Magicians rely for their success on the trick of distraction. We're looking at what they want us to look at, but the real action is elsewhere
Senator John McCain has described the U.S. political process as "a system of legalized bribery and legalized extortion."
bribery in America, alive and well............. Bribery is so central to our political culture that it's virtually impossible that any politician ensnared in any money for vote scandal ....that will actually be convicted of the corruption......... it what makes Washington work.
"take Congress off the auction block," transparency of a 2-party involvement
Magicians rely for their success on the trick of distraction. We're looking at what they want us to look at, but the real action is elsewhere. Roger Clemens, OJ, Elian Gonzalez, Monica, Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Jon Benot, Natalie Holloway, American Idol.....there is lot of important news happening almost under the radar screen, a good share of which will impinge on our lives much more than what is happening in the caves and tunnels around Kabul.
But interests will always find a way to be heard, lobbyists say. One is through think tanks. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which widely publicizes its belief that the earth is not warming cataclysmically because of the burning of coal and oil, says Exxon Mobil Corp. is a "major donor" largely as a result of its effort to push that position.
"I think what attracted them to us was our position on global warming," said Sam Kazman, CEI's general counsel. "And we hope to get support from other industries that agree with us."
An estimated $30 billion is spent annually to influence legislation and regulations, and that spending is not likely to be diminished by the proposed lobbying changes, these lobbyists contend.
"I wouldn't classify those changes as major," said Dan Danner, executive vice president of the National Federation of Independent Business. "Between charitable events and fundraising events, there will still be lots of ways to get in front of members [of Congress]."
supposedly educational organizations take a Member of Congress on a theoretically legitimate mission to examine NATO or the Czech Republic, there may be 70 corporate lobbyists on the plane with them underwriting the trip. And the Members may stay in $500-a-night hotels. None of this shows up in any of the records. All the Member says is that they went on this trip and that it was paid for by some serious-sounding institute. All of this is done on a regular basis
"This system stinks. This system is money." dirty, dirty money Follow the Money, Ethics, Hypocrisy..The concept that campaign finance corruption constitutes crimes .......................
# Voted NO on banning “soft money” contributions and preventing “issue ads” from targetting specific candidates before an election. (2002)# Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions and corporations. (2001)# Voted NO on McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. 1997)# Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (1995)
Digg - Gas Prices Manipulated Before the Elections?
Is Goldman Sachs manipulating the gasoline futures market to push prices down before the November elections? It sure looks that way.
Gasoline Price Manipulation Before the Elections
U.S. suspicious about gas prices - Oil & energy- msnbc.com
Almost half of all Americans believe the November elections have more influence ... 42 percent of Americans say Bush administration manipulated gas prices ...www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15004503/ - 46k - Cached - Similar pages
Nieman Watchdog > Ask This > The closer the election, the lower ...
Q. Did George W. Bush’s buddies in the oil industry contrive to lower gasoline prices to help him (and themselves) in the fall elections? ...www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ask_this.view&askthisid=00234 - 22k - Cached - Similar pages
wcco.com - Good Question: Are Gas Prices Low For Elections?
Gas prices in the Twin Cities are around $2.20 per gallon. That's about 70 cents cheaper than last month and even cheaper than this point last year.wcco.com/goodquestion/Good.Question.gas.2.372435.html - 47k
Suspicion Surrounds Retreat In Gas Prices, Poll Finds ...
Gasoline prices are down about 75 cents in two months, ... residents think the plunge in prices is linked to the coming election or other political reasons. ...
same ole system..nothings changed
at a popular Capitol Hill bar and restaurant last night to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, whose staff refused to disclose exactly how much was raised or by whom.