Friday, July 09, 2010

Corporate Sponsored Governors & Speakers

The National Governors Association meeting's $2 million cost is covered by corporations. As was the recent Western Governor's Association meeting ($470,000 in sponsorship) and the National Speakers Conference (to the tune of $500,000).

Speaking at the NGA meeting in Boston are the co-chairs of President Obama's Deficit Commission.

On Sunday, governors will discuss the risks and challenges of the federal budget deficit and the growing national debt in the closing plenary session. The Honorable Alan K. Simpson and Erskine B. Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, will provide their insight into the monetary challenges facing the nation.

Alan Simpson spoke inelegantly on the need to cut Social Security benefits. Most Deficit Commission members have said America needs to cut corporate tax rates. Detect a pattern? Corporacrats infect our democracy such that "progressive bloggers" now write:

(The poor) who can vote have not only less money but much less social and cultural capital and thus the political system is almost entirely unresponsive to their needs.

The IMF wants the US to cut Social Security and the mortgage interest deduction and increase the gas tax.

Multiple messages vectoring around the same point, one front and center in the Governor's meeting? Social Security will be cut so corporations can pay less & no one can stop it.

How will remaining tax monies be spent? I bet you can guess. That's some serious corporafornication.

Update: Simpson's and Bowles' talk can be viewed here.

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