Monday, January 30, 2006

Davos, Fake Filibustering And Ignoring Disasters

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Because no voters own any politicians, only lobbyists and rich people, everything we want is shoved aside and anything they want goes to front and center. This is typical of all empires and we are rotting the same way all empires rot. Stinky and messily. This is why Democrats were much happier, skiing at Davos and utterly at sea when forced, by leftist pressure, to put on a fake show of resistance in DC.

From the NYT:
The nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the Supreme Court cleared an all-important procedural hurdle in the Senate this afternoon as liberal Democrats failed to muster enough support to block a vote on his confirmation.
The mass media didn't give a hoot, this guy is 100% corporate America. Rich people didn't give a hoot. After all, one can buy anything including love if one is rich and under Bush and Congress and the Courts, the rich are tons richer so everyone in that classification are slap happy and raring to go.

They look aside at the serious dark clouds gathering over our empire and have carefull squirreled overseas a lot of money and a lot of business. So if the last jobs go over the wall, they don't care since they all, all of them, especially the right wingers, have third and fourth homes in places like Paris or London or they own islands here and there.

For example, how about this? From the NYT:
Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest food manufacturer, said Monday it would eliminate 8,000 more jobs, or about 8 percent of its work force, and close up to 20 production plants as it broadens an ongoing restructuring effort.

Kraft said the cuts would save an additional $700 million in annual costs, atop a targeted $450 million in savings it already had hoped to achieve through a restructuring that began in January 2004.
Are they losing money like the auto companies?

Hahaha. Nope. Profits are up and up! They are laying off 8,000 to increase the bonuses and lift the shareholders even more. Heck, if they could fire 20,000, they would be absolutely overjoyed. Already, in one day, their stock shot up in value. People with money to burn love to see workers burned! Whoopee.

From the NYT:
Exxon Mobil, the nation's largest energy company, today reported a 27 percent surge in profits for the fourth quarter as elevated fuel prices gave rise to the most lucrative year ever for an American company, with profits in 2005 reaching $36.13 billion and revenue $371 billion.

Exxon's profits are expected to generate new scrutiny of the company's operations in Washington, where legislators have recently expressed concern over Big Oil's good fortune as soaring oil and natural gas prices pressure consumers. Exxon said its profits climbed more than 40 percent last year, while its tax bill rose only 14 percent.
Hahahaha. March Hare, you are killing me! The two drunks at this Tea Party are going to go after the richest lobby in Washington? Incredible. Totally insane. The Mad Hatter thinks I am mad enough to fall for this malarky.

Well, I am mad. Spitting mad. Mad enough to say, "Enough."

Why were the Democrats so lax in fighting on the issue of Abramoff and changing the stupid laws they wrote that give K Street total control of our Congress? Eh? Hear the Dormouse singing in the tea kettle?


The feeble changes proposed are all cosmetic. Do our media overlords yap about this? La-la-la sings the Dormouse. Nope. They get all this loot in the form of advertisements. No one in control of America wants to see what we see in Palestine: people voting their overlords out of office. Across the planet, whenever anyone kicks corrupt polititians to the curb that are serving our vast corporate octopus, we invade. Or boycott. Or both.

Flush with loot, the oil companies got their Energy Bill passed that gave them millions more and cut their taxes more and our country is going bankrupt more and look at this marvelous news: From Reuters:
"Primary care is on the verge of collapse," said the organization, a professional group which certifies internists, in a statement. "Very few young physicians are going into primary care and those already in practice are under such stress that they are looking for an exit strategy."

Dropping incomes coupled with difficulties in juggling patients, soaring bills and policies from insurers that encourage rushed office visits all mean that more primary care doctors are retiring than are graduating from medical school, the ACP said in its report.

The group has proposed a solution -- calling on federal policymakers to approve new ways of paying doctors that would put primary care doctors in charge of organizing a patient's care and giving patients more responsibility for monitoring their own health and scheduling regular visits.
Whoopee. Giving us more "responsibility for monitoring" ourselves, welcome to the "ownership society." We get to own our own bodies when they wear out and they get to own everything else, those lovely K Street Corporate Entities.

Can't wait.

And so it goes. Obviously, flush with power, getting away with bankrupting us while making themselves very rich, they will be so overloaded with loot that when the housing system collapses, and it will, they can pick up whatever they want, for a dime or a nickle, and then resell it for a 30% profit, over time. For they can afford to sit back and let us flounder for years and years and years.

Anyone studying the Great Depression should know this. The people with money were perfectly happy watching their overhead drop like a rock. Hiring people for pennies. I should know. My family had money during the Great Depression.
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