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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-07 02:03 PM
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50. ridiculous to compare small business owners to multi-national corps
no one is calling you a traitor. no one is saying that a business wanting to make a profit is a traitor. I've seen this unfortunate defense of multi-national corporations from small business owners before. it's totally misguided.

we're talking here about massive corporate power that puts millions and millions of dollars into the hands of people they want to elect. do you do that?

we're talking here about powerful oil interests that are able to manufacture wars for their greedy bottom lines. do you do that?

we're talking here about huge pharmaceutical interests that wrote last year's Medicare bill and was able to railroad it through the Congress. do you do that?

we're talking here about a health insurance industry that leaves more than 46 million Americans, many of them children, with no health care or inadequate health care. do you do that?

we're talking here about a banking and finance industry that is able to pass a bankruptcy bill that blocks the last escape route for those crushed with debt. do you do that?

we have allowed our political systems in this country to become poisoned by big money. that big money is pumped into campaigns and into legislative lobbying to further the interests of shareholders WITH NO REGARD for the interests of the country or the American people. I call that treason. And when the bones of America have been picked clean, they will pick up their factories and headquarters and move on to the next victims.

Allow me to recommend a couple of books to you:

1. The Sorrows of Empire by Chalmers Johnson
2. Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

I just started reading a new book called "America Beyond Capitalism". Here's a paragraph from Chapter One:

In the 1960's roughly two out of three regularly told pollsters they believed government was run "for the benefit of all." Asked in 1999, "Would you say the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, or that it is run for the benefit of all the people," a mere 19% said that it is run for all. Fully 75% now felt that government was run for the benefit of special interests.

When "special interests" have a greater say in directing policy than the American people do, something is very, very wrong. That is not the America our Founders envisioned. Anything that puts We the People in the backseat and private, commercial interests at the wheel is treasonous.
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