Category Archives: Corporate Intrusion

Is corporate power being protected to avoid criminal prosecution? Are political campaign funds coming mostly from large corporations and very rich benefactors? Is the government awarding contracts to those corporations that helped during the campaign without using normal government contracting guidelines? Are most of the lobbyists at the seat of the government funded by the corporations and rich benefactors? Are the ears of government leaders going to the highest bidder? When will the Cabinet be expanded to include the Department of Business? Will the requirements for the Cabinet be expanded to include a masters in Business Administration? How far is too far?

Corporate intrusion is the erosion of representative governance through the massive funding from the ONE% (Citizens United) to elect their preferred representatives, vast numbers of corporate lobbyists to deliver daily corporate demands to their representatives, and predatory privatization of, among other public resources, our public education system.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Authoritarian Plan for a Koch Brothers’ America – Update to The Powell Plan

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post about The Powell Memo. This memo has been referred to by others like Henry Giroux and Richard Wolff. This memo, by Lewis F. Powell and dated August 23, 1971, was a … Continue reading

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The “Bad Barrel” for All U.S. Presidents – Some Try to Resist, Authoritarians Enhance It

What changed many of the promises of candidate Obama into either inaction or the adverse actions of President Obama? Here’s how I put it to the President recently. RE: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor Mr. President, While listening to an … Continue reading

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We Need More Citizenship Dues, a Reversal of Citizens United, and Democracy in the Workplace

Real wage growth, related to worker productivity gains, have been diverted to corporations, their boards of directors, and the rest of the ONE%, via stock dividends, for over three decades. Just look at what happened:         Not … Continue reading

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Belief in Self-regulating Free Enterprise Based on Another Authoritarian Myth

The 99% are suffering from the Great Recession and it will be years before we recover. At least one conservative economist is willing to admit the free enterprise system is flawed. Alan Greenspan admitted this failure while testifying to the … Continue reading

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Occupy America – We’re Not Taking It Anymore!

The top ONE% have had their way for three decades. They created the Great Recession and still got richer. They’ve received excessive tax breaks for 30 years and thus have not been repaying what they have taken from the rest … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and America’s Winter – Where the Authoritarians Are Taking Us, If We Let Them

In several Arab countries, citizens have been demonstrating and demanding their authoritarian governments be replaced with a democratic form of government. In America, citizens have ceded control of their democracy to a hateful minority of right-wing authoritarians. As democracy is … Continue reading

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Where are the Authoritarians Taking America – Same Place as Texas, SC, WI?

Will the country default by not raising the debt limit? The consensus, which is growing but does not include the political ‘adolescents’ in the Tea Party, is no, we won’t. It’s too dangerous. The real question is why are we … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Plan to End American Democracy – The Powell Memo

While reading Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism by Henry Giroux, I learned about another element of America’s growing authoritarianism – The Powell Memo, by Lewis F. Powell on August 23, 1971. Mr. Giroux makes the … Continue reading

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Authoritarians – The Hyper Dead, Still Alive as Avatars of Death and Cruelty?

Listed below is a portion of the introduction for Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism by Dr. Henry A. Giroux. This book is a good update for the authoritarianism which John Dean discussed in Conservatives Without … Continue reading

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Senator and Congressman Paul Favor Corporate Freedom of Choice Over Citizen Freedom of Choice

Sometimes, when either Libertarian Ron or Rand Paul are questioned on particular situations that driven by their general politics beliefs, they contradict themselves. In response to questions by Chris Mathews concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Ron Paul responded, … Continue reading

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Republican Senators – Shameless, Spineless, or Without Conscience?

RE: Most Republican Senators voted yesterday to pass the Paul Ryan Budget Plan for the wealthy. Tonight, I sent the following note to Texas Senator Cornyn, who voted for the plan: Transferring more wealth to the top 2 percent by … Continue reading

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Congressman Ryan’s Wealth Transfer (Budget) Plan

There are two parts to the Ryan budget plan: 1.) eliminate the costs of our safety net for those citizens not like Ryan and his fellow conservatives without conscience (CWC) and then 2.) take those savings in spending and transfer … Continue reading

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Wealth Transfer – America’s Growing Plutocracy

While reading through a 1967 college text on Today’s ISMs by William Ebenstein, I came across this statement on wealth distribution in America as of 1953: … the top 3 per cent [sic] owned 33 per cent [sic] of all … Continue reading

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Let The Mega and Ultra Rich Have Their Gift of Greed – They Have a New Way to Create Jobs

Let the mega and ultra rich take their capital-gains-based, inherited-without-struggle wealth and create high-paying jobs. Here’s how. Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the mega and ultra rich now have a new untapped investment vehicle – the government. … Continue reading

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The Koch Brothers, enabled by Citizens United, Want to Buy Our Government – Will You Vote to Stop This?

As written about earlier, there is an immense divergence in income growth for most of us, the bottom 90 percent, and the income growth of the mega, top 1 percent, and ultra, top 0.1 percent, rich. This point is made … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-16-2010

  Republicans Have Been Lying About the Deficit – The Treasury says that the deficit for August of this year is 13% lower than that of the August of last year, and 8% lower than the first 11 months of … Continue reading

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Tax Breaks For The Mega and Ultra Rich – Stopping Their Takeover of Our Democracy

An article about Congress deciding its next pay raise, had this to say about the richest 235 of them: Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008, the last year such data were available, down from … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-13-2010

  Republican House Leader is Big Tobacco’s and Wall Street’s Best Friend – House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican … Continue reading

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Choices – Pick one: Jobs or Deaths

There’s a commercial where citizens are complaining about taxes on energy and how that will “kill jobs.” That may be true or just rhetoric. But if these taxes cause the long term reduction in pollution of our air, land and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-23-2010

  Tax Cuts for the Super Rich – Republicans and conservative Democrats have rejected every suggestion that we do more to avoid deep cuts in public services and help the ailing economy, but are eager to cut checks averaging $3 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-20-2010

  Rick Perry’s Revolving Money Door – Rick Perry says as governor, his job is to make life better for Texas families. One family that’s done well is the Sullivans of Austin, Ray and Leslie, whose political ties to Perry … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-19-2010

  Republicans Insult Democratic Women – The home web page for Minnesota’s Republican District 56 has a video comparing Republican and Democratic women. A musical score of “She’s a Lady” plays, while a parade of young, pretty Republican women (or … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-18-2010

  Rupert Murdoch’s Hypocrisy – Monday, NewsCorp, parent of Fox News, gave $1,000,000 to the Republican Governors Association, making them the organization’s largest single contributor. Rupert Murdoch was singing a different tune back in April when he was confronted at … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-17-2010

  Anti-tax, Anti-Spending Republican Takes Tax Money for Himself – A Republican north Texas state representative who rails against the evils of runaway government spending admitted Monday that he has pocketed thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for travel expenses … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-16-2010

  Rick Perry Afraid to Interview With Texas Newspaper Editorial Boards – In not-so-shocking news, Rick Perry’s campaign declared that the governor won’t be bothering with newspaper editorial boards before the November election. This was Perry’s modus operandi in the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-12-2010

  Republicans Destroyed U.S. Economy According to Ronald Reagan’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget – David Stockman was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. Following are excerpts from an opinion piece … Continue reading

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2010 Midterms – Are We Going to Continue Our National Legalized Trickle-up Ponzi Scheme?

This posting was inspired by an article at Rational Revolution. It takes another look at the disproportionate shift in income to the mega and ultra rich, the disproportionate tax breaks for the mega and ultra rich, and the creation of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-10-2010

  Conservative Says Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is a Liberal Plot – The Theory of Relativity was Albert Einstein’s formulation in the early 20th century that gave rise to the famous theorem that E=mc2. But if you’re a conservative, like … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-6-2010

  Republican Jobs Plan: Bigger Tax [Breaks] For The Rich – After opposing, stalling, stonewalling and filibustering almost every recession-related bill for the past year, Republican lawmakers have finally proposed a jobs plan of their own: a bigger, more expensive … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-4-2010

  Republican Plan: Bigger Tax Cuts For the [Mega] Rich – After opposing, stalling, stonewalling and filibustering almost every recession-related bill for the past year, Republican lawmakers have finally proposed a jobs plan of their own: a bigger, more expensive … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-3-2010

  In Rick Perry’s Texas, There is Only One Inspector for Every 4,586 Oil and Gas Wells – In Texas, there are 86 inspectors for 394,365 oil and gas wells, including 282,150 active wells. As of May 28, 2010, these … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-28-2010

  Every Republican Senator Voted to Kill the DISCLOSE Act – Yesterday, 40 Republican senators blocked the passage of legislation that would counteract the growing influence of corporations in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The DISCLOSE … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-26-2010

  In Rick Perry’s Texas, Only Twenty-Seven Percent of Texans Hold College Degrees – According to a recent report from the College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests, ranks Texas 40th in the number of people ages 25 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-16-2010

  Top House Republican Wants Ban on All New Federal Regulations – House GOP Leader John Boehner said he supports a ban on all new federal regulations, after meeting Friday with business lobbyists. Boehner and Illinois Republicans Peter Roskam and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-21-2010

  More Than 100 U.S. House Republicans Feel Sorry for BP – 100-plus other House members of the Republican Study Committee labeled the $20 billion trust fund for repairing the damage caused by BP a “Chicago-style shakedown” only a day … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2010

  BP Gambled on Shortcuts: Profit First, Safety Last – In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., noted at least five questionable decisions BP made in the days leading up to … Continue reading

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The Poor, Poor, Mega Rich – They Are Just So Over Taxed

The table below is mostly from an October 4, 2007 News Release from the conservative Tax Foundation. They point out that the richest 1% of the tax payers pay more in total taxes than the poorer 90 percent – those … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-27-2010

  Palin Endorsee Plagiarized President Obama’s Speech – Vaughn Ward, a GOP candidate for Idaho’s First Congressional district who is endorsed by Sarah Palin, is facing charges that he swiped key passages from Barack Obama’s iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-20-2010

  Oil Hits Louisiana Wetlands – Crude oil spread through fragile US marshlands Thursday, a month after a drilling rig blast released a devastating spill that now threatens Florida, Cuba and even beyond. Photos   Costly, Time-Consuming Test of Cement … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/15/2010

  Tea Parties Were Created as a Republican Political Ploy – The Tea Party has been billed as an organic grassroots operation, but a newly uncovered document obtained by Politico suggests the movement has been successfully co-opted as a Republican … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/29/2010

  Republican National Committee Chairman Refuses to Sign Joint Civility Statement with Democratic Counterpart – The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement. Various members of the Democratic National Committee … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/22/2010

First, the Good News:   How to Win in November: Just Three Words – “Tell the Truth” – The truth is very important, but I don’t think you need me to tell you that. What I feel we all need … Continue reading

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Amazing – Health Care Passes!!!!!!!!!

Earlier this evening, Frank Schaeffer in his latest blog posting, predicted this moment. Being the eternal pessimist, I was surprised when it happened. The right-wing authoritarians, all 212 of them, have failed to block the correction of America’s biggest human … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/15/2010

  Karl Rove: I can’t stop lying – NBC was the latest stop on Karl Rove’s book tour for ‘Courage and Consequence.’ Revising history has been his main focus recently, and this morning’s interview with Tom Brokaw focused on Iraqi … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/2/2010

  Use of Filibuster Threat Explodes – The frequency of filibusters — plus threats to use them — are measured by the number of times the upper chamber votes on cloture. Such votes test the majority’s ability to hold together … Continue reading

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