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CENTRAL VIEW for Monday, July 15, 2019

by William Hamilton, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Epstein: Mover, shaker, earthquake maker?

In 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a story called: "The Rich Boy." The narrator in the story led off by saying, "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." Yes, letís pray you and I are different from a rich guy by the name of Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr. Epstein is a convicted pedophile and registered sex offender who likes underage girls for his own use and supplies them for use to a select circle of friends who are supposedly billionaires. In 2008, Mr. Epstein was convicted in a Florida court on charges that could have landed Mr. Epstein in prison for the rest of his life. Somehow, Mr. Epstein was only sentenced to 18 months in a minimum-security facility of which he served only 13 months during which he was allowed to spend 12 hours-per-day outside the facility running his money-management business. For reasons not quite clear, Alex Acosta, the then U.S. Attorney for Florida, did not intervene in the 2008 Epstein plea deal.

On July 6, 2019, a federal prosecutor in New York charged Mr. Epstein with sex trafficking underage girls and put him in jail. On July 11th, a dozen more female victims came forward. New charges were added. Mr. Acosta, who has been serving as Secretary of Labor, submitted his resignation.

While we know Mr. Epstein is a convicted pedophile and registered sex offender, no one seems to know if he is a billionaire or a millionaire or even how he makes his money. One theory is Mr. Epstein is not the hedge-fund manager he claims to be but someone who entices billionaires to engage in unlawful sexual activities, secretly video-tapes them doing so, and then blackmails them into investing in his money-management company.

But, unlike the infamous Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of investors out of their money, it appears Mr. Epstein actually makes money for his clients. One theory suggests Epstein tax shelters investorsí money in an off-shore tax haven, charges a hefty asset-management fee, and then simply invests their money in a major stock market index fund such as the S&P 500 stock index which, over the last ten years, has appreciated over 227-percent. Alternatively, Mr. Epstein might be putting investorsí money into US Treasury Bills.

Press accounts say former President Bill Clinton took 26 flights on Mr. Epsteinís "Lolita Express," a private jet used for flying to Mr. Epsteinís private island in the Caribbean. Fifteen years ago, Donald J. Trump was mentioned by the media as a friend of Mr. Epstein. But their relationship ended when Mr. Trump expelled Mr. Epstein from membership in Mr. Trumpís Mar-a-Lago Club which, unlike other private clubs in Palm Beach, admits Jews and African-Americans.

Mr. Epsteinís attorneys might offer a guilty plea for a relatively short prison term in exchange for the names of investors who took part in his sex-trafficking activities. Because Mr. Epsteinís "rich-boy" friends are almost exclusively Democrats and because Epstein is a major donor to Democrat candidates and left-wing causes, the shock waves at the Democratic National Committee might well exceed 9.0 on the Richter Magnitude Scale. We report. You decide.

©2019. William Hamilton.

Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamilton is the author of the soon-to-be-published: Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare, McFarland Books, (2019). "Central View," can also be seen at: www.central-view.com.

©1999-2019. American Press Syndicate.

Dr. Hamilton can be contacted at:
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Granby, CO 80446

Email: william@central-view.com

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