How do our Congressmen and Senators continue to beat the market year after year?
They all need to be tar and feathered.
We as a country should not tolerate this bullshit.
But too many people on both sides look the other way, when it is a lawmaker from their preferred party.
They will make excuses or ignore the corruption all together.
Here in the podium, there seem to be quite a few of the most opinionated posters, who don't even want to touch this topic. Not so much as a word from some of them. Perhaps they just see it as a none issue.
Also, I'd love to see OWS get their shit together on this massive problem.
But I don't see that happening...
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Who is Kevin McNulty? One happy man. The White House and entrenched incumbent Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey gave him a surprise early Christmas gift — and New Jersey politicos are grumbling. According to the New York Post, McNulty was nominated to a federal judgeship for which he hadn’t been previously mentioned. McNulty, it turns out, is New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer’s brother-in-law.
The collective response: “What the…?”
Not sure why there’s so much surprise and befuddlement. There’s never a holiday for cronyism:
Take, for instance, Obama’s newest czar, Judith Faulkner, recently named Obama medical records czar. She was not only put in charge of deciding which company would be used for Obama’s official electronic medical records system, but she also just happens to have an electronic medical records company of her own. And, gosh, it seems her company is suddenly quite busy and just might be in line to become THE electronic medical records company. Imagine that.
So, Judith Faulkner is a woman that is very connected to the Democrat Party, is in deep with Big Labor, has her own electronic medical records company that she thinks should be the only such company to handle the nations records and this is the woman that Obama is asking to be impartial enough to help choose which company should get billions of tax dollars?
So much, then, for the promise of “hope and change” when it comes to the field of HIT. Partisan politics, favoritism, and cronyism are preventing patients from receiving the best care possible. The whole story is a scandal. And it should be treated like one.
BTW: I work with an engineer whose wife is a nurse in Waukesha, they HATE the epic software, he (through her) tells me the stuff blows donkey testicles and has constant problems. But i'm sure it's lesbian and green friendly software. Perhaps EPIC should write some software for Tammy Balwin's car.
As someone who worked at Epic as a developer, I can corroborate most of what was said in this article. I can speak to the stuff at Kaiser but the meaningful use/interoperability concerns are well founded.
My one disagreement, Judy is a SUPER lefty so her alignment with the democrats is sincere.
The fact that Epic continues to refuse to embrace interoperable pattient records will be their long term down fall. The only question is how many lives will be lost needlessly while we wait for their Billion dollar contracts to run out.
It is extremely disgusting how corrupt our government has become. But not quite as disgusting as how little most people care.
the problem is our corporate controlled media. we all know the average working joe reads the paper on the way out the door to work, and watches the evening news after getting home from work. If these kinds of stories were blasted on the news every night instead of f*cking celebrity stories and other ratings driven flavor of the week bullsh*t, the people would be aware, and our country probably would not be in the state it's in right now.
too many people still trust the MSM to give them the low down nitty gritty behind the scenes reporting that I've seen on RT, for example.
With the exception of Judge Napolitano on fox, who else in the MSM challenges the status quo? and even Napolitano's show is on fox business network, not the major fox channel, so for people like me that don't have cable, we never hear a dissenting opinion on the major news channels, just the pre approved pro war propaganda walking on eggshells reporting that we all know and hate.
IMO the final nail in the "dumbing America down" coffin was the consolidation of media ownership into 6 companies: disney, news corporation, viacom, cbs, nbc and warner
"But it is the "big six" that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don't call it "programming" for nothing.
Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media. But since that time, power over the media has rapidly become concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people....
[I]In 1983, fifty corporations dominated most of every mass medium and the biggest media merger in history was a $340 million deal. … [I]n 1987, the fifty companies had shrunk to twenty-nine. … [I]n 1990, the twenty-nine had shrunk to twenty three. … n 1997, the biggest firms numbered ten and involved the $19 billion Disney-ABC deal, at the time the biggest media merger ever. … [In 2000] AOL Time Warner’s $350 billion merged corporation [was] more than 1,000 times larger [than the biggest deal of 1983].
--Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Sixth Edition, (Beacon Press, 2000), pp. xx—xxi " http://theeconomiccollapseblog.co...r-and-read
I was, we no longer have "watchdog reporting" like we used to have because of it. When was the last time you heard a viewpoint that challenged the status quo on the tv news from NBC, ABC, CBS or FOX? And don't send me a link to an online story...we all know the vast majority flips on the nightly news when they get home from work, so stories that are omitted from that are essentially hidden from most Americans...I'm talking tv news here.
The sugar program imposes trade barriers that force American consumers to pay approximately double the world’s sugar price. The jobs “saved” by the program come at a high price. U.S. consumers pay an extra $826,000 for each sugar production job saved. Sugar farmers, often collectively known as “Big Sugar,” contribute extensively to political campaigns, with the nine main sugar farms or refinery groups contributing nearly $1.5 million to candidates in 2007 to maintain this overt corporate welfare.
Some people win the lottery; other people grow sugar. Congressmen justify the sugar program as protecting Americans from the "roller-coaster of international sugar prices," as Rep. Byron Dorgan (D.-N.D.) declared. Unfortunately, Congress protects consumers from the roller-coaster by pegging American sugar prices on a level with the Goodyear blimp floating far above the amusement park.
Federal restrictions made sugar smuggling immensely profitable.
The U.S. government's generosity to sugar farmers victimizes other American businesses.
The sugar program is corporate welfare in its most overt form.
Paying lavish subsidies to produce sugar in Florida makes as much sense as creating a federal subsidy program to grow bananas in Massachusetts.
One company that stands to benefit handsomely from the president’s proposal is Westport Innovations. The company converts diesel engines to be fueled by natural gas. Wall Street analysts predicted a boom for the company if the NAT GAS Act were passed. CNBC analyst Jim Cramer said he “expects shares to absolutely explode” in the event the legislation were to pass.
If Westport reaps the predicted windfall, one of the chief beneficiaries will be George Soros, a major Obama donor and supporter. Soros’s hedge fund holds 3,160,063 company shares (as of its last SEC filing).
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