No such thing as corporate Democrats? Think again.
From time to time I get e-mails or comments are posted from liberal Democrats who want to remain safe and cozy in their infantile idea that the Republican Party is the “party of corporations”, while the Democrat Party is the “party of people”.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as any quick check of the campaign donation records kept by the Federal Elections Commission will prove. Both parties are heavily influenced by corporations, maybe not always the same corporations (for instance, Federal Express seeks favors from Democrats, where UPS seeks them from Republicans, both contribute accordingly but not exclusively) but corporate interests dominate whether as political action committees or individuals (executives, shareholders, spouses, children, etc.) or lobbyists.
For those liberal Democrats who naively thought that ObamaCare was an exercise in popular “socialism”, read the NewsMax story below and weep. It was a confluence of government and corporate interests that resulted in a law that gives central government the power to direct a commercial industry on behalf of the interests of that industry.
In other words, it is fascism.
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The woman who has been called the “architect of Obamacare” is leaving the White House to join the pharmaceutical industry that is set to benefit hugely from its implementation.
Elizabeth Fowler, who was Sen. Max Baucus’ chief health care counsel at the time his finance committee was drawing up the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, will become head of global health policy for Johnson & Johnson’s government affairs and policy group.
“The pharmaceutical giant that just hired Fowler actively supported the passage of Obamacare through its membership in the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America lobby,” reports Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian.
“Indeed, PhRMA was one of the most aggressive supporters — and most lavish beneficiaries — of the health care bill drafted by Fowler.”
After Obamacare was passed, the White House drafted Fowler in to implement it. That decision was condemned by good government groups at the time. Danielle Brian of the Project for Government Oversight called her appointment “pretty gross,” in 2010.
But after little more than two years in the role Fowler is returning to the private sector. Greenwald said her new job “embodies the sleazy, anti-democratic, corporatist revolving door that greases Washington.”