A rare piece of investigative journalism covering meetings held by the American Legislative Exchange Council and corporate executives at posh resorts where legislation favorable to corporations is hammered out behind closed doors. Watch Video Below
According to its website, ALEC “works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public,” when in fact it is little more than a bill mill controlled by corporations.
Liberals have criticized ALEC because it is supposedly “conservative.” However, liberal Democrats are owned by corporate and financial interests as well. At the top of the list is New York Senator Charles Schumer, a permanent fixture in Washington (two terms in the Senate, nine in the House). He defended Wall Street and the financial class right up to the 2008 crash and has raked in more cash from the banksters than any other member of Congress. Senator Harry Reid, the Democrat leader of the Senate, is on the take by casino and gambling interests, while Senator Barbara Boxer (who recently said she feared for her life from Bernie supporters) is owned by transnational entertainment corporations such as Time Warner and Disney.
It is common knowledge Hillary Clinton takes millions from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and other financial class and corporate interests—in addition to the money sucked up by the Clinton Foundation—but despite this public knowledge, Clinton hits the campaign trial declaring “If I become your president, I will be your champion in the White House—and you will have a seat at the table.” Of course, she made this “promise” to union workers controlled by corporate unions little different than the corporations they supposedly oppose. Few buy such empty rhetoric beyond easily fooled Democrats and the Communist Party USA. For some inexplicable reason, a large number of working class Democrats have completely forgotten that Hillary’s husband sold them down the river when he negotiated and signed NAFTA.
“Since Nixon, income, wealth, and privilege have continued to shift toward the elite no matter which party has been in power. The magnitude of this shift has few parallels in American history. Since 1980, net worth for the bottom 60 percent of households has fallen by nearly $10 trillion, while the richest 10 percent have seen their wealth increase by almost $30 trillion,” writes Jon Wisman, Professor of Economics at American University in Washington, DC. “The result of the political system being hijacked by the economic elite has been near unanimous support for pro-wealthy, pro-business policies, like TPP. As the rich use these policies to become richer and more politically powerful, our democracy is being replaced by plutocracy.”
So corrupt is the system and so pervasive the infection of bankster and corporate interest, state run and managed elections are incapable of preventing the rot and stopping the slide into a full-blown “public-private” (a euphemism for corporatism or fascism) police state.
Even if declared socialist radical Bernie Sanders won the election or political outlier Donald Trump managed to overcome the efforts of the elite to prevent him from entering the White House, there are 535 collaborators (give or take a handful of brave souls) in Congress bought and sold by the corporate elite. There is a massive and well-entrenched federal, state and local government bureaucracy providing millions of jobs and doling out trillions of dollars to people who will vote for the plutocracy’s frontmen. Sincere change is virtually impossible using a rigged political system. Increasingly, political activity outside of that corrupt system is deemed criminal behavior.
“Americans live in the most corrupt political system that has ever existed,” writes Paul Craig Roberts. The 2016 election will not change that. It will take substantial effort on the part of the American people to circumvent the corruption and demand an end to the rigged political game that is dismantling their liberty, impoverishing them and handing wealth and power over to a small, international financial and corporate elite. Voting for Democrats and Republicans will not accomplish that.