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The debate over the public option in the health care reform campaign dances around the real issue, the reason the vast majority of Americans want it: The nation has become the playground of corporate predators through 30 years of deregulation. We desperately need protection.

It's not just the health care industry. And it won't change until we take back our democracy from elected officials who routinely get more money from private interests to win and keep their jobs than salaries from taxpayers once elected — representatives who spend up to half their working hours hustling de facto bribes instead of governing — in guess whose behalf?  

It's not just the health care industry; predatory investment banks stalked, tricked, trapped and devoured enough home buyers to implode the entire global economy, then extorted trillions of dollars from many nations' treasuries by holding that economy hostage. Credit card companies invade cardholder accounts with tightening rules and usurious rates that in some countries would get money lender CEOs stoned to death. Gouging health insurance ratepayers by contracting to provide health care services and then rationing care, reneging on care and pocketing the savings is the just the latest form of corporate predation to get headlines — from Obama's effort to rein it in.

Only government has the power and authority to limit the pervasively predatory private sector, reminiscent of the robber barons of the late 19th and early 20th century (i.e. until the Depression those abuses caused spawned the regulations later Congresses rescinded).

And it won't do so until representatives are convinced they will lose their jobs despite the predators financing their careers by paying for every job search nee political campaign. In other words, until voting Americans make it clear we won't take it anymore.

Originally posted to damead on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:14 AM PDT.

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  •  Unfortunately the truth is this (10+ / 0-)

    Only the people themselves have an interest in protecting themselves against the predations of the powerful.   Why should other members of the class of the powerful protect the powerless against the powerful?  That only limits their own options and room to exploit, manipulate, and oppress.  It used to be, years ago, that working people and the lower classes understood that our only protection was our own collective self-defense, our class consciousness and social solidarity.  No one even uses those phrases anymore, and so it is no coincidence that now we lie here, exposed and helpless like lambs before the fangs of the wolves and the talons of the eagles.  

    "99% of the battles and skirmishes that we fought in Afghanistan were won by our side." ~ Marshall Akhromeyev

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:49:09 AM PDT

  •  Democracy is working fine. You just don't like (0+ / 0-)

    the results.

    We are building a team that is continuously being built. - Sarah Palin

    by burrow owl on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 03:48:05 AM PDT

    •  You really think we have (3+ / 0-)
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      a fair democracy and the people in the halls of our government are there out of a sense of duty to their country?

    •  I really don't believe we have a democracy (4+ / 0-)

      anymore.  We have a government bought and paid for by huge corporate interests.  

      "I am my own forerunner"

      by Cassandra77 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 05:45:09 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think that you understand the (0+ / 0-)

      meaning of the word 'democracy'.

    •  It's not a democracy (0+ / 0-)

      When 70 percent of the people want something and the private interests paying so-called representatives of the public 2-3 times what they make in salary can kill the will of the majority, it ain't democracy.

      Corporatocracy is working fine - for them. And you haven't figured out how much their monopolistic profiteering is coming out of your pocket while you fear for the services they promise to provide you. Lose your job and health care benefits after the health care insurance industry kills the public option (i.e. true competition) by bribing Baucus, Grassley, Conrad et al - which they are doing as we debate - and your perspective will change.

      Still trying to decide what i want to be when i grow up.

      by damead on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 09:31:02 AM PDT

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    •   It's not a democracy (0+ / 0-)

      ... when 70 percent of the people want something and the private interests paying so-called representatives of the public 2-3 times what they make in salary can kill the will of the majority.

      Corporatocracy is working fine - for them. And you haven't figured out how much their monopolistic profiteering is coming out of your pocket while you fear for the services they promise to provide you. Lose your job and health care benefits after the health care insurance industry kills the public option (i.e. true competition) by bribing Baucus, Grassley, Conrad et al - which they are doing as we debate - and your perspective will change.

      Still trying to decide what i want to be when i grow up.

      by damead on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 09:33:56 AM PDT

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  •  we wouldn't need so much credit (3+ / 0-)
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    if we had strong unions! Union busting is part and parcel of this predatory behavior.
    Oh, then they blame the population, and pass the buck to us.
    They're criminals, and should be treated as such.
    Time to reform corporate charter laws.

    http://www.robincarnahan.com/

    by De Rat Bastert on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 04:50:13 AM PDT

    •  What the also did was forced people to use (0+ / 0-)

      credit in lieu of any cost-of-living increases, raises, or adjustments for economic conditions. In other words, all we had to make up the difference between the cost of necessities and goods was the ability to charge it and figure out a way to pay for it later.

      And the consumer was charged interest rates that would have made a mafia don blush in their arrogant corruptness. Every damn time people got their credit card bill it should have been delivered by a guy with a gun.

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