ROOT ROT: The Cause of Corruption in Government

Corporate and government

Why can’t we ever learn? FOLLOW THE FRIGGIN’ MONEY!

I’ve been making MONEY IN POLITICS my major argument for the ROOT CAUSE of virtually all that is wrong in our Government–in economics, the healthcare “debate,” gun violence control, poverty, etc, etc. .

“Our government?” NAY, our corporate government (we continue to let it happen)!

The ONLY candidate who wanted to stop it was Bernie Sanders. But all corporate America had to do was to keep their elected congressional representatives and Senators in Washington (otherwise called conservatives and blue dogs) repeating (without qualification) to the public that Sanders is a Socialist, and since most of the public has never had an education in civics or in the argumentative fallacies (critical thinking), and because we’ve been nurtured for the past century to belive that socialism is equivalent to old Soviet style communism, they run from him no matter what he says, and into the arms of our corporate congress.

But, you say, conservatives passed a bipartisan bill in 2016 that would severely cut back on the ability of corporations to keep pumping the nation full of opioids?

Yep. sure did. McConnell helped it pass. But that was only FOR SHOW to their voters. They then refused to fund the program. It’s all a dance. It’s the dance called the Side Step. Now you see me doing the right thing, but then you don’t see me refusing to let the right thing happen–tah ta tah ta tah dance dance dance, money money money!

Trump and many politicians have said a lot in favor of curbing corporate power, but how many times does Trump softly say the right things–what people WANT to hear, but then turn around and do the opposite? He is the consummate con man liar as are all who blocked the funding (probably by poison pill clauses or amendments). It would take some digging to find out, so they know they are safe and will be reelected with the financial help of the pharmaceutical corporations–otherwise called legal bribery.

And many wonder why conservatives and almost all liberals refuse to make higher education tuition free for all, as Sanders was advocating, and have the super wealthy (those who benefit from money in politics) pay for it. An educated public (in the humanities) would see these self-serving rats for who they are and could not be propagandized nearly as easily as they are now.

Donald Trump was not wrong. Hours before his nominee for “drug czar” withdrew from consideration over his part in a law limiting the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on pharmaceutical distributors feeding the US’s opioid epidemic, the president took a shot at the influence of drug companies over Congress.

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/19/big-pharma-money-lobbying-us-opioid-crisis


— Max T. Furr is author of The Empathy Imperative, a philosophical novel exploring the nature justice and religious belief.

Was Descartes wrong and God was a deceiver, after all?

Consider that if the Christian Bible were true (sans contradictions), then what would that say of objective science, such as astronomy, biological evolution and medical research? Indeed, what would it say about logic and the Creator, Itself?

What would the world be like had it been created by a truly benevolent god and our primary motivating force was empathy, not self interest? How, indeed, with the human condition as it is, could we achieve such a world either via a god or by humanism?

Join humanist Professor M. Jefferson Hale as, in part II, he puts God on the witness stand in an ethereal court to answer for Its malfeasance and terrorism.

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  1. BroadBlogs
    Oct 19, 2017 @ 14:47:22

    I came to the same conclusion. I work with a poverty group that has difficulty getting things done because of rich Libertarian campaign contributions that buy votes. E.g., I worked with healthcare and have to fight insurance companies. I worked with climate change legislation and have to fight the oil companies. So I have started working on the root problem and I’m working with Common Cause and Move to Amend.

    So many anti-elite Republicans voters don’t get that he appointed a supreme court justice who will most likely keep money interests in power– as all Republicans do.

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    • Max T. Furr
      Oct 19, 2017 @ 15:16:53

      I glad to know of your work. Thank you.

      Currently I’m having a debate on the economy with a conservative on a Sam Harris blog. He believes that a truly free society will necessarily have a poor population, including working poor.

      Too, he argues that the working poor make far more money than many other nations. While that is correct, he didn’t consider cost of living, of course, and he seems to think that wanting a just economic system means everyone gets the same amount of money. I pointed out the difference between an equitable income with the wealthy and a equal income, which, I and most progressives think, is not a good system either.

      It appears to me that many pundits, even very learned ones, do not differentiate between “equal” (which means the same) and “equitable” (which means fairness) in their arguments on income, often speaking of inequality rather than inequity in the economy.

      I think it all boils down to just how critical a good education is to understanding–especially (or specifically) education in the Humanities.

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