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    Posted: Apr 24 2007 at 5:52pm
What is Going On in The "Music" Industry!?!?!!!

If ever there was a good time for MUSIC INDIES to UNITE,
...ummm, this would be it...

~ Music Indies Unite ~

This whole "strong arming situation" by the major labels attempting to smother and crush... Indie Labels, Indie Artists, Indie Radio, Indie Dj's, and Indie Listeners, etc., has had me very upset for a while now.

There is a much bigger hidden picture here... The majors want to smother and remove the freedom from ALL of us... to even have the ability to discover, to hear, to listen, to enjoy and to support exactly those Recording Artists that we actually DO want to hear... and our Congress seems to be caving in for the "Big Money" control freak ride.     

What should be done... what would fix this mess and still be fair to all?
Your thoughts?


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Geno,

You've done a really good job getting the information together and making people aware of what is going on here.

This impacts ALL OF US, especially those of us who are making a living in music and music related fields.

There is talk about the creation of a "Library In Th Sky", that will be accessed via a box like a cable box, where you have to pay a monthly subscription in order to hear music.

All other forms of freedom to experience music would be hampered, in favor of that subscription. Even LIVE music events would be discouraged, unless somehow controlled by the library in the sky.

IMO, it's important that people not buy into this mania. It's our right as humans to speak or sing or play music as we see fit.... just as it's our right to be able to LISTEN TO WHATEVER WE WANT.

The whole issue with copyrights and licenses is outta hand. They're not there to protect the artists anymore. They're there as manipulation tools for big money.

Copyrights and licenses are good for reducing the possibility that people will try to send the wrong message with your art. Copyrights are not good for making it impossible for others to experience our art as we created it.

The point of creating is to SHARE. Making a living off of it is necessary too; but without being able to share, how is anyone going to know to pay us... lol

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Here is an interesting new BETA site being tested...

it lists up to date information on what is going on with The Internet Radio Equality Act - Bill HR2060 (or any other Bill) before Congress right now... and exactly which Representatives from each state and party are on board...

OpenCongress.org


and also list's news & press links!

(We might all need a handy dandy pocket version of this website for taking to the polls when re-election voting time comes around again! *lol*) (Something for Reps to think about from the department of ... We Know What YOU Did (or didn't do) Last Summer...)

Just a Thought,
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~~~UPDATE: June 8th, 2007
"In letters distributed to various Capitol Hill offices on Thursday morning, the four companies' CEOs argue that the music industry" (via SoundEchange) "will also be forcing collection of more than $1 billion per year from three services alone--Yahoo, RealNetworks and Pandora--in the name of covering so-called administrative costs." ..."mandatory minimum payment accordingly (for Real, that would amount to $200 million)" !!!

{note to self: Administrative Costs DO NOT GO TO ARTISTS, STUDIO MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS, WRITERS, PUBLISHERS, LABELS or RELATED MUSIC CREATORS in any way, shape or form!}

New Net radio rules draw fire on Capitol Hill (read here)

and...

Major Webcasters to face billions in new fees? June 8th Article - (read here)


Since the start of all of this... it gets more unbelievable with each and every twist and turn, and sadly, THIS is no 'imagined' horror story. The CRB decision clearly hurts each and every American and Music People Worldwide in ways yet to be imagined.



And as of this writing, with hundreds of thousands of petitions and 111 Representative Co-Sponsors of HR2060 agreeing that the CRB decision is UNFAIR... it still stands to be enacted into enforceable retroactive law on July 15th, 2007.

Mixey, Thank You! You summed it up very well in a few short words...

"This impacts ALL OF US, especially those of us who are making a living in music and music related fields."

If I might add part of what I wrote to My Representative...

"Bottom line, we're all just trying to stay alive and earn an honest living, be able to pay our bills, pay our taxes and survive.

The RIAA SoundExchange (Payola for airplay -structure of dishonesty that 'doesn't exist') System does not work for INDIE ARTISTS who need to simply get our music honestly heard via terrestrial radio and via the internet ... Well, the Internet is ALL that we have left to get our music heard whatsoever.   Save Indie Internet Radio!!!"


Back in April of 2007... I started posting and updating this blog:

Save Indie Radio... Is Your MySpace Music Player Next?

time has now gone by, and I'm still wondering this...


What has happened to our system of Democracy and "fairness"?


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Ok, back when I first posed my blog on MySpace at the end of March 2007,
      
Save Indie Radio... Is Your MySpace Music Player Next? (read here)
and "Oh, and by the way... How's your YouTube/MySpace/Google Video enjoyment experience?" ...

WOW!!!

...I had no idea that within less than a month and a half... how close to reality my half joking, logic based, predictive question ... would actually be!


~~~~ YouTube & MySpace Under Attack Since May 18th ~~~~

"The Copyright Alliance comes as controversy continues to swirl around Google's YouTube video-sharing site, and other social-networking sites such as MySpace and photo site FlickR, where users post and share copyrighted content. — Viacom, for one, is suing Google and its video-sharing platform YouTube for "massive intentional copyright infringement." Viacom seeks more than $1 billion in damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting Google and YouTube from further copyright infringement."

Will Copyright Alliance's Wax Trigger YouTube's Wane?
By Clint Boulton ...


and...

"As If Big Copyright Didn't Already Have Enough Lobbying Clout...
from the lobbyists-doing-more-lobbying? dept..."


```This stuff is just painful to think about.

Is there an end in sight somewhere to all of this negative, "more for me and my lawyers" lobbying greed?


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(http://www.worth1000.com/)



...but seriously, folks,,,
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RIAA Lobbyist Money Spent 2006

What a shame... this same money spent each year should have gone to Artists, Publishers, Songwriters, Musicians, ..."ROYALTIES" ...etc., instead of Lawyers, Lobbyists & Good Old Boy Political Campaigns.


       (http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/2007_01_07_archive.html)


...meanwhile, back at the Major Label Executive Glass Corporate Towers...


       (http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20070115)

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Internet Radio To Go Silent In Protest on Tuesday, June 26th Over Increase In Royalty Fees


By David Louie
SAN FRANCISCO, Jun. 21, 2007 News Article & Video from ABC7

Internet Radio To Go Silent In Protest... (Click Here)

From many musical choices... to next to none.
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Yes, it's for real today...

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~ UPDATE: June 26th, 2007 ~

Internet Radio Goes Silent Today In Protest! ...a letter from Tim at Pandora (read here)

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p.s. I got a very nice letter from Congressman Sestak.... he obviously read my words, and responded:


"...time is of the essence in saving Internet radio. On July 15, if Congress does not intervene, collection of these new royalty fees will begin, and hundreds of thousands of Internet radio stations will be turned off for good. Please know that I strongly support this bill, and I will work hard for its passage. It is imperative that we act within the next 2 months to prevent the culmination of internet radio.

Again, I appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me on this issue. If I may be of any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me again. Also, if you would like to receive regular updates from me on this, and other Congressional issues, please visit my website at http://www.house.gov/sestak to sign up for my e-newsletter. I look forward to our future correspondence.

Sincerely,

Joe Sestak
Member of Congress

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I am very pleased and impressed. YES, Some of those that represent us actually DO listen when we speak up. He is now also on the hearing committee as well.   Joe Sestak, Thank You!!!





Today From The Boston Globe (read here)

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UPDATE: 3:46pm - June 26th 2007

Massive Save Internet Radio Support Today Cripples Servers, Switchboards!

by DANIEL MCSWAIN
"An overwhelming response by listeners to today's ongoing "Day of Silence" event has overwhelmed the web and database servers being used by SaveNetRadio.org and is tying up switchboards in Congressional offices all over Capitol Hill as a deluge of online radio listeners have rushed to contact their representatives to ask them to co-sponsor the "Internet Radio Equality Act."...

(read more here) http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/062607/index.shtml





The message is becoming clear and loud from Americans to the RIAA/SoundExchange/and the Big 5 Major Money Labels ...
"don't mess with my music, don't mess with my music choices... and most of all, don't force me to HAVE to listen to yours!"



Let freedom ring out... loudly!


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~ UPDATE: June 27th, 2007 ~

Internet Radio Stations Go Silent for a Day (read here)
- by Dan Adams, Reporter News10

and...

Congressman Jay Inslee Video in the House of Representatives
to push the INTERNET RADIO EQUALITY ACT...
(Our Congress IS listening - See Video - Thank You!)

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Excellent Geno !!! The first link to Dan Adams isn't working though !!!

Jay Inslee made the point known well... short and to the point.... good job !!!

Pretty impressive... 70 million Americans woke up and their music had been silenced for a day.

It better be handled in Congress the right way, or things will get ugly.

Fans are not called fans for nothing !!!

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Thanks, MIXEY,
(I fixed that broken link.) I hope Congress listens well, so that we can all get back to MUSIC, instead of worrying that someone is trying to take it away and mute it! What's the point of making music, if no one is 'allowed' to listen to it and enjoy it?
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~ UPDATE: June 29th, 2007 ~

In talking with Inslee, Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) expressed frustration with the situation.
"My hope is that we won't help one segment of our population at the expense of another,"


Rep Inslee: Game not over for 'Net radio, not now or on July 15 (read here) By Ken Fisher

and so while everybody including Congress can't figure out what to do...
meet the newest Gangster on the block, named... "Dark Payola"

"Economics over artistic merit is a recipe for payola — which is where labels pay radio stations to spin their music. It's illegal. But a new form of payola has been detected. It is the exact opposite of payola, but with all the same effects — forcing radio audiences to listen to the garbage labels want them to hear. It's dark payola."

Dark Payola Emerges - "Direct licensing" is the new threat to Webcasting´s meritocracy of music (read here)
- By David Downs who writes:

..."Think you love terrestrial radio now? Wait till Britney Spears really is the cheapest thing to play."

"...If Net radio stations don't win their fight, playing whatever they want will become prohibitively expensive. Playing crap, however, won't be.



             Dark Payola$$$ ...Gee, what a surprise, huh... not!

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~ UPDATE: July 9th, 2007 - Save Indie Internet Radio

Follow the Money!

What does the Bush Dynasty, Skull and Bones & The Carlyle Group have in common?
... billion$ and billion$ and billion$ !

"Skull and Bones" & "The Carlyle Group" in Google (damn!)

and so...

The ex-presidents' club - The Carlyle Group - Monday, July 02, 2007 - The ReidReport - Like a Virgin (click here)

"...So will the major defense contractor and employer of former presidents (and apparently, major donut pusher...) soon own the Virgin Megastores and access to millions of iPods and mobile phones (including 3 million in the U.S. alone)? One shudders to think of the possibilities..." - JReid



(Hint Hint) ...The Carlyle Group is now reportedly seeking to invest heavily in many things... ... Virgin Media, Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile... internet digital rights management groups and mobile telcoms and cable companies worldwide... (30% of their Billion$) ... well, is it any wonder why the fight is going on with Music Radio and Internet Radio and digital entertainment content on the Internet... and Congress seems "shy" or "afraid" to "right" some flat out obvious "wrongs" strong armed through by the SoundExchange and the CRB?

I'll shut up now. Go look, follow the money, and please tell me I'm crazy.

p.s. From the department of MUTE/DELETE/ZIP & SUPPRESS... well MySpace administration deleted "Fight The RIAA"s account over the weekend,,, His webpage was a huge source of up to the minute details of exactly what is going on in the ongoing fight to Save Indie Internet Radio in the press and in Congress and in Washington.
Sad.
The good news is that rumor has it that this person who cares so very much about the cause to Save Internet Radio, has joined us here.
Welcome!!!

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~ TODAY's UPDATE: July 10th, 2007 - Save Indie Internet Radio ~

Well, its is now down to 5 DAYS LEFT...
and The Execution of Internet Radio As We Know It,
is STILL, as of this writing, scheduled to take place.

New laws, laced with massive and obvious corruption WILL go into effect on July 15th, 2007... unstopped, unchecked, unmodified, by our elected leaders and our elected Congress.

Despite hundreds of thousands of letters, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions, despite hundreds of thousands of phone calls, email and blogs ... despite 125+ Representatives that see the inequality and injustice of these new laws and agree that this is all wrong... the sum total of our government has let us down. They have looked away from the slaughter that is now about to begin, as the RIAA'$ vampire "Count $oundExchange" sharpens it's fang$.

While Our Founding Forefathers are turning in their graves.

~Gene_Leone_Mix~

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Rain Editorial:
"True goal of SoundEx offer: Screw Artists and Indies?"
Radio And Internet Newsletter- RAIN
BY KURT HANSON

"SoundExchange has been hammering on the theme of "fair payments for artists" as the messaging behind their PR efforts, the effect of these two conditions would be the exact opposite. Specifically, the offer seems designed to force webcasters to sign "direct deals" with major labels to stay alive. And if webcasters sign direct deals, artists (and independent labels) get 100% screwed." Here's how it works:

True goal of SoundEx offer: Screw Artists and Indies?


and if you need some proof of how the "big money cut a deal scam" works...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6284798.stm

just think of the possibilities...

Oh! By the way... according to the way this scam supposedly works... SONY & BMG Artists, and Musicians are NOW NOT allowed ANY royalties from this "deal"... only the LABELS GET THESE ROYALTIES.. If YOU are a SONY/BMG Artist or Musician... you might want to call your lawyer... NOW!

and...


Call Congress Here -( Save Net Radio! )




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RIAA finding new ways to make music lovers hate RIAA Major Labels...

Today from www.gizmodo.com

"RIAA Wants the XM-Sirius Merger to Hinge on Their Demands" (read here- funny comments too!)

and...

Gee, I wonder which Sony Artist, Writer, Publisher and Performance Royalties might be being bled to pay for this promotion? ...Or is this promotion money from a different tentacle of the Sony Monster?

What's In Sony's Bottle? (read here- these comments are hysterical too!)

"What would the VAIO division of Sony Electronics be putting in a bottle?" - one comment by ADMIRAL55 suggests "Soylent Green....IS PEOPLE!!!" ...and KMANFACTOR wrote- "It will only work with a proprietary bottle opener produced by Sony."
*lol*

So... RIAA and SONY... do they have just a bit of an image problem here? I Wonder why?



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At this point, and I CERTAINLY hope I'm wrong, but I don't see any way this disaster is going to be averted. The House bill needs 94 more sponsors and supporters to get it out of committee and passed, and it doesn't look like that will happen before August at the earliest, by which time it will be too late- the damage will have already been done, and for the most part it will be irreversible. It sure doesn't look like an acceptable compromise is in the cards either.

I guess I can say at this point that internet radio was great while it lasted, but at this point I guess the old saying "All good things must come to an end" is most likely true in this case. Even if Congress does eventually act or something is eventually worked out, it will no doubt be many years or even decades before internet radio, certainly in America, has anywhere near the number, quality, and variety of stations and genres that we now enjoy.

I'm already preparing for life after internet radio by cramming as many tracks onto my Limewire as possible. I'm still hoping this disaster can be averted, but I would strongly suggest that none of us hold our breath. We fought the good fight, and we did what we could, but it just wasn't enough. I'm still willing to do what I can, but let's face it, after the new rates go into effect, most of those who've been involved with internet radio, whether as station owners, operators, listeners, or activists, will most likely pull down their tents and go home and lick their wounds after biting the bullet.

Maybe in about 20-30 years, when the music industry and a huge segment of the internet industry have been pretty much devastated and wiped out or driven offshore by this greedy and short-sighted move on the part of the RIAA/SoundEx, some more sensible and saner policies will eventually prevail.

Once internet radio shuts down, I will abandon radio forever. I certainly will never buy another CD or go to another concert. The RIAA will not get one red cent from me ever again.

If they think music piracy's bad now, they ain't seen nothin' yet. Once internet radio dies, I guarantee that illegal downloading, file-sharing, and likely some pirate online radio, is gonna go THRU THE ROOF. The RIAA is definitely making a mountain out of a molehill. Good luck to them trying to stop the increased piracy once it gets rolling- it'll be like the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dike only to see water start shooting out from other holes in it.
 
The only comfort that can be drawn from all this is that it'll ultimately backfire on the RIAA. Some people would even play devil's advocate and say that the best thing that could happen is to let the music industry self-destruct and implode, which it surely will at this rate, and then start over again from scratch.
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Here's an article I found;
 
Quote As part of a settlement with the FCC following an investigation into payola allegations, Clear Channel and other major broadcasters agreed to air 4,200 hours of local and indie programming. Clear Channel set up a page on its stations’ web sites that allowed indie artists to submit their music for airplay, but required them to check a licensing agreement that waives the artists’ performance rights.

Incredibly, Clear Channel has responded to allegations of payola by instituting a new type of pay-to-play; the system means artists are trading something of value – their performance royalties – for consideration for airplay. It’s simply payola under a different name. The arrogance is astounding, but speaks volumes about the power the nation’s largest broadcaster wields and why it’s bad for indie musicians.

To fully understand why Clear Channel is attempting to strip indie artists of performance royalties, it’s important to understand the company’s rise to power as the nation’s largest broadcaster and its primary motivation – selling ads, not making great radio.


"We're big. We're bad. We're back. We're rich," bragged former Clear Channel chief Randy Michaels to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Clear Channel’s ascent came faster than Wal-Mart’s. Clear Channel owes its dominant position to an obscure clause in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which eliminated a provision that had previously capped the number of stations any one company could own at 40 nationwide.
What followed was an unprecedented era of consolidation in radio. After the elimination of the national ownership cap, radio station owners went on a buying spree, with Clear Channel growing from 40 stations to over 1,200 in less than five years. Since then, the chain has decided to go private and sell hundreds of stations, but still remains the biggest player in the broadcast industry.

The Telecommunications Act and subsequent ownership consolidation had a significant impact on the kind of radio we hear today. As FMC’s 2006 study “False Premises, False Promises” demonstrated:

 Just fifteen formats make up more than 75 percent of commercial airplay.
 Important genres such as jazz, bluegrass, folk and new rock have little presence on the commercial dial.
 Individual stations in the same format owned by the same chain have strikingly similar playlists. In the case of Clear Channel stations in the same format, playlists overlapped on about 55 percent of songs.

As entertainment lawyer Michael Guido told Frontline about the state of consolidated radio:


“In the early days of the music business, the record business, you could find a DJ in Cleveland, like Alan Fried, or in Buffalo, who would fall in love with a record, start playing it, people would react to it, and you could start a record off that way. It's much more difficult to do now with two or three conglomerates controlling all the radio formats.”

That’s largely because you can’t find the local DJ anymore at Clear Channel stations. To fatten its bottom line, Clear Channel embraced the now infamous practice of “voice tracking,” beaming programming prepared by a DJ in a centralized station to stations across the country, and programming playlists regionally. The result: homogenized track lists and the elimination of hundreds of local DJs familiar with musicians in their local music scene. If Clear Channel really cared about artists – especially indie and local ones – it wouldn’t eliminate its primary contact with them.

Rather, Clear Channel’s motivation has always been the dollar, as employees have attested.


“The ‘Cheap Channel’ nickname really fits because that’s the bottom line; they don’t care about their employees,” a Clear Channel employee told Salon in 2001.

Clear Channel has also advocated for record labels to directly pay for airplay of songs – the ultimate triumph of money over music. For years, airplay was determined by a type of payola system. Records labels paid independent promoters to promote certain records to radio stations. The promoters would in turn pay radio stations annual fees and give them perks if they added the songs to their playlists. Clear Channel’s plan would have cut out the middle man.

A columnist at the Houston Press summed up Clear Channel’s position on selling airtime to the highest bidder:


“In the days of truly competitive radio, most stations would have avoided such an arrangement because of the loss of credibility it brings…. The prevailing school of thought at Clear Channel appears to be that radio stations are mere supermarkets, with airtime a commodity to be bought and sold like shelf space. In this view, songs are commercials for the CDs that carry them.”

It’s also important to understand the relationship between big radio conglomerates and major record labels: they reinforce each other. There are more radio stations on the American radio dial now, and yet space on the airwaves has become scarce. This is partly because some formats are programmed so narrowly and partly because some formats with different names overlap considerably in terms of their programming choices. Fewer and fewer songs reach the charts, due to the predominance of “crossover” hits. This increases the cost of promotion for musicians as it becomes more expensive to capture the attention of program directors. Musicians need more resources than ever before to break through the radio redundancy to get on commercial radio forcing them to seek out major label deals.

In the self-reinforcing structure we have described, music industry resources benefit a small number of musicians. Radio stations play songs by a smaller number of musicians. A few “winners” among musicians reach the top and make a great deal of money, but the dominant players like Clear Channel get paid either way while having have shut out many other musicians from both major labels and radio. It is hard to see how Clear Channel is "really on the side of artists."



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ANIMAL!!! First of all... HUGE WELCOME!!!


Amazing, I had just earlier today read this same, well written article that You've posted above:

"Clear Channel's Greatest Hits: How Clear Channel rules the airwaves and why it’s bad for indie musicians" (read here - same as Animal's post directly above)

in the Future of Music Coalition Blog

It makes everything so "Clear". Massive amounts corruption through the entire "delivery chain" of RIAA MAJOR LABEL (Non-Indie) MUSIC DELIVERY.

MUSIC ARTISTS and ON AIR TALENT have been so abused by this rotten to the core, corrupted system.
Jeez! and then, there's the issue of Live Performance Venues, and the games played there.

How in the hell do we get the the Internet, the airwaves, the venues BACK to a level playing field of OPPORTUNITY for ALL of us that are trying hard to do creative things involving REAL TALENT???



And Animal, You are not kidding about "offshore"... no doubt Net Broadcasters are getting hit HARD by this stupid decision, and the pirates will probably setup shop on the nearest "oil rig platform" as soon as the smoke clears!


This is all so sad... and makes any one feel that ...
"gee, according to my CONGRESS and my political leaders... I just don't matter because my net worth is not equal to that of a small country. Bite me!


Well sorry... This ain't over. What do we do next?


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OuchCapitalism in this country has gotten out of control more than once.
Greed,power,price fixing,price manipulation,and all the other crap we are now seeing has happened before. Remember all the "Barons" of industry
at the turn of the last century? They too had agendas. Laws were finally passed when these "Barons" could not control their greed, and the people demanded that their wealth be somewhat shared. This came with the anti-monopoly laws,fair trade laws,price fixing laws, and such other
legitslation. The problem we now face is far worse. All the lawmakers
in the Congress and the Senate can be bought for a price, and big business at this time has plenty of money to toss at these folks.
Just look at who is lobbying these people. Everybody has a price.
As poor as I am...I will whistle your tune for enough money,and so will
all these other bastards.  The ONLY WAY to stop this kind of thing is at the ballot box. The problem with that is most Americans are way too stupid
to know who to vote for. To prove my point,...Fred Thompson...
He will probably be the next president because he has been on
T.V. as an actor, and most people will buy into the idea that he is somewhat trustworthy because his characture role on T.V. is.
There has been calls for a total shakeup and firing of all people now
holding public offices, but that doesn't stand much chance of happening
either. Replace one con with another? Where is IKE? we really need a guy like him now !!!! John Lennon wrote: "Before Elvis there was nothing"
I will say: "After IKE there was nothing...but corruption !!"
Vote ALL of the bastards out!!!
LOL,
toad
Down, and nearly out in Detroit......
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