“Instead, the executives are using their considerable personal wealth to fund GOP lawmakers playing key roles in the Senate’s ongoing consideration of a bill to lower drug costs, which is projected to cost drug companies $85 billion in revenue in the next decade.”
You guessed it - disinformation campaigns.
When an industry’s profits or a political win is on the line, disinformation becomes the go-to marketing du jour. History (and detailed communications and records) has shown the despicable degree to which the tobacco industry went to market away the fact they were killing people for profits, up to and including marketing to children, because the earlier the addiction begins, the harder it is to break. Sadly, even physicians and scientists were paid, disinformation performers. Over the last couple of decades, we’ve seen the same tactics successfully used in the US by big energy to spread misinformation about global warming. Politicians who receive giant big energy donations, regularly help the disinformation caused by sticking to the “I’m not a scientist” script while ignoring the 97% of scientists who agree global warming is the greatest threat our planet currently faces.
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President Trump visited our city and he was met with protesters demanding an end to the government shutdown.
Long before Donald Trump was elected as our 45th president, protests were becoming more of a regular occurrence. After Barack Obama's election, we regularly saw Tea Party members holding signs on street corners in cities across the country. Why are we taking to the streets? Why the need to chant loudly with a crowd and hold signs for all to see? Could it be because we know it's the only way we'll be heard by our government "representatives"?
We the people are becoming more and more aware that only giant monied interests are represented in our current political system. The current shutdown is another example. A definitive majority of Americans are against this shutdown - AND - the wall, yet we're being ignored. The claim by this administration? It's a national security issue and we need a "steel" wall. HMMM? Steel? Oh yeah, the steel industry was giant supporters of the GOP and Mr. Trump's campaigns. Terrorists come in through airports, not the Mexican border. If it was about National Security, we wouldn't leave those responsible for protecting our airport traffic unpaid, bitter, anxious, and angry.