With the “Citizens United” ruling, big business cemented their control of the democratic process in America. What is lost however is the understanding by the common guy of why from a “bottom line” perspective big business is willing to pay so much in lobby fees. The impression we are fed from MSM is that it is deregulation. That is simply horse pucky.
The truth is it is a true heist of our money and in very big ways. Here are just some of the numbers by industry to consider:
The Oil and Gas industry has spent over $350 million dollars in the last few election cycles. That seems like a lot to fork over. What did they get for that money? They got $20.5 BILLION in oil subsidies and tax breaks! For you financial savvy guys that is a 5,900% return on investment! Not bad huh? Guess who gave them that money. We did through those guys and gals that were elected to CONgress.
Multinational Corporations spent $365 million to influence CONgress concerning the monies they had parked off-shore. The political line was that congress was going to encourage them to bring the money back to the US and create jobs here. What really happened was that no jobs were created and the multinationals scored a $53 BILLION tax break. That is a 22,000% return on investment. Have you ever in your wildest dream expected to get a 22,000% return on anything you invested in?
However, as wild as that seems, it really pales in comparison to Big Pharma’s “WIN” in the corruption game. Big Pharma spent about $116 million to influence the Bush Administration which created the Federal prescription drug program. Remember that is the program that forbids the US government from negotiating prescription drug prices for programs like Medicare and Medicaid. So far that has netted Big Pharma about $55 BILLION in profits over what could have been negotiated as saving from bulk buying. That is a whooping 77,500% return on investment.
You on the other hand, in you 401K or retirement fund, got to invest in Wall Street and over the past five years you have seen an 11% return on your investment. Hmmm.
Maybe we should all pool our money and buy a few congressmen. Seems like the way to go huh?
The point here is simple. We are being put into bondage by allowing this to continue. My grandfather at age fourteen was put on a boat from Scotland so he could escape the indentured slave life of working in the coal mines in Scotland. His family pooled a whole 2 Quid and sent him ALONE to America with both the hope and belief that he could have a better life where there was a promise of opportunity. For the most part of the 20th century that was true. He did have a better life and raised his children who raised their children and each generation succeeded in raising their standard of living.
Today the same oligarchic reality that he escaped is now in America. Today, more than half the workers in the US are now making less than $27,000 per year and can only find about 33 hours of work per week, Our life expectancy is decreasing for the first time in 2 centuries and our children face a future worse than ours for the first time ever. These are the ugly facts and the price we pay for our apathy. We must stand up, speak out, act up now, and realize there is no promise land we can send our children, on a boat, to escape in this current reality. There is no “AMERICAN DREAM’ land left. What the Hell is it going to take to wake us up?