The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

One time when I was young, I was sitting in a bar with a friend, when a couple of handsome young guys spotted us (we spotted them first I'm sure), after going through the rituals, they invited us to their table.  We accepted, picked up our drinks and headed over.  As we got to the table and were sitting down, suddenly there were 5 people at the table.  Two young girls.  Two young guys.  And one older man.  Making a long story short, the older man was a very clever party crasher.  The guys thought he came with us.  We thought he came with them. The older guy was the only one at the table who was in on the joke and so the conversation was rather bizarre.. kind of ping ponging back and forth but never getting anywhere rather like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  Eventually we figured it out and sent the guy packing - but not before he got a couple of free drinks but we got the best of it.  We got a story to tell and it still makes me laugh when I think of it.

 

I was reminded of that story this morning when I discovered quite by accident who the Tea Party people are and how they got started.  No wonder the Patriot Community is confused and no wonder Glenn Beck and the Faux News channel picked up the Tea Party Banner and promoted it.  It's another Mad Hatter Tea Party moment and I am laughing my ass off. 

EB-5 Visa Scandal

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It all started this morning when I got an email with a story about the EB-5 Visa written by Rob Sanchez of the ZaZona website.  Rob writes the Job Destruction Newsletter and more recently has been publishing his work on VDARE. 

The following is an excerpt from Rob's story:


"The EB-5 visa (see TEA Party) is called various names, the most common being Investor, Entrepreneur, or Founder. In the year 2000 The Baltimore Sun published a standout series on the EB-5 program that exposed the crime and corruption that is associated with the program. The series was authored by Walter F. Roche Jr. and Gary Cohn. Its a story about the revolving doors between Capitol Hill and the big money lobbyists who influence immigration policy."

Rob is making a play words with the TEA Party reference because the 'TEA' that he is talking about is the "Targeted Employment Area (TEA)' or EB-5 Zone.  A TEA is:  "defined by law as a rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average.

The description of the TEA zone sounded a lot like the description of other zones that I've researched that establish specified areas for preferential treatment of businesses located within the zones and preferential treatment by the Small Business Administration for loans and government contracts.  Those zones and programs go by a lot of different names Enterprise Zones, Empowerment Zones, Economic Development Zones, HubZones, Intermodal Commerce Zones, Foreign Trade Zones, etc.  As best I can tell, the different names are used by different agencies in government to describe the program for their agency but at the core, they are the same program and they serve the same agenda.

Because of the obvious conflicting goals and interests of the TEA (EB-5 Zone) people and the Tea Party goals of patriots, I decided to see if I could find out how the Tea Party idea started.  Fortunately, somebody put an entry on Wiki.  (Go to the article to read because there are lots of hyperlinks in it)

February 1st, 2009 "tea bag campaign"

On January 19, 2009, Graham Makohoniuk, a portfolio manager for an investment firm[28] posted a casual invitation on the market-ticker.org forums to "Mail a tea bag to congress and to senate".[29] The idea quickly caught on with others on the forum, some of whom reported being attracted to the inexpensive, easy way to reach "everyone that voted for the bailout." [30]

So who is this guy Graham Makohoniuk?   It turns out that he is a portfolio manager for a company called 'Globalvest Management Company' that was in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  The website for Globalvest is a redirection to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance and Recovery, Cayman Islands  for inquiries.   That makes sense because there is an encyclopedia entry that says that GlobalVest Management closed in 2007.   I found a video of Mr. Makohoniuk.  Click on this link and then in the left column, click on the name "Graham Makohoniuk"  and the video will start.  But it's the September 13, 2000 article in the New York Times that ties it all together:

TECHNOLOGY; Mexico Cement Giant Plans Internet Emphasis

Cemex S.A., the big Mexican cement producer and one of Latin America's most successful multinational companies, expects today to announce the formation of a subsidiary that will consolidate its Internet strategies and expand the company into online procurement services, the chief executive said.

Moving beyond Cemex's core business -- producing and selling cement -- the subsidiary, CxNetworks, will focus mainly on the online procurement of goods and services for the construction industry and on Internet consulting services.

Several of the largest Latin American companies are working to move parts of their operations online, even if their main business has little to do with the Internet. In the case of Cemex, management hopes that the new unit can use the stable cash flow generated by its cement business to branch out into areas that are potentially faster growing.

''We're not simply about selling cement,'' Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Cemex's chairman and chief executive, said in a telephone interview yesterday. ''In the end, we're selling timeliness and quality and the image of a company that is at the top of its class.''

The third-largest cement company after Holderbank of Switzerland and Lafarge of France, Cemex -- with substantial operations in Mexico, Spain, Egypt and several Asian and other Latin American countries -- is already known for its real-time updating of inventories and its global positioning systems that use satellites to track its trucks.


With the new subsidiary, Cemex plans to go beyond these initiatives and a previous strategy to create an online business-to-business exchange for the construction industry together with the Votorantim and Bradesco groups of Brazil.

For example, in a pilot program in Mexico, Cemex has signed up 120 construction companies seeking lower prices for goods and services that are not necessarily related to cement, said Juan Pablo San Agustin, who will head the new unit. Similar online procurement programs are planned in coming weeks for Brazil, Argentina and Spain.

Cemex is also seeking to broaden its sales of information technology and Internet-based consulting services, which will be grouped under the new unit. It estimates revenue from these activities around $100 million this year, with 40 percent coming from companies that are not already customers.

''In the short to medium term, these initiatives won't mean much for the bottom line,'' said Graham Makohoniuk, a portfolio manager for Globalvest Management in St. Thomas, V.I., which owns Cemex shares. ''But this could be the first step in the evolution of the company from the Cemex we know today to one that uses the cement cash cow to get into other markets.''


Down the Rabbit Hole

Stay with me now... we're going down the rabbit hole.  As luck would have it, in 2006 for some bizarre reason, I watched the Minnesota Governor's debate on C-Span.  As a result, I wrote a commentary titled,  "What's Up With Minnesota?"   There was an issue with a program called JOBZ that had to do with a specially defined tax free zone.  There was a discussion of a cement company that located in the zone that was competing with a
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cement company outside the zone that had been in business in Minnesota for 20 years.  The new cement company located in the JOBZ zone obviously had a competitive advantage because they didn't have to pay taxes. And you'll notice in commentary above, the reference to the "partnership" between Minnesota and China. 

JOBZ is a TEA as you can see (sorry for the poetry) from this slide presentation. 

Go back to the articles that Rob wrote and you'll see a link to an expose that the Baltimore Sun did on the E5-B abuses that includes INS officials basically selling entry to American citizenship to foreigners.  Excerpts from one of those articles:

INS insiders profit on immigrant dreams Cashing in: Former immigration officials siphon
millions from a program to entice foreign investors with the promise of green cards.

By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Gary Cohn Sun Staff
Baltimore Sun Feb. 20, 2000

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Over more than half a century, 12 million immigrants streamed into America welcomed by the
words of Emma Lazarus engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

But welcoming the tired and poor was hardly on the minds of a small group of former
government officials who helped design an immigration program to attract wealthy foreigners
who could obtain prized green cards by investing $500,000 to $1 million in U.S. businesses.

The investor visa program was a little-noticed part of the Immigration Reform Act, a sweeping
law that reshaped the country's immigration policies.

President George Bush called the law "the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws
in 66 years." It was, he said as he signed the bill into law on Nov. 29, 1990, "good for families,
good for business, good for fighting crime and good for America."


While his predictions may yet come true, a review of the decade-old law shows that it has
benefited one group not mentioned by the president -- former INS officials and their associates
who have pocketed millions in fees from wealthy foreigners willing to invest their savings to join
in the American dream."

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"This one provision," declared Illinois Democrat Paul Simon during a 1986 Senate debate, "will
generate over $8 billion annually in new investments in small and independent U.S. businesses,
and provide up to 100,000 new jobs for Americans."

The impetus for the visa program came from a similar strategy in Canada that was attracting
millions of dollars from wealthy Hong Kong residents. Why not have some of that money come
to the United States, supporters argued, especially since the country was suffering through an
economic downturn.

Though the legislation failed in 1986, it was renewed in 1989 and in 1990, when the investor
visa program was included in a massive immigration bill. A House version was filed by Rep.
Bruce Morrison, a Democrat who chaired the subcommittee on immigration. The Senate version
was filed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat.

 

George H.W. Bush's

New World Order

September 11, 1990

We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge: a new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony. A hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor. Today that new world is struggling to be born, a world quite different from the one we've known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak. This is the vision that I shared with President Gorbachev in Helsinki. He and other leaders from Europe, the Gulf, and around the world understand that how we manage this crisis today could shape the future for generations to come.

New World Order (video)

 
In Houston Texas in 1990 at the G7 Summit, George Herbert Walker Bush agreed to pursue the New World Order. 

In 1990, the G8 Summit was held in Houston, Texas.

The International Trading System

18. The open world trading system is vital to economic prosperity. A strengthened General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) is essential to provide a stable framework for the expansion of trade and the fuller integration of Central and Eastern Europe and developing countries into the global economy. We reject protectionism in all its forms.

His administration began negotiations on the NAFTA Agreement (it was signed during the Clinton Administration but was negotiated during the Bush Administration.  The Uruguay Round of trade talks was already underway and lead to the creation of the WTO in 1995. 

In 1990, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) legislation was passed to begin work on the Intelligent Vehicle Highway System - and International Corridors.  And in subsequent years, the SAFETEA-LU legislation was passed to continue the international corridor system with police state surveillance systems to monitor all movement - human, vehicle - commercial and passenger.  The first designated international corridor was the CANAMEX and was referred to as the NAFTA SuperHighway in congressional hearings. 

And, it would seem that the TEA program - "targeted employment area"  that originated in 1990 that was an open invitation to foreign "entrepreneurs"  was intended to be for the Intermodal Commerce Zones that were also part of the ISTEA legislation.  All of it was intended to serve the purpose of the 'New World Order' - globalization which really means global "governance"  and the elimination of nation-states. 

And the joke that Graham Makohoniuk and the tea baggers knew was that they were partying the New World Order TEA of George H. W. Bush while the patriot tea partiers were partying to oppose the New World Order with the Boston Tea Party in mind.  And they were all partying together in what can only be described as a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. 

 

Vicky Davis
March 6, 2010

Related Links and Research:

This website for LA describes some of them using the planning & zoning names
http://labt.lacity.org/labt_prog_spcl_zones.htm

"Targeted Employment Areas"  - Idaho 
http://www.jobservice.ws/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=fj97MsXUaTM=&tabid=729&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
 
Blueprint for a Coup
 
Intermodal Commerce Zones - Minnesota - Jobz
 
Foreign Trade Zones
 
Global Supply Chain Management (look at the diagrams)
 
Savi Technology with Hutchinson Port Holdings (Whampoa)  "How Savi is NASCO"
 
Dual Use - Fusion Center Technology  "1991 Year the World Changed"
Start reading at "Reinvention of Government Means UnHoly alliances"  all the way down to General John Shalikashvili, Focused Logistics and beyond because the dual use is exposed. 

Money for Nothing - Lurita Doan