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Who rules America? "The public be damned!

Who rules America?

"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change. Robert Reich (The Government Problem) Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government.

Robert Reich (The Government Problem)

Donald Trump Exposes Koch Republicans As Glaring Fascists. It is a sad situation that, for the most part, Americans are completely ignorant of two terms used pejoratively to describe the opposing sides of the American political spectrum.

Donald Trump Exposes Koch Republicans As Glaring Fascists

It is true that most Americans understand that Republicans are conservatives and inherently terrified of, and violently resistant to change to maintain the power structure favoring the privileged few, and that Democrats are liberals and promote progress to advance the general welfare of all Americans. Political pundits often go a bit farther and use “big confusing” words like “fascists” and “socialists” to describe each political extreme, but very few Americans comprehend those words’ meanings. In their most basic sense, socialism is when government owns and operates all businesses, financial institutions and property with no input of private individuals, and fascism is when corporations own, operate, and control all facets of a nation’s government without any input from the people.

Owners of the U.S. Congress

End the Corporate Takeover of our Democracy. The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, but Who It's For) The defining political issue of 2012 won’t be the government’s size.

The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, but Who It's For)

Former Presidents Warn About the Invisible Government. Robert Reich (The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic...) Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent Education.

Robert Reich (The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic...)

Corporate Tax Rates Plummet As Profits Soar. Individual income tax payments have been rising fast since the economy began to recover, even though wages have hardly budged.

Corporate Tax Rates Plummet As Profits Soar

But the same isn’t true for taxes for most corporations. For the vast majority of America’s 5.8 million corporations, profits soared in 2010 — up 53 percent compared to 2009 — when the recession official ended at mid-year. Despite skyrocketing profits, however, their corporate income tax bills actually shrank by $1.9 billion, or 2.6 percent. The effective tax rate paid by 99.95 percent of companies fell to 15.9 percent in the robustly profitable year of 2010, from 24.9 percent in the half-recession year 2009. Those figures do not count the 2,772 companies that dominate the American economy. Their combined profits soared 45.2 percent to a new record in 2010, but their taxes rose just 14.8 percent, new IRS data show. In 2010 these corporate giants paid just 16.7 percent of their profits in taxes, down from 21.1 percent in 2009. Robert Reich: Why Americans Are Screwed and Europeans Are Not.

Why We Need to Stop the Fast Track of Our Future to Global Corporate Rule. Photo Credit: arindambanerjee/ Several major international agreements are under negotiation which would greatly empower multinational corporations and the World Economic Forum is promoting a new model of global governance that creates a hybrid government-corporate structure.

Why We Need to Stop the Fast Track of Our Future to Global Corporate Rule

“Yes, We’re Corrupt”: A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics. One of the most embarrassing aspects of U.S. politics is politicians who deny that money has any impact on what they do.

“Yes, We’re Corrupt”: A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics

For instance, Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s notoriously fracking-friendly former governor, got $1.7 million from oil and gas companies but assured voters that “The contributions don’t affect my decisions.” If you’re trying to get people to vote for you, you can’t tell them that what they want doesn’t matter. This pose is also popular with a certain prominent breed of pundits, who love to tell us “Don’t Follow the Money” (New York Times columnist David Brooks), or “Money does not buy elections” (Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner on public radio’s Marketplace), or “Money won’t buy you votes” (Yale Law School professor Peter H.

Schuck in the Los Angeles Times). Foreign-connected PACs. Total: $13,821,671To Dems: $5,551,620To Repubs: $8,267,051 Only American citizens (and immigrants with green cards) can contribute to federal politics, but the American divisions of foreign companies can form political action committees (PACs) and collect contributions from their American employees.

Foreign-connected PACs

The network of global corporate control. Who controls the world? More resources for understanding. Occupy Wall Street’s slogan “We are the 99%” had been echoing through the United States and the world for just over a month when James B.

Who controls the world? More resources for understanding

Glattfelder and his co-authors released the study “The Network of Global Corporate Control” in October 2011. Study shows powerful corporations really do control the world's finances. ( -- For many years conventional wisdom has said that the whole world is controlled by the monied elite, or more recently by the huge multi-national corporations that seem to sometime control the very air we breathe. Now, new research by a team based in ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, has shown that what we’ve suspected all along, is apparently true.

The 147 Companies That Control Everything. Is Wal-Mart Destroying America? Facts About Wal-Mart That Will Absolutely Shock You. America absolutely loves Wal-Mart. 100 million customers visit Wal-Mart every single week in this country. But is Wal-Mart good for America? That is a question that most people never stop and ask. Most of us love shopping in big, clean stores that are packed with super cheap merchandise, but the truth is that Wal-Mart is destroying America in a lot of ways. As you will see below, Wal-Mart has destroyed tens of thousands of small businesses and countless manufacturing jobs over the past couple of decades. Wal-Mart has become a gigantic retail behemoth that sells five times more stuff than any other retailer in the United States. The following are 20 facts about Wal-Mart that will absolutely shock you…. #1 The average U.S. family now spends more than $4000 a year at Wal-Mart. #2 In 2010, Wal-Mart had revenues of 421 billion dollars.

. #3 If Wal-Mart was a nation, it would have the 23rd largest GDP in the world. #4 Wal-Mart now sells more groceries than anyone else in America does. Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways. There Will Be Subsidies. The Best Congress the Banks’ Money Can Buy. Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep. After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the President signs it into law. Robert Reich: Colleges, Churches and Non-Profits Doing the Wealthy's Dirty Work.