Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Yet it’s this bill that inspired G.O.P. congressmen on the House floor to egg on disruptive protesters even as they were being evicted from the gallery by the Capitol Police last Sunday. It’s this bill that prompted a congressman to shout “baby killer” at Bart Stupak, a staunch anti-abortion Democrat. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/opinion/28rich.html?src=me&ref=general
The Rage Is Not About Health Care
THERE were times when last Sunday’s great G.O.P. health care implosion threatened to bring the thrill back to reality television. On ABC’s “This Week,” a frothing and filibustering Karl Rove all but lost it in a debate with the Obama strategist David Plouffe. A few hours later, the perennially copper-faced Republican leader John Boehner revved up his “Hell no, you can’t!” incantation in the House chamber — instant fodder for a new viral video remixing his rap with will.i.am’s “Yes, we can!” classic from the campaign. Boehner, having previously likened the health care bill to Armageddon, was now so apoplectic you had to wonder if he had just discovered one of its more obscure revenue-generating provisions, a tax on indoor tanning salons. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/opinion/28rich.html?src=me&ref=general
Monday, March 29, 2010
Barry C. Lynn's "Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and Economics of Destruction"
Without antitrust enforcement, monopolies now run America. It will take more than a lawsuit or two to overthrow America's corporatist oligarchy and restore a model of capitalism that protects our rights as property holders and citizens.
Lynn is director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of "Too Big to Fail" about the dangers of monopoly capitalism.
He expands on the threat in his newest book titled, "Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction," explaining today's peril given the power of predatory giants.
They control governments, the courts, war and peace, dominant information sources, and essential services, including health care, air and water, what we eat and drink, where we live, what we wear, and school curricula to the highest levels. They own genetic code patents, basic human life elements to be commodified the same as toothpaste, tomatoes or toilet paper.
Omnipotent, they plunder recklessly, ruthlessly at our expense. They're private tryannies, endangering humanity, basic freedoms, environmental sustainability, and planetary survival. Without exaggeration, they're unaccountable, unchecked "weapons of mass destruction." ... http://baltimorechronicle.com/2010/030410Lendman.shtml
Barry C. Lynn http://www.booktv.org/search.aspx?For=Cornered last night on C-Span 2 gave a harrowing account of Reagan ignoring anti-Trust laws, as did Clinton and the Two Bushes has completely changed the economic landscape of America where monopolies now control the pricing of everything we buy. The Chicago School of Economics was implemented to make us a Consumer Society where we gain status by buying more and more and larger and larger homes and second and third homes to flaunt their wealth and affluence.