"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Corporate Welfare Chronicles

Today's installment of the Corporate Welfare Chronicles features the latest outrage from "our" elected public servants in service to Big Oil. What's most frustrating about this Public Citizen report is that many of the members of Congress voting Big Oil its most recent sweetheart deal are lame-ducks--they have already been voted out of office and are serving out what remains of their terms (they end in January). Loyal to fault, however, to their true constituents these bought and paid for corporate shills ensure that the fat-cats of Big Oil will encounter no impediments to their record-breaking profit margins in the near future.

10 comments:

leftisthebest said...

No surprise there Coldie, as you know members of both parties have been taken care of by the oil industry for years.

Notice gasoline prices have risen about 10 cents a gallon the past week or so? Mmmm...just in time for "over the hill to grandmother's house...," as the song says.

What more can we expect with a member of the oil industry in the White House? Yet the lunkheads over at the OTHER site blindly follow...... Ooops, I promised them no Bush-bashing during Christmas week. So I'll stop.

Anyways Coldie, to you and yours, and the readers here, a very Merry Christmas. Keep up the good work! Continue the good fight!!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the pharmacutical and banking robber barrons coldtype.This congress and administration has helped fill their pockets also. Along with postsecondary education, healthcare has outpaced inflation for more years than I can remember. And anyone who keeps a large credit card balance or signs for a ARM loan is a sucker.

leftisthebest said...

Happy New Year Coldie to you and yours. Remember to hit that viaduct about 2350 hours on the 31st.

Coldtype said...

Thanks Lefty. Happy new year.

leftisthebest said...

Coldie, whereth for are thou? Haven't even seen you over at SCC. The Bush death squad get to you?

Coldtype said...

Not quite Lefty. I've been having internet provider issues. I signed up with an outfit called HughesNet which is a satellite based service. Very unimpressive so far. I spent most of December off-line because as it turns out my dish wasn't aligned properly. There also were a host of other technical gremlins to overcome as well.

Hopefully that's all behind me now and I can start posting with regularity again. If this system screws up again--it's on to Comcast.
So far with this experiment, if you count hardware and set-up costs, I'm out about $500.00. Not something that cheers me up considering the results to date.

Stay safe and look for me to begin sending rhetorical missiles SCC's way very soon.

leftisthebest said...

Glad to hear you will be coming back. Could have used you on MLK Day. The bigots were out in force over at SCC.

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