Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More of the same in Washington

Christ Dodd, former U.S. Democratic Senator from Connecticut, has a new job.  The Christian Science Monitor reports (bold mine):
The appointment of former US Senator Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut to head the Motion Picture Association of America-- announced March 1-- is being widely applauded by film industry watchers and cinema academics.  
The MPAA was formed in 1922 with two primary objectives, says Howard Suber, professor emeritus of the UCLA School of Film.  One was to deal with attacks from outside, such as the calls for more regulation of sex and violence onscreen, and the other to advance the industry's interests-- like any other lobbying organization.  
By appointing Christopher Dodd, the MPAA is going back to its roots of choosing major Washington politicos, says Professor Suber. [....] 
"Christopher Dodd has the certain kind of class, breadth and depth that the MPAA has always looked for," says Suber.  "He is an elder statesman."
Glenn Greenwald notes today that Dodd, after deciding not to seek re-election in the Senate in light of the shady deals he (and others) received from Countrywide Financial, vowed he would not work as a lobbyist following his tenure in Congress.  Obviously, Dodd, like many other former government officials and representatives, cares little about the commitments he makes.  Indeed, the lack of integrity and honesty on display in official Washington is simply breathtaking, as we watch government insiders literally walk out of their official capacity to highly paid jobs in the private sector, lobbying for businesses and industries they once regulated.  It's long been clear that the most powerful players in the private sector-- from the banking and financial industry, to insurance companies, to the military-industrial-police state complex-- literally own and control the government, and use it's resources at their discretion, hiring and buying off the representatives and officials that conduct it's affairs.  Greenwald writes today (bold mine):
So much energy and chatter is spent fixating on partisan wars and election victories, but this is the real process that determines policy outcomes.  How can ordinary Americans possibly compete with corporations that can purchase the Chris Dodds of the world from both parties, who then dutifully use their decades of influence to foster the legislative and executive outcomes their owners want?  Obviously, they can't and don't, which is another way of saying that democracy exists in name only; to say that "only the very wealthy businesses can afford senators and congressmen" is another way of describing oligarchy. 
And Dodd is only the latest example of this utterly corrupt system.  The Obama administration certainly didn't waste any time selling out on their campaign promises (as expected).  From CNN on January 8, 2009 (bold mine):
President-elect Barack Obama, who campaigned on lessening lobbyist influence in government, has chosen a defense expert who is currently a vice president and lobbyist for one of the country's biggest defense contractors to be his deputy secretary of defense.
And to think people still buy this bullshit Republican-Democrat/conservative-liberal false paradigm, in light of this utter foolishness put on display on a daily basis?  How can any rational person justify their support for either political parties in this country today?  I'd really like to know.  I won't hold my breath waiting for a persuasive answer.  There simply isn't one.

Below is a candid admission by a prominent member of the Senate of who really controls things in this country.

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