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Monsanto Versus Democracy In Vermont

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The Bullies are reminding the Stooges about whom they are. About whom they are dealing with. They have paid them a lot of money. A lot of money. Some up front. Some not quite up front (it's called dark money). Now it's like the funeral-home guy in the film, the Godfather. "Look what they have done to my boy" " look at what Vermont is doing to my plan. The Stooges who own the 'funeral home' -- who owe the Bullies -- better do something. They'd better legislate against the people of that f*cking rogue state of Vermont.

Who are their Stooges in Washington? The list happens to be very long. It ranges from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (who worked as top-echelon attorneys for Monsanto) to Donald Rumsfeld who served on their Board of Directors.

"Philanthropist" Bill Gates thinks Monsanto is doing a great thing. Surprise, surprise. The Boss of Bullies appreciates the value of monopoly.

"Too-Big-To-Fail" President Barack Obama is up to his talk one way but act another. Doesn't matter what he says; what matters is what he does. But before you get too optimistic take a look at some of his appointments. He appointed Tommy Thompson as U.S. Secretary of Health. Thomson was paid $50,000 by Monsanto when he was a stooge in congress. He appointed Anne Veneman U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. She sat on the Board of Directors of Monsanto.

If the Stooges in Washington pass a law that prohibits states like Vermont from passing food disclosure laws, will Obama veto it? If Hillary becomes president, will she? Would any Republican president?

Don't hold your breath.

Leaders in congress certainly can't be depended upon either.

Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor and many others get paid by Monsanto (they call it political support). In the Senate, stooges like Max Baucus and Mitch McConnell and many others get paid by Monsanto as well (they also call it political support). The Bullies don't give a damn which party you belong to. It doesn't make any difference to them.

Some people call this system of secret payments to political Stooges and/or their affiliates legalized bribery.

For those who are interested, the Nation of Change published a list of the Stooges in congress who took money from Monsanto. The list is only of money reported by the Stooges themselves. It does not include the unreported millions in dark money sources (which like dark matter in the universe we know is there but cannot be seen) from Super PACS whose right to keep secret whom they pay and/or how much is protected by the same Stooges in the Supreme Court who said corporations are people, and that DNA can be patented. It also does not include the millions that the Bullies have paid to advertising agencies in California and Washington and Oregon to successfully convince people that they are better off not knowing whether or not their food contains GMOs. It also does not include the millions paid to laboratories and phony research organizations that shill for them.

House Stooges (2013): John Barrow (D-GA) $2,500; Sanford Bishop (D-GA) $5,000 ; Boehner, John (R-OH) 10,000; Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $5,000, Camp, Dave (R-MI) $5,000; Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $10,000Clay, William L Jr (D-MO)$10,000, Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO) $5,000, Conaway, Mike (R-TX) $2,000, Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $4,500, Crawford, Rick (R-AR) $2,500, Fincher, Steve (R-TN) $8,000, Gardner, Cory (R-CO) $7,500, Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) $4,500, Graves, Sam (R-MO) $5,000, Griffin, Tim (R-AR) $1,000, Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) $1,000, Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI)$5,000, Hannemann, Mufi (D-HI) $1,000, Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO) $3,000, Holden, Tim (D-PA) $1,000, Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS) $2,500, Hultgren, Randy (R-IL) $2,500, Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $2,500, Johnson, Timothy (R-IL) $3,000, King, Steven A (R-IA) $2,500, Kingston, Jack (R-GA) $7,000, Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) $3,500, Kissell, Larry (D-NC) $5,000, Labrador, Raul (R-ID) $2,000, LaMalfa, Doug (R-CA) $1,000, Landry, Jeff (R-LA) $1,000, Latham, Tom (R-IA) $10,000, Loebsack, David (D-IA) $5,000, Long, Billy (R-MO) $2,500, Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) $10,000, Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)$5,000, Lungren, Dan (R-CA) $1,000, McIntyre, Mike (D-NC) $1,000, Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)$1,000, Noem, Kristi (R-SD) $1,000, Nunes, Devin (R-CA) $3,500, Owens, Bill (D-NY) $2,000, Peterson, Collin (D-MN) $10,000, Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $7,500, Rokita, Todd (R-IN) $5,000, Roskam, Peter (R-IL) $1,000, Schilling, Bobby (R-IL) $3,000, Schock, Aaron (R-IL) $5,000, Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $5,000, Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $10,000, Smith, Adrian (R-NE) $5,000, Stutzman, Marlin (R-IN) $5,000, Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS)$10,000, Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) $1,000, Upton, Fred (R-MI) $5,000, Valadao, David (R-CA) $2,500, Wagner, Ann L (R-MO) $10,000, Walden, Greg (R-OR) $1,000, Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) $2,500, Womack, Steve (R-AR) $1,000;

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