This is the Chapter 3 installment sent by Tom Smith of Mikhail Kryzhanovsky’s truly unbelievable book about espionage exploits in this case the how to manual for an American President to get elected and remain in Office.
Tom Smith Comment on Kryzhanovsky– ‘The Professional’ Chapter 3
Chapter 3 Domestic Policy Golden rules
You can’t separate domestic and foreign policies because they are married to the same ugly guy - the budget deficit. Domestic policy rests on three legs: education, health and environment.
Americans will never support reduced funding for education, Social Security and Medicare (Medicaid) cuts and weakened environmental-protection laws. But I strongly advise you
- don’t bother trying to emulate Europe and the British Commonwealth by providing health care for all
- the privately insured middle class (your voting majority) won’t stand for it.
If you don’t believe me, go to the polls. Now, are you a challenger in politics? If “yes,” strengthen your political positions in Washington, DC first, then start some reforms. Before you start a reform you have to win the information war with your opponents and get public support. A reform is always a venture; the process may start taking on momentum and you won’t be able to stop it. You had better continue old reforms using a new tactic because new reforms bring new problems, new enemies and new mistakes, and big economic mistakes bring you an economic crises.
Dealing with big business.
1. Big organized money moves big political machines, big political machines move big lobbies, big lobbies move the President.
2. The President is an investment.
3. A group that rules the economy rules the White House.
4. A new political course comes not with a new President, but a change of big business’ global financial interests.
5. Follow 3 "golden rules":
- protect big investments
- help to promote
- don’t interfere.
6. If the government doesn’t meet the needs of big business, it forms a new one of its own (something like a President’s Council). This usually happens when the President can’t provide financial stability and super-profits. Besides, big business has much more important foreign connections than the government.
7. Big business is:
b) political and economic control
8. Any political action gets an economic (big business) reaction.
In terms of partisan politics, Republicans are considered to be more sympathetic to big business interests while traditionally Democrats get electoral and financial support from organized labor. Forget about antitrust policy, business has become more global and efforts to enforce antitrust policies have proven deficient and are threats to national security.
The Economy Economic strategy is as important as national security. Appoint bright, educated and experienced people to the Cabinet and the Federal Reserve Board, who advise you on important economic decisions. Press foreign governments on trade and currency issues. Watch the markets 24/7. Balance the budget (half goes to national defense - if there’s no war there are no jobs in America - 35% of US business works for Pentagon. In general, the key word in domestic policy is accomplishment — budget balanced, taxes cut, jobs created. Use your budget power to the full extent because people usually hold you, not Congress, accountable for economic downturns.
Whether you win or lose your second term in the Oval Office largely depends on your budget actions.
Managing the Economy
1. Regulate spending, taxation, monetary policy and foreign trade which it has to be under strict political control - you have the right to propose legislation and veto any legislation you think incorrect. Keep in mind that Americans always insist on reducing government spending on foreign aid and space exploration, and they naturally hate any rise in taxes.
2. State and local governments, both through national associations like the US Conference of Mayors and Congress Members, always press the government to get more federal funds even at the expense of inflationary budget deficits.
3. Keep unemployment low and prices stable - these two factors are politically dangerous and failure here can bring a free-fall in approval ratings.
4. Take credit for economic growth, price stability and low unemployment even if you have nothing to do with it. Still have problems? Try international initiatives.
There are four inevitable factors that will limit your control over the economy:
1) You must share power with Congress - you can’t levy taxes or appropriate money all by yourself;
2) The theoretical nature of the science of economics - no single economic theory has ever explained the behavior of the economy in the future;
3) The imprecision of economic information. Economic statistics and indicators do not measure the immediate conditions of the economy, but rather the conditions that prevailed between one and three months ago, depending on the particular economic statistics. Consequently, if you take action on the basis of incoming economic information you may be reacting to a problem that no longer exists or that is much worse than believed.
4) There are forces outside the reach of the federal government, like international factors (oil prices and foreign trade policies), state and local governments economic decisions and mistakes, big business decisions that affect employment, inflation, the trade deficit and public opinion — which is always against cutting social programs.
Budget Deficit A large budget deficit is a headache and has extremely negative effects on the economy:
1. It limits the government’s flexibility to fight a possible recession; that requires tax cuts and deficit spending, which would exacerbate the debt problem. Since tax revenues fall during a recession and unemployment insurance and welfare payments rise, the budget would be under further strain precisely when deficit spending would be needed to pull the economy up.
2. It reduces the amount of funds available for achieving the nation’s social and defense goals, because interest must be paid on the national debt.
3. It can threaten the economy by “crowding out” corporate and private borrowers from the credit market. Because the government must borrow heavily to finance its deficit, it competes with business and individuals to borrow funds. The increased competition forces interest rates higher, causing loans (including mortgages) to become more expensive. As a result, business can afford to purchase less plant and equipment to expand and modernize their operations and fewer consumers can afford to finance purchases of expensive items, such as houses and cars. The resulting reduction in demand threatens economic growth.
4. The US budget deficit has become so large that domestic savings no longer can provide enough capital to service the debt. Consequently, the government must borrow from foreign sources to make up the difference. This makes us dependent on foreign investors and raises the possibility of a “stabilization crisis,” which can occur if foreign investors lose confidence in the dollar and liquidate their US investments. Such a crisis could cause the dollar to plummet and interest and inflation to rapidly accelerate.
Crisis means that your government as a system is exhausted and it’s unable to rule the nation and resources effectively in an extreme situation, including economic, natural catastrophes and war. A crisis has three stages — before the crisis, when the first signs appear; crisis development until culmination; catastrophe followed by impeachment.
A crisis could be “programmed” at the very beginning of your term (mistakes in political and economic courses, inexperienced personnel, faulty planning) or it can appear later (too many mistakes, change of political environment, shifts in the economic or international situation). Crisis management includes pre-crisis management and handling of the situation. You must be ready not only for a government crisis but also for sudden military attack, mass riots and natural disasters.
International trade is an important component of national security. Our “friends” (NATO members, Saudi Arabia and Japan) favor a dollar (that is neither overvalued nor undervalued) and a healthy US economy with relatively full employment and low inflation rate. If the dollar is weak, the value of much of their international currency reserves declines and their goods are less competitive in the US market. If the dollar is too strong, their investment capital migrates to the US and the high competitiveness of their products in the US market threatens to provoke calls for trade restrictions. If unemployment in the US rises, the major market for their goods declines. If interest rates are higher in the US than in Europe or Japan, investment capital moves to our country. Consequently, foreign governments press the United States to keep the exchange value of the dollar from fluctuating widely and to hold interest rates steady.
Domestic Propaganda and Mind Control Propaganda Technology
You need 24/7 effective propaganda to get non-stop public support of your policy — your war for public support doesn’t stop the day you enter the White House — it may stop the day you leave the White House. If your polls go below 40%, the United States effectively has no President.
Use the following propaganda tools:
- general (abstract) information on big problem
- information dosage (the less people know — the easier you convince them)
- misinformation (full or partial) presented as news, sensations, rumors
- disorientation - one bit of information contradicts another one
- provocation - information “pushes” people (before you start war)
- information over-dosage - too much information (and people lose interest)
- exaggeration of enemy’s negative sides and promotion of scary data
- distraction of nation’s attention from news that is bad (for you) by publishing sensations and (political) scandals - stereotype manipulation (“nuclear threat,” “international terror,” etc.
- all news and facts match President’s political course
- “cocktail” - mix of true and false information
-“facts transportation” from abroad (you buy a foreign reporter and he’s publishing positive information on your politics; then you spread the information through American media)
Remember the principles of mass psychology: people don’t believe the government - they believe the market and the stock exchange; people need statements, not analysis. Mind Control Every day in 2004 we watched the Homeland Security Department “terror alert colors” and very often the threat was “high” or “very high.”
With all my 30 years espionage experience I couldn’t understand why they were telling the nation about the threat and producing the multicolor picture on TV. Why? What can ordinary Americans do about that? What happened next made the situation absolutely clear for me and posed one more question for the nation: right after President Bush was re-elected the colors disappeared - why? Again, what happened? Is there no more “terror threat” to America? There is. But there’s mind control, too. Mind control, which I call mind manipulation or MM, is used to program the “right political behavior” of the nation or “indifferent behavior,” if necessary, without people’s knowing or understanding the procedure. We are talking here about total illegal social control.
Principles of Mind Manipulation
1) It’s not enough if every single citizen, and the nation as a whole, thinks and behaves your way - it’s much better if they want to behave your way and feel comfortable, and are absolutely sure it’s their own choice and, finally, they become your active supporters.
2) If you want to control the nation and program peoples’ thoughts, you have to control knowledge (information, culture and communication).
3) The political imagination (belief) of the nation has to move in the right direction and has to be accepted as the most comfortable and most acceptable way of political activity: nobody is thinking, nobody is criticizing the President, nobody is making comparisons and drawing conclusions. Everybody believes the American President and hates his enemies.
4) Don’t waste time fighting foreign ideology, take care of ordinary Americans.
5) There is no difference between commercial and political advertising, and MM.
Technology of Mind Manipulation
1) Create a steadfast American collective will-power: “We want to live forever in the America we live in now” - through the media.
2) Don’t ask people to change their views and beliefs - they have only to change the object of their aggression - “Now we understand who is to be blamed for the problems! (the previous President, political opponents). “Now we understand where the problem lies!”(economic cycles, etc.).
3) Get people accustomed to accept facts but believe only in the “right” commentaries - any common sense has to be “switched off.” This way you create “mass artificial schizophrenia” — people lose the ability (and desire) to connect statements and facts (notions) and just believe. Besides, by extreme exaggeration of the enemy’s negative qualities you can install step by step the national schizophrenic fear and people have to accept you, the US President, as a savior. Plus, no matter what, repeat your major statements until people start accepting them without thinking.
4) Divide the nation into “good Americans”(patriots) and “bad Americans”(the “minority). Then make it clear that it’s much better and more comfortable to be “good” than “bad.” “We aren’t watching good Americans who support the President. The surveillance is for bad Americans and we make their lives and careers uncomfortable. We have to do that because enemies of America may be using them.” This method is called artificial social selection and its ultimate goal is a total regulation and standardization of the nation.
5) For successful MM, use the combined efforts of popular American writers, TV and radio anchors, talented publicists and columnists, business and show business celebrities, politicians. Thus, step by step you create the “industry of correct political behavior and correct American thinking.”
6) Use a combination: statement + image. It reduces the effort needed to understand your message and makes people comfortable with you.
7) Shift all popular TV shows to prime time - Americans don’t have to think about politics after they come home.
8) Keep terrorists in Guantanamo Bay forever - Americans have to see the threat every day.