Ask the Kochs, they’ll say you can’t buy happiness, but there’s a price to buy politicians in both parties

Brothers of a feather, Charles and David Koch, are once again spreading their wings, not in some benevolent embrace to aid their 120,000 workers worldwide, but instead to hover over the 2018 Congressional election and elect stooges who have pledged to kiss their bony talons.

Yo, Bro, let’s buy some elections!

That may seem a bit harsh. It’s not fashionable to criticize two craggy-faced zealots worth about $100 billion, who own the second largest (after Cargill) privately held firm in the U.S.A.

The Kochs will spend big bucks in 2018 – reportedly some $889 million – a lousy one percent of their total wealth, but enough to buy elections.

The Koch “investment” in 2016 was slightly less – $800 million, but compare that to $80,000 in 2016 ads by the Russians to influence the same election.

This proves American tycoons meddled best – the Kochs spent 10,000 times as much as cheapskate Vlad.

Continue reading “Ask the Kochs, they’ll say you can’t buy happiness, but there’s a price to buy politicians in both parties”

Grass fed beef called product of U.S.A. may be from cattle that never had one breath of air in America

“Where’s the beef…from?”

You’ll never know by just examining the supermarket package’s contents.

beefThe problem started in 2015, when the B. Obama administration’s USDA decided to ignore food safety regulations, and rolled back Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for both beef and pork products, allowing meat to be sold without disclosing its home country on the label.

The result: meat can now be sold without disclosing the home country on the label.

But it gets even worse.

Because of the way regulations were written, beef and pork products shipped to the United States, and just processed here, can be labeled “product of U.S.A.” Continue reading “Grass fed beef called product of U.S.A. may be from cattle that never had one breath of air in America”

ICE use of private prisons is another example of our make-a-buck Congress and WH losing public trust

Why do we put up with nearly 750,000 pending immigration cases, where many detainees are forced into private jails for months, awaiting a ponderous bureaucracy to decide their fate?

Let’s follow the money…

An entire industry has grown up around detainees, from employment for lawyers and judges, to nonprofits raising money for jazzy executive salaries. And the longer the review process, the more money sloshes about, enriching groups and individuals at the expense of foreigners, who should be instead rapidly excluded from – or included in – our American society.

Nowhere is this abuse more blatant than the for-profit detention centers run by the same folks who own many of our criminal prisons and use inmates and government largess to grab the big dollars. Continue reading “ICE use of private prisons is another example of our make-a-buck Congress and WH losing public trust”

Is Donald Trump correct about drug companies taking advantage of the poor and defenseless?

Who would expect this from the leader of a pro-business political party:

Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason. They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves, while at the same time giving bargain basement prices to other countries in Europe & elsewhere. We will respond! – Donald Trump,  10:08 AM – 9 Jul 2018

It’s easy to agree that there are much cheaper drug prices in other countries. Trump didn’t mention that we now see medicine manufactured in China, as well as India – just to save a few pennies on a bottle of drugs that costs hundreds, or even thousands of dollars here.

nursingYet, the charge that drug firms take advantage of the weak and powerless would seem unfair, until we examine what appears to be callous behavior by drug execs.

The following tale of so-called success in reducing drug use among the elderly shows how drug firms can evade, avoid and continue to make billions from seniors’ prescriptions. Continue reading “Is Donald Trump correct about drug companies taking advantage of the poor and defenseless?”