Originally posted by crimvelvet
reply to post by poet1b
A good place I would like to start is to take back our government from corporate control. This would be the first step.
AMEN, Again we are on the same page.
First we need to kick K Street to the MOON and make it illegal for corporations to interfere in the running of a country in an way shape or form!
Speaking of taking back control....
THIS is a really really interesting tidbit I came across many moons ago. (2007)
This started with Ann Veneman who was considered as a possible running mate for Obama.
Ann Veneman joined the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service in 1986, serving as Associate Administrator until 1989. During this time she worked on the Uruguay Round talks for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
In reflecting on Veneman's record, Meatnews wrote that she "played a key role in eliminating trade barriers and expanding opportunities for American farmers through new export markets. She has worked closely with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, helping lead to the successful launch of a new round of trade negotiations for the World Trade Organization.
The IPC was created in 1987 explicitly to drive home the GATT agriculture rules of WTO at Uruguay talks. The IPC demanded removal of ‘high tariff’ barriers in developing countries, remaining silent on the massive government subsidy to agribusiness in the USA and is responsible for the new Food "Safety" Modernization Act of 2010.
The very interesting thing about this BIO of Ann V. is "the law firm and lobby group Patton, Boggs" It was the first firm to start "lobbying" politicians for a client! I can not find my not on unfortunately (from 1987)
Patton Boggs is also one of American Banker’s Top Lead Legal Advisors and the firm is one of the world’s Top Patent Firms. Patton Boggs reported nearly $41 million in lobbying revenue in 2009
They changed the wording some from when I read it three years ago but you can still read between the lines.
Patton Boggs is based in Washington DC, where the firm has been a leading member of the business and legal communities since our founding here in 1962. Long recognized as the nation’s leading public policy law firm, Patton Boggs was a pioneer in merging public policy expertise with traditional legal practice. Today, professionals in our Washington office are recognized internationally for their in-depth knowledge of how government works, their strong, bipartisan relationships with policy makers, and their skill as advocates for their clients... www.pattonboggs.com...
It is really amazing the tangles one finds when one starts pulling on a string.
More like "eliminating trade barriers and ELIMINATING opportunities for individual American farmers while EXPANDING opportunities for American farm conglomerates !
edit on 8-3-2011 by xuenchen because: (no reason given)