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9.)  Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
When American corporations come up against inconvenient science, say, a study showing that mercury in fish can damage a developing fetus, or that a blockbuster drug has nasty side effects, they call in the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).
Just in case there was still any doubt that the republican party is the party of and for the corporations; the White House wants a woman who is "hired by industry to represent their point of view" to be the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In 2002, Georgia passed a "predatory lending" law that could have gone a long way towards preventing the subprime mortgage meltdown. And then the Feds stepped in to stop it
4,000 Mine Safety Violations Ignored On Bush Administration Watch
The federal agency that has been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food inspections it did three years ago.
Protecting corporations at the expense of public health: In 2005, government scientists tested 60 children's lunchboxes and found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe -- and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels. They then told the public that they found "no instances of hazardous levels." And they refused to release their actual test results. 2-19
Bush's health insurance initiative to help HMOs.
Bush expected to sidestep Congressional approval, appoint manufacturing industry lobbyist to head Consumer Product Safety Commission during Presidents Day recess.
Oil lobbyist and Bush enviro lawyer share vacation home.
Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) decided to cut off BPA funding for the FPC because it conducted research documenting the harm hydropower projects cause to salmon and steelhead populations in the Pacific Northwest.
U.S. scientists felt pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration's skepticism, in some cases at the behest of an ex-oil industry lobbyist
Documents show drugmaker Merk donated $50,000 to the Governor of Texas the same week that the Governor ordered a million Texas schoolgirls to get innoculated with an expensive Merk STD vaccine
Court Allows Eli Lilly To Bury Zyprexa Documents
US court halves damages Exxon must pay for Alaska oil spill. Yes, that's right, they still haven't paid for it.
Bush appointee, former government contractor limits audits of government contractors
The E.P.A. has obstructed the American public - as well as its own scientists and staff - by starting to dismantle the national system of regional E.P.A. libraries.
Surprisingly, Republicans have removed a piece of Darfur Peace and Accountability Act that would have prevented big companies from doing business with murderous African dictators
Bush Admin. Blocked Report Linking Hurricanes To Global Warming
Pentagon hid unspent funds from Treasury
Dems call for investigation into BP pipeline mismanagement. Republicans? Not so much.
Media giants given small-firm status for U.S. contracts: "Small Businesses" who got government contracts that just might be familiar to you: Exxon Mobil, Microsoft Corp, USA Today
Another Signing Statement from Bush. This time eliminating contractor oversight by the GAO
Republicans in Congress have made it clear they will refuse to investigate cases of war profiteering.
FCC ordered report on local channel ownership destroyed when it conflicts with their desire to get channels into big business hands.
Bush gives NSA power to exempt corporations from SEC reporting requirements.
Bush Declares Eco-Whistleblower Law Void for EPA Employees: Stealth Repeal of Clean Water Act Protections by Invoking "Sovereign Immunity". Federal workers will have little protection from official retaliation for reporting water pollution enforcement breakdowns, manipulations of science or cleanup failures.
In the three years since Americans gained federal protection for their private medical information, the Bush administration has received thousands of complaints alleging violations but has not imposed a single civil fine 
White House's top spymaster can cite national security to exempt businesses from reporting requirements 5-25
2004: President Bush appoints former ChevronTexaco lawyer as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. 2006: Federal Trade Commission clears oil companies of price fixing 
When George Bush and other capitalists speak of bringing freedom to the world you must understand that they do not mean the spread of democracy or the liberation of oppressed peoples. They mean the unfettered access to markets through the use of coercive military and economic force.
Interview with a GOP convict: ``Republicans have treated campaigns and politics as a business...looking for the types of returns that you get in business"
News leak makes NSA call logging program public. Solution: Issue an executive order allowing telcom companies to lie about what they are doing
Paper Reveals Frist Let Drug Lobbyists Write Legislation He Snuck Into Defense Bill
Legislators now hiring lobbyists to do their work for them 
Bush rejects tax on oil companies' profits
Pentagon paying weapons contractors performance bonuses for projects that are years late, millions over budget and often entirely non-functional
Muslim charities are being shut down for supposedly backing terrorist causes, while giant firms like Halliburton are receiving the full protection of U.S. law for allegedly breaking government sanctions against doing business with Iran -- a country designated as a sponsor of terrorism.
Lobbyists want corrupt Politician to give them their 'gifts' back because they didn't get what they want.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., -- recently sold the future of our children to Big Pharma for a paltry $4 bucks a pop.
There has never been an investigation into Cheney's involvement in awarding Halliburton no-bid contracts making the company the number one war profiteer
Bush Admin. Censoring Scientists On Global Warming.
FDA Shields Drug Companies From Lawsuits
House Moves to Strip Food Warning Labels
Senate rejects broader Democratic bill to reign in lobbyists on party-line vote
Federal lawmakers last week sparred over a bill to pre-empt all state food safety labeling laws that are tougher than federal rules
Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Payoff for health insurance industry. House and Senate Democrats were excluded from the meeting.
USDA blocks real probes, records fake ones: The Department of Agriculture has effectively blocked employees from pursuing complaints of anti-competitive behavior in the livestock industry and inflated the number of investigations it has conducted to make it appear it is vigorously upholding the law.
Corporate Crime: Execs Taking Fall While Corporations Go Free
U.S. Makes Deals With Corporate Criminals Instead of Prosecuting
K Street Project – an attempt to purge industry’s lobbyists of any and all Democrats, and to make sure that "...even the secretaries..." are "conservative Republican activists." They’ve just about succeeded.
Bush money network rooted in Florida, Texas: Since Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the federal government has awarded more than $3 billion in contracts to the President's elite 2004 Texas fund-raisers, their businesses, and lobbying clients
In a late-night move that could be worth billions of dollars to a small group of major drug manufacturers, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) inserted language into the fiscal year 2006 Defense Department spending conference report.
Bush fund-raisers cash in by giving — then receiving: America's business leaders supplied more than $75 million to return Mr. Bush to the White House last year - and he has paid dividends.
As part of a House budget bill that reduces spending on Medicaid prescription drugs, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and other businesses secured a provision ensuring that their mental health drugs continue to fetch top price at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to the states.
Homeland Security or Eli Lilly Security Bill?
Halliburton got bonuses for over billing taxpayers by $169 million
The Bush administration is opposing U.S. Senate Republicans who want oil companies to divert some profits to low-income households for winter heat.
Why Big Business Likes Alito: The President's new Supreme Court nominee has been a staunch proponent of limits on legal liability, employee rights, and federal regulation
Why Big Business Likes Bush: Thirty Ohioans who raised a combined $4.1 million for President Bush's re-election campaign have received more than $1.2 billion in public funds for their companies and clients, a newspaper reported.
Thanks to his investments in the company that makes Tamilflu, the fears of a global flu pandemic have put between one and five million dollars into Donald Rumsfeld's pockets in the past six months
EPA Proposes Reducing Information on Toxics Release
Inquiry into gas price gouging will be led by former ChevronTexaco lawyer
White House gives out Katrina clean up contracts to Halliburton, Bechtel, and Shaw
Director of NIH Agrees To Loosen Ethics Rules
Corporations' efforts to curb free speech through lawsuits are unfortunately succeeding.
Fortune 500 companies that invested millions of dollars in electing Republicans are emerging as the earliest beneficiaries of a government controlled by President Bush 
The Supreme Court  overturns the conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for destroying Enron Corp.-related documents before the energy giant's collapse
With the recent demotion of the woman who dared speak out, the list of lies about Halliburton's no-bid Iraq reconstruction contracts grows even longer.
White House helps Halliburton send their audit through the wash before presenting it to the UN 
Bankruptcy ''reform" bill written by credit card companies: The bill makes it harder for ordinary people crushed by debt (often medical debt) to start anew. It leaves intact dodges used by wealthy people, such as asset-hiding trusts, and the corporate ability to use bankruptcy to slash wages, evade pension responsibilities, and stiff creditors.
Extraordinary efforts by the White House to scupper Britain's attempts to tackle global warming have been revealed in leaked US government documents obtained by The Observer 
Administration excised scientists' warnings in grazing report 
DeLay's people were basically sending out requests for anyone who wanted to get rid of their asbestos "problems", essentially saying "hey, you got big bucks and big asbestos problems? send some of those big bucks our way and we'll make those asbestos problems go away"
The reconstruction of post-war Iraq is in danger of becoming "the biggest corruption scandal in history"
The Treasury Department provided assurances that the United States would not obstruct two companies' plans to import millions of barrels of oil from Iraq in March 2003 in violation of U.N. sanctions, according to an e-mail from one of the companies.
New EPA mercury rules ignored data from EPA funded Harvard study that would have forced agency to consider more stringent controls 
Bush Economic Forum on U.S. Legal System Is a Rehash of Lies and Distortions: Nonpartisan, Independent Data Show That Businesses File Four Times as Many Lawsuits as Consumers, There Is No “Tort Tax” and Lawsuit Filings Are Down
Halliburton, Bechtel, and the Carlyle group: Why were lied into war
Bush's talent for cronyism: foxes guarding the henhouse
No contractors yet face Abu Ghraib charges
Bush Administration Exempts Oil Industry From Clean Water Act
Controversial drilling method may be protected: Energy bill compromise would exempt 'hydraulic fracturing'
The publics "Telecom bill of rights" over ruled by businesses government 
Tired of pesky federal watchdogs and regulatory commissions? Bush has a plan: With a vote of hand-picked lobbyists, the president could terminate any federal agency he dislikes
British Petroleum, Shell and Chevron Win Iraqi Oil Contracts
Roberts, Alito Side with Business: Business couldn't do any better than Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court
Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP's Political Strategy
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's lobbying company has been hired by an Israeli aerospace firm competing against Boeing for a South Korean weapons deal
"Lobbyists are now writing the bills passed by Congress," she contended. "They have infiltrated every aspect of our government. Their money and donations shape the opinions of corrupt lawmakers in a way that public opinion no longer does."
What does $443K buy you? Well, if invested in the GOP, it could save you $300 million.
How Congress was used to help Texas criminals avoid prosecution
Common household chemical used in cooking found to cause cancer and birth defects. What does our corporate government do? Give them 15 years to eliminate it under a voluntary plan
Gale Norton working hard for developers to get animals off the endangered species list
'Suicide Seeds' Could Spell Death of Peasant Agriculture, UN Meeting Told
An EPA program that's supposed to give recognition and flexibility to companies that are good environmental citizens may in fact be giving a free pass to some firms that are heavy polluters and even lawbreakers
It is very obvious that this capitalistic nation is concerned merely with the financial interests of big corporations and nothing else matters, not even the very health and life of the American people. Its top priority is to cater to special interests.
Army to reimburse Halliburton $250 million in Iraq equipment charges that Pentagon auditors identified as excessive or unjustified
“The rumors of bird flu are being spread by an American company owned by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to boost U.S. sales of costly medicines.” —Dr. Saeed, President of Pakistan's Poultry Doctors Association
Senate votes to add $5 billion tax for oil companies. To the surprise of no one, Bush threatens veto
GOP Stalling On Lobbying Reform.
Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug
John Ashcroft Is K Street's New Lobbyist. 3-18
Did Exxon Get Greenpeace Audited By The IRS? 3-22
As eBay heads to the U.S. Supreme Court next week for its closely watched patent case, the Internet giant is receiving help from a lobbying firm run by former Attorney General John Ashcroft. 3-22
U.S. firm offers 'private armies' for low-intensity conflicts
Corporate Profits surge to 40-year high 
Real Wages Decline 2nd straight year 
Gas prices are too high, what does Bush do? He increases profit margin for large oil companies by suspending environmental rules for production of gas and gives oil companies more time to repay loans.
Barbara Boxer: "This report proves that this administration is owned and operated by big oil." 

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