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Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Money Party Rulz

You get some interesting questions out here on the high plains of cyberspace. From The Existentialist Cowboy, a link to a Op-Ed News piece:

Why would Diebold prefer Hillary to Obama? As Len Hart's thread points out they're both pandering to corporate donors and their constituents with meaningless platitudes. Rove was trying to posture Hillary as the opposing "contender" back in 2005. Then there's that maverick Republican, Chuck Hagel.

...Hagel sits on the Board of Directors of a holding company called McCarthy Group. They claim to be an investment firm with a diverse portfolio upwards of 1 billion dollars. Anyways, here is the kicker.

McCarthy Group owns ES & S and Diebold. Both highly controversial Evoting machines. I believe he also was one of their CEO's when they were just starting. Even more damning both those companies were created by 2 brothers who are heavy GOP supporters...

" -Senator Charles Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, has a controlling financial stake in the McCarthy Group, which in turn owns ES&S. Nebraska voters cast their votes on ES&S DREs. Further, Michael McCarthy, chairman of the McCarthy Group, served as Hagel's campaign treasurer from 1999 until 2002.

-Leaders of the nation's two largest DRE manufacturers, Diebold and ES&S, are a pair of brothers. Bob Urosevich is president of Diebold's election system division, while Todd Urosevich is a vice-president of ES&S."
Stephen Miller, 9/8/04

I'd agree with the Gnome:

...There are two parties, so-called, but they're really factions of the same party, the Business Party... Traditionally, the Democrats are the party of Keynesian growth, and the Republicans the party of fiscal conservatism. So doesn't it strike you that something must have happened? Well, actually, it makes sense. Both parties are essentially the same party. The only question is how coalitions of investors have shifted around on tactical issues now and then. As they do, the parties shift to opposite positions, within a narrow spectrum.

This doesn't mean there isn't competition in the Boardroom. Often the fiercest competitors at work are people within the same Company trying to grab the same job. Regardless of what they say to get position, they'll be just as ruthless once they're in the Boss's chair.

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