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"Slick Willie" and "Kenny Boy"
Media Monitor ^ | 7/25/2006 | Roger Aronoff

Posted on 07/25/2006 7:21:10 AM PDT by Mike Bates

After Enron's former chairman Ken Lay died on July 5 of a heart problem, the mainstream media were quick to point out how President George W. Bush affectionately once called the convicted criminal "Kenny Boy." Numerous references were made to the close ties between the two.

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History shows, however, that Lay supported Ann Richards when George W. Bush first ran for governor of Texas in 1994. While it is true that Lay and Enron gave some $6 million to various candidates and both parties, mostly to Republicans, at least $1.5 million went to Clinton and the Democrats. What did Lay and Enron get in return? Numerous trips overseas with Commerce Secretaries and Energy Secretaries, help on at least 18 overseas business projects, and lots of financial support in return for campaign donations. Through the Export-Import Bank and OPIC, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in loans and loan guarantees, Enron received close to $2 billion in, what shall we call it? Corporate welfare? Payback? Investigative reporter Paul Sperry did an excellent job documenting the benefits Ken Lay received from the Clinton administration.

Lay was a member of Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development and backed the U.N.'s global warming treaty. Enron participated in a U.N. conference to develop Communist China's coal reserves.

Prosecutors in the case against Enron executives Lay and Jeffrey Skilling say they had been providing false and misleading financial information from 1999 until Enron filed for bankruptcy in late 2001. When the company finally was forced to accept the reality of what was happening, there was one more effort to keep things afloat. A prominent Democrat, Robert Rubin, who had been Clinton's Treasury secretary, suddenly got busy.

Rubin had become the chairman of the executive committee at Citigroup, one of Enron's largest creditors.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: breaking; enron; mediabias; notagain
Info on the Enron/Lay connection to Klintoon and Co.
1 posted on 07/25/2006 7:21:11 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates
History shows

There had been LOTS of history with Lay and the Dems ... like with Robert Rubin

But the MSM doesn't seem to remember that part of history

2 posted on 07/25/2006 7:23:55 AM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Mike Bates

International Enron projects conceived and begun under the Clinton administration did a lot of harm to our credibility with nations that got suckered... Nations like India.


3 posted on 07/25/2006 7:26:01 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Mike Bates

Thats why the call the MSM the 'drive by media'.

they shoot from the hip.....at those they want out of power.


4 posted on 07/25/2006 7:28:47 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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Enron Ping


5 posted on 07/25/2006 7:32:30 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Mike Bates

Enron/Lay crimes under Clinton

Prosecuted under Bush


6 posted on 07/25/2006 7:33:10 AM PDT by hubbubhubbub
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To: Mo1

Nobody remembers Lyndon Johnson either. The MSM will tell you that Nixon led us into Viet Nam in 1964.


7 posted on 07/25/2006 7:35:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Mo1
But the MSM doesn't seem to remember that part of history

Again showing the depth of their deception, and their belief that no one will call them on it...
8 posted on 07/25/2006 7:38:07 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The WOT will not be won without Iran and Syria going down)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The MSM will tell you that Nixon led us into Viet Nam in 1964.

Which wouldn't have been easy since Milhous didn't take the White House until 1969.

MSM pin up boy JFK got us heavily into Nam, going from under 2,000 military advisers when he was inaugurated to about 18,000 combat troops by the day he died.

9 posted on 07/25/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

Come on Lay was a player and a rich player at that. Any politician will go play with a rich and seemingly clean player.

Never forget that even politicians you support are still politicians.


10 posted on 07/25/2006 7:39:52 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength)
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To: Mike Bates

I have to laugh at some of our history re-writers who claim JFK was just about to get us out of SE Asia...


11 posted on 07/25/2006 7:40:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Never forget that even politicians you support are still politicians.

Thanks for the guidance. I'll try to keep that in mind.

12 posted on 07/25/2006 7:42:56 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

It wasn't just meant for you.


13 posted on 07/25/2006 7:50:48 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength)
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To: Mike Bates


It's okay because unlike Bush, Clinton cared about the children.


14 posted on 07/25/2006 7:52:53 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Tzimisce
It's okay because unlike Bush, Clinton cared about the children.

"Particularly girl children -- between the ages of 18 and 21." -- W.C. Fields

15 posted on 07/25/2006 8:06:30 AM PDT by Zakeet (All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance)
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To: Mike Bates

The interesting thing about all of this is that the underlying facts of the Enron and other corporate scandals almost all developed during the Clinton years. Viewing this all as some kind of a malicious coincidence unrelated to the conduct of the Clinton administration is naive at best. Clinton gave massive favors to whatever businesses paid him off. Regulatory and legal forbearance necessarily had to be a part of that mix, especially because it allowed the stock market bubble to keep on inflating, thereby giving Clinton poll figures that made his conviction in the impeachment proceedings almost impossible.


16 posted on 07/25/2006 8:23:25 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

The SEC, at the behest of the Clinton Administration, granted Enron a waiver from the Securities Act of 1940 allowing it to engage in the beganior that led to its downfall without anyone noticing.


17 posted on 07/25/2006 8:31:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Johnson held a letter in his possession that he requested from the Houston Chronicle in exchange for permitting a bank merger to go through.

That letter was an agreement that the Chronicle would not be critical of the Johnson presidency.

It was brought to light in the 1990s.

That same Houston Chronicle "completely missed" the scandal under their noses as they partnered with Ken Lay to push through a stadium referendum that passed with 1% of the vote.

18 posted on 07/25/2006 11:54:52 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Snopes covers one of these emails that lists Clinton's ties to Enron and says that while neither side was clean, Bush/Republicans yadda yadda yadda.

Snopes is biased left but it is funny to see them admit that Clinton was not clean.


19 posted on 07/25/2006 11:56:41 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Mo1
"But the MSM doesn't seem to remember that part of history"

History doesn't exist for the Dims, and they squeal when someone reminds them of it. They act the same way when you tell the truth about them.

20 posted on 07/25/2006 11:56:57 AM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: hubbubhubbub
Enron/Lay crimes under Clinton

Prosecuted under Bush

Trying to pin the Enron mess on one party or another is an exercise in the pot calling the kettle black as both parties were more than happy to take Enron money and protect and promote Enron interests until the company disintegrated.

If one wants to pin blame for the fiasco, one need look no further than Enron itself: Jeffrey Skilling and Andrew Fastow killed Enron through acts of commission, while Kenneth Lay and the Enron board, who had the primary responsibility of watching the shop, let it all happen through acts of omission.

21 posted on 07/31/2006 9:24:25 AM PDT by Hoplite
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