Category Archives: Corporate Power

If You Liked NAFTA, You’ll Love the TPP

Obama’s Secret Deal That Would Make the Internet a Corporate Subsidiary


Chris Hedges Interviewed by Abby Martin

One of the attractions of RT and Al Jazeera as alternatives to the run-of-the-mill Media is that they do serious interviews and stories on serious topics. Abby Martin’s program “Breaking the Set” is a good example and this interview with one of the DISSENTING DEMOCRAT’s favorite authors, Chris Hedges, is a refreshing change from the nonsense we’re force-fed . . . who is Beyonce dating? . . . will Lindsay go to jail or rehab ? . . . does Holland have a new mistress? . . . and what not.

You can watch the the second part of this interview at Youtube : WATCH PART II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxNqDg…

Grover Norquist, “Boss” of Tennessee

Volkswagen decided to build a factory in Tennessee to manufacture VWs for the American market. This is what the United States has always said foreign companies should do when they serve an American market.

The workers at the plant have asked for an election to determine as to whether the United Auto Workers union would represent them. The VW company, used to heavily unionized factories in Germany, have no problem with that and even invited the UAW in to make a presentation to the workers.

This should be a matter for the Company and its employees. But guess who has a problem with it? Someone who does not work there, someone who does not live there and someone who does not own VW stock. GROVER NORQUIST, sitting in his Washington office, has a problem with it. Grover is the hobgoblin who controls the Republican Party and orders its Congress-critters about.  Podunk may elect a Representative but Grover tells him how to vote.

Grover sent the word out to his minions in Tennessee that Unions are not to be allowed at the VW plant. The minions in the Tennessee Legislature got busy and passed State laws which would deny any State benefit, tax credit, deduction or aid previously promised to get the Company to relocate to Tennessee if and when a Union is selected. Grover’s Tennessee minions would prefer to shut down the factory and dispense with several thousand jobs than allow a Union to be duly elected by the workers.

The concept of “Class War” is not a simple bugaboo to frighten the gullible. It is going on, it is being fought and it is being won by the One Percent BECAUSE they know they are fighting it. They will buy elections, they will buy politicians, they will buy courts and they will buy propaganda to persuade us that they are not at war against us. They don’t fight fair and they will win unless we begin to fight back.

Killing People for Fun & Profit in Honduras

Americans need to know that in Honduras as around the world, our Government continues to support MegaCorporations against the people living in those countries. The U.S. Military trains and supports local military which oppress their people.

In Honduras, a democratically elected President was removed by a military in collaboration with Multinational Corporations and with the connivance of the Obama Regime.

Fred Koch — The Nut Brothers’ Daddy

By JIM WELP

History’s Assholes: Fred Koch

Welcome once again to History’s Assholes, the column that travels back in time to flush out the assholes who made the world what it is today. This time on History’s Assholes, we look at Fred Koch, unique American asshole.

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The two middle brothers, Charles and David, are the crazy ones. The other two, Frederick and William, are the loony ones. They are all billionaires and they are all doing what billionaires do when the least of their brethren are suffering: lobbying the government for tax cuts for the rich, opposing climate regulation, fighting social services for the needy, and fighting health care reform. (William Koch, arguably the least evil of the brothers, is nevertheless a poster boy for billionaires behaving badly: While Americans struggle to put food on the table, he is constructing his own private 50-building old-West town in Colorado that will not be open to the public, according to The Denver Post.)

Out of an empire built with the help of communists, we now have a libertarian conspiracy convincing America that pollution is good, that health care is only for the rich, and that President Obama is a socialist, thanks to Fred Koch, truly one of history’s assholes.

The foregoing excerpts are from an article published at LEO WEEKLY – http://leoweekly.com/summary-my-discontent/history%E2%80%99s-assholes-fred-koch. We asked but did not receive permission to republish the post so we encourage readers to take a look at it at its original site.

The Selling of Pennsylvania

The State of Pennsylvania with very little fanfare or publicity has decided to “give” the State’s bridges to a private for-profit company for the next 40 years. So whenever one passes over a bridge in the Quaker State one will have to pay a private company for the privilege. Besides racking in the dough on tolls, the company will have what is called an “adverse action” provision in the contract so that if the State ever does anything which would reduce the company’s anticipated profits, the State will have to make up the difference thus guaranteeing the profit return.

A similar provision in the contract between Chicago and the company that took over the public parking meters is costing that city boatloads of cash. The parking meter company actually gets paid if a street is shutdown for repair resulting in empty meters. This little gem of a giveaway was engineered by the Bankster “Rammed” Emmanuel who prior to becoming the Windy City’s Mayor was the man who operated the strings allowing Obama to dance on cue.

One can imagine conditions where due to a new road or such, a bridge would be used less and result in lower revenues. The Company will still have to be paid regardless. Sweet deal, if you’re a bridge owner.

This far-seeing action was delivered courtesy of Republicans and Obamacrats who sought to get Government off our backs while putting the State on its back so as to facilitate profitable ravishing.

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SOURCE: Ellen Dannin, “The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania”, TruthOut.com (January 29, 2014)

Reforming the Hell Out of Education

Politics can be terribly confusing nowadays. At one time one would know who was on your side and who was your adversary.

‘Taint true no more. F’rinstance, there was a time that if you believed in reform, you’d seek out someone known as a Reformer and could be assured that they would push to make things better, they’d reform this or that in the public’s interest. Now every PR flack with a corporate contract in his back pocket, and desperate to screw over America in service of their clients, will call their racket “reform”.

Education is always being reformed. At one time, while reformers may disagree, all of them sought in their own way to reform things to make it better for the kiddies, for the parents or for the public as a whole. Not anymore. No, there is a massive effort to destroy public education and its all disguised as Reform. It’s comparable to calling a murder, a reform of character: there is a well-funded movement to “reform” Public Schools out of existence through privatization, charter schools, school vouchers, home schooling and what not.

Now here it gets even more complicated. Teachers, and parents who believe in public education, have gotten wise to the reform scam. But they then tend to look to those politicos who have traditionally supported public education, thinking that this would be the best strategy. So when candidates come to parent groups and teachers unions to say “Vote for Me! I’m for Education”, there is the inclination to believe them (who would lie about that).

But you see, what has been going on politically, is that those who have been pro-Education, have been Democrats, and the politicians lining up for teacher and parent help have called themselves “Democrats”. That is until recently when the political entrepreneurs have latched upon a nifty technique, they call themselves “Democrats”, usually prefacing the word with an under-the-breath “new”, but actually cozy to the same One-Percenters and Corporateers as do the Republicans. The New Democrats enjoy the best of all by getting Democrat votes and enjoying One-Percenter cash.

The leading New Democrat is, of course, Barack Obama. But he is only one of a prolific litter. One of his stooges is Arne Duncan, the Ed Head, or Secretary of the Department of Education. Public schools have been rapidly Duncanized, teachers fired, budgets slashed, and schools closed all while granting juicy contracts for “reform” to reliable contractors who proceed to give us all the biz-ness.

Recently, however, after Arne conspired with local yokels to Duncanize schools in Louisiana by firing 7000 teachers, Arne  got his come-uppance when courts found his plan illegal. Arne followed his mentor Ram Emmanuel who once said that no serious crisis should go to waste (in other words, gangsters  can always profit from the peoples’ misery), and actually said, “Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to happen to Louisiana schools”.

The “reformers” thought they could use Katrina as their excuse to sabotage the public schools.

One part of the reform plan was to switch to vouchers and the other to fire union teachers and replace them with scabs. Both schemes were found unlawful. As a result the School District will have to pay damages in the amount of One and a Half BILLION Dollars. Unfortunately, this little reform fiasco won’t be paid by the conspirators but by the good taxpayers of Louisiana.

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SOURCE: The tidbit about Louisiana education can be found dianaravitch.net (January 19, 2014) while the politicks is all our own.