Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rational Discourse 3

TaliDan here. Tonight I want to bring to your attention something that has been bugging me for awhile. Its something that has been building for years, but it has been coming to light lately in the health care and climate change debates. There has been good news and some disturbing news recently. With more information and awareness, people can make better decisions and better policy will result. Whatever the political spectrum you fall under, this should be the desired outcome. Misleading information and lies do not help make a true market decision. Bad policy or even war can result from a misinf0rmed citizenry. We all lose in that game. Plus I get to weave in history, violence, and comedy starring President Eisenhower, Kill Bill, Rollerball, and a small town grocery store. You're Welcome.

Take the comments made by Palin on the death panels, and now being actively pushed by Chuck Grassley. It is not in the bill. It is laughable and sad. The "death panel" provision in the bill was also in the Medicare part D bill of 2003. It was voted on then by the same republicans that now say they are against it. Hmmm. This is lying and blatant false advertising. Could you imagine if Coca-Cola came out with an ad saying drinking Pepsi might kill you? Truth in Advertising rules should also apply to elected officials. Katie Couric nailed it with her rant the other day when she said "we can't let fear and frankly ignorance drown out serious debate". Paul Krugman also weighed in on the issue (here).

But that is only part of the problem. The other one, equally as scary, is Corporate Influence. You probably by now have heard of the idiotic comments made by Glenn Beck (too numerous to hyperlink to). Well thanks to some active citizens, several advertisers have pulled their ads from his show. Chalk that up to holding people and corporations accountable. Bravo.

We also now have the CEO of Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck we call it here) expressing his opinions against the public option. So be it. I have no problem with that, in fact its entirely acceptable. If a corporation wishes to take a stand on an issue, as long as they are open and honest about it, then the public has the option to not shop there. If sales decline or double the people will have at least spoken. At least we can hold them responsible. Hey, its a good time to weave in some art imitating life, plus I get to relive a moment from a kick ass movie. Imagine Budd as corporate influence and Larry the boss as we the people. "Fuckin with your cash is the only thing you kids seem to understand ok?" Yep I hear you loud and clear.

But what is more worrying is these corporate lobbyists for oil and health insurance posing as angry constituents. We have elections, we vote. The people we send to Congress represent our interests. If they don't, they get thrown out. Corporations' voices represent big money, but a smaller population. Yet they seem to carry a lot of weight. Nothing like governing to the smallest denominator. It seems that we not only have health care plants in the town halls with lobbying group talking points, we also have oil interests at climate change debates. These two articles should scare the crap out of you Here and Here. The game plan email is attached here.

And to think, its not like Corporations enjoy the same rights as individual voters right? Wrong. The Supreme Court may have the votes needed to expand corporate rights. This will be a huge decision and one that is worth watching. Even the dictionary says corporations are people. Man what ever happened to the Republicans? "We must guard against the unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, of the military-industrial complex. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."

Wow. Thanks Andy Rooney. So we may be getting closer to a future ruled by corporations instead of nations. Whether by the lobbyists posing as angry voters, or by Supreme Court decree, it will be up to us to expose the real truth. Then we can at least have policy representing people's wishes instead of Big Corporate's interests. "Rollerball pointed out that the board members and directors of corporations aren't elected leaders, yet make decisions that control the economy and millions of lives." Fuckin' with your cash...Yep. I hope you are ready for it.

Because we all know that corporations have our best interests in mind, right?

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