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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:05 AM
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(Corporate) Lobbies Line Up For Relief Riches (forget helping the people!)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

With Congress dangling as much as $200 billion in hurricane-related aid, lobbyists for oil companies, airlines, manufacturers and others are clamoring to get their share.

"It's been all Katrina all the time, and now it's Rita, too," said J. Steven Hart, chairman of Williams & Jensen PLLC, a top lobbying firm in the capital. "Except for the Supreme Court, hurricane recovery is what Congress will be up to so we have no choice but to adapt."

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The oil lobbyists, like so many others, are using the storms as an excuse to win long-sought legislation, even when their plans relate only tangentially to the hurricanes.

Earlier this week groups as diverse as the American Institute of Architects and the American Petroleum Institute were freshening their requests for tax breaks and other favors. The architects changed "Katrina" to "hurricane disaster" in their pitch.

The troubled airline industry has been particularly active on the hurricane front. Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. are trying to include relief from their pension obligations in hurricane legislation this year. The firms have been pressing for the change since the spring, before the hurricane season, but are telling lawmakers that the fuel price hikes in the wake of Katrina have made the aid more necessary.

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This is a crock of shit. That money should be used to fund our destroyed families, cities and infrastructure. Those corporations should go and suck on the tax breaks and incentives that they have already looted from our treasury.

:argh:
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:29 AM
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1. Republicans have always cared more about corporations than people
Which is but one of the reasons THEY SUCK! It is beyond unfair that these corporations and their lobbyists get PRIME access to politicians while the people who actually voted for these guys get none. :mad:
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:53 AM
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2. Disaster Cronyism - time to read The Rise of Disaster Capitalism again
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:21 PM
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3. This is the mechanism leading to Corporate Welfare.
lobbying for corporate tax-breaks and other favors at every possible, conceivable opportunity.

Its supposed to be about "The People", but instead its "The Corporation."

Kick.
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:24 PM
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4. I'm sick of thieving corporations!
:grr:
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:26 PM
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5. "we have no choice" - get yer filthy stinking hands off my government!!
why are lobbists even legal?
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