Committee Establishes Amgen Charity.
The Senate Corporate Welfare Committee voted to continue offering taxpayer charity to a corporate political donor.
The corrupti* in Congress never felt so sorry for rural citizens who are suffering through the Great Recession. Those citizens, as well as many others, have had their lives destroyed by loss of jobs, foreclosures and cuts to safety net programs.
But half a billion to a campaign donor – not a problem. That’s the donation the pharmaceutical company Amgen received from the Follylanders in our nation’s capital.
Hatching crooked deals in the Senate. When it comes to payola, Orrin can sniff a payoff for miles around Follyland. And when a lobbyist whispers a need for government charity, he’s all ears.
Votes in Congress are like an auction.
Five thousand dollar bid, dollar bid, dollar bid.
Got it. Who’ll give me ten?
Ten thousand dollar bid, dollar bid, dollar bid.
Got it. Who’ll give me twenty?
No doubt whatsoever that the members of the Senate Corporate Welfare Committee aimed deliberately to hide this charity provision in the fiscal cliff chicanery because they feared doing so openly in a separate bill would the raise ire of the American people.
And rightly so.
Two of the culprits responsible for this taxpayer handout are Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman, and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), ranking member of what is sometimes referred to as the Finance Committee.
They much preferred to sneak behind the backs of the people as lawmakers have done so often in the past.
This time they got caught and are making feeble excuses to cover their
crooked asses devious behavior.
Mussa et a touch a bad caviar.
Thirty thousand dollar bid, dollar bid, dollar bid. Thirty thousand dollar bid. Who’ll give me forty?
*Corrupti n. Plural of corruptus. A politician who accepts payola in exchange for votes.
Reform??? Seems to me I’ve heard this song before. And from Harry Reid. Look for another whitewash.
Remember filibuster reform? Whatever happened to that?
Oh, yeah. Right. Senators can now text one in from the fifteenth hole at the country club.
Ann Coulter ranted again on Fox News. Each one sets a new record. This outburst about gun control contained a “screw you” remark directed at President Obama.
Just in case anybody out there still cares about anything this woman says, here’s the link to the Huff Post article.
Hello, Earth. Earth, are you there? Come in, Earth.
Coulter’s unladylike rant Arises from thinking too scant It’s nothing new Just a witch’s stew She roils a brew with a shrieking chant. *******
‘Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop’
That’s how Greg Sargent refers to the inclination among the illiterati* in Follyland to clone an erroneous idea and ping pong it back and forth and around to each other until it becomes something akin to the inerrant word of God himself.
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, points to a military phrase called “incestuous amplification” which defines an idea that everyone in the know uncritically accepts as infallible truth, but which is nevertheless wrongheaded. He uses as an example the belief among the Allies at the beginning of World War II that Germany would not attack west through the Ardennes, which is exactly what the Wehrmacht did.
And so it is in Follyland Call it feedback loop or incestuous amplification, once a dumb notion takes hold it gets batted around by the illiterati to the illiterati and back again forming the continuous and unassailable loop regardless of how goofy the notion may be.
And that is what is happening right now with the “deficit” mania gripping the discussion among the New York-Washington mainstream corporate media.
Hence, it is incumbent upon us all to accept the true faith and embrace the dogma that the deficit is about to destroy the nation.
Of course, nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that there is a conspiracy among the country’s elite to exploit a nonexistent “deficit crisis” to bring about drastic cuts to the social benefits Americans have earned all of their working lives.
As the plot thickens it leads us directly to the austerity schtick – the dangerous and destructive notion that sharp decreases in government spending are the only means to save us from the imminent decline and fall of the American empire.
In fact, the opposite is the case. Dean Baker has noted many times on his website,Beat the Press, deficits are needed to fill the spending void created by the private sector to prevent the jobs recession from growing worse than it already is.
The real cause of current deficits remains the collapse of the housing bubble and Wall Street malfeasance. And the future drivers are out of control costs of health care and health insurance.
Government spending is actually declining, now somewhat less than a trillion dollars a year and the debt to GDP ratio, never a concern, is improving
That’s it in a nutshell. The austerity schtick is a ruse invented for the purpose of destroying the social benefits people have spent their entire lives earning.
“Deficit hysteria” is a gambit with the same devious motive – to cut earned social benefits for the “small people” or the peasants, as our betters once referred to us.
*Illiterati n pl of illiterata.Reference to people in Follyland who can read and write but who refuse to think for themselves. Many receive huge salaries from corporate paymasters and are eager to do their bosses’ bidding. Also do favors for elected official in exchange for access to insider information.
Our American Heritage.
From left: Gable, Grant, Hope and Niven enjoying a laugh. (From Douglas Bennett).
It must be all in the neck. And for this I waited the whole day.
- MT Sen: Russ Feingold Calls Out Max Baucus by Name over Amgen Subsidy (elections.firedoglake.com)
- Orrin Hatch Defends Costly Amgen Provision In Fiscal Cliff Deal (huffingtonpost.com)
- Big Pharma Buys Off The Senate (alternet.org)