We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Soros' "shaping public policies," as OSI calls it, is not illegal. But it's a problem for democracy because it drives issues with cash and then only lets the public know about it after it's old news.
That means the public makes decisions about issues without understanding the special agendas of groups behind them.
Without more transparency, it amounts to political manipulation. This leads to cynicism. As word of these short-term covert ops gets out, the public grows to distrust what it hears and tunes out.
The irony here is that Soros claims to be an advocate of an "open society." His OSI does just the legal minimum to disclose its activities. The public shouldn't have to wait until an annual report is out before the light is flipped on about the Open Society's political action.
The "NASA whistleblower" ploy--seemingly a run-of-the-mill disinformation insert bought in order to sell the AGW scam--strikes me as especially revealing in its targeting of an American institution (NASA) which carries a lot of symbolic meaning for Americans.
Leftists believe that a shadowy right-wing corporate cabal is manipulating events for its own benefit, to the detriment of society. They believe this because that is what they themselves do, and they assume others must be as base. "Open society" means "open to the certain ones."
Assistant Village Idiot
''They believe this because that is what they themselves do''