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Obamacare’s Waterloo

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By Glenn Troy Morton

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Even for those who wanted single payer, I’m sure they didn’t want it brought to them by Blue Cross or United Healthcare! Out of all options talked about during the drafting of Obamacare, this is the worst possible outcome, and now the most likely.”

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I’m an emotional person. I have a tendency to believe I can do anything, despite how hard it might be, or how many times I see it clearly cannot be done. America is mine to live in, fully and enthusiastically, and I want it to do right by me, and I’ll return the favor.

Promise…

My work as a citizen of this great country is geared towards one goal and, with help, I’ll run it down like a bull: relentlessly, powerfully, and surely. The Bull isn’t afraid; the Bull won’t stand obstacles…unlike the one on Wall Street (Honestly, don’t you wish the people who have money had more balls? Their behavior is like splashing when you pee, then screaming a la Linda Blair in a 70’s horror film). The Bull is playing to win.

The bull’s fury is unmatched, and its chances of winning are much greater than yours if you happen to be in its way. It’s coming for you hard, whether you like it or not…

Replacing Obamacare is what I’m charging towards; I am clear on the damage it will do to our nation, and clear that I have developed a vastly better alternative. Obamacare seeks to permanently harm our financial capabilities and individual rights, and I am certain it will suffer a crushing defeat at our hands. We never voted for it, asked for it, or needed it. We needed the price of health insurance to drop…that’s all. We needed to be able to afford to care for our bodies, and the bodies of the ones we love. We wanted to die only when all attempts had been exhausted; when there was no alternative.

Since health insurers now make more money than at any time in the history of history, this should not have been a tall order… More

Think Monopolism Ended with the Anti-Trust Act? Think Again!

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Gary Rea (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Proof positive that monopoly capitalism is still alive and well, and growing worldwide, arrived in my mailbox this morning in the form of my latest Comcast statement. I have internet access, only, yet Comcast has now added TV service – without my having ordered it and against my wishes – and they have more than doubled my usual rate.

Instead of charging an additional $30 or so for TV access, they tacked on a nominal charge of $1.99 for the TV service and doubled the rate for internet access so that, now I’ll be paying the same for internet access as I would have paid before for both services. Thus, my statement has gone from last month’s $31.92 to $67.61 – all without notice or permission from me! Of course, my only recourse is to either pay the bill or cancel my service altogether, which I cannot do, as I need the service for my communications. Even my phone (Magic Jack) requires cable internet access. Without internet access, I can’t prospect for a job or contact employers. I can’t stay in touch with my friends and relatives, either. So, now I have no choice but to pay the bill in order to continue my service. More

Poultry growers air complaints

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Food & Water Watch 

Daryll E. Ray

“Tom Terry, a former grower from Tennessee, told us a similar story. He said that after loading up the chickens from one of his barns he followed the company trucks to the plant so he could watch them being weighed on the scales at the processing plant. He was prevented from doing so.”

June 4, 2010

This year, the Obama administration is holding a series of five hearings across the nation to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry. The second of these workshops, conducted jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), was held at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.

The May 21, 2010 workshop was led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Attorney General Eric Holder. The hearing focused on issues in the poultry industry, and featured panel discussions on poultry grower issues and trends in poultry production. And, it also included opportunities for public comments.

“All players in the poultry industry deserve an honest chance at success, and that requires a fair, viable, and competitive marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Today’s conversation helped bring a better understanding of the issues impacting growers on a daily basis and provided an opportunity to openly discuss some of the ideas that have been raised to address these concerns.” More

Monsanto under investigation in seven states

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According to Bloomberg, the seven-state antitrust probe adds to previous allegations of abusive competitive tactics and is a serious threat to Monsanto’s soybean market share.

It would almost seem like an open-and-shut case when you consider Monsanto’s history of quenching the competition at nearly any cost, and being found guilty of falsely marketing dangerous herbicide as biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

But I guess that still remains to be seen. Let’s just hope they don’t deem Monsanto too big to nail, or fail, like the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and any number of banks…

One problem I foresee though, is that not only has Monsanto become the dominat force in the seed market by buying up seed companies, they’ve become the Goliath that they are by influencing politics from the ground-floor and up. More

DOJ Gets Serious About Antitrust, Targeting Dean Foods and Monsanto

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ORIGINAL POST AT BNET  link here.

By Katherine Glover | Jan 27, 2010

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based print, radio and online journalist. She’s written for Salon.com, Sierra Magazine and many others, and she does a weekly blog on immigration issues for MinnPost.

The Department of Justice has formalized its investigation of Monsanto and filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods, confirming rumors that the DOJ would be more vigilant on antitrust issues under the Obama Administration.

The Justice Department seeks to undo Dean’s acquisition of two Wisconsin dairy companies, alleging that the deal was a way to reduce competition and raise prices. This legal action is “highly unusual” according to one dairy analyst; “this is the first bark we’ve heard from the antitrust division on food issues in a very long time.” The Bush Administration did not file a single major anti-monopoly case, according to the Washington Post.

The latest Monsanto investigation is about whether Monsanto will continue to produce its current Roundup Ready soybean seeds after the patent expires in 2014, or whether it will simply swap in a new, upgraded product under a new patent so it can maintain its high prices.

This is not the first time Monsanto has been accused of monopolist tendencies; the company controls an estimated 96 percent of the U.S. soybean crop and 80 percent of its corn crop, and some have compared Monsanto to the Microsoft of earlier decades. READ MORE

 Katherine Glover

Food Chain Radio to have Steve Hixon as guest

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A FOOD CHAIN RADIO RELEASE FROM METROFARM.COM

Four seed companies now control 75% of the seed marketplace, and two of them– Monsanto and DuPont– are at slugging each other out in court for more.  The concentration of seeds in the hands of these giants leads us to ask…

Do the seed giants strengthen or weaken our food chain?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson’s Food Chain Radio hosts Steve Hixon from Steve’s Seed Conditioning in Claremont, Illinois, for a conversation about the politics of seeds.

Topics include how four companies came to control so much of the nation’s seeds; how those giant companies control the competition for seed dollars; and why the USDA is holding public hearings on this consolidation.

Listen on your radio, computer or IPOD: Food Chain Radio

National Survey Reveals Strong Opposition To North American Union

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APC News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tom DeWeese, President
American Policy Center
70 Main Street, Suite 23
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 341-8911

National Survey Reveals Strong Opposition To North American Union

While President Bush and his counterparts in Mexico and Canada continue to deny that the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) is the beginning of a North American Union, Americans around the nation are expressing their growing opposition to the scheme.

The American Policy Center, (APC) a grassroots activist organization located in suburban Washington, DC has just concluded a survey of one million American households. The survey, titled Do Americans Support a North American Union asked a series of questions concerning the SPP and the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC). The survey package also included a four-page report prepared by APC entitled NAU Fact Sheet”, providing details about the SPP, the TTC and how these programs are being implemented quietly, behind closed door meetings like the one just completed in New Orleans.

It is important to note that APC did not select households that might represent specific ideological positions. The chosen households represented neither conservative nor liberal positions. Instead the recipients were a wide verity of Americans who live in the direct path of the proposed Trans Texas/NAFTA Corridor, from Texas to Minnesota.

The questions on the survey were:

1. Have you heard of the Security and Prosperity Partnership?

58% of those responding said they had NOT heard of the SPP.

2. Do you think private corporations should have the power to enforce trade policy that may adversely affect our national sovereignty and independence?

This question relates directly to the establishment of Public/Private Partnerships between private corporations and government which grant no-compete clauses and Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDA) which provide guarantees by government to the corporations on investment returns. As such, projects like the TTC are not free enterprise but rather government-sanctioned monopolies. As APC explained this process in the survey, fully 95% of the recipients OPPOSED such policy.

3. Chapter 11 of the NAFTA Agreement states that, disputes over NAFTA-related issues will be heard in NAFTA courts superseding U.S. local, state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Question three asked,

Do you think this would be a threat to U.S. Sovereignty?

91% responded YES.

4. The SPP calls for expanding the U.S. security perimeter to include the borders of Canada and Mexico. Question 4 asked,

Do you think it would strengthen U.S. Security to expand our borders to the outer borders of Canada and Mexico?

87% of responders answered NO.

5. Do you think it will strengthen U.S. Border security to allow trucks from Mexico and Canada to travel, free of inspection, up a corridor which has been built and controlled by foreign corporations into the heartland of the United States?

Texas Department of Transportation has already signed a 50 year agreement with a Spanish company named Cintra to build the TTC. In September of 2007 the Bush Administration started a pilot project to allow Mexican trucks to cross the U.S. border without inspections and are free to travel inside the United States. Meanwhile, the Senate passed the 2008 omnibus spending bill that was clearly written and designed to put the breaks on the current pilot program, according to sponsor Senator Bryon Dorgan. Yet, the Bush Administration, under the leadership of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, continues the program, now in violation of federal law.

95% of responders to the APC survey OPPOSED the Mexican truck project.

6. Would you support efforts to replace the U.S. dollar with a common North American currency some call the “Amero?” Though denied by the Bush Administration, there has been much discussion in economic and academic circles about the creation of a North American currency much like the Euro. In October, 2007, during an appearance on the Larry King Show on CNN, former Mexican President Vicente Fox answered in the affirmative when King asked him about the creation of a united currency. In the May/June issue of the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Affairs, in an article entitled “The End of National Currency” economist Benn Steil said the dollar is a temporary currency.

92% of survey responders said NO, they would not support such a common North American currency.

7. Do you believe there should be public hearings and debate on this policy before it is allowed to move forward?

To date, there has been no congressional legislation, no congressional hearings and no congressional oversight concerning the establishment or operation of the SPP. No federal money has been officially allocated by Congress. No official authority has been provided for the creation of the SPP. Obviously, Americans feel it is wrong to make such significant changes in our national policy without open debate as 95% of survey respondents said YES, there should be debate and discussion.

8. Should the Bush Administration be allowed to move forward with its plans to crate a North American Community without Congressional approval? Again, the American people have shown they understand that it is Congress which decides such policy as they responded with a resounding 97% NO to this question.

9. Do you believe the United States should be harmonized or merged into a union with Mexico and Canada? The words most often used by the Administration concerning the SPP are, harmonize and integrate. The United States is a representative Republic; Mexico is a socialist government; and Canada is part of the British Crown. There are no grounds for harmonization unless drastic changes are made to the US judicial and financial system. 88% of survey responders said NO to harmonization with Mexico and Canada.

10. Finally, responders were asked to provide their own comments and thoughts on the SPP. The word most often used was Treason. Another said, I want no part of the social health care of Canada and I do not want to incorporate Mexico’s turmoil and poverty into our United States.  Many others said, I want secure borders, not easy traffic between the US, Canada and Mexico. Said another, Bush’s actions formulate a horrifying destruction of our proud nation. Stronger language was used by many more responders. Clearly Americans, once they learn about the SPP are strongly opposed.

However, once again this week (April 21-22) in yet another closed door SPP meeting in New Orleans, President Bush and his fellow heads of state from Mexico and Canada continue to deny the SPP is anything more than a dialogue among the three nations.

Yet, said Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, the Texas Department of Transportation signs an agreement with the Spanish company Cintra, containing no-compete clauses and guaranteed returns; as the Kansas City council loans $2.5 million to build the inland truck port called KC Smart Port; as the twenty SPP working groups continue to write policy; as the Mexican trucks roll over our borders; as high level meetings go on the Bush Administration dares to deny that ANYTHING is happening. Why? The responses to APC’s survey show why. When Americans understand the truth, they say NO in resounding numbers. Concluded DeWeese, clearly the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to the harmonization of North America. We just want our country — strong, independent and secure.

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