I just listened to 90 minutes of a Senate hearing on the Law of the Sea Treaty. It was compelling. I was fascinated. It featured testimony by really really smart people including the likes of Rumsfeld (war criminal) and John Negroponte (a classic Republican diplomat) and lottsa senators. And others.
I couldn’t’ turn away.
The treaty was first proposed when Nixon was Prez; it was practicallt re-written in the 80’s to satisfy the Reagan administration. We still haven’t signed.
Every living President. Every living Secretary of State. Every living Defense Secretary. Armies of serious military senior officer corp. They’ve all testified or written to advocate signing this treaty.
The rest of the world has signed. We haven’t. Guess who else hasn’t? Yemen. (We seem to be in their company a lot lately.)
Speaking against today was a ‘scholar’ from the Heritage Foundation and my favorite Senator of all time, the climate denial grand poohbah, James Inhofe. Who asked a lot of dumb questions.
I listened and I was fascinated. Is there a badge?
Will the apologists for our emerging American oligarchy try to talk their way around even this?
According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States has an economic freedom score of 76.3, which makes the United States rank tenth out of one hundred seventy-nine ranked countries. Hong Kong ranks first, with an economic freedom score of 89.9.
For those who don’t know, here‘s who they are:
Heritage’s stated mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”.
They think we’re not doing so well. And in case you didn’t know, here’s who they are:
Heritage is primarily funded through donations from private individuals and charitable foundations. Businessman Joseph Coors contributed the first $250,000 to start The Heritage Foundation in 1973. Other significant contributors have included the conservative Olin, Scaife, DeVos and Bradley foundations.
In 2007, Heritage reported an operating revenue of $75.0 million dollars. As of February 2011, Heritage reported 710,000 supporters. Heritage Foundation is also a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program.
Those are family foundations, very very conservative family foundations that provided much of the funding for the anti-Clinton crusade of the 90’s: the eternal Paula Jones lawsuit, the fake Whitewater ‘scandal’ – even personal financial support for the public accusers around the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
They are also drivers of a new American oligarchy. Putin would love them.
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