"Their Stated Goal Is to Protect Business Interests"

by: David Sirota

Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 07:48

I know there's been much written about the potential obstructionism of Senate "conservadems," but I wanted to make sure that everyone noticed the Wall Street Journal's report on these corporatists, and particularly this passage:

Their stated goal is to rein in deficits and to protect business interests..."We really do need to change business as usual," Mr. Bayh said in an interview Monday. "People want results."

So apparently, an army of corporate lobbyists and the entire Republican Party hasn't provided enough protection to business interests over the years - and the real problem, therefore, that conservadems need to fix is making sure business interests have even more D.C. representation.

This is crazy.

I'm sorry, how is "protecting business interests" also "changing business as usual?" Hasn't "business as usual" in Washington been "protecting business interests" over the interests of everyone else? And isn't that precisely the kind of problematic attitude that gave us horrific results?

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Yes to each question. (4.00 / 4)
Money does not talk; it swears.

These Dems were bought and paid for a long time ago.

"bought and paid for" (4.00 / 2)
Centrist Democrats already have posed problems for some of the Democrats' liberal leaders and lawmakers. They have frustrated hopes of quick action on a measure making it easier for unions to organize, and they forced changes to a House bill that would allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages, ensuring that the legislation better reflected the concerns of the financial-services industry.

To steal a term from Eugene Robinson, Bayh is indeed big business's "companion." We need to hit him with a shitstorm of backlash until we have made him our "companion."


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I give them credit for this much, though -- (4.00 / 4)
at least they are clear who's side they're on.

None of this mamby pamby "I'm on your side" ("No really I'm on yours.")

Montani semper liberi

LOL! (4.00 / 1)
Excellent point!

They are upfront about it.

Too many Democrats talk left but govern for business.

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Prostitutes of conscience (0.00 / 0)
Is there a better way to turn on the money hose?  

Instant celebrity (0.00 / 0)
Evan Bayh was hardly a celebrity Senator.  Now he places himself at a sudden stream of publicity by touting himself as chief business lobbyist.  And he gets 15 like minded fools to also enter this enterprise..  And Obama is allegedly "happy" anout having his agenda and the country's needs shot to pieces?

Business has simply gotten far too much and returned far too little.  Their long term share of the bills has been got in half overe thew last 50 years.  An endless stream of subsidies preceded these latest gushers.  Unions and workers get screwed.  Jobs and profits get sent overseas.  The income of the top 5% is the only part of the economy doing well since Ronnie Reagam and W got their hands on things.

Enough.  We have seeen their sorry performasnce.  It stinks to high heaven.  Isn't it odd that the right is talking pitch forks?  These greedy incompetents have had their way for too lomg.

Americans are starting to hate both parties because they (0.00 / 0)
both are "business parties".  TGeraghty points out in a quick hit that "business" is also stealing money from their workers by not paying overtime.  Now the middle class watches helplessly while the Gangs of New York steal their pensions.

I'm reading "Overthrow" by Stephen Kinzer.  Just finished the chapter on our invasion of Grenada.  Crazy leftists, dictators, puppets, marines, good guy socialists all on an island 20 miles by 10 miles.  We invaded to feel good about ourselves.  One of the few times we didn't overthrow or invade somewhere for business interests first.  Read this book.  The pattern usually is that American business interests are threatened, so business interests get the government, we the sheeple, to stage a coup or invade. From Hawaii to Iraq, he paints vivid pictures of our follies.  

Thanks, Senator, for making it clear who you represent.  And why American style capitalism  and your particular big corn interests have such  crappy reputations all over the world.  

Enough said. (4.00 / 1)
This is from Wikipedia:

Relationship between his Senate office and wife's corporate career:

His wife Susan Bayh has been described by the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette as a "professional board member" or "professional director", having been a director of fourteen corporations since 1994 and being a director of eight as of 2006. The Journal Gazette reported that since Susan Bayh began her career as a corporate director, "Sen. Evan Bayh [has] cast more than 3,000 votes, including some on issues of keen interest to the pharmaceutical, broadcast, insurance, food-distribution and finance industries",[8] Since 2003, Sen. Bayh has prohibited his staff from having lobbying contacts with his wife or representatives of the companies she directs. Mrs. Bayh makes very few public statements and has not commented on any perceived conflicts of interest. Sen. Bayh, however, has insisted his wife's ties have had no bearing on his Congressional actions. "The reality is I don't even know the people who run the vast majority of her companies. I've never even spoken to them," Bayh told the Journal Gazette. "The reality is, we don't talk about stuff that she's involved with."[8]

Yeah, right!!  We really do live in a Kleptocracy, and it sucks.

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - SCOTUS Justice Louis Brandeis

no Democrat (4.00 / 1)
should have a "stated goal" of protecting business interests. As far as I'm concerned anyway. With the Republicans and "Democrats" like Bayh, we'll never get this country where it should be.  

I vote Democratic, I think Independent


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