Democracy no more ….

The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America

Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before — and they’re doing it behind closed doors.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling corporate dollars from around the world into congressional races, and Rupert Murdoch is evidently spending heavily. (Murdoch – a close friend of Ariel Sharon – owns numerous media organizations worldwide, including Fox Network,

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_murdoch 

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-secret-bigmoney-takeo_b_754938.html

  

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Aftershock-Next-Economy-Americas-Future/dp/0307592812

  

 

 

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=4764307

  

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/10/dnc-makes-major-ad-buy-ac_n_757117.html

 

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5 Responses to “Democracy no more ….”

  1. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Israel_Public_Affairs_Committee

    …. AIPAC’s success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. … AIPAC makes sure that its friends get strong financial support from the myriad pro-Israel PACs. Those seen as hostile to Israel, on the other hand, can be sure that AIPAC will direct campaign contributions to their political opponents. …
    The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Open debate about U.S. policy towards Israel does not occur there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world. ….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_lobby_in_the_United_States

    3 Means of influence
    3.1 Voting power
    3.2 Campaign donations
    3.3 Education of politicians
    3.4 Think tanks
    3.5 Media and public discourse
    3.6 College campuses
    3.7 Coordination with Israeli officials
    3.8 Responses to criticism of Israel

    …. “We can count on well over half the House – 250 to 300 members – to do reflexively whatever AIPAC wants.” …. “In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin.” …..
    …. there is a lack of media coverage on the Israel lobby … reporting on these groups is not easy. AIPAC’s power makes potential sources reluctant to discuss the organization on the record, and employees who leave it usually sign pledges of silence. AIPAC officials themselves rarely give interviews, and the organization even resists divulging its board of directors.” … AIPAC’s efforts to maintain a low profile, … are often loath to write about the influence of organized Jewry. … In the end, though, the main obstacle to covering these groups is fear.” …. “a lobby is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.” … The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process ..

  2. worzzz Says:

    Israel Lobby UK #1: http://www.redress.cc/global/redress20100503

    Israel Lobby UK #2: http://snardfarker.ning.com/video/i-nside-b-r-i-t-a-i-ns-i-s-1

    Israel Lobby UK #3: http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/D/dispatches/israel/proisraellobbypamphlet.pdf

    Pro-Israel Lobby in Europe (EFI): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Friends_of_Israel

    The Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy. (CIJA): http://cija.ca/index.htm

    Israel Lobby Portal: http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Israel_Lobby_Portal

    Neoconservatives’ blueprint for U.S. Power. http://thegorge.webs.com/Neocons.htm

  3. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC works closely with the “Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations“: the two groups have interlocking directorates. … AIPAC is one of the fifty organizations that make up the Presidents Conference.

    American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is a supporting organisation for AIPAC, which sponsors trips for many members of Congress.

    Campaign Contributions. While AIPAC as an organisation does not contribute to electoral campaigns, it has carefully cultivated an immense support base through the contributions of its members and various Political Action Committees towards the campaigns of pro-Israel candidates.

    Between 1997 and 2001, the 46 members of AIPAC’s board together gave well in excess of $3 million, or more than $70,000 apiece. … AIPAC has also been very successful in mobilizing the Jewish community as a voting block. …

    “Seventy to 80 percent of all members of Congress will go along with whatever they think AIPAC wants.” During the 80s, AIPAC was instrumental in securing an annual aid package of $3 Billion for Israel …

    http://www.powerbase.info/index.php?title=American_Israel_Public_Affairs_Committee

  4. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC Lauds Re-Election of Pro-Israel Stalwarts.

    Pro-Israel group hails success for supporters on both sides of the political divide, as well as election of three new Jewish members of Congress.
    America’s largest pro-Israel lobby group on Wednesday hailed the results of midterm elections in the U.S. which saw staunch supporters re-elected to Congress on both sides of the party political divide.
    “Many of the strongest friends and supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship were reelected on Tuesday,” the group said in a statement.
    These included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Reps. John Boehner (R-OH), widely tipped to be named Republican majority leader in the lower House of Representatives, which his party seized from Democratic control.
    Other pro-Israel successes cited by AIPAC included outgoing House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as well as Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
    “It is abundantly clear that the 112th Congress will continue America’s long tradition of staunch support for a strong, safe and secure Israel and an abiding friendship between the United States and our most reliable ally in the Middle East,” AIPAC said.
    AIPAC also welcomed the election of three new Jewish members of Congress: Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman-elect David Cicilline (D-RI), and Congresswoman-elect Nan Hayworth (R-NY).

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/u-s-midterms-aipac-lauds-re-election-of-pro-israel-stalwarts-1.322729

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    The Chosen: Jewish members in the 112th U.S. Congress.

    November 2, 2010
    NEW YORK (JTA) — The following is a list of the 39 Jewish members — 12 senators and 27 representatives — who are expected to serve in the 112th U.S. Congress, which is set to convene in January:

    U.S. SENATE
    Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)*
    Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)**
    Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
    Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
    Al Franken (D-Minn.)
    Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)
    Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
    Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)
    Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
    Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)
    Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)**
    Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)**
    (Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who is projected to win his re-election bid, does not identify a religion, but notes that his mother is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor.)

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)
    Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)
    Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
    Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
    David Cicilline (D-R.I.)*
    Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.)
    Susan Davis (D-Calif.)
    Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
    Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)
    Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
    Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
    Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
    Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
    Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
    Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
    Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)
    Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
    Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
    Steve Rothman (D-N.J.)
    Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
    Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)
    Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)
    Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)
    Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
    John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

    * Elected to House or Senate for the first time in 2010 midterms
    ** Senators who were re-elected in 2010 midterms

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/02/2741566/the-chosen-jewish-members-in-the-112th-us-congress

  5. worzzz Says:

    Plutocracy USA .

    “Today’s America is neither a democracy nor a republic, but a plutocracy – a government by and for the wealthy.

    http://www.plutocracyusa.com/

    It’s a plutocracy, stupid – AIPAC is only part of a widely corrupt US political system which is based on wealth-driven interests.

    http://politicalcorrection.org/fpmatters/201104010012

    Public Citizens

    http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=2326

    Bill Moyers, The Media Propaganda Machine.

    BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Christian Zionism

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    Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama

    http://www.amazon.com/Kabuki-Democracy-System-Barack-Obama/dp/1568586590

    http://www.thenation.com/article/37165/kabuki-democracy-why-progressive-presidency-impossible-now

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