How money corrupts congress
What an amazing talk by Lawrence Lessig! I think this describes the in and out of corruption in US congress and not only is it exposed bare naked, but he actually lays out a plan to stop it without a possible equivalent of french revolution! A must watch to understand politics of U S A. Many of us from India we know what corruption is which we see if we have to visit any government or semi-goverment office in India to get any work done. It is very simple to grasp that. Whereas we don’t see that apparently here in US, we all know there is corruption here otherwise we can’t understand how on earth in a system that looks so bullet-proof can allow such blatant looting by be it wall street or insurance industry or housing finance industry. Well, this video will be an eye-opener for those who believe in this system and an eye-popper for those who knew what the system is and yet could not have explained better. When you hear terms like ‘Socialize the Risk, Privatize Benefits’ it kind of resonates with what many of us are seeing things happening in a helpless way. Please watch this important one.
The talk is almost an hour long but be patient it is really worth watching it in full. First few minutes by the speaker is a bit abstract, but soon it gets interesting.
Very interesting and realistic response that we can muster to counter the major FUNDERS aka big corporations.
why are payroll tax cuts being tied to construction of an oil pipeline, of all things?
Who stands to benefit? The Koch brothers, of course.
“A Koch Industries operation in Calgary, Alberta, called Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, supplies about 250,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day to a heavy oil refinery in Minnesota, also owned by the Koch brothers.
Flint Hills Resources Canada also operates a crude oil terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, the starting point of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The company’s website says it is among Canada’s largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters.”
–From a Reuters article
When the Kochs and their ilk fiddle, the Republicans in Congress dance to the tune. Every single time.