Hmmmm,

This is interesting. When I get a like or comment from someone I’m not familiar with, I like to check who gave it to me if I have time. Sometimes it is people who I basically agree with, sometimes they simply are seeing some issue the same as I do. This happened on my post The UK Report this week when I got a ‘like’ from Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree who blogs at The Last Chapter.

That’s one of the things I like about WordPress, they do a pretty good job of promoting us to each other. That is perhaps not completely fair, since I have no idea how she got here. I do know she is a published author and poet, and that’s even neater, and something I admire. She also a BLM supporter in Wisconsin which I find a lot less admirable. As they say YMMV.

In any case, her post entitled New GOP COVID Relief Bill Doesn’t Include More Stimulus Checks, Cuts Extra Unemployment Pay In Half…#230 includes a list of the top 50 lobbying companies along with what they spend. She has bolded the one she thinks are questionable. Here’s the list

Client 2016 2015
U.S. Chamber of Commerce $103,950,000 $84,730,000
National Association of Realtors $64,821,111 $37,788,407
Blue Cross Blue Shield $25,006,109 $23,702,049
American Hospital Association $20,970,809 $20,687,935
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America $19,730,000 $18,920,000
American Medical Association $19,410,000 $21,930,000
Boeing $17,020,000 $21,921,000
National Association of Broadcasters $16,438,000 $17,400,000
AT&T $16,370,000 $16,370,000
Business Roundtable $15,700,000 $19,250,000
Alphabet $15,430,000 $16,660,000
Comcast $14,330,000 $15,680,000
Southern Co. $13,900,000 $12,860,000
Dow Chemical $13,635,982 $10,820,000
Lockheed Martin $13,615,811 $13,954,053
NCTA – The Internet and Telephone Assoc. $13,420,000 $14,120,000
FedEx $12,541,000 $12,405,835
Northrop Grumman $12,050,000 $11,020,000
Exxon Mobil $11,840,000 $11,980,000
Amazon $11,354,000 $9,435,000
CTIA $10,970,000 $10,150,000
General Dynamics $10,739,944 $10,259,890
Verizon Communications $10,080,000 $11,430,000
Altria Group $10,060,000 $9,630,000
Amgen $9,860,000 $10,525,000
Koch Industries $9,840,000 $10,830,000
American Bankers Association $9,831,000 $12,690,000
Pfizer $9,750,000 $9,417,650
Prudential Financial $9,400,000 $7,962,500
Biotechnology Innovation Organization $9,230,000 $8,350,000
United Technologies $9,165,000 $11,470,000
American Chemistry Council $9,020,000 $10,050,000
Royal Dutch Shell $8,990,000 $8,700,000
AARP $8,710,000 $7,559,000
Microsoft $8,710,000 $8,490,000
Facebook $8,692,000 $9,850,000
Edison Electric Institute $8,620,000 $8,350,000
Oracle $8,620,000 $8,470,000
General Motors $8,500,000 $9,120,000
National Association of Manufacturers $8,490,014 $16,950,000
National Amusements (CBS & Viacom) $8,441,000 $7,980,000
T-Mobile $8,089,900 $6,127,000
Bayer $7,990,000 $7,730,000
Coca-Cola $7,930,000 $8,670,000
American Airlines $7,870,000 $6,600,000
United Parcel Service $7,767,848 $8,155,856
Chevron $7,470,000 $7,200,000
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers $7,452,500 $7,640,000
Securities Industry & Financial Market Assoc.  

$7,400,000

$7,770,000
AbbVie

Fair enough, I agree with her, in fact, I think all of them are questionable. I also agree with her that we should support small and local businesses. Where I do disagree with her is when she states that the President has been bought. He’s made his money (plenty of it and in the private sector), he’s pretty much unbuyable now. The problem is the old one as Will Rogers told us long ago:

We have the best Congress money can buy.

There is nothing about party politics in that nor should there be. Republicans, Democrats all are equally guilty, with very few exceptions.

And that is what we get when the government is involved with things that would be best handled by the private sector on a competitive basis, and that is almost everything the Federal government does, other than enforcing federal law (which overlaps far too much with state law now) and providing for the common defense.

Yes, we need some structure (although until the 30s it was provided mainly by the churches) for those who are down on their luck, disabled one way or another. When I was a child in Indiana it was provided in the last resort by the township, and its goal was to help you get back on your feet, not to make you dependant.

Perhaps that is what we need more than anything, to quit screaming at each other and discuss things rationally.

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18 Responses to Hmmmm,

  1. audremyers says:

    “… quit screaming at each other and discuss things rationally.” You do realize this is 2020, right?

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      I do. I also realize that the step beyond screaming involves smokeless powder. All things considered, I think backing off might be indicated, by both sides.

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  2. Scoop says:

    This sounds like a rational discussion to me:

    Liked by 3 people

  3. the unit says:

    Just got back. 🙂
    https://imgur.com/a/KD2TmuR

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Yay! for you. We were getting worried about you.

      Liked by 1 person

    • audremyers says:

      Hurray!!!! Everything went well? Home all safe and sound? We missed you!

      Liked by 2 people

      • the unit says:

        Uh, it went as well as could be expected. No will, no pre-arrangements, no wife or ex, no children, died unexpectedly in sleep, not discovered for five or six days, closest sister (my wife) 685 miles/12 hour drive away (on a mountain side requiring a 4 wheel drive to get finally there). I’ll spare the details of family issues and legal issues been through and will be going through. Hopeful his three sisters can/have gotten things managed so all can be done without having to be there. One disabled and couldn’t be there. One still there. We with infant and baby grands, and bills due had to come home. (Think you can imagine the issues and details)
        Yes, home safe and sound.
        Thanks for missing me. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I can imagine it easily, having been through it with uncles and aunts. Not a pleasant experience, but one we all share. No need to give us details, I think. But very glad you’re home safe and with the grands. 🙂

          Friends are rare, even on the internet, we a;ways miss them till they return.:)

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Oh yeah, back to business. Putting on stove knob covers on for next Monday when Sophia is here. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Yep, heard of that, a good idea! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Further reply at Engineering and Logic…soon to be posted. 🙂

          Like

        • the unit says:

          The legal details would be enlightening to some who haven’t been there…maybe yet.
          For instance, we had to have a deputy clerk of the court with us to open the safe deposit box to see it there was a will. If so clerk then the clerk confiscates it and would read it to us in the confines of the clerk’s office. (and we were lucky enough to find the key). It’s all in the hands of the government. (That’s NC law anyway)
          Not saying that is all bad. The wishes of the deceased are important to those who truly care.

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