Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our Corporatocracy

Remind me again why we bother to have elections? Might as well just drop the pretense and let the corporations move their offices onto Captiol Hill.
In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident.

Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies. [...]

Genentech, a subsidiary of the Swiss drug giant Roche, estimates that 42 House members picked up some of its talking points — 22 Republicans and 20 Democrats, an unusual bipartisan coup for lobbyists.
Yet the single payer advocates don't even to get to speak at hearings. They get arrested for showing up. It's like I've been saying for years. It's not the system of government that's broken. It's that we have the wrong people running it.

[More posts daily at The Detroit News]
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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The reason many grand political systems fail is just that - the wrong people. After all an enlightened despot could do a wonderful job, but that rarely or never happens.

The only way to keep the wrong people from running the show is to put in place and enforce a system of checks and balances and regulations. Isn't that why we're taught to think of them as terrible?

12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Seems to me we used to have a good system of checks and balances, but they changed the rules over time to enable the graft. I've thought for a long time if we took away personhood from the corps, it would go a long way towards solving that.

7:50:00 AM  

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