Der Arbeitsbereich des Ausschusses deckt sich mit Ausnahme der Haushaltspolitik mit den Zuständigkeiten des Bundesministeriums der Finanzen. Aufgabe des Finanzausschusses ist es, die ihm vom Plenum des Deutschen Bundestags überwiesenen Vorlagen zu beraten: Insbesondere Gesetzentwürfe der Bundesregierung, der Fraktionen und des Bundesrates, aber auch Anträge der Fraktionen, Berichte der Bundesregierung sowie Vorlagen der Europäischen Union. In den Bereichen der Finanzmarktregulierung (Banken, Wertpapier- und Versicherungsgeschäft), des Zollwesens und der Steuerpolitik hat der Finanzausschuss in der Regel die federführende Beratung inne.
it is easy to escalate war – all you need is some “terrorists” “saboteurs” (could be agents from foreign countries, that sabotage the front-lines, fuel tensions, making it look it was the other side, sparking tensions).
update: “The Introduction pronounces “the irreversible movement of Ukraine towards Euro-Atlantic integration”; articles 85 and 116 state that it is a fundamental duty of the parliament and the government to “obtain Ukraine’s full membership of NATO and the EU”; article 102 stipulates that “the President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the strategic decisions of the State aimed at obtaining full membership of NATO and the EU”.
Since Russia has been accused by NATO of having illegally annexed Crimea, and of launching military operations against Kiev, should Ukraine officially join NATO, the 30 other members of the Alliance, on the basis of article 5, would be obliged to “assist the party or parties under attack by adopting immediately, individually and in agreement with the other parties, any action that it should deem necessary, including the use of armed force”.
In other words, they would have to go to war with Russia.
In 1985, Manafort’s firm, BMSK, signed a $600,000 contract with Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Angolan rebel group UNITA, to refurbish Savimbi’s image in Washington and secure financial support on the basis of his anti-communism. BMSK arranged for Savimbi to attend events at the American Enterprise Institute (where Jeane Kirkpatrick gave him a laudatory introduction), the Heritage Foundation, and Freedom House; in the wake of the campaign Congress approved hundreds of millions of dollars in covert American aid to Savimbi’s group. Allegedly, Manafort’s continuing lobbying efforts helped preserve the flow of money to Savimbi several years after the Soviet Union ceased its involvement in the Angolan conflict, forestalling peace talks.
In the late 1980s, Manafort was criticized for using his connections at HUD to ensure funding for a $43 million rehabilitation of dilapidated housing in Seabrook, N.J.
Manafort’s firm received a $326,000 fee for its work in getting HUD approval of the grant largely through personal influence with Deborah Gore Dean, an executive assistant to former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce, Jr.
“The New York Times reported that the Ukrainian government is investigating whether the previous regime headed by Manafort’s now-deposed client, Viktor Yanukovych, paid the advisor over $12 million in cash stolen from taxpayers.”
“I had been accidentally – part of situations (professional jobs) that usually are mutually exclusive – i had been a central banker – i had been involved in the design of the Euro – i had been an off-shore currency fund manager – i had been an academic and i had been president of an electronic payment system – i have been working with the largest multi-nationals on this planet – and i have been working with some of the poorest countries of this planet.
Every one of this angles has every time given me a way of looking at money – in a way that was not visible from the other angles.”
“Humanity faces an extraordinary series of unprecedented challenges:
Aging of Society
Monetary Instabilities under the current system
Structural Unemployment – because the technologies we have today – can have economic growth without jobs
Money as a solution
“The conventional money is incompatible with sustainability”
“It has a number of implicit automatic programs that are incompatible with that.”
The way money is created – it is pro-cyclical – it increases the business-cycle
it brings all the users in competition with each others. Which is not the best way to operate in certain environments.
is this the Orwellian plan of constant warfare? (just to keep poor people busy from revolting against the filthy rich?)
Learning from Nature
“Nature does NOT look for MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.”
It looks for a balance on efficiency on one side and resilience on the other.
If the balance is not correct – if you only go for efficiency – you gonna have a very fragile system.
If you have a over-emphasis on resilience you have stagnation.
Conventional money is extremely efficient.
Money and Sustainability
“The challenges i have mentioned – i claim non of them can be addressed within the current monetary paradigm. (i.e. with a single currency created through bank-debt with interest – none of that is feasable)
With complementary currencies one can address every single one of them.
Money is the most important/powerful leverage point – because it changes the motivation system.
We need to rethink the motivation system that makes it possible to address those challenges.
Complementary Currencies Influencing Behavior
“A complementary currency is a medium of exchange other than conventional money – that people use – within a particular community.
The oldest complementary currency – what i call loyalty currency – the frequent flyer miles – provided motivation to change behavior to use the same airline or return to the same shop.
Those commercial currencies are usefull for the airline or shops but they won’t do anything for society.
Using this technology which is established – 40 years is enough time – a technology that comes from the information age – but apply them for things that do make a difference.
Changing behavior towards the environment, changing behavior to people – motivating people to do things that they won’t do spontaneously – and there is a long list of things that this could apply to.
We need to change behavior on a very large scale rather quickly.
The alternative is regulation or force – prohibiting people to do things – with a currency you can make it attractive – it’s a pull as opposed to a push – and that is a lot more powerful and way more effective.
The big advantage of complementary currencies is you choose your objectives – and you can design a currency that specifically motivates and changes behavior in the direction you are trying to motivate.
If you want to motivate people around the world – to have a complementary currency that specifically aims these behavior patterns and is exportable anywhere in the world – and you can actually bring everybody on board.”
“There are more people on the planet having mobile phones than bank accounts.
And the costs of these things 20-30 bucks you have a system that can take part into a global payment system if you want to.”
(Chinese use SmartPhones a lot for payments)
“With the information-age we can now design much cheaper and much more universal payment systems that can have multiple currencies than we could have ever done before.
And that is why i claim that it is possible today to do things with complementary currencies on a scale that has never been available before.
That is fortunate – because we need it on a scale that was never be the same as in the past as well.
My drop in the ocean is an interesting pioneer model.
I want to encourage experimentation – improvements – diversity and my drop in the ocean is part of that.
And it is part of it in a specific field where there is not a hell of lot of things happening otherwise.
We also need to actually start doing work on the main-stream economy with businesses and the relationship with the businesses and citizens/consumers and that is what my drop in the ocean is tackling.”
Visions for the Future
“Leverage of changing the money system is making it possible not only to address the challenges – but actually create a world that i describe as ‘sustainable abundance’.
There is no reason that there should be scarcity in everything.
We can create a planet of sustainable abundance even for 10 billion people i claim.
At the condition – the necessary condition of rethinking our money.
It is not a sufficient condition – i am not claiming it is enough to change the money system and everything else will fall into place.
We still need education – we still need regulation you still need other things.
But i claim it is a necessary condition –
without touching the money system i claim we have no chance – of in a period of 10-15-20 years to have a planet we want to live on.”