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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Washington Voters: Bought and Paid For by Monsanto

Washington ALMOST became the first state to require labeling of GMO products.  When the initiative — I-522 — first got enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, it looked like a slam dunk.  Who could be against a simple labeling requirement?  Food companies already have to tell us when their products contain maltodextrin, xanthan, BHT and hundreds of other additives.  Why should genetically modified organisms be any different?  Methinks Monsanto is hiding something.

Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association — a huge money-laundering organization that enables food companies to make anonymous political donations without jeopardizing their public image — together spent $22 million to purchase the election.  That’s more than twice as much per voter as they spent in California to defeat the same initiative, Proposition 37.

Out of that $22 million, exactly $550.00 came from within Washington State.  The other $21,999,450.00 came from national/global corporate conglomerates.  This fact was widely reported, but unfortunately it didn’t have any effect on the gullible voting public.

In other election news:  Chris Christie coasted to re-election (as we all knew he would), setting himself up to be Hillary’s most likely opponent in 2016.

It was generally a bad day to be a Teabagger. Thank God.  Ken Cuccinelli got defeated in his run for Governor of Virginia, mostly because wealthy Republican donors didn’t donate to him.

Same story in Alabama.  In a congressional GOP runoff, mainstream Republican Bradley Byrne defeated Teabirther candidate Dean Young.  Maybe the mainstream/non-teatard Republican Party is getting its groove back.

New York City’s Mayor-Elect, Bill de Blasio, has been described as the first genuinely liberal New York City mayor since John Lindsay, who was — this is not a typo — a Republican.

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Blogger jim marquis said...

It tickled me watching Christie give his victory speech, talking about all the great things he plans on doing for New Jersey. Everybody knows he really has one job on his mind...winning the presidency.

November 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Too bad about I-522... that was a shame. Far too much money from outside the state, and that allowed for too many ads that stoked fear and doubt in the minds of voters. I wish there was a way to keep that sort of thing from happening.

Agreed with Jim about Christie, I love the way Christie looked directly into the camera during his speech, knowing full well it would get big play on all the major news networks. He's a power-hungry fellow, for sure, and he loves the spotlight. He's all about Christ Christie!

I think the country will gradually see the GOP shift back more toward the center. The right wing will realize that while every party or movement has its fringe elements, the mainstream GOP needs to marginalize the kooks a bit to bring things back toward center a bit. Allowing the Tea People to be so vocal and to appear in control just gives the GOP brand bad press, and it may take them a while to recover.

And that's fine by me.

I don't like the GOP AT ALL, but I think a more sane GOP would help make for a more healthy America, and maybe a safer one. I hate the thought of Chris Christie in the White House but I hate the thought of someone like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz in there even more.

None of those guys should be our next president, but we can't be sure of that, and we can't be complacent.

November 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: You're right. Christia won't admit it, but governing New Jersey is just a way station on the way to the White House.

Snave: Yup, that sucks about I-522. I don't think there's any way to keep outside money out of local elections. We just need smarter voters who don't fall for every slick TV ad they see. I can dream anyway.

It's definitely time for the mainstream GOP to take the reins and put the crazies back in the basement (to paraphrase either Reagan or George HW Bush). Either that or the GOP will fade away and become just a footnote.

November 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

It's funny how much we Dems seem to care about the survival of the Republican party. Sometimes I think we're too compassionate for our own good!

November 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

They seem to be really afraid of GMO labeling to spend that much money to prevent it. And they say it is safe. Why isn't everyone calling "Bullshit"! If GMO's are so safe, put it on the label. Advertise it! Don't hide it.


November 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: For me, it's not a matter of compassion. I don't usually agree with mainstream Republicans, but at least they aren't a bunch of crazy Kamikazes. The teatards are scary and need to be relegated back to the fringes where they've always been.

Jerry: Yup, they're hiding something, that's for sure. GMOs are this fantastic new product we've created, and we're spending $40 million to keep you from finding out when you're consuming them. Nope, doesn't add up.

November 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM  

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