Get The Money Out of Our Power
It's not as though I'm any brighter than the other folks I've been hanging with, here, for the last few years.
But sometimes the words do feel particularly right, as in 'right on the money'. We like to say that in these United States, I wonder if that idiom was developed in the halls outside of the lobbies of our Congressional leaders, perhaps?
Anyhow, I liked this title five years ago when the sentiment of Get The Money Out of Our Power was appropriate to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The ring of truth is hitting me as strongly, today, as it did on September 7, 2005.
I'd hate to be that right, but I seem to remember the context being Bush's contratulations to the helluva job being done by Brownie. Think he's got anything to do with emergency aid to Haiti?
Nader's never been righter, Get The Money Out of Our Power.
Originally reconstituted from a comment I made @dkos to dcg2 re:
...Ralph Nader saying there's no difference between Bush and Gore...I can't help but remind them that the greens told a big lie that helped land Bush in the White House
and i HATE that bu$h might have won as a result.
But Nader's right in the broader sense, that it's not just Repubs that whore our representation to the highest-bidders.
do you think it's simply for fun that 183,000 firms must register as lobbyists?! and that's pretty much the extent of their restriction beyond filing requirements as to what body they lobbied.
the obscenity of Halliburton getting the Katrina cleanup contract is unspeakable. but it's only after $hrub stole the first election that HAL was able to cut their lobbying expenditures to a quarter of what they were, pre-2000, since the big Dick was part of the admin.
Where do those 183,000 firms apply their effort?
I'm with Nader 100% when it comes to getting our leadership out of the pocket of big money:
Center for Public Integrity reveals extent of lobbying influence
- U.S. House of Representatives - 17,300 companies
- U.S. Senate - 17,200 companies
- Dept. of Defense - 2,800 companies
- Health & Human Services - 2,400 companies
- Dept. of Commerce - 2,300 companies
- Dept. of Treasury - 2,300 companies
- Dept. of Transportation - 2,200 companies
- Executive Office of the Pres. - 2,000 companies
- White House Office - 1,900 companies
- Dept. of Agriculture - 1,800 companies
What are the top issues lobbied?
- Federal budget and appropriations - 6,800 companies
- Health issues - 4,100 companies
- Defense - 3,700 companies
- Taxation & Internal Revenue Code - 3,500 companies
- Transportation - 3,300 companies
Where does the money for lobbying come from?
- companies (as clients);
- member dues;
- tax dollars;
- and foreign governments.
Get the money out of our power! It's the unfettered access of big money to power that likely explains why semi-privatized FEMA is so fucked up.