Monday, October 18, 2010

[Trailer] The Best Government Money Can Buy

As long time readers know I have a few pet causes that are tangental to "pure investing" but certainly very related to the macro economics of the country.  As the government - corporate complex becomes ever more ingrained and takes a strangehold on the country, the potential long term outcomes seem increasingly dire.  One must think about the social fabric of a country where a middle class is decimated, and large majorities feel voiceless and disenfranchised - in other countries this has led to some drastic type of leadership choices.  As I forecast things out 10-20 years - and assuming no changes to current trajectory, I believe the anger from the 'Tea Party' crowd could be just a precursor for what come down the road.  Hopefully I am very wrong.*

*I've never been wrong.**

** Ok, I lied.


One of my long time readers, Scott, has produced a documentary titled "The Best Government Money Can Buy" - to be released on DVD Oct 26th; available on Netflix as well.  As we enjoy the market melt up to distract the masses from the seedy things going on behind the scenes (concurrently making us all 'rich'...circus and bread for everyone), if one cares to detach from the Matrix this looks like an interesting film.

Website link here.
Netflix link here.

Trailer below

The Best Government Money Can Buy? TRAILER from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2010) – The January 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), pushed the door wide open for corporations to spend unlimited funds to advocate or defeat the election efforts of federal candidates. These 2010 mid-term elections are expected to be the most expensive campaigns on record. There are already 14,000 officially registered lobbyists working on behalf of special interest - which averages to 26 lobbyists to every member of Congress - and over $6.7 BILLION spent in the last two years to influence them. Coming to DVD on October 26, 2010, THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY?, is the first-ever, behind-the-scenes examination of the lobbying system and its influence on our elected candidates.

Veteran documentary filmmaker, Francis Megahy, takes a non-partisan stance in a comprehensive examination of the influence of K Street on our elected official. With spending on elections rocketing upwards in the last decade, campaign fund-raising now occupies at least 30% of a lawmaker’s time. The biggest source of campaign funds comes from large corporations, channeled through their lobbyists. AS a result, the number of lobbyists has more than doubled since 2000, with spending exceeding $13 Billion. It would be na├»ve to think that their clients don’t expect a return on their investment.


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