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  1. #1 Question for CU: Who (really) is George Soros? 
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    I seem to see his name around a lot, most recently in connection to Nancy Pelosi and Barack, but who is Soros? Where did he come from and what is his goal?
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    I think he wants to destroy the USA.

    George Soros is a Hungarian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1956, at age 26, and made his fortune as an international financier. His father, who was born into an Orthodox Jewish family, changed the family name from Schwartz to Soros in 1936 – a move that enabled the Soros family to conceal its Jewish identity and thus survive the Nazi Holocaust. In 1947 the family emigrated from Hungary to England, where an event occurred that greatly influenced the development of George’s personality and worldview. He broke his leg and was cared for by England’s National Health Service, free of charge, while the Jewish relief agencies of that era did not offer him the help he believed they owed him. In that convergence of events was born Soros’ favorable opinion of Democratic Socialism, and his negative view of many Jewish groups.

    In 1956 Soros started life in America with very little money but a well-developed knowledge of investing, thanks to his education at the London School of Economics and his experience working for a London stockbroker. He transformed his meager seed money into a huge fortune by becoming one of the world’s leading hedge fund investors and currency traders. In 1969 he started his enormously successful Quantum Fund, which, over the ensuing three decades, yielded its long-term investors a four thousand-fold increase on their initial 1969 investments. During his career, Soros has orchestrated some extremely risky, ethically questionable deals. For instance, in a $10 billion 1992 deal whose success was contingent upon the devaluation of the British Pound, he earned himself a $1 billion profit and the title, “the man who broke the Bank of England.” Over the years, he has amassed a personal fortune of some $7 billion.

    In 1979 Soros founded the Open Society Fund, and since then has created a large network of foundations that give away hundreds of millions of dollars each year, much of it to individuals and organizations that share and promote his leftist philosophy. He believes that in order to prevent right-wing fascism from overrunning the world, a strong leftist counterbalance is essential. Asserting that America needed “a regime change” to oust President Bush, Soros maintained that he would gladly have traded his entire fortune in exchange for a Bush defeat in the 2004 election. In a November 2003 interview with the Washington Post’s Laura Blumenfeld, he stated that defeating President Bush in 2004 “is the central focus of my life". . . "a matter of life and death." "America under Bush,” he said, “is a danger to the world, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is." Claiming that “the Republican party has been captured by a bunch of extremists,” Soros accuses the Bush administration of following a "supremacist ideology" in whose rhetoric he claims to hear echoes from his childhood in occupied Hungary. "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,’ “ he explains, “it reminds me of the Germans. It conjures up memories of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit (The enemy is listening). My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me."

    Soros pledged to raise $75 million to defeat President Bush in the 2004 Presidential election, and personally donated nearly a third of that amount to anti-Bush groups (see The Shadow Party). He gave $5 million to MoveOn.org, the group that produced political ads likening Bush to Adolf Hitler. He also contributed $10 million to a Democratic Party 2004 get-out-the-vote initiative called America Coming Together, whose directors include representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the Service Employees International Union, and EMILY's List. He further pledged $3 million to the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think-tank headed by former Clinton chief-of-staff John Podesta.

    PBS broadcaster and Schumann Center for Media and Democracy President Bill Moyers is a trustee of the Open Society Institute’s Board of Directors. The network of Soros foundations – the most prominent of which is the Open Society Institute – supports a wide array of leftist groups and causes.

    In August 2006 Soros wrote a Wall Street Journal piece titled "A Self-Defeating War." The article's premise is that "the war on terror is a false metaphor that has led to counterproductive and self-defeating policies." "Five years after 9/11," Soros elaborates, "a misleading figure of speech applied literally has unleashed a real war fought on several fronts -- Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia -- a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and enraged millions around the world. Yet al Qaeda has not been subdued."

    According to Soros, "[T]errorism is an abstraction. It lumps together all political movements that use terrorist tactics. Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Sunni insurrection and the Mahdi army in Iraq are very different forces, but President Bush's global war on terror prevents us from differentiating between them and dealing with them accordingly. It inhibits much-needed negotiations with Iran and Syria because they are states that support terrorist groups." "The war on terror," adds Soros, "emphasizes military action while most territorial conflicts require political solutions. ... [It] drives a wedge between 'us' and 'them.' We are innocent victims. They are perpetrators. But we fail to notice that we also become perpetrators in the process; the rest of the world, however, does notice. That is how such a wide gap has arisen between America and much of the world. Taken together, these ... factors ensure that the war on terror cannot be won. An endless war waged against an unseen enemy is doing great damage to our power and prestige abroad and to our open society at home."


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    Thank you so much. I knew next to nothing about him, other than his association with the Huffington Post. I appreciate the read and the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I seem to see his name around a lot, most recently in connection to Nancy Pelosi and Barack, but who is Soros? Where did he come from and what is his goal?
    Are you a very busy person who has no time to look someone up on Google?Soros is a Socialist Money market trader at one time big in Londons currency futures markets .He made his fortune in the margin trading the currency's of some small Eastern European country's by manipulating their value's and almost bankrupting several of them !He is also a convicted felon in France for his trading there .He is a typical Socialsits making his money in Capitalism and then denouncing it
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Are you a very busy person who has no time to look someone up on Google?Soros is a Socialist Money market trader at one time big in Londons currency futures markets .He made his fortune in the margin trading the currency's of some small Eastern European country's by manipulating their value's and almost bankrupting several of them !He is also a convicted felon in France for his trading there .He is a typical Socialsits making his money in Capitalism and then denouncing it
    Do you think he is messing with our currency now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Do you think he is messing with our currency now?
    I am sure old habits are hard to break but if he is it's in a small way.With our currency depressed and the Euro also down he would have to margin against another currency like British Pounds sterling but the market isn't right for it now.

    They usually make money of differentials while some country is adjusting their values but they need to know when to 'go long' on a currency value and the usually means some sort of inside knowledge if not you can lose your shirt ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Do you think he is messing with our currency now?
    Excellent point. I wouldn't put it past him. He hates Bush and probably would do anything to discredit him, despite the suffering it's bringing to so many. It makes you wonder about the ethics of those who accept his money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    Excellent point. I wouldn't put it past him. He hates Bush and probably would do anything to discredit him, despite the suffering it's bringing to so many. It makes you wonder about the ethics of those who accept his money.
    We are talking Democrats here right?Can you say Oxymoronic,Ethics and Democrats in the same breath ?That's like Military Intelligence !
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