A rare look behind the scenes at just how corrupt the US political system really is. 60 Minutes aired another insight into the corrupted political process and showed how many in Congress perform insider trades from privileged information they have access to. And it’s legal for them to do so.
Any other private citizen would serve serious prison time for doing this, but Congressmen get to brag as to how much they made from their insider trades. Warning, this video may make you violently ill from disgust.
What does this have to do with your health? you might ask…
There are an estimated 12,220 prostitutes lobbying Congress and federal agencies for various industries, one of the biggest being “health”..
The pharmaceutical industry is the BIGGEST political lobby in the US. There should be no doubt about the power the drug industry wields in shaping the U.S. health care system, and political lobbying is one of the primary reasons why the drug companies are controlling the entire health industry.
If you’d like to understand how monolithic this problem is, consider that Monsanto, who is rapidly destroying all viable natural foods in the world through genetic engineering and adulteration, spent .02 percent of the kind of money spent by the Pharmaceutical Industry.
All of this adds up to some serious cash. In just one decade, from 1998 to 2008, the pharmaceutical industry alone spent $1.5 BILLION on lobbying for legislative favors and tax breaks.
To put these mind-boggling numbers into a more comprehensive perspective, the pharmaceutical industry is worth more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of 168 different nations on this planet (individually, not collectively). That’s right—if Big Pharma’s global market was compared to the GDP—the market value of all the output produced in a nation in one year—then Big Pharma would rank # 15 on a list of 183 nations.
The MOST Effective Lobbying Does Not Involve Money
The vast amounts of money spent on lobbying, however, is not the most effective lobbying strategy. The ultimate “weapon” doesn’t involve gifts or money exchanging hands at the time. The BEST way to get a Congressman or Senator to do his bidding was to extend a lucrative job offer. For example, promising a staffer a job once they were done serving the Hill—which could triple their salary—would always seal the deal. As Abramoff says, from that point on, he “owned” them, and whatever he wanted done for his clients was done… and then some.
Lobbyists often craft purposefully nebulous language to change the US code to specific ends of industry, and these amendments are then snuck into various bills, which no one read before passing.
The same evil occurs between other federal agencies and drug companies. For example, the revolving door between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various drug companies and other industries, such as the biotech industry, has done untold damage to public health and health freedom. It is very common for high-ranking FDA officials to get lucrative consulting positions with the drug companies after they quit.
The Almighty is in the process of destroying this entire web of evil and America is doomed unless the people “turn from their wicked ways, humble themselves, pray and seek YHWH” (2Chronicles 7:14) See also Psalms 9:17