Thursday, January 21, 2010

THIS COUNTRY, GOVERNED BY THE CORPORATIONS

Ok, that's not the way it was intended to be, not the way it was written. But as of this morning the Supreme Court of the United States just handed Aetna, Cigna, AIG, McDonalds, United Healthcare, Exxon, Microsoft, Apple, Blue Cross-just to name a few-majority control over our political process. Yes, I know, they have it already, but now it's really legal. Now they can pour ungodly amounts of money into the pot of what ever political party or behind whatever profit making scheme (for them, of course) and it's OK. See, corporations are now viewed not as separate entities but as citizens, with the same political rights. For every $25 you contribute to the party or cause of your choice, they have the right to invest $1,000,000 or whatever. You work hard for that sum. They can take it from their coffers. Of course, the political party or movement is going to take that into consideration when deciding what actions they are going to take. Yeah, right.

Right wingers think everybody should work for what they want in life: no "entitlements." God, I hate that word. Everybody should contribute to society, according to their talents, work, time and ability. Sometimes situations arise that are out of a person's control and we need to be able to help them over the rough spots. Now it's those with the biggest pocket books that will be getting what they want or need to the detriment of the rest of the country. Our representatives are only in it for themselves, I'm afraid. Or they're too chicken to fight for what's right. Don't get me started on healthcare reform, women's productive rights, immigration, or fate of our global economy. Big business rules the day, and the GOP is a friend of free market, big business, and big churches.

Members on both sides of the aisle (which is one big mess, at the moment) aren't too happy about this. But a lot of them are smiling. We've just been sold to the highest bidder. And that doesn't count China, Saudi Arabia, Japan........

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