Friday, June 25, 2010
Just in case we might forget who owns so many of our politiciansThis is a good glimpse of it (David Herszenhorn and Eric Lichtblau, A Tricky Balance for Oil-State Politicians New York Times 06/18/2010):
The largest beneficiary of campaign donations from BP in the 2008 election cycle, for instance, was President Obama, who took in $77,000 from company executives and its political action committee. This year, Senator Blanche Lincoln, Democrat of Arkansas and chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, leads all candidates with $286,000 in donations from oil and gas companies. ...
"[Texas Republican Congressman and now-infamous defender of BP] Joe Barton gets oil money and energy money, well, damn straight," said the spokeswoman, Lisa Miller. “It probably doesn’t come as a shock to anybody that Texas congressmen, Democrats and Republicans, receive energy money. But how he feels about BP is not related obviously to his campaign contributions because he is extremely critical of BP.”In the following part, they describe officials doing a "tightrope walk". But often it doesn't even seem like that much of a balance. They know who owns them, they serve their interests. It is a serious corruption of democracy. Not unlike the massive corruption produced the National Bank of the United States which President Andrew Jackson sucessfully fought to abolish:
The tightrope walk faced by elected officials from oil and gas states is similar to the New York delegation’s struggles when it comes to legislation to regulate Wall Street banks, or the New Jersey delegation’s sensitivity on legislation related to the pharmaceutical industry.
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