Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The dying Worker

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IF YOU HAD A HUNCH THE NEWS SYSTEM WAS SOMEWHAT RIGGED AND YOU COULDN'T PUT YOUR FINGER ON IT, THIS MIGHT HELP YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE. 

ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser. 

CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications. 

ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White house Press Secretary Jay Carney 

ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary 

ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood 

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides. 

And now you know why it is no surprise the media usually goes very easy on Obama's many errors. 

Ya think there might be a little bias in the news? 

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 There are things that show up in the inbox that pique the interest.  This is one of those e-mails, not so much what it is, is obvious but what the undercurrent is.  This is probably one of the best examples of how Republicans shoot themselves in the foot.

Years ago, there was a limit on the number of media outlets a person/corporation could own.  There was competition amongst the media for stories and they did a decent job of riding herd on the government.  Investigative journalism was invested in by the large metro media outlets.  Not the consumer hidden camera crass sensationalism of today.  Because of this competition, reporting was fairly neutral. 

Then the rules were dropped for how many and what type of media outlets a company could own.  Thanks to the Republicans, media consolidation was underway.  The aggressive companies with a good cash flow began consuming all types of news outlets.  Today there are very few independent news out lets in the metropolitan metro-plexes. 

Years ago these giant outlets in the big cities back east were referred to as, Yellow Journalists, because of the slant they put on their political stories.  By today’s stories sounds pretty familiar.

Look at the e-mail, it is a Republican style of whine about something they created.  If the conservatives would of left the rules alone rather than having a lazziez faire attitude, there would of not been a consolidation of media out lets.   Bang, one bullet into the foot. 

The Democrats bemoan the consolidation of wealth under capitalism.  In this letter one can vividly see what the dems are referring to.  When the regulations were changed the rules of acquisition changed and the capital was consolidated into the hands of a few.  In this case it was liberals that were the big beneficiaries of capitalism.  The very thing the Democrats whine about was a benefit to their cause.  It is this wealth consolidation that the Democrats use in their spiel for wealth redistribution and more taxes to reduce the wealth of the few. 

The Republican attitude of less regulation is an oxymoron.  When regulations are removed to allow companies to acquire a group multiple companies, it creates a large communal environment, for the employee and employer.  Jobs are reduced to provide more benefits/pay for all.  Corporate bonuses become bigger, employee benefit programs are expanded as jobs are lost.

A good example of that is the pharmaceutical merger that Bush allowed his last year in the White House.  The economy was going downhill, yet Bush signed off on the merger.  5000 jobs went in the tank immediately and later more jobs were lost. 

Look back over history of the mergers of the big corporations.  New jobs were not created, instead jobs were eliminated.  The food industry is controlled by about 10 major corporations.  As these giant holding companies bought up more companies, more jobs were lost.  Now the capital of the food industry is controlled by just a few corporations.  They have basically become shot callers.   

Again there were rules in place so companies could not acquire other companies in a different business but related.  There were anti monopoly laws, fair trade rules…. Etc.  The Republicans allowed these rules to be altered and competition was reduced.  Bang another republican bullet in the foot.

Ronald Regan, the conservative icon, probably launched the deadliest bullet, when the banking rules were changed under his administration.  Many small banks were swallowed up into mega banks and others disappeared in the paperwork of mega mergers. The small banks that will do business with small business are few and far between.  Today they want big companies for the big loans, the high cash float and major investments. 

With mergers, jobs by the score were lost and the small person became not much more than a number.  No longer can the average person walk into a bank a see the president.  It is now a branch manager or something similar.  

How often can one walk into a store and know the owner, how often is the store owner on the premises. 

So the next time I hear a conservative whining about the media, I tell them to go look in the mirror for the problem. 

Even the Democrat can profit off of competition but the republicans’ have a hard time grasping that. 

Now look at the giants of corporations, they have employees to create wealth for themselves, very little trickles down to the man on the street.  As there is more and more consolidation, there is more and more a growing class of corporate royalty.  The very thing the Democrats harp about, the Republicans help to create, a peasant class for the royalty of corporate power. 

Odd as it sounds, when a politician goes to Washington DC, they in a sense become a prostitute to the big corps, for who finances their campaigns. 

 

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