There are many Americans who will always believe that their political democratic process is the most admirable part of American politics. That it is fair and allows both citizens as well as business interests to vie competitively with the government for their own interests on a politically level playing field with honest government committees that are supposed to provide checks, balances and oversight for all government activities and expenditure. The democratic process in Europe, whether republic or parliamentary, is very similar to the American system or democratic process.
But both the European and the American democratic processes are riddled with inadequacies, unfairness, bias, corruption and fraud. However, like it or not, the democratic process in America is far more influenced by Big Business interests and cartels than its European counterparts. To such an extent in fact that most Americans actually believe this heavily infested cronyist process to be completely normal and fair in their political arena.
So what are the strategies and tactics normally used by US lobbyists, cartels, and special interest groups in promoting this biased cronyism in America?
One major tactic that lobbyists use is to simply encourage confusion and distraction using endless debate and political argument — not just inside the government — but throughout the American media and its citizens. Take the situation now for instance. People are endlessly arguing and bickering over Obama’s Health Care Bill’s here today/gone tomorrow public option. So what about the state of the American economy, which is still a far bigger problem than Health Care — viz. busted economy, no Health Care. Here, the Wall Street lobbyists have managed to deflect all American awareness away from this ongoing financial problem, all the free bank bailouts, the fraud, corruption, the weak and trembling dollar, the overpaid executives etc. and they have successfully generated a distraction for all US citizens within the giant “Will we have a public option or not?” political Health Care debate. These lobbyists simply use this tactic of distraction and political public argument in order to quietly introduce and pass all their self-beneficial and biased fine print within the final House Bill.
But let’s stay with health Care for a moment. In my opinion, I would honestly say that this debate is already a forgone conclusion. And the evidence is plain to see: Does anyone know or realize how strongly Big Pharma is in support of the The Administration’s Health Care Bill? Have you seen all the pro-ObamaCare advertising on TV yet? Know who’s funding that to the tune of $150 million dollars?
From Robert Reich:
“In return, Big Pharma isn’t just supporting universal health care. It’s also spending lots of money on TV and radio advertising in support. Sunday’s New York Times reports that Big Pharma has budgeted $150 million for TV ads promoting universal health insurance, starting this August (that’s more money than John McCain spent on TV advertising in last year’s presidential campaign), after having already spent a bundle through advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA.”
While everyone out there is bickering and arguing about this and that with the Health Care Bill, we can safely assume from the above quote that this Bill has already been sorted , done and dusted. And no, there will be no public option and there will be no competitive drugs pricing by the government to keep Big Pharma prices low. As evidence, ask yourself why Big Pharma would ever want to commit business suicide by supporting a competitive public option and low drugs prices. Big Pharma would never support a Health Care Bill to the tune of $150 million dollars unless they knew for certain they would make more money and profit for their shareholders. Am I right? So every fuzzy promise that is currently tumbling out of Obama’s teleprompted lips concerning cheaper drugs and this public option would all seem to arise from his lower rectal region. In other words all Obama’s fine, earnest words and promises are a waste of time, merely fluff and camouflage. Meanwhile, this everlasting distraction and debate successfully rages on endlessly. Big Pharma has won and is supporting ObamaCare because its already a done deal in their favour.
Another example of complicity between Wall Street, The US Treasury and the FED is the AIG fiasco. Around $175 billion was poured into AIG during its rescue. Days later, out the back door, AIG paid off billions of dollars to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and even foreign banks such as Deutche Bank. Bernanke was reported to be furious with AIG CEO G. Gordon Liddy for doing this. This was just another distraction or lie. In truth, Bernanke was really furious that the truth had been leaked to the press. Realistically, Bernanke and Geithner more than probably ordered Liddy (under threat of the boot) to pay off their good pals JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs for their own dirty reasons. But the distraction or lie worked didn’t it?
Now let’s quickly analyze what the ordinary American citizen can do to sway and influence the government. Well, I guess you could always write a letter to your senator or congressman I suppose. And you would probably get a photocopied letter back with a photocopied signature on it saying thank you very much, we will look into your problem. You could always go to Washington and arrange a meeting with the senator or congressman, but that might take alot of time and be expensive if you don’t live in Washington.
Or you could just throw in your lot with a large, rich special interest group or business cartel and hope for the best. At least these powerful groups can offer bribes, directorships, Caribbean holidays or golden toilets to their favourite senators or congressmen.
Also please note, I haven’t once mentioned the words Democrat or Republican in this article up till now. This has been deliberate on my part because I’ve been writing specifically about the democratic process. And I really can’t abide distractions.