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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The United States Congress:
The Best That Money Can Buy
By Jack Barry
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 26, 2011
Why make money the old-fashioned way when you can make
substantially more money the new way.
What is the new way?
Buy a member of Congress -- they come very cheap.
Here is the way
it works. Senators and congressmen once elected then desperately spend time
raising funds for their reelection. The vast amounts of these funds come
from corporate or organizational sponsors. While the U.S. Constitution
limits the privilege of voting to citizens, effectively corporations,
organizations, even foreign governments can leverage their purchase of
Senators and House Representatives into allowing multiple if not dominant
voting rights. Contributing as little as $10,000 to a member of Congress has
a dramatic multiplier effect. Earmarks and special consideration allow you
to leverage that initial investment into millions of dollars. So what type
of bargains can you expect by buying ten members of Congress for $10,000
Concerned that your product has significant health impacts or
you wish to avoid the troublesome but ineffective federal food inspectors?
Easy solution, have your small band all of paid-off members of Congress
exclude those restrictions from bothering your company, tens of millions of
dollar cost avoidance on less than a $100,000 investment.
to pay taxes on your earnings? Easy solution, contribute to a select band of
members of Congress who will exclude you from paying taxes or reduce the
rate that you pay, tens of million dollars in less taxes for less than a
Not happy with aspects of the Dodd- Frank bill
that will require banks to lower the fees that they charge on ATM and credit
card utilization? Easy solution, contribute to as little as ten members of
Congress and they will introduce bills to delay or dilute the negative
aspects of the bill, a multi-million dollar return on less than $100,000
investment. This is a spec ial bargain for the banking industry was able to
achieve this with only buying off nine members of Congress.
bargain is not even restricted to US citizen. Buying a member of
congress is a global fair-traded item. Foreign nations and their
agents have successfully bought members of congress; reaping significant
economic, military, and political advantages. This is the best bargain
The United States used to be a representative government.
Since the early 50s there's been a steady transition as the price of
reelection has risen to the tens of millions of dollars, the only practical
solution has been for members of Congress to prostitute themselves to
special interest sponsors. We have become a patronarchy!
Is there a
solution if you don't have $10,000 for a member of Congress? Not an easy
solution, it would require three things that have been consistently
roadblock by bipartisan virtual coalitions of members of Congress:
1. The first and foremost is term limits for members
of Congress -- two terms for Senators and three terms for members of House
2. The second bans all
corporate and organizational political contributions - hard money and soft
money, direct and indirect, cash and other services included -- no
3. Pay members of Congress
a compensation that is commiserate with their influence and status to
prevent them from selling themselves so cheaply.
In the ten years
prior to the financial crisis, the financial industry in the US paid almost
$3 billion in contributions to members of Congress. Was this done out of
corporate citizenship or as a quid pro quad expectation of favorable
treatment by Congress? Recently the Supreme Court ruled corporations
can make fund political campaign. Does this not negate one man one
vote replacing it with one-artificial person gets many votes? The
ability to influence and pressure thousands outweighs individual votes. This
is not the basis of democracy; it is the basis of patronarchy and the
continued selling of political power.
Change is desperately needed.
When will did happen?
When pigs can fly and the general public is more interested in Congress
and less interested in Charlie Sheens’ ranting and Lindsay Logan’s antics!
In other words, never.