Did you ever notice that I end every show with The truth isn't what you perceive it to be, the truth is the truth? That's because most Americans are subject to a constant barrage of distortions and out-and-out lies courtesy of a vast corporate big lie machine that not only controls many of our elected officials, but a good part of the media as well. While it would be very convenient to blame the mainstream media for all the lies and distortions that seem to permeate every aspect of life these days, it would be far from accurate. The mainstream media is just one tentacle of a giant corporate octopus that is strangling our country.
Another one of those corporate tentacles is tightly wrapped around the elected officials of every branch of government via their lobbyists and the big money contributors old boy network. The massive political largess of corporations and the rich creates an alternate reality in the minds of our electeds. This wall of contributor money and favors insulates most politicians from the voices and needs of ordinary voters and turns the demands of their big money benefactors into a commanding roar that cannot be ignored.
Effectively, the “needs” of those wealthy contributors are driving both political parties further and further to the right. This manifests itself as a Republican party that wants to weaken or eliminate long standing societal givens like Social Security, Medicare and unions and a Democratic party that offers only token resistance, serving up those programs for “compromise” and not supporting union initiatives like the Employee Free Choice Act. Sadly, they do side with the GOP on job killing “free” trade agreements. They say that everything happens for a reason and the reason for the above is that the electeds both parties get visits from many of the same corporate lobbyists.
The Federal Reserve Bank is yet another corporate tentacle, manipulating the reality of our financial system to benefit Wall Street powered megabanks at our expense. Their economic social engineering policy of lowering interest rates and quantitative easing have done nothing to ease the plight of the average person, but do serve as a source of no interest money for too big to fail banks. The Fed's stated intent was to make it easier for banks to make loans, but the end result was that banks got money for nothing that they used for speculative purposes, driving up the price of everything from food to fuel. Retirees and those on a fixed income get slammed by the rising price of almost everything. Savers get slammed by banks that pay almost zero percent interest and literally charge them for the “privilege” of keeping their money in the bank. That's because the Fed has gone into unfair competition with the small saver by supplying banks with zero interest money.
The issues that I Mentioned are certainly not all inclusive, but are just a small part of a massive pattern of corporate propaganda and control permeating every part of our system and every aspect of our lives. If corporations and the rich could go into the voting booths with us and pull those handles or mark those computer-scanned ballots they would, until then a few well spread lies and a bit of money put in the right hands works almost as well. Think about that when you pull that curtain shut and make your choices in November, then fight for real reforms!
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