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It's the Social Darwinism, stupid
« Reply #1155 on: March 25, 2022, 12:46:08 pm »
The Class Struggle

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ralph Nader: The Biggest Business in America? Defrauding Uncle Sam and You


The biggest business in America is stealing and defrauding the federal government, Uncle Sam and you the taxpayers. In terms of sheer stolen dollars, the total amount is greater than the annual sales of Amazon and Walmart over the past two years.

Before getting to the real big stuff, start with how much was stolen or not delivered by the contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just in one program, John Spoko—Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), estimated that $30 billion of the $100 billion repairs project was purloined. Despite his many damning reports on what was also wasted—like the $40 million natural gas-powered fueling station (there were no natural gas-powered cars in Afghanistan)—no one was indicted, no one was fired, no one missed a promotion. ... ...

Of the $360 billion in annual billing fraud by the health care industry, over $100 billion is fraud on Medicare and Medicaid.

Turning to the $6 trillion appropriated (without reversing the tax cuts by Trump on the super-rich) by both Trump and Biden since March 2020, government investigators and the media are seeing staggering thefts and frauds. Money was stolen outright by fake companies and fraudulent applications, or taken by profitable companies, law firms and others that these programs were never intended to benefit. ... ...

Neither Congress nor the White House have met this challenge of titanic corruption which should become a major campaign subject in the coming elections. Apart from a few perfunctory hearings, Congress has not held the high profile intense hearings that grab public attention—in part because both Parties have culpability, though the GOP is worse. ... ...

Recent efforts by a long-culpable Congress and a long-neglectful Presidency are not close to catching up with current robberies, not to mention any chance of retrieving stolen monies. Ever since I requested in 1971 that President Richard Nixon set up a commission on corporate crime, the federal government has remained obstinately indifferent to the sheer scale of ‘crime in the suites.”

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Ralph Nader is one of the few voices of reason, objectivity and truth we have left among politicians in the USA. He knows full well that this routine theft from we-the-people is "Business as Usual" in our thoroughly Social Darwinist = Capitalist corrupted government.

There is a long list of elite parasites that defraud we-the-people 24/7, but the top spot on that list belongs squarely to Big Oil. Though Nader did not mention it above, the subsidy SWAG (both visible and invisible "subsidies") the hydrocarbon fuels "industry" has coerced from we-the-people with the help of bought and paid for politicians is the insult to the biosphere degrading pollution injury these 🦖 psychopaths profit from.

Big Oil talking points are a nothing but a thin economic-sounding pretense for their misanthropic, self-centered rants, that exposes how their 'free-market' punditry is merely plain-old cruelty wrapped in an economic-sounding pretense for prioritizing private polluter profits over public health and the environment (with, as Nancy MacLean documents in Democracy in Chains, a deeper utility in opposing the Civil Rights Act and subsequent racial justice policies).

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Just Me • 2 days ago
The only teeth the IRS has left are only good for chewing up the little people. That's the fundamental problem.

AGelbert > Just Me
Agreed. Thus the wealthy crooks steal more and the rest of us suffer more.

Adam G. Yoksas • 2 days ago • edited
... If you receive state benefits you aren't entitled to receive, and only receive them due to some untruthful claim, that's fraud, and subject to the criminal code.

But there's a difference between that kind of thing, and, say, the defense contract budget. It's a small difference, but a significant enough difference that makes that kind of fraud a bit more difficult to substantiate.

Government contracts are not entitlements. These are not benefits that a firm is entitled by law to receive. They are, as the name implies, contracts that both parties freely enter into on the basis of some consideration, typically an agreement of a private contractor to do some work the state wants done in exchange for money.

Now I can imagine some scenarios where a government contractor can be prosecuted for fraud. For example, if they were just a shell corporation created and maintained for the sole purpose of extracting graft from the commonweal, that could be fraud, among other things.

But unless it's a situation like that, the best a state can do when a private contractor fails to do what we expect it to do is file suit, at which point the state will have to show that the contractor failed to fulfill the obligations of the contract. But that's a civil matter, and not a part of the criminal code.

I can imagine some scenarios where the contract can be ruled unconscionable or invalid, but that's a pretty tall order for the state to claim. If the contract was so bad, why did the state even allow itself to enter into it in the first place? We assume that the state is competent to enter into agreements like these, and that they do so in the interest of the public. And if they aren't entering into contracts that are in the interest of the public, is that the private contractor's fault? Or is it the state's fault, whereby the remedy is to remove those government officials through elections, appointments, censures, impeachments, and other remedies available under the Constitution?

AGelbert > Adam G. Yoksas
The thorny problem you correctly state of determining agency for fault requires a firmly grounded moral compass. As long as we have too many people in government and in business which live by "situational" ethics, morally bankrupt greedballs, lacking any consciense whatsoever, will write or/and approve contracts that profit said greedballs by defrauding we-the-people. 💩

I remember that old saying, "It's the economy, stupid." Well, I don't think that was true then or now.

What is true, then and now, that clearly shows the irrefutable link between moral bankruptcy and corrupted government, is this saying:
It's the Social Darwinism, stupid.

🦉 "In human society, the amount of inequity is directly proportional to the amount of iniquity." -- A. G. Gelbert
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37


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