Gee, thanks for all the jobs corporate America!

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Gee, thanks for all the jobs corporate America!
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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 10:05pm

"When it started out all you really wanted was to push back against a few meddlesome regulators or shave a point or two off your tax rate, but you were concerned it would look like special-interest rent-seeking. So when the Washington lobbyists came up with the clever idea of launching a campaign against over-regulation and over-taxation, you threw in some money, backed some candidates and financed a few lawsuits.

The more successful it was, however, the more you put in — hundreds of millions of the shareholders’ dollars, laundered through once-respected organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, phoney front organizations with innocent-sounding names such as Americans for a Sound Economy, and a burgeoning network of Republican PACs and financing vehicles. And thanks to your clever lawyers and a Supreme Court majority that is intent on removing all checks to corporate power, it’s perfectly legal.

Somewhere along the way, however, this effort took on a life of its own. What started as a reasonable attempt at political rebalancing turned into a jihad against all regulation, all taxes and all government, waged by right-wing zealots who want to privatize the public schools that educate your workers, cut back on the basic research on which your products are based, shut down the regulatory agencies that protect you from unscrupulous competitors and privatize the public infrastructure that transports your supplies and your finished goods. For them, this isn’t just a tactic to brush back government. It’s a holy war to destroy it — and one that is now out of your control."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/steven-pearlstein-blame-for-financial-mess-starts-with-the-corporate-lobby/2011/08/08/gIQA3zMlDJ_story.html

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2011
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 8:25pm

I think there's going to be a complete change of power.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 2:16pm

How True!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2011
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 1:47pm

*** More useless blame.

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Registered: 07-09-2011
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 11:42am

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 6:46pm

More useless blame.

dragowoman

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2011
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 1:36pm

Hoisted by their own petard.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2011
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 1:34pm

Why do you think corporate America should invest and create jobs when Obama has created such a negative atmosphere of fear and uncertainty?

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 12:50am
janetlz wrote:

I like that line, too; it's so true!:smileyhappy

Oh, I said nothing about it being true.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 10:42pm
"Perhaps sanity can return and instead of wasting time pointing fingers and balming we roll up our collective sleeves and move toward a totally sustainable but flexable system. "

I'm afraid that is not going to happen anytime soon. I just listened to parts of Obama's Iowa stump speech today (courtesy of our tax dollars I hear too), he's pointing fingers at Republicans. I heard also today that he blames the Japan Tsunami for our economic woes, at least some of them anyway.

At least right now with the Republican primary the candidates need to separate themselves from each other. To do so they must not only identify the shortcomings of their opponents, but they also need to define themselves. I would like to see more than campaign slogans like: I'm about "hope and change"; or "I'm not Obama". A bit more specifics would be helpful for me.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 9:24pm

It is not the liberial *whatever that really is nor the so called consertives.

chaika

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