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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 09:02 pm

Attack by the corporate foxes

The Bush administration happily sells out the nation

While George W. Bush, the Congress, and the media have us looking south to the “invasion” of America by impoverished illegal immigrants or looking east to the “endless threat” to America from hordes of fanatical Islamic terrorists, there’s another, very real but very quiet, siege taking place on our government. It’s coming from within. Far from being a movement of desperate poor people, this assault on democracy is being mounted by extremely wealthy and powerful guys in pinstripe suits. Theirs is a corporate assault on our public resources, public institutions, public functions — and the very idea of the common good. They fly the flag of “privatization,” and their goal is to take over our public sector, essentially eliminating it and substituting corporate governance. In an important book titled The Fox in the Hen House, Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich document the startling extent to which this takeover has already happened. Corporate lobbyists, corporate-funded think tanks, and corporate-owned politicians have been pushing privatization (which is nothing but a euphemism for corporatization) for decades, with Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton willingly turning over public purposes, assets, and control to these private, anti-democratic, profit-seeking interests. As Kahn and Minnich show, the privatizers hit the mother lode with the Bush-Cheney regime. With their extremist, anti-government ideology, the Bushites are gleefully selling out the public good by selling off whole chunks of our government. We know about their push to privatize Social Security and schools, but few are aware of the massive turnover of power to corporations in such areas as the military and our parks, prisons, and social programs. To help keep our democracy from being devoured by the corporate foxes, check Kahn and Minnich’s Web site, at www.thefoxinthehenhouse.com.

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