Is there no one who had their phone on during any of these $250,000 speeches? Perhaps that’s the way to get any transcripts.
This is an excellent report from Good Jobs First, a “good government” advocacy group, which also maintains the very useful SUBSIDY TRACKER tool. The report breaks down the crony game since 2000 quite nicely.
Corporate welfare in this country is massive. (As we illustrate day in and day out.) In many respects it puts regular welfare to shame.
Sometimes Obama shills for the corporations. Sometimes the corporations shill for Obama and government. It’s the crony yin and yang.
This marks the third time Congress is trying to pass the bill to allow corporations to share our personal data with governments loosely. In addition, the 2015 version of CISPA would create a data sharing program between the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense, with no accountability measures outside of their own agencies. Not only that, but any data shared would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
Mike Shedlock at Global Economic Trend Analysis is often very good. Below he does a great job of breaking down the political donation game and the very mafia-like system which is American politics.
We have long covered what happens the in the shadowy alleyways where the NSA and corporate America have gotten together in their unholy unions. Sometimes these unions are voluntary. We have seen also that many of these relationships were not and that companies have no choice but to work with the NSA.
And the other side of the sword. Though turning this technology on is still voluntary it is very possible that it will not remain so.
“Among other initiatives, the A.C.A. would relax restrictions on collusion between health care providers.”
At least one Republican gave up complaining about Obamacare and decided that it made much more sense to mine the massive wealth redistribution program for a little wealth of his own.
“Please join me in thanking our secret sponsors.”
I’m sure they just forgot.
And you thought these guys couldn’t work together.
Say hello to the Bipartisan Policy Center. It’s bi-partisan alright.
Like I said I have no idea who this guy is. Saying that, this 12 minute analysis of our current crony capitalist system is damn good. It’s white lightning so be warned. Distilled and powerful.
James O’Keefe strikes again. He’s the fellow who brought down ACORN with his “pimp” video a few years back. This time he stings a couple of wireless carriers who supply phones for the “Lifeline” program, often referred to as “Obama phone” program.
Everyone wants their piece of the action in Washington and the Democratic National Committee is concerned that their piece is getting smaller because of President Obama’s Organizing for Action group. O4A is actively seeking donations from large companies and wealthy individuals. This is usually the territory of the party and some Democrats are not happy that their toes are being stepped on.
The drug war is full of hypocrisy, violations of fundamental human rights, and money. Lots and lots of money.
The Senate budget rewards big time friends with gifts from the taxpayer. As Tim Carney at The Examiner explains, it is in many respects a vehicle for legal graft, and many companies are on board.