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Post time 2018-8-2 01:28:31 |Display all floors
This post was edited by robert237 at 2018-8-1 09:30

When is an oligarch not an oligarch? When a federal judge of the USA tells you they're not.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors were lectured by a federal judge on Wednesday for the language they’ve used in the courtroom, as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort entered its second day.

                                                                                                                                                                           

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III specifically told prosecutors to stop using the word “oligarch” to describe wealthy Ukrainians, whose dealings with Manafort are at the heart of the fraud charges he faces in northern Virginia federal court.

The judge said the term has a “pejorative” meaning and is not relevant in this case. Further, he cautioned that using it could suggest Manafort is associated with bad people – and guilty by association.

“It’s not the American way,” the judge said. He noted that wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers also could be considered oligarchs.
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But the USA is an oligarchy and wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers are oligarchs.
So why be so defensive about using terms that apply so correctly?



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Post time 2018-8-3 10:57:04 |Display all floors
"When is an oligarch not an oligarch"
When he is not from Eastern Europe
Human lives mean little when those in the WEST see a bigger gain through war

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Post time 2018-8-3 13:25:58 |Display all floors
"But the USA is an oligarchy and wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers are oligarchs.
So why be so defensive about using terms that apply so correctly?"

The Koch Bros have switched to supporting Democrats!

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Post time 2018-8-3 13:58:35 |Display all floors
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"But the USA is an oligarchy and wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers are oligarchs ...

But the democrats are supported by oligarchs too.
It doesn't make any difference who is "elected". Only the rhetoric changes.
When the USA was at its strongest the tax rates on the super rich were over 90%.
Since 1981 the tax rates on the super rich have fallen to around 30% and that's not counting all the loop holes.
Warren Buffet said his secretary pays more taxes than he does percentage wise.
Both Republicans and Democrats have had roughly equal time in the presidency since 1981.
It doesn't make any difference.
The USA is an oligarchy. The president is merely a figurehead.
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Post time 2018-8-3 16:30:08 |Display all floors
The oligarchs are the puppeteer, everyone else is the puppet.

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