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Sunday, February 17, 2019

How A Big Power Company Wields Power In Washington

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

The organization that runs our nation’s largest wholesale electricity market spends millions on lobbying and political donations, money it hasn’t publicly disclosed that could affect electricity bills for millions of people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

A watchdog group, Public Citizen, wants federal regulators to require the organization, PJM Interconnection, to disclose political spending including campaign contributions and lobbying.

PJM has given at least $456,500 to the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association from October 2007 to August 2017, according to a complaint that Public Citizen filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.…

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Special Gifts For Special People

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Ho-ho-ho! Wait till you hear about the gifts I gave some of America’s power elites for Christmas.

To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that, from now on, they receive the exact same income, health care and pensions that we average citizens get. If they receive only the American average, it might make them a bit more humble — and less cavalier about ignoring the needs of regular folks.

To the stockings of GOP leaders who’ve so eagerly debased themselves to serve the madness of Donald Trump, I added individual spritzer bottles of fragrances like “Essence of Integrity” and “Eau de Self-Respect” to help cover up their stench.

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Why Privatizing Postal Service Is Not An Option

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Unable to find a fatal flaw in our far-flung public mail delivery network, the anti-Postal Service forces manufactured a fake flaw. In 2006, then-president George W. Bush, congressional Republican leaders, the powerful “privatizer lobby” (including FedEx, UPS and Wall Street speculators) and Koch-funded think tanks and Astroturf front groups colluded to put a one-of-a-kind paper “debt” on the books of USPS. Congress enacted a postal-service “enhancement” provision requiring the public postal corporation to pre-fund the health and pension benefits for all postal-service retirees 75 years in advance! Think about that. This arbitrary, wholly unprecedented, legislated requirement to pay now for the retirement benefits of future employees (including those not even born yet) has piled a false cost of about $5 billion a year on the debit side of the agency’s balance sheet.…

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