No tax reform items will make it through Congress if those items touch the very wealthy. Congress is set to drive the middle class further downward, shred the net for the poor (they don’t count raging inflation for food and clothing) , and make the very wealthy much wealthier until at least the 2014 election. If you make less than $500k per year you better pray that the House goes Democrat in 2014.
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Many corporations regulate themselves however they wish and then regulate the governmental regulator as well. Case in point: BIG PHARMA. The FDA along with other agencies, many that make grants, subsidizing favorite projects, are hardly more than bureaucratic rubber stamps for the biggest pharmaceutical corporations. Having steadily taken control of the medicine market as they consolidated to ever larger mergers, these corporations have become to BIG TO REGULATE. This trend is found in every industry and seems to be the best way for corporate execs and plutocrats to put the government of the People and the Free Market in their places. This film clip is one example in one industry, BIG PHARMA. – – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jRua3NLg-Z8#!
Lobbyists work around the clock to influence legislation in both houses of Congress. What kind of influence do lobbyists seek? Depends on their employers. Here is a brief clip of the 60 Minutes interview with Jack Abramoff – a very informative interview. – – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7387331n
The USA has led the way through the Age of Fossil Fuel – so successfully that oil corporations suppress renewable sources of energy and continue to push us to wars for oil. How long must we cripple soldiers and destroy economies for the toxic and diminishing returns of the Fossil Fuel industries. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNxXZFYZTCA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On behalf of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare – a coalition of home healthcare agencies dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation’s seniors – Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA) made the following statement:
“Last week’s indictment in Detroit is further evidence that immediate action is needed to increase national efforts to target and catch criminals who are stealing billions of taxpayer dollars and victimizing America’s seniors. The prosecution of criminals involved in fraudulent activity is critical to protecting the Medicare program, however more must be done to stop Medicare fraud and abuse before it begins.
“Federal data can be used to identify exactly where healthcare fraud is taking place, therefore targeted reforms should be put in place that prevent criminals from entering the Medicare program, billing the government for false claims and taking advantage of vulnerable beneficiaries.
“The home health community has been leading efforts to advance reform proposals that specifically target fraud and abuse by ensuring that Medicare dollars never reach criminal hands. The ‘Skilled Home Healthcare Integrity and Program Savings’ (SHHIPS) proposal includes provisions that would prevent overpayments before they happen by enforcing stricter entry rules and program safeguards to ensure less wasteful spending and criminal activity in the system.
“The Partnership applauds the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for bringing criminals to justice and looks forward to working with lawmakers to advance policy solutions to stop Medicare fraud before it ever is allowed to occur.
“Through targeted reform, we can secure seniors’ access to clinically advanced, cost effective, patient preferred home healthcare — and stop the bad actors who are preying on current weaknesses in the Medicare program.”