Mandatory arbitration is a part of every credit card and cell phone contract that you sign. In so signing you agree to not take the card company or cell phone company to court. Did you know that? Tort reform makes it so companies are not found liable for harm. They use the term frivolous but includes third degree burns and death. An example of State mandated caps–> in West Virginia miners are often killed in mining accidents their families can ask for and win millions, but the cap is about $10.000. Susan Saladoff’s film “Hot Coffee” is effective and makes these confusing terms easy to understand. Who would think the US government would allow this kind of abuse to happen to citizens of the USA?
This prompted some inquiry into lobbying groups who support arbitration, caps and tort reform. Then you look up the politicians those lobby groups support and you realize why the government has allowed this abuse.
Two lobbying groups were made the focus–>Americans for Prosperity supported by Charles and David Koch and the US Chamber of Commerce which was created by US president William Howard Taft as a counterbalance to organized labor in 1912. You may not realize that the US Chamber of Commerce is not a government agency it is a private astroturf lobby. (I’m not talking about football fields)
The term astroturf is the billionaire version of grassroots. Astroturf coalitions are created and funded by corporations and industry trade associations. They fund lobbying groups who’s job is to win over the middle class and manipulate facts. Many describe (or disguise) themselves as public relations groups like Bonner and Associates.
In 2009, Jack Bonner and his Associates were working for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) and were caught forging letters to Representative Tom Perriello. The letters were supposedly from true grassroots groups, like the NAACP — urging him to oppose the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill. Perriello is one of the co-sponsors of the Clean Water Protection Act. The Coal industry didn’t want this Act signed because it would slow the practice of Mountaintop removal.
Jack Bonner had his company design a fictitious web calculator. This calculator convinced users the cost of fuel would rise exponentially if legislators signed the Kyoto treaty; while accusing real scientists of being eco-wacko. They have pulled off the same brilliant shenanigans for pharmaceutical companies, Mobile oil, US tobacco, Citicorp and so forth. The Kochs love these guys and have them working for them through “Americans for Prosperity” and probably many others.
The US Chamber of Commerce seems to have morphed into a completely self-serving machine. It is a private lobbying group funded by 45 billionaires. Their common denominator is a dislike for public education and healthcare reform. These billionaires love funding tort reform and judicial races. The US Chamber of Commerce helped to shield AIG from liability lawsuits, funded the Tea-party in the 2010 midterm elections, distributed books on energy to children, funded the fight against SCHIP (healthcare for poor kids), and so forth. They are drooling over social security money and wanting to legally manipulate it by lobbying for social security, medicare and medicaid to be privatized. They are funding politicians who get behind this agenda with their pens. Rick Scott has quickly signed legislation to privatize medicaid in Florida.
They are the conductor, we are the band. If you don’t like the music, make your own. Look up stuff and find out the truth.