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  1. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 10 days ago

    and @ Egrayj :
    The point is that corporate power is so entrenched (metastasized ?) that it would be hard to remove it and keep the system working at all..
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    It’s not just that Congress is in their pay, it’s that at this point Congress simply couldn’t do the job without corporate lobbyists. And, of course, there are many ideologues in US politics who want it no other way.
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    That’s why some politicians call for (non-violent) revolution. The needed changes are that deep.

  2. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 11 days ago

    Congressmen today have little choice but to use this resource. Few congressional staff members have the level of expertise of the lobbyists, and when a staffer does obtain such knowledge, lobbyists will offer her 3 times her current pay to work for them.
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    Perhaps most important — corporate lobbying and the corporate media control the ideological world in which policy makers live. These are the people everyone in Washington talks to, so the majority comes to THINK in a pro-corporation manner.
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    It’s not just campaign donations.

  3. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 11 days ago

    I agree about the knowledge being shown here. It’s not that the extent of corporate power over Congress isn’t great, but it works differently from what most think.
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    Lobbyists are now policy makers’ main source of information and expertise. Two-thirds of congressional staffers admit they now depend on lobbyists for what they need to make legislative decisions. At this point, Congress and much of the executive branch might be unable to operate without lobbyists.

  4. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Heart of the City 12 days ago

    Lucky the school is still there. The corporate war on the public schools is being waged vigorously in Philadelphia.

  5. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 12 days ago

    In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray an aristocratic snob is frowning on a marriage with an American heiress. His nephew accepts the power of money:
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    “They are pork-packers, I suppose?”
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    “I hope so, Uncle George, for Dartmoor’s sake. I am told that pork-packing is the most lucrative profession in America, after politics.”

  6. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 13 days ago

    No, ideology seems to trump [sorry!] those who might make money from infrastructure construction. Besides, there is so much more money in the financial industry’s cheating us all, so they out-bribe the rest.

  7. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Heart of the City 15 days ago

    No, that’s New York. But South Philly is the traditional Italian area of that town. Notoriously favored in the Frank Rizzo years.

  8. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 15 days ago

    Yes, the Republicans in Congress act like this, but it’s not out of unwillingness to work. It’s that as the party that claims “government is the problem, not the solution”, they WIN when government is seen to fail. The average American doesn’t follow policy carefully enough to see who is at fault.

  9. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Jane's World 19 days ago

    It’s interesting to contrast the attitude shown here toward this seduction stone with that we would see if it were a drug that allowed a man to get women into bed. Although perhaps Beta is taking a view like that.

  10. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Arlo and Janis 20 days ago

    There are many species of both toads and frogs. But there isn’t a cladistic difference between them, and there are a few species that could be called one or the other.
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    Nevertheless, in my circles, you’d be laughed at if you called a critter a “toad frog”.