HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Wall Street and Big Corpo...

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:15 PM

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted—This Time

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted—This Time

Fast track passes. Our Congress – the supposed representatives of We the People – voted to cut themselves and us out of the process of deciding what “the rules” for doing business “in the 21st Century” will be.

How do the plutocrats and oligarchs and their giant multinational corporations get what they want when a pesky democracy is in their way? They push that pesky democracy out of their way.

Because of fast track, when the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and any other secretly negotiated “trade” agreements are completed Congress must vote in a hurry with only limited debate, cannot make any amendments no matter what is in the agreement, and they can’t be filibustered.

Nothing else coming before our Congress gets that kind of skid-greasing, only corporate-written “trade” agreements – and it doesn’t matter how far the contents go beyond actual “trade.”

Fast track takes Congress out of the picture, just in case the checks arrive late and our Congress decides to act like it is supposed to. Fast track means that representatives of Wall Street and giant corporations and our plutocrats negotiate with the plutocrats and corporate interests of other countries to divide up the economic pie, and Congress agrees not to “meddle” with the result, only to rubber-stamp it.

Public Rising Up

In spite of a near-blackout of information in the major media, majorities of the public opposed fast track. Word got out anyway and “left” and “right” activists and grassroots and media were against it. Calls and letters to the offices of representatives and senators were running heavily, heavily against it. People were appealing to representatives and senators with petition after petition containing hundreds of thousands of names each. People were even showing up and protesting at the offices of representatives and senators all around the country....


This time it is The Money telling Congress to set aside our democratic deliberative process, to pass something that says they – the bodies that represent the people – can’t amend, can’t have extended debate. They are doing this for a secretly negotiated agreement, the result of a rigged corporate-dominated process. They are afraid of We the people so they are trying to find ways to get us out of their way.

Fast Track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, going utterly against what movements of people are fighting for.

This goes beyond the Iraq War vote because there were blocks of the public on both sides of that fight – even if the “pro” block was largely manufactured by propaganda.

This goes beyond the public bailout of Wall Street (but not the rest of us) because there was no time for opposition to rally, and there was no crisis or panic to manipulate.

This time they just went ahead and did it and didn’t care how it looked.


6 replies, 658 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted—This Time (Original post)
RiverLover Jun 2015 OP
hatrack Jun 2015 #1
RiverLover Jun 2015 #3
merrily Jun 2015 #2
RiverLover Jun 2015 #4
raouldukelives Jun 2015 #5
MisterP Jun 2015 #6

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:26 PM

1. And next time, and the time after that, and the time after that, and the time after that . . .

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to hatrack (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:43 PM

3. Bleh, I know, I'm about done with it.

Then there was that Nation article about how we progressives just need to call our reps & petition the actual TPP in the House, and there's a glimmer of hope we can stop it...


I used to be optimistic. But now I believe We The People truly have no say much like communism, with govt surveillance & all...

Average U.S. Citizens Have “Little Or No” Influence On Government Policy
Is the U.S. the democracy it claims to be? A study finds that monied interests and big business call most of the shots in U.S. public policy and the average citizen has very little say.


Personally, I think I just need to work only on Getting $$$ out of politics. Its the only thing that will help us. It's the bottom-line basis of most every problem we face.

And after Fast tracking away the Democratic Process, it was the tipping point for me, I'm no longer able to call myself a Democrat. I'm a progressive independent without representation.

Its sad for me. But there it is.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:27 PM

2. I think fast track is unconstitutional. Same for the war powers act.

Same for commissions and Congressional super committees appointed by the President that get to submit bills to one or both houses for an up or down vote, but no revisions.

Why do we bother electing anyone but the President if the President and committees he or she chooses get to decide more than the Constitution says the President can decide?

Let me be clear: I am not blaming Obama. The war powers act was enacted in 1941. Fast track has been around since at least 1975. The Constitution is about us, not Obama or any other President. Government is about us, not about any elected representative. The fewer "deciders" are involved with things that affect us, the more our voices are muffled, if not entirely silenced. Lobbyists and money in politics are bad enough. It's bad enough that I don't think they actually pay a bit of attention to our emails or calls or demonstrations. But, to say the bozo you elected doesn't even get a say anyway........... And people wonder why so many adult citizens don't vote, especially in midterms.

When the SCOTUS makes a decision like Citizens United, the wailing handwringing from our politicians is certainly entertaining. But, they obey it to the nth degree, don't they? They got lawyers to file for PACs faster than you can say jack rabbit and start raising billlions. Even Colbert, to prove a point (and raise money for his favorite causes)

But, look at how many ways they come up with get around the original provisions of the Constitution. Or, as with NSA, just fucking do what they want in secret, ignoring the Fourth Amendment. "Reasonable cause" to snoop on everyone in the US who uses a phone or a computer? Really?

"This time" corporations got their way. When don't they anymore?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to merrily (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:47 PM

4. "This time"....I didn't get that either. Its always this time.

I feel like we're collectively the little engine that could without the happy ending. We couldn't, over & over & over.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:53 PM

5. Shareholders got what they wanted.

If not vocally, in the only way corporations care about, monetarily.

We are living in the days of Citizens United. Our paper ballots count, but not as much as our paper presidents and those we cast those votes for will do all they can to assure a return. In fact, they are bound by law to do all they can, up to and including, breaking laws.

This was all for them. Even though you can't see the grin on their faces here, you can feel it between the words.
It is wide, gleaming and is only slightly less jarring than the eyes full of dollar signs.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 04:18 PM

6. heck, even NAFTA and IWR were barely partisan: both took Dem votes to pass

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread