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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Chum-Chumminess of Politicians

To some readers, the following statement might come as a complete surprise and to others, it will be met with a shrug, eyes rolled and the expression 'Duh!'

In spite of all the political rhetoric; the name calling and put downs, pretty much all the candidates for President of their respective political parties are chummy-chummy with each other and are quite friendly & sociable with each other behind the scenes.
For instance, despite the jabs the candidates volley at each other for the benefit of the cameras, they enjoy presenting each other with awards (remember when Jeb Bush presented Hillary Clinton with a Liberty Medal for her service to the country [above pic]), attending each other’s weddings (Bill and Hillary had front-row seats for Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding), and embracing each other with genuine affection. (Bill with both Bush Sr. and W.)
And Trump’s various donations to the Clintons (he donated to Hillary’s Senate campaigns, as well as the Clinton Foundation) are not unusual.

Remember, FOX News mogul Rupert Murdoch actually hosted a fundraiser for Hillary’s Senate reelection campaign back in 2006 and contributed to her presidential campaign two years later. In fact, FOX News has reportedly been one of Hillary’s biggest donors for the better part of two decades!

Speaking only for myself, I've yet to ever give a gift to or attend the wedding of someone I hate.
~ It's all shits n' giggles in the Presidents' Club

Of course as A&G tries to point  out often, it doesn’t matter who wins the White House, because they all work for the same boss: Corporate America.

In fact, many corporations actually hedge their bets on who will win the White House by splitting their donations between Democratic and Republican candidates.

For example, the following list comes from OpenSecrets.org.  It is a list of the Top 20 Corporations that donated to candidates around the country during the 2010 Midterm Elections including totals and percentages to each party (Notice how close the percentages are):


                                                  Total                   Dem %    Rep %
Honeywell International       $4,213,710 52% 48%
Berkshire Hathaway       $2,284,531   48% 52%
Raytheon Co                       $2,283,837 54% 46%
Northrop Grumman       $1,878,105 53% 47%
Verizon Communications     $1,863,104 53% 47%
Wal-Mart Stores               $1,764,827 46% 54%
Union Pacific Corp       $1,683,550 53% 47%
Ernst & Young               $1,427,641 50% 50%
JPMorgan Chase               $1,418,846         47% 53%
Abbott Laboratories       $1,392,751   46% 54%
FMR Corp                       $1,381,290 50% 50%
Credit Suisse Group       $1,288,074 48% 52%
WPP Group                       $1,228,660         49% 51%
BAE Systems                       $1,142,822 53% 47%
Merck & Co                       $1,117,013 52% 48%
Citigroup Inc                       $1,114,008   47% 53%
Blackstone Group               $1,040,498 53% 47%
AstraZeneca PLC               $   998,225   52% 48%
SAIC Inc                       $   989,045 54% 46%
Northwestern Mutual       $   902,308   50% 50%
~ So chummy.. I kinda miss the days of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr

It is all about power and influence, not ideology.

The Corporations know that 'D' and 'R' are just two letters in the alphabet and yet so many of us get passionate and zealous about our 'team'

And even as President you gotta keep getting that $$, like Pac-Man munching on those pellets

Guess over the last 6.5 years, how many fundraising events President Obama has hosted and/or attended?  I'm not counting anything when he was Candidate Obama back in 2008..
4?   14?   40?

140 Fundraisers?

No --  Over 400!

“How does a man, as a person, run the nation when he’s attending 228 fundraisers? And the answer is not very well. It's pretty terrible for your ability to do your job. It's pretty terrible for your ability to be responsive to the American people, because—let me tell you—the American people are not attending 228 fundraisers. Those people are different.” --   Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig

And everyone on the left and right pretend to dislike one another..
And even more foolishly frustrating is when everyday people feel happy seeing 'enemies' engage socially, as if that validates this BS form of representative democracy we're told we live under.

I could write more but I will let the late great comedian and observationalist George Carlin wrap this posting up for A&G instead:

"The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. 

They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. 
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. 

They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.  They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork…. 

It’s a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. ...The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice…. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on…. It’s called the American Dream, 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it."