Kleptocracy [klep-TOK-ruh-see]: A government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. See also the United States of America where, as Goethe said, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
‘Earlier this year a couple of billionaires landed a nearly $770 million contract to run a 143-mile-long natural gas pipeline through Texas’s pristine Big Bend region… At 42 inches wide and under 1,400 pounds of pressure per square inch, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline will carry as much as 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day after its projected completion in early 2017. The gas will originate in Texas’s Permian Basin, travel the length of the pipeline to the border at Presidio, Texas, and Ojinaga, Mexico, where it will be [EXPORTED] into Mexico for industrial use and power generation… A consortium that includes two energy companies, Mexico-based Carso and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners [ETP], won the contract to construct the pipeline in January. Carso is owned by Carlos Slim, the world’s second-richest man, who made his original fortune by charging Mexico’s phone customers monopoly prices while levying some of the highest fees disproportionately on the poor.’
‘ETP is led by Republican megadonor and multibillionaire Kelcy Warren of Dallas. In February, the company brought on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the company’s Board of Directors to offer “strategic guidance to ETP’s executive management team,” according to a spokeswoman for the company. Even before that, Perry and Warren had ties: Perry has received at least $250,000 in campaign donations from Warren since 2011. ETP is also currently embroiled in a separate controversial pipeline project to transport crude from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois. The company is also facing claims that a representative from a subsidiary offered the services of a teenage prostitute to a landowner in exchange for letting ETP run the crude oil pipeline through his property.’
‘Even as the New York Times [allegedly] reports extensively and critically on the Clinton Foundation and its activities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, as with other news outlets, multiple high-dollar donors to the foundation are associated with the paper, including the Times’ top shareholder, Carlos Slim, [who] became the top shareholder of the New York Times earlier this year after he doubled his shares to take control of 16.8 percent of the company… Not only has Slim contributed between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation, but his company Telmex has contributed an additional grant between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000 through its foundation… In addition to the charitable giving, Hillary Clinton was paid between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech she gave to Slim’s Telmex Foundation… Slim has also pledged $100 million to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative…’
Pictured above left (unretouched image): Mexican multibillionaire Carlos Slim holding his puppet U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, currently under investigation for her actions as Secretary of State.
Pictured above right (retouched image): Dallas multibillionaire Kelcy Warren holding his puppet U.S. presidential candidate Rick Perry, currently under indictment for his actions as Governor of Texas.