SUA Staff – The mantra is constant from this White House, and throughout the Democratic Party talking points – Republicans are ‘fat-cats’ who just support get-rich millionaires and billionaires. The Democrats are for the ‘working families’.
Everyday it echos throughout the internet and in the media. No speech of late goes without some statement about ‘fair share’ or similar leftist slogans. Even the Occupy Wall Street people echo this, and now they are preparing for a May Day event.
There is one major problem with their mantra – its the left who is in bed with “Big”-this, and “Big”-that, and so on.
When you look at the names that have the most access to the Washington elites and power, including the White House, it’s a far different story. We all know both parties do this, or so that too is part of the mantra, but why, because to a great many of them, its not about ‘public service’, it was always about power and riches. Serve a post in DC, reap the benefits later.
Recently, SUA was shown a set of pictorials called Venn-Diagrams, compiled and posted in January of 2011, but most were updated as late as last December. These are diagrams that show a name, their government association, and also where they came from in industry. Some of the names have changed, but in large measure, it totally de-bunks the mantra, the myth, that the Democrats are for the little guy, and Republicans are for the ‘fat-cats’.
SUA is re-posting them so you can talk with your peers about the truth during this campaign season. Obama and the left paint Romney as that Bain-Capital ‘fat-cat’, but by our count, in these 18 diagrams, 249 people are listed. That is a lot of powerful positions, right up to the White House and the halls of Congress. That is not a surprise, the real surprise is that of the total, 230 are working for, or were appointed by a Democrat after leaving their old posts in one of the 18 categories. Only 19 are on the other side of the aisle.
These 18 industries are common names in politics and include, Big Tobacco, Motion Picture Association of America, Social Network sites, Planned Parenthood, the AFL-CIO union, Disney, Fannie Mae, Green Energy, the Defense Contractors, Enron, Keystone Pipeline, Comcast, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Pharma, General Electric (GE), Monsanto and Goldman-Sachs.
Another set of surprises: the folks at Enron, erroneously associated with former President Bush’s cronies, has more former employees in DC working for or with Democrats. Then there is Goldman-Sachs, where Jon Corzine of MF Global infamy came from.
This phenomenal series of Venn diagrams shows in painstaking detail just how corrupted our political system in the United States has become.
When I look at the the connections of Goldman Sachs, it makes me wonder how anyone thought that people actually had the brazenness to claim that those pointing out the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington conspiracy theorists.
Take the White House’s move to block the release of a Monsanto-linked lobbyist’s e-mail, for instance. This is hardly shocking when one considers the numerous connections the global corporation enjoys on Capitol Hill shown above. Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.
Just like the thoroughly reprehensible activities of the war profiteers who knowingly profit off of death, destruction and suffering, those who lobby for corporations like Monsanto are actively contributing to the problems of the many for the benefit of the few. It’s truly disturbing to see all of this laid out in such an easily comprehensible manner, especially when one observes the high level positions many of these individuals either once held or currently hold.
Of course, this is only a small portion of the individuals involved in the widespread corporatist corruption that has infected so much of the United States.
Editor’s Note – How can our representative legislators proactively perform the people’s business when they are stuck cleaning up mess after newly discovered mess? The mess is pay to play corruption and some in Washington DC are busy investigating insider deals between government agencies and corporate America. This is not only making the USA stand still with addressing all that ails America, but it is moving us backwards. This work must be part of today’s mission as integrity is fleeting, honesty is absent, and cooperation only comes in the form of Stimulus money. How many more “blacked out” pages must we deal with as this administration “co-operates”? Not in the true sense of ‘cooperation’ but in the co-opting of your wallet, the truth, and the propaganda machine by and for the “fat-cats” in BLUE Brooks Brother suits. Yes, the other fat-cats Obama does not scream about in your face on a daily basis wear Democrat Blue.
We at SUA wonder if Solyndra, or Light Squared had corporate jets, or paid their “fair share” just like his crony Jeffrey Immelt at GE. Of course GE paid NOTHING, and you paid for the ‘fat-cat’ in blue on the Solyndra deal, before the tax-payer in the pecking order.
As SUA has been reporting, it is information overload, and the system is now thoroughly overwhelmed. Saul Alinsky would be proud of Obama and his cronies. Not only is this administration changing America into a third-world, failed, Euro-style Social Democracy, more bankrupt at a faster rate, it is also the MOST CORRUPT! Now, our few non-Democrat party ‘checks-and-balances’ Representatives must work “Fast and Furious” to shed “Light Squared”, and drag the “Solyndra” to come into the days light. What is next?
House Republicans are making a concerted effort to drum home charges that the White House is guilty of Chicago-style cronyism.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) signaled the GOP’s intent Tuesday in announcing he would investigate White House actions related to the failed solar firm Solyndra and the wireless startup LightSquared.
Both firms have ties to the White House and have been involved in messy controversies over the past several weeks.
Though Issa did not accuse the White House of wrongdoing, his statements and actions suggest Republicans hope to make ethics an issue for Obama during the 2012 presidential race.
“I want to see when the president and his cronies are picking winners and losers. … It wasn’t because there were large contributions given to them,” Issa said Tuesday morning on C-SPAN.
“We are investigating. But we’re looking at it not for one company or two companies. We’re looking at the system [and] the corruption that seems to be endemic in [it],” Issa added.
Solyndra went bankrupt this month after winning a $535 million loan guarantee funded by the 2009 stimulus package. Republicans cite emails that they say show the White House pressured administration staffers to quickly finalize financing for the company despite their misgivings about the firm’s viability.
LightSquared, meanwhile, has been seeking regulatory approval to use new wireless technology that has been found to interfere with GPS. Republicans charge that the White House pressured an Air Force general to revise testimony before a closed congressional hearing to aid the company.
Conservative news sites have pounced on both stories.
House Republicans have questioned whether the White House gave preferential treatment to Solyndra because of its ties to a venture capital fund associated with George Kaiser, a fundraising bundler for the Obama campaign.
The White House has strongly rejected the allegations, noting that another major backer of Solyndra is associated with the Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart and has backed Republican candidates.
“In this time of record debt, I question whether the government is qualified to act as a venture capitalist, picking winners and losers in speculative ventures and shelling out billions of taxpayer dollars to keep them afloat,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said during a hearing last week.
The White House says the emails about Solyndra that Republicans cite in making the allegations reflect a “scheduling matter,” and not an effort to rush a final decision on the loan guarantee. They’ve insisted that the White House exerted no influence in choosing the company and noted that the George W. Bush administration flagged it as a top prospect for a loan guarantee.
The White House has also pointed to recent stories that show top Republicans like Upton and Issa have pressed the Energy Department to approve loan guarantees in their home states.
Republicans are expanding their investigation to include 14 pending loan guarantees from the Energy Department, totaling $8.9 billion, that they fear are being rushed out the door to meet the Sept. 30 deadline set by the stimulus law. “We are concerned that another rush to meet stimulus deadlines will result in DOE closing these deals before they are ready,” Upton wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday.
Upton’s committee is conducting its own investigation of the Solyndra bankruptcy. During a hearing last week, Republicans on the panel’s investigative subcommittee blasted Energy Department and White House Office of Management and Budget officials over the loan guarantee.
“Only after the Obama administration took control and the stimulus passed was the Solyndra deal pushed through,” Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the investigative panel, said at the hearing.
On Friday, the panel will have a chance to question top Solyndra executives about the company’s decision to file for bankruptcy and lay off 1,100 workers. Solyndra said the executives would exercise their Fifth Amendment rights at the hearing, citing the ongoing federal investigations into the company. The session will nonetheless be a prime opportunity for Republicans to skewer the administration on the incident.
Other top House Republicans have pounced on the Solyndra debacle. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on the Justice Department on Monday to appoint a special examiner to investigate the Solyndra bankruptcy.
“An independent examiner will uncover the truth about whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants and thus ensure the integrity of the bankruptcy process for all creditors,” Smith said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The administration is also examining the Solyndra loan guarantee.
The Energy Department’s inspector general worked with the FBI on its raid of Solyndra earlier this month, though it is unclear if the raid was related to the loan guarantee. The inspectors general at the Treasury Department and Justice Department are also looking into the issue.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the Solyndra incident should lead to an examination of the Energy Department’s renewable energy loan guarantee program.
“One of the things that I would like to have the committee consider is not necessarily picking apart Solyndra. Solyndra is yesterday’s bankruptcy. I am concerned about what this might portend for the loan guarantee program as a whole,” Murkowski said.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) distributed a document to Republicans on Tuesday during their weekly caucus lunch noting that Solyndra’s government-backed loan amounted to more money than most states received for their highways, roads and bridges under the stimulus law.
Republicans have raised similar concerns about LightSquared. “We cannot afford to have federal telecommunication policy, especially where it affects national security, to be made in the same way this White House has parceled out a half-billion dollars in loan guarantees to the failed Solyndra Corp.,” Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) said during a hearing last week.
The Daily Beast reported that the White House asked Air Force Gen. William Shelton to change his prepared remarks for a closed-door hearing on LightSquared in order to show that he supported the administration’s policy to expand wireless broadband access, even though the company’s technology had been found to interfere with military and aviation GPS.
Both LightSquared and the White House have denied any wrongdoing.
Since becoming chairman of the powerful committee in January, Issa has used his subpoena power to probe a wide variety of issues within the White House.
“I do not trust anybody,” Issa said on C-SPAN Tuesday. “My job is not to trust.”
“I have 16 presidents in two paintings on my wall — eight Republicans and eight Democrats — and when people come in, I point to them and I say, ‘Here are 16 people you can’t trust.’ ”
Jordy Yager, Ben Geman and Justin Sink contributed to this story.
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