Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 10:52 UTC

Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

Apparently AT&T is not considered to be a technology company, because they spent more than Google. All in all, virtually all companies heavily increased their spending on legalised corruption in the US.

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Let me ask this: does the fact that they are peaceful render them powerless? For it's part, the government was prepared to treat the protestors as a terrorist group.

This begs the question, what power do the people have to make a government listen when they're bent on following the corporate wealth instead?

Occupy Wall Street was huge and didn't accomplish anything what-so-ever. Protesting someone or something that doesn't care about what you have to say, or care about you period, is a lost cause. If you're being raped, you can ask the rapist to stop but it's unlikely to happen.

Politicians act against the will of the people every single day. They're prostitutes for corporate America. The system is rigged from the ground up. When you have corruption that's actually built into the system it self, the only way to get any real change is by tearing it down and building a new one. That's simply too much work for people here to take on when there's new episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to watch.

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