One need not look far to find the sick intertwining of government and industry in America today. Defense, health care, hurricane recovery, education and Iraqi reconstruction are the most obvious offenders.
The data from Katrina reconstruction and Iraqi corruption by American companies shows the Bush mantra of “the always more efficient private sector” to be pure fiction.
The latest picture showing our elected leaders in bed with the private sector, comes courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and America’s Pharmaceutical companies.
The pharmaceutical industry quietly footed the bill for at least part of a recent multimillion-dollar ad campaign praising lawmakers who support the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to political officials.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims credit for the ads, although a spokesman refused repeatedly to say whether it had received any funds from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
The officials who described PhRMA's involvement said they did not know whether the industry had given the Chamber money to cover the entire cost of the ads and other elements of an election-year voter mobilization effort, or merely a portion.
It turns out those ads “purchased” by the Chamber for Republican incumbents, had a silent sponsor. In the trade this would be known as a three way.
It’s time to show the American people to going’s on under the sheets. Hopefully, this will result in electing leaders capable of serving the people.