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The U.S. Corpgress


From Money_003 Stack of corporate money for Congress
Money_003 Stack of corporate money for Congress
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We have the best Congress money can buy.

---Will Rogers  

The worst Congress money can buy.

---Bill Moyers & Michael Winship [1]

   Corpgress is what the money gets.

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  ---The author



Congress ought to be called "Corpgress." Corporations, their trade associations, and allies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have bought members of Congress lock stock and barrel by financing their election campaigns, by lobbying them for favors, by ghost writing their legislation, and by showering them through loopholes with perks. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to the war and spy industries that dominate the "corpocracy," or the Devil's marriage between corporations and government. [2]

The powerless voices for the common good of America are ignored. Congress, through its decisions and actions betray the very idea of public service for the common good. And the American people know it. Congress' reputation has continued to nosedive, with only 10-15% of the populace currently approving its conduct. The American people, except for those in the 10-15% (probably all "members" of the corpocracy) have come to expect nothing good from Congress.  How this pathetic and perilous state of affairs has come to pass is no mystery.

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The Campaign Trail to the Chambers of Ill Repute

To get elected and reelected to Congress is a very costly pursuit, and the candidates with the most money invariably win. So campaign financing is the key to the office. That is hardly a secret (although the givers and takers would like to keep it a secret).

Politicians campaign for office by tacitly promising once in office to favor wealthy self-interest groups that richly finance their campaigns. Does the thought of "bribery" enter your mind? If you follow the money trail as the authors of The People's Business have, you will see, they say, that a "pattern of influence will inevitably emerge" when major votes on issues affecting particular industries are compared to the campaign money and follow-up lobbying by those industries. [3]

How could this pattern not emerge? Would any sane person think corporations finance campaigns as a way to strengthen democracy and not themselves? If there were no issues, no huge profits, and no political careers at stake, you can take money to the bank there would be much less money for corporations and their lobbyists and much less job security for politicians.

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I am a retired (1995)organizational psychologist who has since concentrated on the subjects of the collusion between government and corporations and matters of war and peace. I have just finished writing my final book (final because I am staring (more...)

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Congress ought to be called "Corpgress." Corporat... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 8:12:41 AM
All encompassing article that connects many dots.... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:03:43 PM
Thank you Daniel. I really appreciate the complim... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:57:14 PM
Fascism anyone? ... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 6:18:14 PM
To answer your question here are answers from two... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:40:00 PM
Excellent article Gary! You may have been too kind... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 5:07:20 AM
Thank you very much Dennis. As for being too kind... by Gary Brumback on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 6:21:57 AM
OK, but how about 2675 fingers (5 X 535)? ... by Gary Brumback on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:41:24 AM