Three weeks after Christmas, the American judiciary gave telecommunications corporations a huge present. On January 14 a federal appeals court decided to weaken the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Internet Neutrality policy by striking down the rules it adopted in 2010 to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs). Without these guidelines, corporations like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are able to obstruct Internet traffic. Additionally they can make preferential deals with content providers willing to pay a higher price for access and speed. They may also manipulate the Internet content that people can access.
In January, the Boeing Corporation bullied the members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to accept a new contract forcing them to give up hard-won pensions, dismantle their health care, and reduce their wages. The effort to take away essential benefits from Washington workers was a well-calculated scheme by the world's largest airplane manufacturer. By exploiting bad economic conditions, it manipulated opportunistic politicians and even the union's own leadership in order to pressure workers to accept these concessions.
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But, as Mitt Romney famously blurted, corporations are people - at least under the law. In the Citizens United decision in 2010, for instance, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations have the constitutional right of free speech, something most people assumed belonged to actual carbon-based life-forms.
Mount Shasta, Calif. -- David Cobb is a dynamic, forceful, and as he admits, an angry speaker. And he is on a mission. Kicking off a 20 plus city northern California barnstorm tour in Mount Shasta March 24, Cobb’s mission is nothing less than amending the Constitution of the United States to include that “A corporation is not a person” and that “Money is not speech and can be regulated.”
“I’m a proud, patriotic and pissed off American citizen,” the 2004 Green Party candidate for president said. “Money is not free speech.”
We applaud Congressman Rick Nolan’s dogged approach to reversing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the same rights as people.