The Golden Rule

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As it goes, “Whoever has the gold, makes the rules.”

It seems the Koch brothers have taken this to heart. Apparently, it’s not good enough that they bankroll numerous organizations, think tanks, movements, non-profits, and the like, all in an effort to mold the policy of the day (being kind there). Now, they want to “hand pick” candidates via yet another cash-in-hand endeavor:

The consulting firm plans to handpick local, state, and federal candidates who share the Kochs’ free-market, limited-government agenda, and groom them to win elections. “We seek out electable advocates of the freedom and opportunity agenda who will be forceful at both the policy and political levels,” the company notes on its website. Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

Read the rest here.

If you’ve never heard of ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council), then by all means head to a search engine, and feast upon “legislation by dictate.” Or head over to ALEC Exposed, from PRWatch for many unsettling details.

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Note: We have nothing against the wealthy or the obscenely rich, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they “exercise their right to petition” in a much greater proportion than your average worker. Of course, this ability to exercise that right sadly emanates from their wealth, and it takes the form of lobbying. Ever wonder how those freshman Representatives, and Senators that weren’t rich before entering office somehow become wealthy by the end of their term(s)? Here’s a “pro-tip,” it has nothing to do with Congressional pay!

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987)

"The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when ..." (Starting @ 23:21)

"The Secret Government" from CUJourn. A PBS production with Bill Moyers. Further info.

Yet another warning ... *sigh* ...
and it seems not much has changed.

Inequality for All

If you have Netflix, it is available there.
It's well worth your time.

Could You Pass?

The Upside

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