Who Is Reactionary Billionaire Harold Simmons-- And Why Is He Financing Millions of Dollars in TV Ads To Smear Barack Obama?
There isn't a more sleazy and disreputable political operator in America than 77 year old Harold Clark Simmons. Credited as one of the fathers of predatory capitalism, the far right Texas billionaire developed the concept of the leveraged buyout. One of McCain's primary financial backers, Simmons, worth over $7 billion, has a long and sordid history in extremist political sleaze. He's probably best known for having donated $4 million dollars to finance the Swift Boat campaign of lies against John Kerry in 2004, allowing the most ruinous administration in American history to capture the presidency. He is determined to spend whatever it takes to smear Obama with any lie anyone wants to make up about him. Even Fox has refused to show his ads (sort of).
Today's NY Times ran a piece on Simmons' attempt to subvert democracy with his billions. Simmons is spending millions of dollars on trying to tie Barack Obama to a radical who bombed the Capitol when Obama was 8 years old. It is just a small beginning for what Simmons intends to do to make sure McCain-- and his policies-- wind up in control of America.
Simmons is one of the very worst examples of a social criminal in America and his companies make money by poisoning the earth. Without corrupt political hacks like John McCain and George Bush, creatures like Harold Simmons, one of the 50 richest men in America, could not exist. Besides financing more smear campaigns than anyone else in American history, Simmons has donated hundreds of thouands of dollars to extremist Republicans (as well as to a small handful of recationary Democrats, particularly Nancy Pelosi's candidate for the vice presidency, Chet Edwards). When Jesus talked about camels getting through the eyes of a needle he had Harold Simmons in mind. In South Africa Satan gave them Mark Scott-Crossley; in Texas, the Angel of Darkness cursed us with Harold Clark Simmons.