Politics Is a Scam – Why I Will Never Vote Again

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by James Altucher: 10
Unusual Things I Didn't Know About SteveJobs



I had five
seconds to make the secretive most powerful man in the world like
me so I could potentially make millions. “James,” Bill
McCluskey said to me, “this is Alan Quasha.” Bill was
CEO of Brean Murray, one of the mini-banks I considered selling
my fund of hedge funds to in 2006. We had a deal on the table and
I was desperate at the time to make it work. The table was circular,
there were papers on it with numbers, I was bullshitting every which
way I could about “synergies.” Whatever. That was months
later. But first I had to meet Alan Quasha, the owner of Brean Murray,
at an event they were throwing, and he had to like me. Because…

Alan Quasha
squinted his eyes, shook my hand. He had no idea who I was. I certainly
wasn’t anything like George W. Bush, the man Quasha had personally
saved in 1986. The man Bush owes his sobriety to. In 1986 Bush was
CEO of some oil company that was going down in flames. Possibly
the worst oil company in Texas history.

Some calls
were made and Quasha’s Harken Oil bought Bush’s company
for millions of dollars. Then, of course, a few years later, Bush
sold his shares in Quasha’s Harkin Oil right before Harkin
Oil announced a mega-loss and the stock tanked. Bush used his profits
to buy a stake in the Texas Rangers, sold that stake later for 10-15
million dollars and was finally able to follow his father’s
sage advice (“don’t go into politics until you get rich”

spell out what that means
: if Alan Quasha called up W on September
12, 2001 in the middle of Bush pouring over maps of the jungles
of Afghanistan to see where we would invade (do they have jungles
in Afghanistan? Do we really need an “h” in Afghanistan?),
Bush would say “hold all calls,” close the doors of the
Oval Office and say “Hi Daddy Number 2?, to Quasha. He owed
his life, his livelihood, the Texas Rangers, the Presidency, all
to Alan Quasha and now I was shaking Quasha’s hand. I had five
seconds to make Alan Quasha like me almost as much as he liked Bush
so he would buy my company. Why? Alan Quasha was Chairman of Brean

about ten seconds. Alan Quasha had moved on. Now I was being introduced
to Terry Mcauliffe. Terry was the Vice-Chairman of Brean Murray.
Terry was known in most circles as “Bill Clinton’s
best friend
.” Terry raised the bulk of the money for the
two Presidential campaigns that Bill was in (the first, of course,
where he crushed Bush, the Elder). I’m guessing Terry also
raised the money for all of Hillary’s political races. If Chelsea
Clinton ever ran for Mayor of New York (now that Weiner is out of
the running so you never know) I bet Terry would raise all the money
for her race as well.

So there
you have it
. The biggest mastermind in Republican politics,
the behind the scenes mover and shaker across the entire Bush family,
was Chairman of the company. And the biggest mover-and-shaker in
Democrat politics, was Vice Chairman. The war of values,
between Democracy and Republicanism that our founders had fought
for, had shed blood for, was over between them, if it ever even
existed. Screw The Federalist Papers! Let’s make some

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28, 2011

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