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ANDY MARTIN: Mark Kirk is guilty of economic treason

October 22, 2010

Andy Martin explains why Mark Kirk is guilty of “economic treason,” and why the Chicago Tribune is, once again, lying to its readers in defending Mark Kirk from the solid and factual accusations of Alexi Giannoulias. Martin, who majored in economic history at the University of Illinois, predicted in the 1970’s that the export of Illinois’s jobs would not end until there were no Illinois jobs left to export.

Corruption fighter Andy Martin confirms that Mark Kirk is guilty of “economic treason”

Andy exposes the back story behind the Chicago Tribune’s latest attempts to defend Mark Kirk’s lies
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Andy Martin says that Alexi Giannoulias’ accusation that Mark Kirk committed “economic treason” when Kirk helped export American jobs to China is true

Martin says Kirk has betrayed the U. S. Navy, betrayed his family, betrayed gays, betrayed our economy and ultimately betrayed himself

A third of a century ago, Andy Martin predicted Illinois’ coming economic collapse

(CHICAGO)(October 22, 2010) A third of a century ago, way back in 1977, I traveled across downstate Illinois and the Chicago region. I predicted at the time that we were exporting our jobs, and that we would eventually be exporting the futures of our children. One of my close friends was Marty Ward, a UAW member who worked in the Farmall division of International Harvester. I had a lot of friends on the shop floors of Illinois’ factories.

I don’t suppose anyone believed that my predictions would come true. I had majored in economic history, and studied industrial declines. Illinois’ manufacturing economy was dying. Fellow Americans would stab each other in the back to save a nickel, so we really didn’t care if our neighbors’ jobs were exported as long as we could scrape up a few pennies in savings.

Today most of Illinois is an industrial wasteland. Downstate cites are hollow remnants of their former manufacturing glory. Chicago is a bankrupt theme park. And America itself is also an industrial wasteland. How did we get there? Well, since I have the credibility of a third of a century of truth-telling, it is time for me to take the Chicago Tribune to task for seeking to protect Mark Kirk from Alexi Giannoulias’ charge of economic treason:

Mark Kirk is guilty of economic treason. He is guilty as sin.
Kirk’s standard response to any accusation is to hide inside his tattered U. S. Navy uniform. Real Navy officers cringe when they see Kirk using the Navy uniform as a political costume. Kirk is the biggest liar in Navy history and a complete disgrace to the uniform. His constant efforts to wrap himself in navy blue should make Illinois voters see red.

I really don’t want to defend Alexi Giannoulias, but Giannoulias’ accusation that Mark Kirk was in the forefront of exporting Illinois jobs to China is true. 100% true.

The Chicago Tribune knows Giannoulias’ accusation could be a lethal one for Kirk (I hope G puts up an ad on this one) and so the Tribune is trying to brand Alexi’s accusations a fantasy. They are not a lie:

Both political parties, of course, are complicit in the destruction of our economy and particularly in the dismemberment of our manufacturing base. Republicans didn’t do it alone, and Democrats get as much of the blame as their opponents. But, on the issue of exporting jobs and keeping profits offshore, as Google is now doing, Republicans have a far worse record than the Democrats.

The Democrats have been kept in check, a little, by their union supporters. There is only so much damage the economic royalists in the Democratic Party can do before unions start to squawk.

But Republicans do not have unions to restrain them, and that is why they have been the real malefactors in exporting our economic future to Asia.

The “economic treason” accusation comes as a result of a leak from the Kirk campaign: Someone, “no one knows who,” has leaked a memo indicating that Kirk was holding a “fundraiser” via teleconference with Americans living in Beijing:

Well, where do you suppose those Americans were working? Rockford? They were working in China, and they were managing the export of Rockford’s jobs, and the Quad Cities’ jobs and Decatur’s jobs, to China.

You have to give Kirk, the greedy little critter, credit for being so desperate for every dollar that he vacuumed up cash from people who were also engaged in economic treason: the people he tapped for campaign cash in Beijing.

The Chicago Tribune tries to defend Kirk by applying the literal definition to treason. Well, literally, Kirk betrayed America, betrayed American workers and endangered our economic future. What’s not treason?

Kirk recognizes how lethal Giannoulias’ attack could be, which is why Kirk is debasing his Navy uniform to defend himself.

Let me for a moment play advocate for Giannoulias and plead his case despite my reluctance to do so. I am opposing Kirk, but I am not endorsing Giannoulias. Still, the truth is the truth.

It is almost certain there will be an overwhelming Republican majority in the House of Representatives after November 2nd. There is a very real possibility the Senate could also “go Republican.” A 100% Republican congress could become an ongoing disaster for American manufacturing and our economic recovery.

The Kirkster and all of his tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributors would be under the working control of the China lobby. Kirk & Co. would feel no restraint in allowing the continuing export of American jobs, and the continuing destruction of America’s future. Kirk and the Republicans stripped America bare during the early years of the first decade; what will stop them from doing so again? Greed, and only greed, motivates Kirk.

Kirk has always been for sale to the highest bidder and today the highest bidders are fronts for China’s economy.

Ironically, Kirk’s entire life is a continuing series of betrayals. Kirk has committed the ultimate treason, against himself.

If Kirk had maintained an honorable military career he could have campaigned as a good Navy man. But instead Kirk betrayed the Navy and he betrayed his military comrades by constantly lying about his military service.

Kirk betrayed Illinois media who covered up his lies for years, and endorsed him for office right into 2010. As recently as January 2010 Kirk was lying to the media about being “under fire” in Afghanistan, and other imaginary military escapades in his life. Even today, the media still report lies about Kirk’s “service in Afghanistan” and other military misrepresentations that Kirk has papered all across the internet. When I exposed Kirk in January as a military imposter, the media attacked me for telling the truth. A prophet is not without honor.

Kirk betrayed the Republican Party, which he later purchased in 2009 for thirty pieces of silver (now worth $50,000). That is why Kirk is still struggling as a candidate.

Kirk betrayed his wife, a topic on which we will have a blockbuster story in a couple of days.

Kirk betrayed national security, which has been the subject of our current undercover investigation.

Finally, Kirk betrayed homosexuals. Instead of acknowledging his private life, and liberating himself from a life of lies, Kirk brought down the wrath of the gays in June when they rebelled against his efforts to block the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Unlike the Republican whacko in Alaska, who handcuffed a reporter, I seriously doubt that Alexi Giannoulias has goons who are going to handcuff Kirk and lead him away to be tried for economic treason.

But the inescapable reality is that Kirk betrayed Illinois, betrayed the Navy and ultimately betrayed himself. If that isn’t treason, what is?

ABOUT ANDY: Chicago Public Radio calls Andy Martin a “boisterous Internet activist.” Andy is the legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He promotes his best-selling book, “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” and his Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Martin has been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois for over forty years. He is currently sponsoring

Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” He comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).


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