Hello again ATS!
I am here on the morning of this Black Friday frenzy to discuss two of the topics that really get my blood boiling -
Two evils that Dante neglected to create circles of Hell for, but which are both very much qualified for such a distinction.
It was bad enough, in what we might end up referring to as "the good old days" when these sleazy, greasy, morally bankrupt lobbyists entertained
themselves with bribery, blackmail, exploitation, and flat out threats against our elected officials. At least then we knew which dogs were in the
fight and could track the effects that these snakes had upon our Republic. It was simple to see who voted for what and which industries stood to
benefit - especially when reversal of positions were involved.
But the snakes have evolved. They've learned. This past election cycle was quite possibly the most polarizing in the history of this nation. I believe
history will see it as the moment that class warfare stopped being a secret and had it's coming out party. It is my belief that the lobbyists had much
to do with this. Hiding behind the label of "Super PAC"s they've mastered a new game of manipulation. One that doesn't require any bribery or mischief
at all. They finally figured out where the real power in America lay, and they've targeted it. These sorcerers of greed are now working their black
arts on the heart of this nation...
They are targeting us. The citizens of the US.
About half an hour ago a news story hit the AP wires. It is entitled INFLUENCE GAME: ELECTION OVER, CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
and it addresses
this very notion.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The election may be over, but a new campaign is being waged in the nation's capital as lobbyists, advocates and trade groups
fight to shape the government's response to the looming fiscal cliff.
It's a twist on the usual lobbying effort: Instead of digging for more tax dollars, they're trying to protect what they've got.
The tactics are familiar to voters who were swamped with TV commercials, newspaper ads and mailers in the frenzied months before Election Day. But
this time, the effort is directed at politicians, not so much the public.
Now, notice that this article specifically goes out of its way to say that the politicians are being targeted, and not the people? Odd then that it
would go on to say the following:
Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, have formed a group called Fix the Debt that is running newspaper ads that mimic popular
advertising campaigns. One ad features a picture of a female runner and the catch phrase, "Just fix it." Another is a picture of a woman with a milk
mustache and the slogan, "Got debt?"
A coalition of medical research groups called Research! America is trying to cut through the noise with stark ads likening spending cuts to poison:
"WARNING: Washington politics just might kill you."
"Sen. Mark Warner can make energy a big part of improving our economy," says a TV commercial. "He can choose economic growth and American jobs, not
slow them with job-killing energy taxes."
Now... maybe I am naive, but I always thought the game was that we sent people to Washington to represent us and that, once there, then
slithering lobbyists did their best to try and subvert and pervert those officials while we weren't paying attention.
It seems to me the strategy has changed. Now these crooked zealots of avarice have the gall to sick their lapdogs on US - the ones who voted them into
office in the first place???
Am I the only one who thinks this is bass ackwards?
Oh, and as for the manipulation aspect of this. They've got that covered in enough of a fear mongering glory that Nero would salivate at the beauty of
it all... The fiscal cliff
In this climate, lobbyists and advocacy groups are mainly trying to control the damage as Congress and the White House look to raise taxes and cut
spending in an attempt to slow down the government's mushrooming debt. In other words: Don't raise my taxes and don't cut spending on programs I
Come January, the nation faces a massive combination of automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts that have come be known as the
"fiscal cliff" because allowing this scenario to play out would probably send the economy back into recession, according to government economists.
Obama wants to let tax rates rise for wealthy families while sparing middle- and low-income taxpayers. Some Republican leaders, including House
Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, have said they are willing to consider making the wealthy pay more by reducing their tax breaks. But most Republicans in
Congress adamantly oppose raising tax rates.
Add to the fray every single special interest group on the map and you get the idea of the coming carnage. The elderly and aging - the "baby boomers"
have a LOT of power and are saying "Keep your hands off of MY Social Security and Medicare"
The Corporations, those with the most power in the this mix, are staunchly fixed in their mantra of "Raise my taxes, even a little, and I'll fire
every sorry SOB that works for me and move my operations to India..."
Big Pharma and the medical establishment are still throwing around the mountain of rhetoric that they've been spouting since they coined the term
"Obamacare" to describe a bill that they supported and help write
- all in an attempt to make sure that their butts are covered should they
ever want to up their share of the pie in the future.
Oh and the arms industry? Well they're threatening that ONE MILLION jobs could be lost if we don't continue to keep the enormous and overly inflated
American war machine up and running. Never mind that we're the preferred source for providing arms to every other nation on the freaking planet. The
fact remains. We stop murdering and people will starve...
It's disgusting. The whole damned process is flat out, plainly disgusting. It is broken and it needs repair.
And if you think that I'm the one being hyperbolic? Here's an example of one ad discussed in the article:
A coalition of medical research groups called Research! America is trying to cut through the noise with stark ads likening spending cuts to
poison: "WARNING: Washington politics just might kill you."
I am left wondering. Deeply wondering. We have these doom mongers screaming that we're all on the verge of an economic zombie apocalypse. And yet,
when we get down to brass tacks, we find that the vast majority of those same people ( lobbies and industries ) are spending untold fortunes of money
to explain why THEY should be exempt from the austerity measures that need to happen. Oh, yes, of course we all have to chip in. But you see, my
company is very important to this society and should be exempt from any changes...
These corrupt and soulless creatures are still buying our government out from under us - and now they are using advertising to target you into being
their cheerleaders. They think so little of you, America, that they believe a few hyperbolic ads, threatening your status-quo will be enough to make
you sign your souls away in your own blood.
Are they right? Are we that
easy to hornswaggle?
I think not. Know their methods. See their lies.
ETA: In my righteous indignation, I forgot to add the source.
on 11/23/12 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)