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Presenting The Greatest ROI Opportunity Ever

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The dream of virtually anyone who has ever traded even one share of stock has always been to generate above market returns, also known as alpha, preferably in a long-term horizon. Why? Because those who manage to return 30%, 20% even 10% above the S&P over the long run, become, all else equal (expert networks and collocated flow-frontrunning HFT boxes aside), legendary investors in the eyes of the general public, which brings the ancillary benefits of fame and fortune (usually in the form of 2 and 20). This is the ultimate goal of everyone who works on Wall Street. Yet, ironically, what most don't realize, is that these returns, or Returns On Investment (ROI), are absolutely meaningless when put side by side next to something few think about when considering investment returns.

Namely lobbying.

Because it is the ROIs for various forms of lobbying the put the compounded long-term returns of the market to absolute shame. As the following infographic demonstrates, ROIs on various lobbying efforts range from a whopping 5,900% (oil subsidies) to a gargantuan 77,500% (pharmaceuticals).

How are these mingboggling returns possible? Simple - because they appeal to the weakest link: the most corrupt, bribable, and infinitely greedy unit of modern society known as 'the politician'.

Yet who benefits from these tremendous arbitrage opportunities? Not you and I, that is for certain.

No - it is the faceless corporations - the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks - which are truly in the control nexus of modern society, and which, precisely courtesy of these lobbying "efforts", in which modest investments generate fantastic returns allowing the status quo to further entrench itself, take advantage of this biggest weakness of modern "developed" society to make the rich much richer (a/k/a that increasingly thinner sliver of society known as investors), who are the sole beneficiaries of this "Amazing ROI" - the stock market is merely one grand (and lately broken, and very much manipulated) distraction, to give everyone the impression the playing field is level.


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Sat, 05/26/2012 - 11:05 | 2465233 carbonmutant
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Freedom belongs to those who can afford it...

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 11:12 | 2465267 Winston Smith 2009
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And considering the financial sector is the most powerful lobby besides AIPAC, if you didn't before, you can now easily understand why the banksters are bailed out and none of them are prosecuted.


Sat, 05/26/2012 - 12:08 | 2465421 Tom Green Swedish
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Can Americans somehow collectively bargain for lower taxes for the non 1 percent, and a higher one for the 10 percent paying hedge funders? Is there a "lobby" for this?

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 12:17 | 2465446 jjsilver
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Pharmaceutical drugs correctly prescribed kill over 100,000 people a year and do absolutely nothing to heal the body. In fact they almost always make matters worse.  It is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated on the people mainly by Rockefeller around the turn of the 20th century. Check these out

The Truth About the Rockefeller Drug Empire:  The Drug Story


Murder by injection by Eustace Mullins



Sat, 05/26/2012 - 12:54 | 2465523 blunderdog
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It seems abstract, I know, but it's important to place "lobbying" in context.

Do you want to be "free" to do what you like with your money? 

What sorts of things are acceptable to do with your money? 

Is trying to convince others of the righteousness of your own personal beliefs a "legitimate" use of your funds?  If not, who decides what would be legitimate?

If flows of money directly select Presidential candidates, where is the conflict in a free society where people can spend their own money as they wish?

When the virtual parliament is more powerful than the elected parliament, this is what we get.  A world ruled by competing private interests, in which the only "political" power the individual possesses is his relative ability to rent out his talents to the rulers. 

We've seen this before.  The only difference is that the modern "governments" won't be territorially-bounded.

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