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Manhattan Institute/
Alliance Capital Management/
Enron and the
Bush administration:
It just keeps getting deeper

by Robert Lederman
March 4, 2002

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Last week I sent out an essay about GW Bush's extensive ties to the Manhattan Institute [MI] a far right think tank founded by the CIA. Now the South Florida Sentinel has published a story detailing the think tanks ties to Jeb Bush and to Alliance Capital Management, Enron's top shareholder SEE: http://www.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-8663286-0.html ALSO see below for the Sun-Sentinel article, my previous article and many other quotes on MI]. It turns out that ACM is run by the top board members of MI while MI is financed by JP Morgan/Chase - the bank behind both Enron and GW Bush.

From: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
(http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-fjeb02mar02.story?coll=sf la%2Dnews%2Dflorida)

Praise for Bush policy questioned

By Tamara Lytle and Lori Horvitz
Washington Bureau March 2, 2002

Gov. Jeb Bush, who has staked much of his legacy on improving education in Florida, a few weeks ago gleefully touted a study praising his school policies. The report by the Manhattan Institute think tank "provides further evidence that Florida is truly making a positive difference in providing greater educational choice for Floridians and improving student academic achievement,"Bush said in a Jan. 22 statement shortly after the study was released.
What he didn't mention was that the chairman of the Manhattan Institute also is a top executive of Alliance Capital Management, a Wall Street investment firm that lost almost $300 million of Florida's pension money by investing in Enron stock as it tumbled. Another Alliance Capital executive, Lewis Sanders, also serves on the think tank's board.

That relationship has led to conflict-of-interest questions about Bush's role in protecting Florida's pension fund, because he is one of three trustees charged with overseeing the state's retirement system. The Florida pension fund kept Alliance Capital on the job, earning millions in fees, even though it had invested poorly for 18 months.

Alliance Capital was fired in December after its disastrous decision to invest more and more in Enron stock as the price was dropping.

Now critics are saying Alliance Capital should have been fired sooner and are suspicious that Bush may have not done enough to monitor the company connected to such a glowing report of his education plan.

The study, released Jan. 22, was one of two in the past year by the conservative-supported Manhattan Institute praising Bush's education reforms. It singled out Florida as one of the country's leaders of school choice under Bush.

"When you have political oversight of things like state pension funds, the fact the governor is getting political support from them, it definitely raises a question of whether there was a quid pro quo there,"said Bill Allison of the nonpartisan ethics watchdog Center for Public Integrity. "It looks like the ulterior motive was cozying up to the governor of Florida to keep a business arrangement beneficial to them going."

The reports' author and Bush's office strongly dismiss the criticism. Katie Baur, spokeswoman for the governor, said he had "absolutely not"gone easy on Alliance because of the support for his education plan.

"That is an incredible stretch. What does one have to do with the other?"Baur said. "It's part of the whole incendiary atmosphere surrounding Enron."

The Manhattan Institute studies were written by Jay Greene of Fort Lauderdale, a senior fellow of the think tank. Florida's State Department of Education paid for part of the February study; the think tank also contributed.

The chairman of the think tank is Roger Hertog, who also is vice chairman of Alliance Capital.

Greene said he doesn't know Hertog and was not pressured to report favorably on Bush's plan. "He may be chairman of the board of the Manhattan Institute but he's not my boss in any real sense,"Greene said.

Axis of Evil:
Manhattan Institute Slogan
in Service to the NWO

by Robert Lederman

The man who coined GW's now infamous slogan, "Axis of Evil"was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute (MI) before joining the Bush administration. He's just been dropped from the Bush payroll according to the Washington Times [see article below]. MI also coined the slogan, "Compassionate Conservatism"for GW, who publicly claims the Rockefeller-funded organizations' influence on his thinking is, "second only to the Holy Bible".

What is the Manhattan Institute?

MI is a right wing think tank founded in 1978 by William Casey, Bush/Reagan's CIA director. Following WWII Casey helped bring thousands of former Nazis involved in eugenics and the Holocaust to the U.S. As CIA director he later funded bin Laden and Co. with billions in arms, terrorist training and cash and was also a key player in arming the Contras.

MI is funded by JP Morgan/Chase bank (owned by David Rockefeller) and by pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer and Lilly) directly connected to Rockefeller, Bush senior and many of the current Bush administration officials. Bush senior was director of Eli Lilly in the late 70's. Bush Budget director Mitch Daniels was also a Lilly senior executive. Donald Rumsfeld formerly headed Searle Pharmaceuticals. All of these companies depend in large part for their products on research originally done by the IG Farben chemical cartel in Nazi Germany.

Rockefeller's Chase bank was among Hitler's biggest U.S. supporters before and during WWII. The Rockefeller families' Standard Oil of NJ was half owner of IG Farben - the industrial base of the entire Third Reich. GW Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush and Prescott's father-in-law George Herbert Walker (who GW is named after) were Wall Street bankers whose fortune was made operating and financing shipping companies, banks and steel foundries for the Nazi regime.

MI's most famous alumni after Rudy Giuliani is Charles Murray author of "The Bell Curve"a modern classic of eugenics. The Bell Curve popularized the idea that Blacks are genetically inferior in intelligence to Whites as a justification for eliminating welfare, increasing so-called quality of life arrests, limiting parole, taking children from Black families etc. Murray was a paid consultant on Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson's welfare program and is a spokesman for the Federalist Society, which has direct ties to a number of current U.S. Supreme Court judges.

Thompson's #2 man on welfare reform was Jason Turner, who Rudy Giuliani later hired to head up NYC's welfare reform. Turner actually quoted the motto from the gates of Auschwitz to explain Giuliani's workfare policy and was later forced to apologize. Rudy Giuliani also claims to get all of his ideas directly from MI. Many of his policy ideas are directly based on Murray's books.

MI has spearheaded a decades long effort to make the goals of eugenics respectable again. The Bush family, the Harriman family (the Wall Street business partners of Bush in financing Hitler) and the Rockefeller family are the elite of the American eugenics movement.

Axis of Evil.
You'll find the center of that axis right here in NYC at the Manhattan Institute.

To verify that David Frum is associated with MI see: "Where Did the Sixties Come From? By David Frum Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute."(Click Here)

Or do a search at the MI website on David Frum There are hundreds of pages of documents related to him.

Hundreds of mainstream media quotes on the Manhattan Institute, Bush, Giuliani, the CIA, Chase Bank and the connection of them all to Nazism, eugenics and 9/11 will be found in the articles available on this website. At the end of the eugenics article below are a sample of these quotes which I've spent eight years compiling.

Excerpted from:

author: Robert Stacy McCain

'Axis of evil' writer leaves Bush's staff

David Frum, credited with authoring the headline "axis of evil "phrase in President Bush's State of the Union address, has left the White House speechwriting staff. "It has been the experience of a lifetime and it's been the honor of a lifetime to be here during this presidency,"Mr. Frum said in a telephone interview yesterday. "I leave with nothing but the highest regard for all of my colleagues."...Mr. Frum specifically denied commentator Robert Novak's claim, made yesterday on CNN's "Inside Politics,"that he was ousted from the speechwriting team because the president was angered by an e-mail from Mr. Frum's wife that became public this month. Author Danielle Crittenden e-mailed friends after the Jan. 29 State of the Union address expressing "wifely pride"that her husband had contributed the "axis of evil"phrase. Mrs. Crittenden's e-mail was published in an Internet journal by writer Timothy Noah...As for his role in the "axis of evil"speech, Mr. Frum said: "I contributed language to the president's speech. That is what I was paid to do. But what matters is not the language that is proposed to the president; what matters is the language the president decides to use. ... The words become important only because the president uses them."He praised Mr. Bush, saying, "I began [the White House job] thinking he would be a good president, but I go thinking he's proven himself to be one of the great presidents of American history."

NY Times June 12, 2000

Bush Culls Campaign Theme
From Conservative Thinkers

Gov. George W. Bush has said his political views have been shaped by the work of Myron Magnet of the Manhattan Institute."

NY Times 5/12/97

Manhattan Institute Has
Nudged New York Rightward

...the institute was founded as a free-market education and research organization by William Casey, who then went off to head the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan Administration.

From The Cultural Cold War [pg 132]

by Frances Stonor Saunders, New Press

The fund raising arm of the Free Europe Committee [a CIA front] was The Crusade for Freedom for which a young actor named Ronald Reagan was a leading spokesman and publicist. The Crusade for Freedom was used to launder money to support a program run by Bill Casey, the future CIA director, called the International Refugee Committee in New York [aka International Rescue Committee], which allegedly coordinated the exfiltration of Nazis from Germany to the United States where they were expected to assist the government in fighting Communism...[pg 142]...The Ford Foundation gave $500,000 to Bill Casey's International Rescue Committee and substantial grants to another CIA front, the World Assembly of Youth...the convergence between the Rockefeller billions and the U.S. government exceeded even that of the Ford Foundation.

NY Daily News 12/7/98

Chase Banked On Nazis - Report

The New York-based bank controlled by the Rockefeller family closed Jewish accounts even before the Germans ordered them to do so and did business with the Nazis while they were sending Jews to the gas chambers, Newsweek magazine reports in this week's edition. And while the U.S. was at war with the Nazis, Chase also apparently helped German banks do business with their overseas branches, the magazine reported...The relationship between Chase and the Nazis apparently was so cozy that Carlos Niedermann, the Chase branch chief in Paris, wrote his supervisor in Manhattan that the bank enjoyed "very special esteem"with top German officials and "a rapid expansion of deposits."Niedermann's letter was written in May 1942 - five months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. also went to war with Germany...And subsidiaries of Ford and General Motors have been accused of forcing thousands of Jews, Poles and others to work as slave laborers.

Boston Sunday Globe 2/22/98

The Manhattan Institute clearly has become the force, and there is no progr essive force to counter it. There isn't even a debate.' "The mayor has a very close working relationship with the Manhattan Institute,"Giuliani's communications director, Crystine Lategano, said...Another sign of how much New York has changed: The most influential source of political ideas is a conservative think tank that was founded by [William Casey] Margaret Thatcher's mentor and Ronald Reagan's spymaster.

Washington Post 4/3/2001

The Hard Heart of Poverty

His name is Myron Magnet. Eight years ago he published a book called "The Dream and the Nightmare,"which George W. Bush has called the most influential book -- aside from the Bible -- that he's ever read. The new president's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, has declared "The Dream and the Nightmare"a "road map"to Bush's attitudes on the role of government. Magnet, 56, has also written columns defining compassionate conservatism for the Wall Street Journal and for City Journal, the provocative urban policy magazine he edits for the neoconservative Manhattan Institute...Giuliani, who says he often has drawn on Magnet's "searching"writings, goes further: A "tyranny of political correctness rules intellectual life"in New York, he says. "It's like the Spanish Inquisition.

Education and Welfare:
Meeting the Challenge

A Message from CCI Chairman:
Mayor Stephen Goldsmith.
[CCI is a division of Manhattan Institute]

America is in the midst of an urban renaissance...CCI's April conference "Next Steps in Welfare Reform"highlighted just how far we've come. The conference brought together public officials like Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson [GW Bush's Sec. of Health and Human Welfare] and scholars like Dr. Charles Murray [author of The Bell Curve] to discuss how governments and private groups have reduced dependency and increased self-sufficiency...Fifteen years after the Manhattan Institute published Charles Murray's landmark study of American welfare policy, Losing Ground, the presentations showed that ideas once seen as radical now form the mainstream of the welfare debate.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune 11/11/2000

Quote by John Loftus (click here)
(former US Justice Dept. Nazi War Crimes investigator and President of the Florida Holocaust Museum)

The Bush family fortune came from the Third Reich.

Philadelphia Inquirer 9/10/98
David Lee Preston

Fired Bush backer one of several with possible Nazi links

From an announcement on the
Manhattan Institute website
April 14, 1999, New York

Center for Civic Innovation Welfare Conference Held at the Manhattan Institute

Topic: "Next Steps in Welfare Reform."Participants: [a partial list] Charles Murray (Author of Losing Ground; American Enterprise Institute), Jason Turner (Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration)

The Manhattan Institute website
Summer 2000 Book review

The Journal That Saved the City

The City Journal [MI's quarterly magazine] is important not only because it has played a key role in the urban renaissance of recent years. It is important, too, for the lessons it provides other think-tanks. These institutions, some of them based in Washington and focused on one aspect or another of national domestic and foreign policy, others concentrating on regional affairs or, as with the Manhattan Institute, on policy at the state and local level, are rapidly replacing our universities as homes for scholars who seek to escape the stultifying politically correct atmosphere of campus life. In the case of the Manhattan Institute, we have it to thank not only for the City Journal but for supporting the research of such leading scholars as Charles Murray, whose Losing Ground has gone from a shockingly radical prescription for welfare reform to mainstream public policy in a few short years...To read, or in this reviewer's case, to reread the 35 articles reproduced here is to be reminded of why the City Journal has become the bible of New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose annual "State of the City Speeches"so closely follow City Journal articles that Magnet could easily win a plagiarism suit.

From the Manhattan Institute website

M.I. people and ideas in
the Bush Administration

John DiIulio has been named Director of the newly created White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. Stephen Goldsmith has been named Special Advisor to the President for Faith-based and Community Initiatives and the board of the Corporation for National Services. David Frum has been named Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speech Writing. He is the author of How We Got Here: The 70's. Abigail Thernstrom, Senior Fellow since 1993, appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights | PRESS RELEASE. She is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible. (Simon & Schuster, 1997) Myron Magnet's The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass is "The book that helped shape Bush's message"Walter Olson, MI Senior Fellow since 1986, appointed to the U.S. Justice Department Transition Advisory Committee Karl Rove Read about Karl Rove and litigation reform on Overlawyered.com. He is the author of two influential books, The Litigation Explosion and The Excuse Factory. Lawrence Lindsey, President Bush's chief economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey, while a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, wrote The Growth Experiment: How the New Tax Policy is Transforming the U. S. Economy (Basic Books, 1990).

Village Voice 8/8/2000

Uncle Shrub's Cabin

Absent in the sticky Philadelphia heat was the drumbeat of the fire-breathing, nay-saying Christian Right. In its place, singing the praises of the Jesus-influenced candidate and following a script laid out by the Manhattan Institute, were Reverend Herbert H. Lusk II, the former "Praying Tailback"for the Philadelphia Eagles, whose Greater Exodus Baptist Church had been transformed into a Republican revivalist stomping ground, and Stephen Goldsmith, the ex-mayor of Indianapolis, who is Dubya's main domestic-policy adviser. In June, Reverend Lusk told a GOP platform-drafting committee in Billings, Montana, that private, faith-based groups, such as his People for People, are better purveyors of social-welfare services than government welfare agencies. "The fact is, we are there we do it better, and we do it cheaper,"Reverend Lusk said. In the background on Sunday, thundering the gospel of the black church, was a mass choir. After an inspiring musical opening, the social scientists from the Manhattan Institute rolled out their charts and reported that kids who go to church in poor neighborhoods do fewer drugs and thus, churches, mosques, and synagogues "should be supported as uniquely qualified agencies of social control that matter a great deal in the lives of adolescents in America's most disorganized and impoverished communities.

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Robert Lederman is an artist, writer and activist and is also the President of the street artist advocacy group, A.R.T.I.S.T.
Click here for an archive of A.R.T.I.S.T. related news articles on the Freedom Forum websiteHis essays and Op-Eds have appeared in hundreds of alternative publications as well as the Daily News, Penthouse, Africa Sun Times, Street News and The Shadow.
Lederman was falsely arrested 41 times for his anti-Giuliani activities and was never convicted of any of the charges. As a result of the arrests, he's won four Federal lawsuits and overturned three laws.
He is best known for having created hundreds of paintings of Mayor Giuliani as a Hitler like dictator which were carried in demonstrations throughout the eight years of the Giuliani administration. Images of his paintings and articles about his arrests and lawsuits have appeared on all of the major television networks hundreds of times as well as frequently appearing in the NY Times, Daily News, NY Post, Newsday, Newsweek, People, The Washington Post, LA Times and NY Magazine.

Robert Lederman,
President of A.R.T.I.S.T.
(Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics)

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