Thursday, October 7, 2010

Think Progress » Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

It looks like it's official.

The government of the United States is up for sale. If the reports are true that the US Chamber of Commerce is funneling tens of millions of dollars into the midterm elections- much of it from foreign corporations- then the fears of a takeover of our government by foreign entities isn't crazy paranoid talk, it is a distinct possibility.

How does that affect you and me? Here's one hypothetical scenario.

If fictional Corporation Z based in Germany (a nation that has a national health system payed by tax dollars) doesn't want to pay a benefits package to it's workers in Kalamazoo,MI, they can funnel big bucks into the campaigns of friendly politicians in the Michigan, for example. In this world of quid pro quo these "friends" would do their best to help Corporation Z's bottomline. That might mean downsizing the plant in Kalamazoo and sending those jobs to Germany, or finding ways to get the plant closed entirely under the mantle of "free enterprise".

But the real bottomline is that most of the rest of the industrialized world plays under a different set of rules that protects jobs in their nations, while we see plant closures and job loss, and protection of corporate interest rather than of the jobs of those people who actually do the work.

What in God's name ever happened to the concept of economic patriotism?

Read more, from Think Progress.

Think Progress » Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads


Sue said...

why aren't Americans SCREAMING about this??? Republicans HATE AMERICA and it can't be more clear now....

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Sue-Americans aren't screaming about this because too many are screaming about a "mosque" near Ground Zero, or that a guy with a funny name is President of the United States and may be a foreign agent sending Grandma to stand before a "Death Panel". They're worrying about ridiculous BS while a blatant attempt to to influence elections by foreign entities takes place. This isn't crazy talk, or fringe paranoia, this is real and candidates from California (Barbara Boxer) to Pennsylvania (Joe Sestak) are being sandbagged by these attempts to subvert our democracy.

And to the righties that say "but what about the unions and lefty organizations? They do the same thing!"

A bunch of crap. Those are American organizations made up of our citizens engaged in our democratic process in OUR elections.

But I have to disagree with you on this point.... Republicans don't hate America because there are no REAL Republicans anymore. Eisenhower, Goldwater, even Nixon and Reagan would be shocked by this news.

Harry Truman always believed in the American people. He said that sometimes it takes our citizens awhile to catch on, but when they finally do there will be hell to pay.

I think the heat is yet to come.

The Kid In The Front Row said...

this is an interesting post, and comments. thanks for getting my brain ticking..

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Hey Kid!

To those who may not know, Kid is a writer and award winning blogger from the UK, a country where candidates for public office do not have to go on TV and announce they are not witches.

At least to the best of my knowledge.

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