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Blue
- 3798 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Industries Targeted In Obama Speech - Health Care, Agribusiness, Mining - Ramp Up Lobbying To Derail His Plans



   

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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 8:21 pm
wsj.com:

WASHINGTON -- Industries from health care to agribusiness to mining that stand to lose under President Barack Obama's policy agenda are ramping up lobbying campaigns to derail or modify his plans.

The day after Mr. Obama formally laid out his policy goals in his first address to Congress, the former chief executive of HCA Inc. unveiled a $20 million campaign to pressure Democrats to enact health-care legislation based on free-market principles.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
A Sobering Reality: America Slips in Global Rankings

Sam Guzik

Posted: Jul 17th 2008 3:28PM

Filed under: Culture, Breaking News, Washington University, News

With news of the sliding US economy in the headlines, it seems like things couldn't get any worse here in the "greatest nation in the world."

Not so, says The American Human Development Report, a report funded by Oxfam America, the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation to compare health, education and income in the United States with nations around the world.

The report puts forward sobering data about the United States, including the fact that Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation, ranking only 42nd worldwide for life expectancy; the US is also ranked 34th in terms of infants surviving to age one, putting it on par with Croatia, Cuba, Estonia and Poland for infant mortality.

http://brighthall.aol.com/2008/07/17/a-sobering-reality-america-slips-in-global-rankings/
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 27, 2009, 4:38 pm
Congress really shouldn't be challenging their employers. They could find themselves out of a job.

America's problems are inherently unsolvable so long as corporatist profiteers own all the political processes, and they'll own all the political processes so long as fictional corporate legal persons have a higher citizenship status than actual people.

So, constrain corporations from anything outside of purposes intrisic to business and all the country's most pressing problems will likely solve themselves in due course.

People are screwed by corporatist profiteers in many more ways than they think. If some corporatist can't make a ton of money from it, it just won't get done. On the other hand, if corporatists can make tons of money from it, it'll get done no matter how useless, wasteful, and dangerous it may be.

There are many examples.


 

US V (95)
Friday February 27, 2009, 8:10 pm
How True Blue.
Peace.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 27, 2009, 9:24 pm
Michael Kinsley, in between praising Obama and laughing at Jindal, recalls a little history: "Wilson's book illustrates that some things never change. He attends the
testimony of the president of National City Bank (yup, now Citicorp),
one 'Sunshine Charley' Mitchell, who 'sold [Americans] the stock of
motor-car companies that were presently to dissolve into water; . . .
he sold them the stock of his own bank, which dropped . . . from $572
to $220, and which was recently worth $20.' This sort of experience led
to the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, forbidding banks to sell stocks, that
was repealed in 1999."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday March 3, 2009, 12:39 am

Pity the Poor Ex-Middle Class: Ginning Up the Class War Game (Updated)


It's kind of ironic that it was us poor folk who spent the last 8 years trying to tell the middle class what Bush and the Republicans were doing to them, only to be told to butt out because they weren't going to be hurt, they were going to be rich. Hasn't quite worked out that way, though, has it?
[snip]

UPDATE: (2pm) Joan Walsh has also done a piece on the same subject in Salon. GB her, she names names.

I found 470 mentions of Obama and "class warfare" in Google news just since Feb. 3. The L.A. Times may have been the most alarmist of mainstream sites: "Obama's budget: Taxing for fairness or class warfare?" on Friday. The same day David Horowitz's right-wing Front Page Magazine framed the question as a statement: "The Budget as Class Warfare." Personally I've heard the claim out of the mouths of MSNBC's Michelle Bernard and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich on "Hardball" this past week. But they're Republicans paid to spout talking points. Why are mainstream reporters pushing this story line?

Media Matters captured the AP's Jennifer Loven asking White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, "Are you all worried at all that that kind of argument, that 'class warfare' argument could sink the ability to get some of these big priorities through?" Maybe the worst offender Media Matters found was Politico's Jeanne Cummings, whose "Class warfare returns to D.C." dripped with elitism as well as poor economic fundamentals.

Apparently the corporate media is under orders to spread this trash as fast and as comprehensively as possible and like good little grey-flannel men, that's just what they're doing.

Pathetic.
 
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