In case you thought that Congress was now run by elected officials that answer to the people as opposed to special interests, you can sleep well tonight knowing that special interests groups still run the show and the deeper the pockets, the more control over Congress they have.
Never has this control been more evident than earlier this week when Congress passed an Agricultural Appropriations bill for 2013, which included a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the event that these seeds you know, have oh what do they call those pesky things, oh yeah health risks. I mean Im sure that genetically modified seeds pose absolutely no health risks to the public otherwise companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monstanto and affiliated PAC's wouldn't have dontated 7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009 and pushed for what is in essence immunity from any litigation that may result from their genetically modified seeds.
It is absolutely mind blowing to me, that a company can manufacture a product that may pose health risks to people and that they can simply donate enough money to Congress in order to buy themselves immunity. I'm sure the tobacco companies are kicking themselves for not thinking of this strategy first. Can you imagine how much the tobacco companies would have been willing to spend in order to make themselves immune for any health risks that their cigarettes may have caused? Ten Billion? Twenty Billion? Considering they agreed to pay 206 Billion over the first twenty-five (25) years of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement entered back in 1998.
If you are a manufacturer of any product that has a possibility of presenting health risks to the public, the game plan has been laid out by these companies as to how to make a potentially dangerous product and not worry about the risks that these products may cause the public.
Here is an article that details the action taken by Congress: