Guess who doesn’t have an essay prepared today?
I don’t have an essay prepared today.
I had initially hoped to do an essay all about the 22 million people who work for the USA at the Federal, State, and local levels.
But then I realized that I didn’t have numbers for the military and the military contractors, so the biggest part of the picture was out of focus. How many people work for Halliburton, Diebold, and companies like Air America? How many people work for the semi-private, semi-public Federal Reserve?
Also, there are some particularly well-connected corporations, such as Google, which is in the USA’s pocket, and Monsanto, which has the government in its pocket. Then there are the big bribe-payers of Big Pharma. Trying to map out the lines of influence requires a full-time sociologist, which I am not.
Addendum: I would say the government has immediate, short-term power, but the bribe-payers and lobbyists have long-term kingmaking power.