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Kit B. (276)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 3:46 pm
The Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia. (photo: unknown)

Interesting view of MSNBC's favorite blue-collar jamoke, Ed Rendell, in today's Times. Basically, it's about how Rendell -- and practically every politician in Philadelphia -- is a big old 'ho for the Comcast monopolists.

---The effort to sideline concerns about consumer protection was pioneered in Philadelphia in 1999, when Comcast was aided by City Hall in keeping a rival company, RCN, out of the local cable market. "Good God!" Mr. Rendell recalled telling RCN, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have to tear up the streets so you can come in here and compete against one of our best corporate citizens?" Mr. Rendell reportedly suggested that RCN move its headquarters to Philadelphia and "get involved" with the mayoral campaign of John F. Street, who later succeeded him in office. RCN executives donated, but Comcast gave more.---

Monopolies being what they are, if you give them an inch, and they'll take your whole arm. Or something.

---Angry Philadelphians have also protested the tax breaks lavished on the company - at a time when the city's underfunded school system is in dire crisis. The gleaming Comcast Center was subsidized by $42.75 million in state grants and other assistance, and the project is reaping millions of dollars from the city's property-tax abatement for new construction. A planned second tower will stand 1,121 feet tall.---

And there's just a little taste of the First Epistle Of Anthony Kennedy To The Bagmen, too.

----Mr. Cohen recently told The Inquirer that it was "demeaning to elected officials to suggest that their support can be bought." Yet he has also acknowledged that the company's political donations are aligned to "support an agenda that is supportive of the company."---

Yes, Captain Renaud, I feel much the same way.

Something to remember the next time fiesty ol' Ed is on with the Morning Squint gang, talking about the embattled middle class.

By Charles Pierce | Esquire | Op-Ed | RSN |

Past Member (0)
Friday April 25, 2014, 4:27 am
But is a monopoly more of a state run enterprise than a private company?

Robert O. (12)
Friday April 25, 2014, 9:45 am
Thank you Kit.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday April 25, 2014, 12:06 pm

Joanne Dixon (36)
Friday April 25, 2014, 1:22 pm
Very well, but we are for sure never going to get a Constitutional Amendment to get money out of politics if Republicans keep getting elected.

Lois Jordan (61)
Friday April 25, 2014, 2:48 pm
Thanks, Kit. Yes, I've taken to calling them Corporatists. While the media seems to love to talk about the deep division within the GOP, they also ignore the Democrat division. There are the Blue Dogs, Third Way, and other groups I've heard of. Blue Dogs were mostly gotten rid of in the last election; but now there are these new groups. All Dems are NOT alike and don't stand for the same things.
And, I would say to Joanne D., above: Don't despair! is working in every state to get that constitutional amendment. Dozens of communities have signed on as well as many states. Check their website and see if there's anything you can do locally. They can always use more volunteers. I attended a local mtg. several months ago here and am continuing to get updates. Have hope. We can't afford to lose this.

Frank S. (497)
Friday April 25, 2014, 5:21 pm
Lobbyists = Corruption

Colin Hope (243)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 1:00 am
Crazy system!!

Freya H. (339)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 11:22 am
Maybe those Democrats started out as genuine progressives, but like Anakin Skywalker they got seduced by the dark side of the Force and became villains.

Birgit W. (155)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 1:47 pm
Thanks Kit.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 6:36 pm
Thanks Kit--again

Angelus Silesius (66)
Sunday April 27, 2014, 7:41 am
Comcast has one of the most discrimnatory hiring practices. I know someone well well qualified for customer service positions with them and who took the "assessment". They did not pass the assessment and were never told why nor did HR speak to them AT ALL. This person had 25 yrs+ proven excellent customer service experience and IMHO COmcast discriminates and should be put under massive federal investigatin in its assessments
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