18 Venn diagrams showing how corrupted American ‘democracy’ really is

By End the Lie

This phenomenal series of Venn diagrams shows in painstaking detail just how corrupted our political system in the United States has become.

When I look at the the connections of Goldman Sachs, it makes me wonder how anyone thought that people actually had the brazenness to claim that those pointing out the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington conspiracy theorists.

Thankfully, as is often the case, the so-called “Government Sachs” conspiracy theorists were right all along, and when it is laid out as it is above it makes it obvious why this is the case.

These are perfect visual representations of how what should be our government has become a government that serves corporate interests to the detriment of the American people.

Take the White House’s move to block the release of a Monsanto-linked lobbyist’s e-mail, for instance. This is hardly shocking when one considers the numerous connections the global corporation enjoys on Capitol Hill shown above.

Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.

Just like the thoroughly reprehensible activities of the war profiteers who knowingly profit off of death, destruction and suffering, those who lobby for corporations like Monsanto are actively contributing to the problems of the many for the benefit of the few.

It’s truly disturbing to see all of this laid out in such an easily comprehensible manner, especially when one observes the high level positions many of these individuals either once held or currently hold.

Of course, this is only a small portion of the individuals involved in the widespread corporatist corruption that has infected so much of the United States.

There are countless connections to be explored and exposed, especially those which are thrown right in our faces, as is the case with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Corporatism, which can also be called crony capitalism, is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous forces at work in the United States and the world.

It works to turn governments against the people they are supposed to be working for while not only reducing the standard of living for those who aren’t manipulating the system but also destroying the environment for future generations.

The following clip from last year shows Chris Hedges breaking down exactly how destructive corporatism is in America today on RT’s the Alyona Show:

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56 Responses to 18 Venn diagrams showing how corrupted American ‘democracy’ really is

  1. Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    this should be a list of the first people to be thrown out on their asses or even better thrown behind bars. how are these sick bastards still in a job?

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  2. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Why no Republicans or the Bush Administration? Was this all the Democrats?

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  3. Angus April 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    These are worthless diagrams, they purposely left off all the Republicans.

    US Supreme Court Justice Thomas (appointed by Bush) was an attorney for Monsanto.

    John Bachmann, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce under Bush, which was a heavy donor to the GOP and he is also a board member of Monsanto;

    Donald Rumsfeld (R) – board member of Monsanto

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    • Gerry April 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Yes the republicans Have as many if not more. This is not about Dem’s and Repub’s its about fascism which is what we have now for government ,sad to say.

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  4. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    The biggest lie was leaving all the Republicans off the Venn diagrams. They have 10X the numbers sitting on boards of these corporations than Democrats. Yet the author of the diagrams went out of their way not to include them. That makes this just a partisan stunt.
    You can look up corporate board members and their party affiliation here – http://www.nndb.com/ – and the sheer number of REPUBLICANS holding positions in government and on these boards is staggering – and way more profligate than with Dems.
    Sorry but partisan attack is obvious with these diagrams.

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    • Anonymous August 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Just because the R’s were left off does not invalidate the information. In fact if your claim that there are 10x more R’s that should be on these lists then the problem is 10x BIGGER than shown in the diagrams.

      Can you see beyond whether this is a partisan attack or not and actually get to the meat of the problem. Freedom will not endure if we can’t separate the govt. from big business.

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  5. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    The biggest lie was leaving all the Republicans off the Venn diagrams. They have 10X the numbers sitting on boards of these corporations than Democrats. Yet the author of the diagrams went out of their way not to include them. That makes this just a partisan stunt.
    You can look up corporate board members and their party affiliation here –NNDB.com – and the sheer number of REPUBLICANS holding positions in government and on these boards is staggering – and way more profligate than with Dems.
    Sorry but partisan attack is obvious with these diagrams.

    More at EndtheLie.com – http://EndtheLie.com/2012/04/18/18-venn-diagrams-showing-how-corrupted-american-democracy-really-is/#ixzz1sVdUOeGk

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  6. Moggy Goddess April 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Interesting charts, but they don’t prove corruption. They show connections, some of which are to be expected given the areas of expertise. But connections do not automatically equal corruption. There’s a huge step of proof missing here.

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:15 AM

      There is not room for proof in an article this size. But you’re not thinking freely if you can’t see the corruption on face-value alone. I’ll provide just one example – I think you can begin to see other obvious truths.

      The number of high-ranking officials from the Fannie May / Freddie Mac corruption that were REWARDED for costing American tax payers hundreds of billions of wasted dollars that was used to bankrupt our home mortgage industry, devastate the home building industry, caused millions of Americans to either loose their homes or their retirement equity, and thrust this nation into the Great Recession of 2008 – by giving them jobs in the federal government where they can do EVEN MORE damage …

      I’m sorry, Moggy Goddess, “Connect the Dots!!” Do your own homework and – please – start doing your own “free” thinking.

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      • Anonymous August 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        You want proof, simply pull your head out of your a$$ and look around the proof is everywhere.

        Most people simply have been sniffing the glue on (Insert favorite politician here)’s bumper stickers for far too long and are incapable of independent thought.

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  7. Eb5 April 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Excellent demonstration with the venn diagrams, really shows the government for what it is.

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  8. Gerry April 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    dear Moggy goddess, those “connections” in government and law are called “conflicts of interest” When you look further at what job the person preforms vs the position they held or in most cases still hold and there’s no way that they should hold those positions if only on appearances. Seeing how they actually preformed proves out those conflicts. You should never let the fox guard the hen house if you want any chickens left at the end of the day!

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Again, Gerry, “Right On”!

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  9. zak April 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    @Gerry, if this really were about fascism then there would be mention of both parties, not just 1 here and there, the way these graphics are layed out pretty much places the blame squarely in one direction. Just more wedge topics to further drive the American people apart. Furthermore if you go to the source of these graphics you will find it’s nothing more than a right wing rhetoric factory. You haven’t published anything profound, just more fuel for the fire.

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  11. Gerry Manders April 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Good thing you put a “GEKE.US” watermark in font size “friggin huge” on all of your ugly propaganda that nobody wants to steal.

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      Manders: you do not understand what “Propaganda” is. The article has stated several facts (perhaps not all the facts, and perhaps with some leanings or even an agenda). But I saw NO misrepresentation of facts or any instance where these people did not in fact hold both these positions that the diagrams indicated. You are allowed to reach your own conclusions about these associations.

      So “no” they’re not Propaganda. They’re not even that ugly. And “yes” they are watermarked, but not trademarked. In other words, GEKE.US would like everyone to use and share this information — they simply want credit for researching and sharing the truth.

      I find it interesting that YOU would use the word “steal”. One does not “steal” that which is public information. But one CAN think about it, talk about, add to it and SHARE it. Once again proving that this is NOT propaganda, and suggesting that you may have drank a little too much kool-aid.

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  12. dory mclaughlin April 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    this is unbelievable…thankyou for organizing it all for us…and, yes, it IS both “parties”….and, yes, it IS corruption….and YES IT IS THEM VS US…so..what do we do??????…we vote out ALL incumbents, and force the newbies to vote in things WE THE PEOPLE want and need..and, if they don’t…then, they are gone next round, too….It is either that or a revolution….I prefer the ballot box…

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  13. Winstom Smith April 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Good shilling there Gerry Manders. The only ugly propaganda is the crap you are trying to put your paid spin on.

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  14. kc April 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Truly there are huge Gaps and I see a one sided picture here but currently there is a D in the white house.

    and only on conflict of interest yes these can all be seen as corrupt

    it is also blatent useless spin. Not all that interesting beyond listing starting points for all us internet surfers who are wasting time instead of solving problems.

    Ahhhh, bold sloth

    imso
    misskc

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  15. YOU GUYS April 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE ON THE SAME TEAM.

    they are both bad guys!

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    • kc April 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      Evil and Bad guy are strong words but point made and true.

      I believe the collaboration of the ignorant is the Might of the enemy army.
      when it comes to American (& probably all) politics; entering it a good person may be possible but staying a good person highly unlikely. Most people I know can not handle the Power of running an ice cream stand.

      imso
      kc

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      • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        KC, I hate to nit-pick but YOU GUYS’ post did NOT say they were “evil”; only “bad”. But isn’t interesting (almost Freudian) that your mind went there. Still – point well made and true:

        There is a problem with American (& probably all) politics; and it steams from the axiom that “Power Corrupts”. The larger our government gets (and it’s gotten dangerously large) the more corrupt our politicians will be. AND the more corporate connections and financial liaisons are allowed – the more powerful Government, Big Corporations, Big Finance, and Big Unions get. And by automatic extension – the more corrupt they have all become.

        But – for PC sake – let’s not call them “bad” or “evil”. That wouldn’t be very nice.

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  17. noel April 20, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Please do a CHART of the CFR members or would THAT be too many individuals?!

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      SNAP Noel. Dead On !

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  18. noel April 20, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    CFR members during each administration would be a most telling reflection of the influence of the European global elites on our country!!!

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      I would also suggest that the Federal Reserve NOT be left out of this “Conflict of Interest” parade.

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  19. VietCongTorpedMyBoat April 20, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Only in Derpmerica can conflicts of interest so blatant exist.

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  20. Anna Van Z April 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    It’s important to show these conflicts of interests, as the author has done with these graphics, but it’s not a clear picture unless the repug connections are included. The Bush years were Crony government at it’s most blatant, and it’s dishonest to not include THOSE conflicts of interest. I’d love to see the author edit these to create a more accurate display.

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  22. on the red list for knowing the truth April 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment seized by the multinational-duel citizens-sell outs to the global one world government agenda who think they are “immune” to radiation, chemtrails, GMO and nano-parasites.

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  23. goldmansachs gambles your tax money away and gets a bailout every time, no questions asked April 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    and people get angry at a mother of 4 for being on food stamps?

    That’s insanity!

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      Dude (of many names), I think you’ve misinterpreted the feelings of those Americans that object to the abuse of food stamps. We don’t have to condone Goldman Sachs for the right to challenge our run-away-entitlement system; any more than you have to choose between: Radiation, Chem-trails, GMOs, and Nano-parasites.

      There can be more than one “wrong to right”. But once YOU condone food stamps and other unsustainable entitlements that deprive Americans of their dignity and freedom – you’ve invalidated any other good points you may have made.

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      • dory mclaughlin April 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

        mad dog….do you want those poor folks on foodstamps to just hurry up and die???? I mean, how dare they become unemployed….or let themselves be foreclosed on….lazy bastards….and a few less of them would be good, yes???It sounds like you’d be one to deny feeding them in parks or churches, too….Well, my friend, I sure hope you never fall on hard times and need those sinful “entitlements”!

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        • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

          Dorry, you’ve lumped a lot of stuff together and made a lot of unfair assumptions about me. But that’s okay.

          First of all, Food Stamps are a relatively small part of the overall Entitlement system. However, the Food Stamp – or ETB – program is one of the most misguided and abused. And for the last 30 years, it has failed to accomplish it’s charter: the number of people on food stamps is supposed to decline; instead it’s rising faster than ever. When a system or program (of any kind) continually fails – it needs to be revamped or eliminated. To do otherwise is “insanity”.

          Dorry, I’m 55 years old and I HAVE seen hard times. When that happens – you did in deeper, you do with less (instead of asking the gov for a free cell phone), you sell the house that you can’t afford and move in with family (family 1st Dorry – remember that), you sell the car that you can’t afford and take the bus (save on gas and insurance), you accept jobs that you think are below you (and by jobs I mean more than one – which I have worked many times – through many recessions when others are saying “there are no jobs” … bull shit).

          I could explain to you in detail the problems with each and every one of our Entitlement programs – but I don’t have the time and I can summarize it in just a few statements: The United States of America is BROKE. We are in DEBT and that debt is growing exponentially. Almost half of every dollar that the gov spends IS BORROWED – WITH INTEREST. (… with interest and all kinds of other strings that will soon be realized – and “We the People” will be owing the Chinese and the Fed Res and the world’s Central Banks a whole lot more than dollars – Because Dorry, DOLLARS will be WORTHLESS.

          But that’s not the worst of it, Dorry. That 15.6 Trillion Dollar Debt is only what the Fed gov owes today. It doesn’t take into account what all the State gov’s owe, or the city gov’s, or the 100 Trillion in Unfunded Liabilities that we will owe going forward. Are you going to pay it Dorry? Am I? NO – OUR UNBORN grandchildren will be saddled with a DEBT that they had nothing to do with nor ever benefited from.

          Think about that – EVERYONE – before you cash your next government / entitlement check. Think about the burden you’re forcing unto unborn children; who – by all extrapolations – will be enduring a MUCH lower standard of living – EVEN WITHOUT your narcissistic, opulent and wasteful spending.

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          • Dory in Az April 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

            You think I am an idiot, apparently….so, here ya go…I am 61, a college graduate, substitute teacher and small business owner. I have raised two daughters and paid their college by myself, and I have worked two jobs for three years, to make ends meet. My husband has run our surveying business for 31 years. Because of the bogus real estate crash, we almost went out of business. We could no longer afford health insurance for my husband..(pre-existing diabetes)…(the pre-existing insurance ran $1600/month), so we got him on Arizona medicaid..(AHCCS)…so,I guess we are lose leaches, and no benefit to society, then eh?loserleaches too???leaches????Itwas our only choice to

          • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

            Dory, I never said you were an idiot – nor did I ask for your life history. I’m sure you’re a quality woman who has worked hard and is deserving of a loving husband and family. But some how you got off the subject of Entitlements and Food Stamps and felt compelled to discuss your husband’s medical needs and insurance problems.

            Medical Insurance – like any other insurance – should be a private contract between you and your insurance agent. It shouldn’t involve your government or your employer. The Insurance company calculates the odds of the client needing medical treatment and what that will cost. Based on collected actuarial figures, they calculate your life expectancy and determine the necessary premiums to cover the cost of those odds, plus the cost of doing business, plus – unfortunately – a little profit for their stock holders (actually a lot of profit). All other insurance industries work this way, provide a valuable service, compete for your business & satisfaction, and remain solvent.

            Healthcare and Medical Insurance would be just as successful – IF THE GOVERNMENT HAD KEEP THEIR NOSES OUT OF THIS PRIVATE BUSINESS. For example, you mentioned several times “pre-existing” diabetes. This concept exists ONLY if you allow your government or employer to control your healthcare; only if your policy changes every time you change jobs. Doesn’t that seem wrong to you?

            I know it’s a novel concept, Dory, but Insurance is a business … an industry. It has NO place in our government. As a teacher, I’m sure you’ve read some of the writings from our founding fathers – they explicitly warned us of allowing the federal government to participate in private enterprises. It turns out, they were right. Over the last 40 years, the more our government (state and fed) got involved in medical insurance, the higher our healthcare cost got, and the less full-service we got (i.e. pre-existing conditions).

            So agree with you, Dory, and I empathize with your husband. Our existing Healthcare system is failing (and under ObamaCare it will even be worse) – BECAUSE it has turned into a government ENTITLEMENT. You and your husband deserve better. America deserves a working, affordable healthcare system and a privately run, competitive insurance industry. So you’ve made my point for me: ENTITLEMENTS ARE BAD !!

  24. false profit April 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Goldman sachs gambles your taxes away and gets a bailout every other freaking day!

    While the masses work off their asses to pay taxes to the fat cats in fancy glasses!

    Cycle of financial slavery making you think you are free but really the reality is that you are a slave by decree!

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  25. Marlon April 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    So what do WE do now? Now that we see what we thought was a country is actually a huge corporation. Hmm

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    • Mad Dog April 26, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      DEFUND THEM ALL

      In their little (albeit powerful) worlds – nothing works without the almighty dollar. Just stop giving it to them. Yes, it would be difficult to commit to a 100% boycott of corporate corruption – but it is possible. And it would probably re-define our free-market system with decreased emphasis on consumerism. But even more difficult (and illegal) would be to boycott government corruption (which is most government). Listen, refusing to pay taxes would be a difficult and dangerous Revolutionary position to take. But as Revolutions go – it beats the hell out of violence. And I’m sorry – Occupiers – we are not going to accomplish anything by “camping-out” or “sitting-in”.

      Take a page from the US Government’s handbook. Recognize what they value and respect – and emulate the same. Every WH Administration and Congress (of Baboons) is convinced that “SANCTIONS” is the way to go. So let’s “We the People” impose a few Sanctions on (the Tea Party’s) “Big Government” AND (the Occupiers’) “Big Corporations / Big Banks”.

      DEFUND THEM ALL

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  26. a realist April 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    the reality is that we are the united states of the corporation
    that is what is really going in this nation
    our elected leaders are just figure heads
    no different than those inanimate zombies of the dead

    bill of rights is now the patriot act
    was passed in order to deteriorate more rights, that’s a fact
    to keep their corrupted network intact
    from any real actions of a patriot that will whack

    no i’m not high on any drugs or booze
    just refuse to be sheeple who likes to snooze
    while your rights are being stripped in increments
    some of you don’t even care that is my 2 cents

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  27. Neo1 April 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    A Banksters defeatism nightmare, Being forced to Return to Real Money=United States Note=Lawful Money. The real reason you pay an income tax, is for the privilege of using a private currency. Also known As A: Federal Reserve Note, Demand from your bank or brokerage, lawful money and the tax goes away, with a tax exemption on lawful money, all of your money is yours. Use the Remedy within the Federal Reserve Act. http://savingtosuitorsclub.net/ Stop being a Slave!!!!!!
    http://www.21silver.com/?show=merrill&read=federal_reserve_act_remedy Tax Exemption: http://stormthunder.com/federal-reserve-act/ Web search these four different phrases: Redeemed in Lawful Money or United States Note or Redeemed in Lawful Money Pursuant to Title 12 USC §411 or deposited for credit on account or exchanged for non-negotiable federal reserve notes of face value
    How corporatism replaced the Republic Thru the Federal Reserve Banking System
    http://www.blacklistednews.com/Federal_Reserve_Banking_System_/19014/0/0/0/Y/M.html
    http://forum.shiresociety.com/

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  28. Roanman April 25, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    I’ll probably post a link to this as it’s fun and clearly inspires conversation.

    However, the fact that some number of people have one job somewhere and then obtain another job somewhere else is indicative of not much. Most of us have worked for multiple employers, some of whom have had relationships with each other.

    While it’s funny that Dems are pissed off that the Republican “revolving door” was missed/omitted on purpose … your choice … to the extent that these Venns demonstrate anything at all, it is funnier yet to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the holier than thou left as the corruption from that side of the aisle is every bit as vile as is that of the right.

    The big message here is that people working for the government are exactly like you, to the extent they can get a better job with a better package, they’ll take it.

    Among the great fictions of our lifetime is the notion that anyone in government is there because they give something more than a rat’s ass about you.

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  29. Johnny C. April 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS in these Venn diagrams.??

    Vice President DICK Cheney who advocated for a war in Iraq that transferred BILLIONS of tax-payers money to his former employer Halliburton based on fake “intelligence” about WMD ordered by the Bush administration.

    DICK Cheney also had secret meetings with the oil industry in January, months before 9/11 where they divided up the oil reserves in Iraq between the different oil companies.

    Cheney and Bush were oil men and never stop serving their masters when they were in government. That corruption cost US tax-payers TRILLION dollars in added deficit, and thousands of american lives. Not to forget the unreported millions of Iraqis that lost their homes or the 100.000 injured.

    Both parties are corrupt, and most of the politicians have sold out to corporate interests and lobbying groups but not in equal measures.

    The republicans are 10x more connected to corporate interests and takes in 10x the amount of money from oil, gas, tobacco, military industry and other corporations and to write their legislation and bills

    And let’s not forget some of the other cases of corruption

    US Supreme Court Justice Thomas (appointed by Bush) was an attorney for Monsanto and was instrumental in the ruling in Citizen United which opening the flood gates for corporation spending limitless of money and the corporate take-over of politics.

    John Bachmann, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce under Bush, which was a heavy donor to the GOP and he is also a board member of Monsanto.

    Donald Rumsfeld (R) – board member of Monsanto

    John Boehner (R) – Republican Party (GOP) House Majority leader who used to hand out checks from the Tobacco industry on the house floor WHEN the House were about to vote on legislation affecting the Tobacco industry.

    Tom Delay (R) – former Republican Party (GOP) House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005 who resigned because of criminal money laundering

    the list can go on and on…

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  30. dvdtruth April 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Scary stuff.

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  31. CHRISTOPHER April 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Welcone to the Fourth Reich, Herr Adolph would be proud, Corporatism is in place and everything is efficiently organized and governed by Executive Orders. All together now: Heil Obama, Heil Obama…….. You will come to really like the “New Order” or die in a labor Battalion!!!!!!

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  32. Mad Dog May 1, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Touché

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  33. Delia May 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    There are some Republicans listed and Bush, Cheney and Reagan are listed as well. There is no R by the names but there is no D by Clintons’. The corruption is massive on both sides of the aisle. Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Patriots are both protesting the same thing. Corporate/ government collusion and corruption.

    Vote against the incumbent. Ron Paul is ignored by the corporate/government owned media because he would effect real change.

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    • Mad Dog May 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Delia, your post may be a couple of weeks late – but it was well worth the wait. You are absolutely correct.

      The Occupiers and the Tea Party are both trying to send very similar messages. Whether Ron Paul can win or not – let’s all stand up and send our message of anti-incumbents, anti-big government, anti-big spending, anti-fiscal irresponsibility, anti-unsustainable entitlements, anti-Federal Reserve and big banks, anti-IRS**, AND ANTI-CORPORATISM, Lobbyists and monopolistic corruption.

      ** If you still like the IRS, you’ve got to watch this:
      http://www.wthr.com/video?clipId=7054149&autostart=true

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  34. Gary J. Mallast May 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    This shows how monstrously hypocritical and dishonest the Democrats are with their “hate the rich” and “soak the rich” rhetoric. The Dems ARE “the rich.”

    The fact that laws that are supposed to take from “the rich” to help “the poor” in fact do the opposite is more than just the action of Ludwig von Mises law of government intervention (Human Action, p. 858). It appears more and more to be intent

    A program, like The Community Reinvestment Act is sold as helping the poor to obtain homes when it ends up stealing the homes, savings, retirements, and lives of middle class and poor. Programs alleged to help “preserve the family farm” end up crushing them with impossible regulatory burdens.

    What this fails to cross reference is just how many of these people have Harvard J.D.s or MBAs. And many that didn’t come out of Harvard came out of Yale, MIT, or (if journalists) Columbia.

    There appears here to be a whole “out of touch” elitist culture of patronize and screw the ordinary person.

    There are two kinds of “rich”: The productive rich who finance and organize production—viz. the jobs and goods we consume, and the parasitic rich who use the government and the tax system to rob people.

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  35. Carl May 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I guess I come to this discussion late as usual, but I do have some experience and thought to share on a number of topics mentioned. First of all the “tax the rich” idea doesn’t work and focuses attention in the wrong direction. We have only to look at the gentleman who was involved with Facebook, that left the country and denounced his US citizenship to avoid paying taxes. Money is mobile and if I was that wealthy I would probably look for a country that would treat me better also. People will not remain where the taxes are too high and they take their money with them leaving the rest of us to shoulder the loss of taxes. On the EBT front… I was once a very highly paid professional, but lost my job back in 2005. After 4 more years we lost the house also. Now I work 2 jobs for a total of 70 hours per week at (now) slightly more than minimum wage. I state that not for sympathy but just as fact. One of my jobs is as a cashier for a grocery store and it does bother me that I have customers who will pay for thier groceries with food stamps and then pull out a wad of bills and flip through 100’s liooking for a 20 to pay for their booze. These are the people who receive a benefit from the tax on my 70 hours so they can afford groceries?? And yes, I know not everyone has a wad of bills in their pocket and I look to help those I believe are truly in need, but top down government systems tend to draw fraud and corruption simply because it is a source of “free” money.

    I found these diagrams to be very helpful even though I know they are not complete…I do wonder how at least two people know that there are 10x more republicans than democrats that should be listed… I would love to have them do the work and submit a complete listing of each catagory. I don’t suspect any will be forthcoming though…

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  37. Michael John Hussey November 19, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Firstly I do not Twitter, secondly to the idiots who cannot read, much like the idiots who cannot explain why they voted for Obama again, THIS IS ABOUT CORRUPTION, AND I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT GROWING UP IN A DEMOCRATIC REGION WHICH WAS AND STILL IS CORRUPT, THIS IS ABOUT THOSE VERY POLITICIANS!!!!!!

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  38. Udo November 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Maybe it is time to go to Washington “Armed” and arrest and try these Bastards! If they resist shoot them!
    Our country is already History, maybe it will be some satisfaction?

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  39. Teresa Fivek February 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    You may have gotten a lot of support had you not chosen to make this a partisan thing. Both sides are equally corrupt. Your diagrams also show how biased many groups are. FAIL!

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