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The Tea Party Scapegoats the Export-Import Bank as Poster-Agency for Corporate Welfare The following quote speaks volumes regarding the Tea Party's intent in holding up the Export-Import Bank for alleged corporate welfare: "All too often the Republican Party is tagged as being the party of corporate welfare and big business. This is an opportunity to flip that on its head," Heritage Action Communications Director Dan Holler said at the event on Monday. "Think about an election cycle where Republicans can credib... 4 
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Break the Back of Corporate "Intellectual" Domination, by Tony Cartalucci Boycott corporations monopolizing, misguiding, and destroying human civilization. Image: The "Intellectual Property" racket. You do not own "ideas" or "information," only the tangible assets used to either record, view, or transmit them. The paradigm these corporate-financier interests are attempting to create and perpetuate is one that inevitably places all under their contrived "intellectual domain" because it is they alone ...
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Grotesque Casino Of Corporate Fascism, Who Destroyed The Middle Class, By James_Quinn "I have no problem with people becoming billionaires--if they got there by winning a fair race, if their accomplishments merit it, if they pay their fair share of taxes, and if they don't corrupt their society. Most of them became wealthy by being well connected and crooked. And they are creating a society in which they can commit hugely damaging economic crimes with impunity, and in which only children of the wealthy have the... 1 
How John Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United In one sense, the story of the Citizens United case goes back more than a hundred years. It begins in the Gilded Age, when the Supreme Court barred most attempts by the government to ameliorate the harsh effects of market forces. In that era, the Court said, for the first time, that corporations, like people, have constitutional rights. The Progressive Era, which followed, saw the development of activist government and the fir... 1 
Attacks on Disclosure - For Some Citizens United Did Not Go Far Enough In Allowing Secret Donations A major premise of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling is that prompt disclosure of campaign contributions can allow voters to judge whether candidates are " "in the pocket' of so-called money interests." But the huge amount of cash funneled through "super PACs" by corporations, unions and wealthy individuals -- whose identities are often hidden behind shell entities -- makes a mockery of this notion. Now many lawsuits ...
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Bernie Sanders: We must stop this corporate takeover of American democracy The US Constitution has served us very well, but when the supreme court says, for purposes of the first amendment, that corporations are people, that writing checks from the company's bank account is constitutionally-protected speech and that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger. That is why I have introduced a res... 1 
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Corporate Personhood Debate, Tortured Reasoning In Tow, Heads Back To Supreme Court his article is in collaboration with The Dylan Ratigan Show's "Mad As Hell" series. WASHINGTON -- A multinational oil company will be coming to the Supreme Court this winter to argue that corporations are not "natural persons" and therefore cannot be held liable for committing international human rights violations such as torture, extrajudicial killings and crimes against humanity. "If your head isn't spinning too much a... 1 
Corporate Interests Threaten Children's Welfare -JOEL BAKAN The 20th century witnessed a momentous shift that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation. "ver the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reversal: corporate interests now prevail. Deregulation, privatization, weak enforcement of existing regulations and legal and political resistance to new regulations have eroded our ability, as a society, to protect children. Childhood obe...
Steven Pearlstein: Blame for financial mess starts with the corporate lobby - The Washington Post Another great week for Corporate America! The economy is flatlining. Global financial markets are in turmoil. Your stock price is down about 15 percent in three weeks. Your customers have lost all confidence in the economy. Your employees, at least the American ones, are cynical and demoralized. Your government is paralyzed. Want to know who is to blame, Mr. Big Shot Chief Executive? Just look in the mirror because the c...

Why are we letting corporate Supremists steal our democracy from us? In case after case, the five hard-core Republicans of the Roberts Court have been chopping furiously at the hard-earned legal rights of workers, consumers, voters, and others who dare to challenge the power of big business elites to reign over us, both politically and economically.
The Mondragon Experiment: by Greg MacLeod A corporation is considered by the law to exist as a legal person. The corporate person receives great benefits from society -- and, in return, it must exercise great responsibilities. One of the most basic responsibilities is job creation, a fundamental need in any society.
Corporate Hijacking of Our Elections Is Well Under Way, with Foreign Companies Chipping in to Destroy Our Democracy The Chamber has pledged to spend a whopping $75 million this year to defeat candidates who supported health care reform, new financial regulations and a laundry list of other measures of which the Chamber's leadership doesn't approve. On Tuesday, the grassroots advocacy group MoveOn.org asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into the practice. 1 
Sheila Samples: Steve Benen: Obama Warns of "Corporate Takeover' of American Democracy Voters may not mind a corporate takeover of our democracy; at this point, it's hard to say. But given the number of attack ads the public will see from these "independent" groups, it's a message voters should probably be aware of. 2 
Dennis Kaiser: What do BP and the Banks Have In Common? The Era of Corporate Anarchy Unlike Lira, I do live in America and am living the horror unfolding before our eyes. When will the people realize that WE are too big to fail and then do something about it? Until then our nation's downfall will only continue. 2 
M. Wizard: Government Impotence and Corporate Rule Many news reports about the Gulf oil catastrophe refer to it as a "spill." Wrong. A spill is a minor "oops" -- one accidentally spills milks, for example, and from childhood, we're taught the old aphorism: "Don't cry over spilt milk." What's in the Gulf isn't milk and it wasn't spilt.
Kevin Gosztola: Rise of the Corporate Court: How the Supreme Court is Putting Businesses First From Bush v. Gore to Citizens United v. FEC: The Making of a Corporate Democracy, 2000-2010 (People for the American Way) A decade ago in Bush v. Gore,1 five Justices on the United States Supreme Court intervened in the 2000 presidential election to halt the counting of more than 100,000 ballots in Florida, thus delivering the presidency to the preferred candidate of America's 1 

Darren Wolfe: Say No to GMO Corporatism by Carolyn Moffa Not only do we not know what GMOs do to our bodies, but the studies showing these foods to be safe were funded by Monsanto, who are quoted as saying, "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.'s job".
Joan Brunwasser: "We the corporations" We the People reject the US Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to: * Firmly establish that money is not speech,and that human beings,not corporations,are persons entitled to constitutional rights.* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.* Protect local communities, their economies,and democracies against illegitimate "preemption"
Joan Brunwasser: 100 year old activist Granny D on recent Supreme Court decision We need a new approach––something of a roundhouse punch. I would like to propose a flanking move that will help such reforms move faster: We need to dramatically expand the definition of what constitutes an illegal conflict of interest in politics... To the Supreme Court, you force us to defend our democracy––a democracy of people and not corporations––by going in breathtaking new directions. And so we shall. 1 
Joan Brunwasser: Activist U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Official, We're Now 'The Corporate States of America' This would be 'Game Over,' folks, for those who believe in "We the People," rather than "We the Corporations," unless a movement like the one launched today at MoveToAmend.org (on which we are an original signer) can gain traction. You can (and must) join the call by signing on at FreeSpeechForPeople.org as well. 3 
Laudyms: Mandate Watch: "Team of Rivals" Or Rival Team? "Team of Rivals" is now being used to justify Obama administration appointments and congressional Democratic moves that appear - at least aesthetically - to be somewhat at odds with all "change we can believe in" rhetoric. Does "Team of Rivals"-ism mean appointing, say, neoconservatives warmongers? What about free trade zealots from Bob Rubin's extended political family?
James Brett: Corporatism An article in "Yes!" magazine on corporate power prompts a less sanguine perspective.
Steven Leser: Dobbs: Will the Democrats save their souls? So in Congress' self-proclaimed first 100 hours, speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered on her promise to have the House pass bills raising the federal minimum wage, cutting interest rates on student loans and helping bring down the cost of prescription drugs. But none of that legislation has passed the Senate. 3 
Len Hart: The Rise and Fall of The Enron Empire The recent death of Ken Lay revived memories of a corporate scandal that seemingly triggered the fall of lined up dominoes. I had hopes that the truth about corporate America would trigger some real reforms, a sea change in American attitudes about how business is conducted, and, at least, some introspection about the shallowness of American culture. I was dissapointed. 3 
Rob Kall: John Nichols: Citizens 1, Corporations 0 In Northern California's Humboldt County, voters decided by a 55-45 margin that corporations do not have the same rights -- based on the supposed "personhood" of the combines -- as citizens when it comes to participating in local political campaigns. 3 
Amanda Lang: End of the Enron Era? Lay and Skilling join other executives in the "chain gang of dishonored CEOs" who broke the law and stole during the 1990s, when "self-certitude and spin became a substitute for financial analysis and coherent business models." 3 
Amanda Lang: Ken Lay: The Al Capone of Electricity Just as Capone went up the river leaving us a permanent legacy of organized crime, so Lay, whether or not he's sent to the slammer, has left us, with the connivance of a few well-placed politicos, an electricity system that is little more than a playground for power-industry predators. [I'm just surprised he hasn't received a medal from Bush!] 3 
Joel Wendland: Capitalism, CEO Pay, and the Common Good Today, the "interlocking directorates" often function among chief executive officers who sit on corporate compensation committees and vote each other large pay raises. 3 
Rob Kall: Citigroup CEO to America: Don't Let Laws or Security Get In Way of Foreign Companies Taking Over US Corporations that's paraphrased as we read it. He reports that over five million US workers are employed by foreign-owned companies. Does that make the employers outsourced? 3 
Joan Brunwasser: Democracy in America - It's spelled C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling - their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them." The renowned anthropologist, Margaret Mead, author of 44 books and thousands of articles and who "shone a light of understanding on human nature" and believed ... 3 

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