View Full Version : Democracy Dies, 1776-2010

Gayle in MD
10-22-2010, 01:58 AM
From a mind blowing NYT article:

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>"Prudential Financial sent in a $2 million donation last year as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicked off a national advertising campaign to weaken the historic rewrite of the nation’s financial regulations.

Dow Chemical delivered $1.7 million to the chamber last year as the group took a leading role in aggressively fighting proposed rules that would impose tighter security requirements on chemical facilities.

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>And Goldman Sachs, Chevron Texaco, and Aegon, a multinational insurance company based in the Netherlands, donated more than $8 million in recent years to a chamber foundation that has been critical of growing federal regulation and spending. These large donations — none of which were publicly disclosed by the chamber, a tax-exempt group that keeps its donors secret, as it is allowed by law — offer a glimpse of the chamber’s money-raising efforts, which it has ramped up recently in an orchestrated campaign to become one of the most well-financed critics of the Obama administration and an influential player in this fall’s Congressional elections. </span>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>They suggest that the recent allegations from President Obama and others that foreign money has ended up in the chamber’s coffers miss a larger point: The chamber has had little trouble finding American companies eager to enlist it, anonymously, to fight their political battles and pay handsomely for its help. </span>And these contributions, some of which can be pieced together through tax filings of corporate foundations and other public records, also show how the chamber has increasingly relied on a relatively small collection of big corporate donors to finance much of its legislative and political agenda. The chamber makes no apologies for its policy of not identifying its donors. It has vigorously opposed legislation in Congress that would require groups like it to identify their biggest contributors when they spend money on campaign ads.

Proponents of that measure pointed to reports that health insurance providers funneled at least $10 million to the chamber last year, all of it anonymously, to oppose President Obama’s health care legislation.

“The major supporters of us in health care last year were confronted with protests at their corporate headquarters, protests and harassment at the C.E.O.’s homes,” said R. Bruce Josten, the chief lobbyist at the chamber, whose office looks out on the White House. “You are wondering why companies want some protection. It is pretty clear.”

The chamber’s increasingly aggressive role — including record spending in the midterm elections that supports Republicans more than 90 percent of the time — has made it a target of critics, including a few local chamber affiliates who fear it has become too partisan and hard-nosed in its fund-raising.

The chamber is spending big in political races from California to New Hampshire, including nearly $1.5 million on television advertisements in New Hampshire attacking Representative Paul W. Hodes, a Democrat running for the United States Senate, accusing him of riding Nancy Pelosi’s “liberal express” down the road to financial ruin.

“When you become a mouthpiece for a specific agenda item for one business or group of businesses, you better be damn careful you are not being manipulated,” said James C. Tyree, a former chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, who has backed Republicans and Democrats, including Mr. Obama. “And they are getting close to that, if not over that edge.”

But others praise its leading role against Democrat-backed initiatives, like health care, financial regulation and climate change, which they argue will hurt American businesses. The Obama administration’s “antibusiness rhetoric” has infuriated executives, making them open to the chamber’s efforts, said John Motley, a former lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, a rival.

“They’ve raised it to a science, and an art form,” he said of the chamber’s pitches to corporate leaders that large contributions will help “change the game” in Washington.

As a nonprofit organization, the chamber need not disclose its donors in its public tax filings, and because it says no donations are earmarked for specific ads aimed at a candidate, it does not invoke federal elections rules requiring disclosure.

The annual tax returns that the chamber releases include a list of all donations over $5,000, including 21 in 2008 that each exceed $1 million, one of them for $15 million. However, the chamber omits the donors’ names. </span>1
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<span style="color: #FF0000">Also, More private sector jobs were created in the first eight months of the Obama administration, than the entire eight years of the Bush administration.

But now, that the activist, RW, Supreme Court, has legalized the foreign take over of our elections, Republicans will have carte blanc, to continue their complete destruction of America, our jobs, our principles, our national security, what was left of it after Reagan/Bush/Bush, will vanish forever.

Corporate CEO's, have taken over, as is obvious in this election. It will be interesting, to see how some here, who work in the Goverrnment Contracting Industry, will react, when they, too, lose their jobs, as the CEO's of their corporations, will out-source their jobs. One, formally active member from the right, vanished from this forum, after his job was out-sourced, during the Bush Administration. Ah, yes, I remember it well.

I find it interesting, and sad, watching the stupidity and ignorance of the Tea Party, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, they ask, while at the same time, they support Republicans, who protect, the very corporate pigs who have outsourced those jobs, for money, for votes, and for the opportunity to side step paying taxes on their profits!

As always, the ignorant right, votes against their own best interests, but in the end, we all suffer for it.


10-22-2010, 03:45 AM
How about if you cite where the USA was ever a democracy?

A ;large part of it's problems stem from the fact that it has morphed into something resembling a democracy and that 50.1% are voting to squander the nations greatness.