Media Coverage of Enron Ripoff

This post was written by marc on June 2, 2004
Posted Under: Bush,Politics

I want to thank CBS for airing the Enron tapes – but I can’t help to notice that the rest of the media is virtually ignoring the issue. I remember the coverage of President Clinton where the employment of a 5th cousin was front page news for 2 months – but under Bush when they have tape recordings of Enron employees bragging about shuting down power to the entire west coast – and then doing so – and bragging about what a friend they have in Bush – well – Bush and his buddy “Kenny-boy” barely gets talked about.

This is what happens when Republicans own the press. Thankfully there is the Inernet where you can read the trurh from people like me.

Here’s some of what Enron Employees said about California:

“He just fucks California,” says one Enron employee. “He steals money from California to the tune of about a million.”

“Will you rephrase that?” asks a second employee.

“OK, he, um, he arbitrages the California market to the tune of a million bucks or two a day,” replies the first.

The tapes, from Enron’s West Coast trading desk, also confirm what CBS reported years ago: that in secret deals with power producers, traders deliberately drove up prices by ordering power plants shut down.

“If you took down the steamer, how long would it take to get it back up?” an Enron worker is heard saying.

“Oh, it’s not something you want to just be turning on and off every hour. Let’s put it that way,” another says.

“Well, why don’t you just go ahead and shut her down.”

Officials with the Snohomish Public Utility District near Seattle received the tapes from the Justice Department.

“This is the evidence we’ve all been waiting for. This proves they manipulated the market,” said Eric Christensen, a spokesman for the utility.

That utility, like many others, is trying to get its money back from Enron.

“They’re fucking taking all the money back from you guys?” complains an Enron employee on the tapes. “All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?”

“Yeah, grandma Millie, man”

“Yeah, now she wants her fucking money back for all the power you’ve charged right up, jammed right up her asshole for fucking $250 a megawatt hour.”

And the tapes appear to link top Enron officials Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling to schemes that fueled the crisis.

“Government Affairs has to prove how valuable it is to Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling,” says one trader.


“Do you know when you started over-scheduling load and making buckets of money on that?

Before the 2000 election, Enron employees pondered the possibilities of a Bush win.

“It’d be great. I’d love to see Ken Lay Secretary of Energy,” says one Enron worker.

That didn’t happen, but they were sure President Bush would fight any limits on sky-high energy prices.

“When this election comes Bush will fucking whack this shit, man. He won’t play this price-cap bullshit.”

Crude, but true.

“We will not take any action that makes California’s problems worse and that’s why I oppose price caps,” said Mr. Bush on May 29, 2001.

Employee 1: “All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?

Employee 2: “Yeah, Grandma Millie man.

Employee 1: “Yeah, now she wants her fucking money back for all the power you’ve charged right up, jammed right up her ass for fucking $250 a megawatt hour.”

Employee 3: “This guy from the Wall Street Journal calls me up a little bit ago…”

Employee 4: “I wouldn’t do it, because first of all you’d have to tell ’em a lot of lies because if you told the truth…”

Employee 3: “I’d get in trouble.”

Employee 4: “You’d get in trouble.”

“I’m just — fuck — I’m just trying to be an honest camper so I only go to jail once,” says one employee.


Ashcroft is investigating Enron – but Enron gave $50,000 to Ashcroft in 2000 when he was running for US Senate in Missouri. Ashcroft got the money in the Republican Primary to defeat his Republican challenger and win the Republican primary and go on to lose the race to a dead man – Gov. Mel Carnahan – and his widow became the Senator.

For 100 brownie points and the “attaboy” award – name the republican challenger who lost to Ashcroft in the Missouri Republican Primary! Be the first to leave a comment naming that person! Who did Enron donate $57,000 to Ashcroft to defeat?

Reader Comments

Um, would that be:
Marc Perkel, 1452 North Clay, Springfield 65802

info from:

Written By Thomas McCullock on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:37 am

Yep – I’m the one that ran against John Ashcroft in 2000. Your’s Truely!!

Written By Marc Perkel on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:43 am

So, you lost to a man who lost to a dead man?


Written By Thomas McCullock on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:54 am

(ducking quickly)

Written By Thomas McCullock on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:55 am

I’m not the man who lost to the dead man. That was Ashcroft. I’m the man who lost to the man who lost to the dead man.

Written By Marc Perkel on June 3rd, 2004 @ 7:00 am

That makes it nearly as bad but at least you didnt lose to the dead man, just the brain-dead man.

Written By Chris on June 3rd, 2004 @ 7:08 am

Marc, are you having problems with your site. Some responses have disappeared, and it now seems that some post are not making it up.

Written By pugmehon on June 3rd, 2004 @ 7:52 am

How much money was he up against?

Written By tomocius on June 3rd, 2004 @ 9:37 am

I voted for the dead man.

Written By Andrea on June 3rd, 2004 @ 12:10 pm

Marc- I like that you bring up the second term of Clinton’s presidency. That just reinforces the view that Enron incubated their book-cooking scheme way before the shit hit the fan… Good thing that Bush #43 saved our economy from near disaster. But not many politicians have clean hands, especially when they have corporate ties. All lobbying should be outlawed. Soft money is sin.

Written By Rob on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:31 pm

Where can I get a transcript of this interview?

Written By Rob on June 3rd, 2004 @ 6:33 pm

Maybe they incubated their scheme during the Clinton years, but they couldn’t implement it until Bush the Stupider stole the presidency in 2000.

Did you get that from Rush or from Faux News? Smarter ditto monkeys please…

Written By (: Tom :) on June 8th, 2004 @ 7:38 am

No you moron, I got my info from the Bureau of Labour statistics ( Hard-core facts. It takes years and years to steal the money that they did. How is #43 connected to Enron? Where’s your proof?
You have none.

Written By Rob on June 8th, 2004 @ 10:51 am

How is Enron (and Kenny Boy) connected to the Chimperor? You’re not actually going to try and spin this lie, are you monkey boy?

Let’s see – I would say that over $500,000 in contributions to the Repugnicant Party for the Usurper in thief would be a pretty good connection, no?

Go look it up on google. I’m too busy to handle all the monkeypoo you’re flinging around…

Sneered at any poor people yet today, monkey boy?

Written By (: Tom :) on June 8th, 2004 @ 1:42 pm

Are you familiar with the McCain-Feingold bill?
Are you familiar with george soros?
Soft-money is a problem in American Government you are right (I stated this further down the post).
But Enron went down.
Along with Worldcom and other companies with accounts with JP Morgan.
Who has merged with: BANK ONE!
And the cycle repeats.
Find out when the ENRON CEO’s were hired-on to ENRON that may give you a timeline for how things happened.
How do you know if I’m wealthy or not?

Written By Rob on June 8th, 2004 @ 2:47 pm

Yes, I am familiar with the watered-down McCain Feingold bill. unfortunately it’s not quite as effective as it could be. I wonder which party it was that wanted to water it down and/or kill this bill? (hint – it’s not the Democratic ones…)

Have you heard of Richard Mellon Scaife? Of Rupert Murdoch? Of Dennis Kozlowski? They’ve all been supporting the Republican cause much more, financially, than Soros has been helping the Dems.

Enron went down. when is that trial for Kenny Boy and the rest of the fat cats who stole thousands of their employees’ pensions again?

Worldcom, too. Funny how we wasted millions on that trial, and we have to do it all over again. Is Kozlowski sitting in jail while all this goes on, or is he running free?

For someone who says that name-calling tends to lessen the force of the argument, you seem to throw the words moron and fool around quite a bit. Or is it only others that should play by your rules?

If you want sources for others’ rebuttal of your unsourced accusations, maybe you should consider doing what you require of others first.

Written By (: Tom :) on June 9th, 2004 @ 10:09 am

Check my post times, I tend to work a message board in no particular order.

Written By Rob on June 9th, 2004 @ 7:42 pm

the site
with the video and the translation in french

Written By dangscal on June 20th, 2004 @ 4:12 pm

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