The magical ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ (Part 2): Leona Helmsley, Bernie Madoff

Leona Helmsley

HelmsleyLeona Helmsley was painted in the media as a shrew, and was branded that for supposedly having said “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” This goes back to 1989, and so may not be fresh material for most readers here, but is still useful to try to understand.

She claimed not to have said that. The words were attributed to her by a former housekeeper, and are not credible – that is, even if Helmsley held that opinion, she would not have shared it with one of the “little people.” The Wiki footnote on that quote is “11.”* Yet the words became her brand. It was almost as if she was railroaded.

Two other names pop up in this affair, Alan Dershowitz, and Rudy Giuliani. Both names raise red flags, as Dershowitz, in addition to being Noam Chomsky’s foil, would be one of the actor-lawyers in the OJ Simpson show trial (to be covered in another segment), and Giuliani, then a United States Attorney, would turn up as mayor of New York on 9/11/2001, surely a trusted insider to that gigantic hoax.

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