo na totalidade, se desejar. Foi o que aconteceu na Islândia, Grécia e é por isso que eles precisam ser resgatados. O problema é que o plano de resgate financeiro vem dos banqueiros com quem os países inicialmente estavam em dívida. Você começa a entender a idéia? Por isso é chamado Consolidação.

A forma na qual os bancos operam é como um pescador que pesca um peixe grande. O pescador coloca a isca, -o banco oferece empréstimos-, o peixe morde a isca -os países aceitam os empréstimos-, e o pescador pode, então, escolher puxar o peixe para fora devagar, esperando que este continue travado no gancho, ou decide dar um grande puxão. A primeira opção fará com que a captura seja quase certa, mas vai demorar mais tempo. A segunda, dará uma recompensa mais rápida, mas o resultado pode ser também que o cordão seja cortado e, como resultado, o peixe escape. Há quase um século atrás, os banqueiros decidiram tentar a primeira opção para puxar a corda devagar deixando que o peixe se sentisse confortável. Agora, o peixe -a gente-, sabe que está preso e está fortemente puxando a corda. O pescador está desesperado porque o peixe pode escapar e está pensando seriamente em puxar a corda rápido e forte.

Parece impossível escapar do desastre econômico mundial que começou há aproximadamente uma década e que somente foi mascarado pelos números falsos de crescimento e recuperação econômica. Não houve geração de empregos significativa nas maiores economias do mundo e, até Jean Claude Trichet,  manifestou o seu pessimismo sobre as esperanças de um final feliz. Ele, claro, conhecia o resultado há muito tempo, provavelmente desde que chegou ao BCE. Ele disse, na semana passada, que os Estados Unidos estavam em uma situação semelhante à da Grécia. Outros cúmplices de Trichet também contribuiram à lista de frases memoráveis. George Soros, por exemplo, disse que o euro estava em uma situação precária e muito perto do colapso.

Pode-se facilmente ver o desespero da elite quando Nicolas Sarkozy bate o punho na mesa e Angela Merkel relutantemente apóia um pacote de ajuda que, em teoria, salvaria a Europa da ruína, mas na verdade não salvará ninguém. Como o BCE disse, o pacote só serve para ganhar tempo. O colapso financeiro foi precipitado ainda mais rapidamente devido ao fato de que mais pessoas estão entendendo este tipo de fraude e como elas foram enganadas durante as últimas décadas submetendo as suas poupanças e pensões  às organizações supranacionais. Como alguém disse, você pode enganar algumas pessoas durante algum tempo, mas você não pode enganar todas as pessoas o tempo todo. O mundo tem sido oprimido durante séculos, até mesmo milhares de anos, pelos impérios, os banqueiros e a elite. Agora, a moeda se inverteu e a pressão está sobre os opressores.  Eles têm que escolher entre fazer o colapso ocorrer de forma lenta ou abrupta. A Comissão Trilateral reuniu-se este mês. A reunião do Grupo Bilderberg é em Junho. O pescador está desesperadamente pensando em puxar a corda fortemente.

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