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Pierce writes: "Monopolies being what they are, if you give them an inch, and they'll take your whole arm. Or something."

The Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia. (photo: unknown)
The Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia. (photo: unknown)


How Democrats Go Bad

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

24 April 14

 

nteresting view of MSNBC's favorite blue-collar jamoke, Ed Rendell, in today's Times. Basically, it's about how Rendell -- and practically every politician in Philadelphia -- is a big old 'ho for the Comcast monopolists.

The effort to sideline concerns about consumer protection was pioneered in Philadelphia in 1999, when Comcast was aided by City Hall in keeping a rival company, RCN, out of the local cable market. "Good God!" Mr. Rendell recalled telling RCN, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have to tear up the streets so you can come in here and compete against one of our best corporate citizens?" Mr. Rendell reportedly suggested that RCN move its headquarters to Philadelphia and "get involved" with the mayoral campaign of John F. Street, who later succeeded him in office. RCN executives donated, but Comcast gave more.

Monopolies being what they are, if you give them an inch, and they'll take your whole arm. Or something.

Angry Philadelphians have also protested the tax breaks lavished on the company - at a time when the city's underfunded school system is in dire crisis. The gleaming Comcast Center was subsidized by $42.75 million in state grants and other assistance, and the project is reaping millions of dollars from the city's property-tax abatement for new construction. A planned second tower will stand 1,121 feet tall.

And there's just a little taste of the First Epistle Of Anthony Kennedy To The Bagmen, too.

Mr. Cohen recently told The Inquirer that it was "demeaning to elected officials to suggest that their support can be bought." Yet he has also acknowledged that the company's political donations are aligned to "support an agenda that is supportive of the company."

Yes, Captain Renaud, I feel much the same way.

Something to remember the next time fiesty ol' Ed is on with the Morning Squint gang, talking about the embattled middle class.

 

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+51 # Steve B 2014-04-24 11:48
"Of course there's a difference between the two political parties. The Republicans bend over backwards for corporate interests. Democrats are completely the opposite. THEY bend over forward."
-- Swami Beyondananda
 
 
+18 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-04-24 11:59
The Swami is correct. The sooner we know that, the better our future can be. I betcha the Swami also said there is no lesser evil between the two corporate parties.

We must think the impossible and work to change our government. We must end the empire and get some direct democracy. Direct democracy is where the elected Representative are mandated to vote as directed by their constituents--- and not by their political party or major donors (those that give them bribes).
 
 
+30 # Radscal 2014-04-24 12:07
Systemic, often legalized bribery is the fundamental source of most of our nation's ills.
 
 
+18 # Chick Dante 2014-04-24 12:27
Ed Rendell was (and still is?) "co-chair" of Pete Petersoon's "Fix-the-debt" which is a quixotic quest by rich elites to appropriate monies earned and deposited by, and legally required to be returned to, the common man (or "CM"). The trick is to fool the aerage CM to give the money back by believing that they are "entitlements" which only "those people" get from job creators like Multi-billionai re hedge fund managers like Black Rock's, Pete Peterson. Ed helps fool the CM into voting for cutbacks in entitlements because they are "bankrupting the country." After all, when the Puritans first got to Plymouth Rock, they only brought with them about $1 billion dollars and, lord knows they aren't making any more dollars or Pilgrims. So, we have to borrow dollars from China and Pilgrims (now called "Conservatives" ) from the GOP.

It all makes sense if you concentrate on Mika squirming to get a word in edgewise while Ed and Joe and the boys are pontificating nonsense on Morning Squint. I've seen them do it.
 
 
+23 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-04-24 14:05
I called my congressman a "two bit whore", and he hit me with his bag of quarters.
 
 
+10 # ericlipps 2014-04-24 16:10
I'm shocked, SHOCKED that anyone would imagine that money could influence politics!
 
 
+1 # bingers 2014-04-26 04:01
Quoting ericlipps:
I'm shocked, SHOCKED that anyone would imagine that money could influence politics!


Tell that to the SCROTUS 5.
 
 
+4 # Far Left vanishing point 2014-04-24 20:02
Where do our donations to democrats go? The media. And who owns the media? It is appalling. No more money in politics!
 
 
+3 # NAVYVET 2014-04-25 16:50
Comcast stinks and a lot of people knew the same about Rendell (Mr. Pay to Play) a long, long time ago. Please DO NOT contribute any of your hard-earned money to either Democrats or Republicans! I know of some Greens, too, who were involved in money scams. Those scandals go back years in the US's Western states. Join me by joining the Democratic Socialists of America and campaign to turn that yakking group into a grassroots party--although I often think that the only political party that can stay rational, knowledgeable and honest will need to be led by computerized androids.
 
 
0 # cekrause 2014-04-25 19:05
Thanks, Democratic Socialists of America!
 
 
0 # turtleislander 2014-04-27 13:27
Comcast makes the top ten list of most hated companies year after year. It shows again how little the elected creatures represent us at all. On a practical note,apart from even comcast's repulsive pricing structure, is that they cant even hire decent programmers or graphic designers for their clumsy and ugly cable TV interface with its embedded ads, and thoroughly obnoxious talking heads in the corner of the screen while you wait for your program to start. They are the only choice in this town. How about yours?
 
 
0 # the smart mom 2014-05-20 15:18
I have watched Ed Rendell on MSNBC for a number of years. He is a DINO and always has been. No one could ever call him a progressive. None of us are perfect. He always tries very hard to obtain cash from the "cash man".
 

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