No bill was filed, no public hearings were held, no debate or even a vote. Just — BAM! — there they were, a thicket of benefits were secretly slapped into the 1,600-page budget bill by… well, by whom? Corporate lobbyists (though they get one of their for-hire congress critters to do the actual dirty deed).
The 51 to 44 Senate vote was so close because we were able to expose Butz as... well, as butt-ugly. We brought the abusive power of corporate agribusiness into the public consciousness for the first time. We had won a moral victory, but it turned out to be a curse and a blessing.
The establishment media pays little attention to grassroots generosity, focusing instead on the occasional showy donation by what it calls “philanthropists” — big tycoons who give a little piece of their billions to some university or museum in exchange for getting a building named after them.
The what? Most people have never heard of the TPP, but everyone who cares about good American jobs, an unpolluted environment, food safety and other fundamentals — especially including our basic right to be a sovereign, self-governing people — should take a.
One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below, while simultaneously raising their own pay. If you wonder what’s causing America’s rapidly-widening income gap, there it is.