How is it that our Democracy can be so easily hijacked by corporations?
The soda industry forced CA legislators to enact a law preventing any new taxes on sugary drinks for 12 years. They did so by pursuing a ballot initiative which would severely limit CA’s ability to change all sales taxes.
I won’t say our staff understands all the details, but it seems this threat could be used by any group at any time for any reason. How can this be?
Want to force the state legislature to write a favorable law? Just threaten a ballot initiative that would raise the threshold to pass a tax law from simple majority to 2/3 or higher. It seems legislators capitulated pretty quickly in this instance. How fast will they give in when the next corporate interest group makes a threat?
California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. https://nyti.ms/2IyTudN
Take us down — all those cringing provincials who still think climate change is a hoax, that being transgender is a fad or that “socialism” means purges and re-education camps. Rid the world of all our outmoded opinions, vestigial prejudices and rotten institutions. Gender roles as disfiguring as foot-binding, the moribund and vampiric two-party system, the savage theology of capitalism — rip it all to the ground. I for one can’t wait till we’re gone. I just wish I could live to see the world without us.
Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us https://nyti.ms/2FNWgMI
The idea that philanthropy is the answer to funding social improvements is one that will only make things worse.
Wrapped in a pretty name philanthropies are special interests. Sure, they do tons of good, but they are not democratic by nature. In the worst cases they represnt the will of ine individual, who gets to the societal ills which get fixed. This is not a feasible long term solution to society’s need for more equitable distribution of resources.
We would not suggest turning down the billions and all the good which can be accomplished. We do suggest that charitable giving not be seen as an alternative to democratic selection of how to help those in need.
most of these donors have the best of intentions. But make no mistake: Their influence is growing in tandem with their largess, shifting power away from democratic institutions.
As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms https://nyti.ms/2tHYvtE
Drafting bills like the new healthcare bill in secret mean two things. Republicans know it’s wrong and they wish to obscure the involvement of special interests.
As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the American health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.
That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.
Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties https://nyti.ms/2trgrbM
They looked at these most benign and practical of solutions, offered by moderates from each party, and then they looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing.
NYTimes: A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip
The legislation which well funded special interest groups can get away with is astounding.
Don’t like hippies showing you abusing animals?
Make it illegal for hippies to work on your farm and for anyone to shoot video and expose your illegal practices.
NYTimes: Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime http://nyti.ms/14VNRQV
You know the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane would never advocate for national registries or more databases tracking citizens’ private information, especially not a list of those with mental illness, but the NRA is going too far to get its way.
Forget the lunacy of their suggestion to turn schools into armed camps. The issue that really needs to be addressed is that we have a system of proxy government by and for special interest. A government of, by, and for the people shouldn’t be subverted by special interests which clearly do not represent the majority of citizens.
A new survey Wednesday by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Marist College found that 60% of respondents want stricter laws governing the sale of firearms.
In particular, it showed 87% of respondents support expanded background checks, with strong backing from Democrats, independents and Republicans.
Obama complained in his speech that Senate opponents who are certain to filibuster any legislation will do “everything they can to avoid even allowing a vote on a proposal the overwhelming majority of the American people support.”
“They’re saying your opinion doesn’t matter,” Obama said.