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Disclosure in Campaign Adds – Dead!

July 28th, 2010

Yesterday the Senate has proven once again that it’s all about winning and very little about the truth.

We are coming up on the 2010 midterm elections and although there was a chance yesterday of at least not going further into the gutter with campaign ads, it was voted down.

Last year the Supreme court ruled that the law limiting campaign contributions by special interest groups and corporations  was a violation of the first amendment.

Their decisions basically opened the flood gates for special interest, Corporations and even foreign governments to poor as much money into campaign ads for or against a candidate. The problem is we all know these ads are full of lies and half truths and have very little to do with facts that would prove whom is the better candidate.

Yesterday the senate tries to pass a law that would at least require these ads to include who was funding them and a list of major donors listed in the ads. This law was voted down 57 -41 .. you need 60 votes in the senate to pass a law.  All 51 Democratic senators voted for the law and all 41 Republicans voted it down.

There is now no limit or accountability of how much money an individual, corporation  or organization can spend to get their candidate elected… As I wrote before the FTC seems to look the other way about false advertisement when it comes to campaign election ads, so this means there is very little regulation and nothing to stop the group with the most money to spend, from swaying an election, maybe based on lies.

Is this how we Americans really want out elected officials selected?

Wake Up America… Demand the FTC does it’s job this year and regulate campaign ads.  These ads both from the right and the left need to be factual and not a bunch of sliced and diced sound bites put together to distort the true meaning of the original content.

We Americans deserve the facts!

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Obama Accused of Shaking Down BP

June 17th, 2010

If there was ever any doubt that we need to pass a law that would out-law lobbying our elected officials listen to what Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas said at the Congressional hearings today.

AssociatedPress — June 17, 2010 — Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, accused the White House of conducting a “$20 billion shakedown” by requiring oil giant BP to establish a fund to compensate those hurt by the Gulf Coast oil spill. (June 17)

Would anyone want to bet on who Rep. Joe Barton plans on working for after he leaves public office?

When our system allows an elected official or their staff turn around and come back to Congress and lobby on behalf of a company or industry that will pay them many times what they earned in office, there is something wrong with the system.

I am not in favor of restricting anyone from working for whomever they want, but we the American people need to say enough is enough. It does not matter if your on the right or the left, we need to speak up and tell our Government that we the people are who you should be serving, not corporate America.

Take away the ability that Corporations and Organizations have to influence our Government officials with campaign donations and back room special interest deals, then and only then will America be  “By The People For The People”

Send this blog to everyone you know and get them to sign-up to receive updates… we need to join together and start a grass roots movement to take back our Government by demanding we pass a law that would out-law lobbying government officials.

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All Major Oil Companies Have Same Cookie Cutter Spill Response Plans

June 15th, 2010

Congressional hearings today prove that the major oil companies could care less about real safety standards.  When reading their spill response plans it was found out that all five major oil companies used the same cookie cutter document to write their plan.

Three of them were so exact that they all listed the same phone number of an expert that has been dead for a long time.

Here is a quote from the WSJ on today’s hearings:

Separately, Rep. Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) presented an excerpt of BP’s spill-response plan that is virtually identical to one filed by Exxon Mobil Corp. He said Exxon Mobil, Chevron Corp. Conoco Phillips and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are “no better prepared to deal with a major oil spill than BP” and said the companies had relied on the same company—the Response Group—to write their plans. The Response Group described those plans to congressional investigators as cookie-cutter plans, Mr. Waxman said.

“When you look at the details, it becomes evident these plans are just paper exercises,” Mr. Waxman said. “BP failed miserably when confronted with a real leak, and Exxon Mobil and the other companies would do no better.”

So what does this mean?  It means that their is NO plan B to shut down any of the over 14,000 deep water wells if the blowout preventer fails.

In spite of this chilling discovery there are still some congressmen willing to go on record as saying we should not have a moratorium on deep water drilling.

The other oil companies are not telling us what plan they have that would shut down a blown well that they run, but instead are busy trying to muster support against the moratorium by talking about lost jobs.

A representative of Royal Dutch Shell, Marvin Odum, said in his prepared remarks that the company remains confident in its drilling expertise and procedures. He predicted that the Obama administration’s decision to halt new deep-water drilling for six months will cost “thousands of jobs and billions in lost wages and spending.”

They remain confident in their drilling expertise and procedures, which as we all know is driven by greed and the need to make money, but they still can’t tell us how they would stop a leak from one of their deep wells.

When will America get serous about alternative fuels, and when will America outlaw lobbyists that make it impossible to enforce regulation on an industry like oil that has so much power over both us and our environment?

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