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  •  One commentor over in another story is all... (6+ / 0-)

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      . . . adither and has the vapors over my being mean to "all co-opts".

      As I say elsewhere (here?  in another thread?), I'm not talking about your local, grassroots-created Farmers' Co-Op.  No, I'm talking about these gov't chartered things that are, in the theory touted by their legislative midwives, meant to be "on the side of the People" and bypass or compete their larger, for-profit industry brethren.  

      That sounds nice.  It's not what happens in practice.  Conrad knows that.

      I knew about Wiregrass Electric already.  It took about 3-5 minutes of googling to find out about the crap with the Texas and Georgia electric co-ops, and all that's just been reported within the past 90 or so days!  Imagine if you actually looked back over the past 5, 10, 15 years!

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    by BenGoshi on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 06:49:56 AM PDT

    •  I really appreciate this discussion of co-ops. (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't know what Conrad had in mind, and I haven't had time to follow his plan to figure it out.  The only thing I knew was that these would be "local" or "regional" co-ops, which didn't sound like they would be big enough to have the power to negotiate with big pharma, big hospital conglomerates or large physician groups.  Also I couldn't figure out how this would help people who had to - or wanted to - move from one area of the country to another.

      Of course, living in Texas, I already knew how any cooperative enterprise could be corrupted - in fact, how they're bound to be corrupted.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 10:02:17 AM PDT

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      •  *Bound* to be corrupted. Indeed. (0+ / 0-)

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         The Coal & Oil Industries look upon Utility Co-ops like so many Turkey Vultures look upon fresh roadkill:  delicious and easy pickin's.  

         And of course local Boss Hoggs (or their lackies or Lil Boss Hogglets with their corruption training wheels still on -- see that sniveling assclown CEO with Wiregrass Electric, e.g.) love these things just like worms love apples.

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        by BenGoshi on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 10:06:59 AM PDT

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