By Joe Bastardi – CFACT
Fifteen years ago, many predictions were made concerning the fate of the planet. Instead of rehashing all the forecasts that have busted, you can read about them here:
We all have our own list, ignored by many that should be reporting on such things.
But I am a positive person, so here we are in 2019 and we see climate deaths down, personal GDP and life expectancy is way up globally, The US has been one of the leaders in carbon dioxide emission reduction, the earth is greener than it has ever been in the satellite era, and food production globally is at record high levels. There are many other metrics of progress but I don’t want this to be overkill.
In short, most objective metrics say life has never been better on planet earth, yet hysteria over the future is at fever pitch.
So whom should you believe, what you are being told, or your lying eyes?
There are striking similarities to what is going on with the President, Think of all the things he has been accused of, Supposedly, you are innocent until proven guilty, and though one missive after another has not met that standard, and in fact, if one is objective has been proven factually false, as soon as one accusation is put down another appears. Like the climate scare there is a never-ending onslaught of ideas that while may have some validity in questioning, are far far from a standard of proof, yet on it goes.
And like the climate situation, it ignores the fact that we are in fact, in pretty good shape, 3 years ago ISIS and N Korea were viewed as permanent problems, They may come back of course, but for now, they seem quiet, Unemployment of the very groups that the president is accused of being biased against , is at record or near-record lows, a very strange way for a president that supposedly is against these groups to have policies that have led to that, The nation is energy independent for the first time in my lifetime, I remember the gas lines of the 70s, Many in this generation do not, The fact is that so far, the so-called imminent danger that president Trump poses looks to be opposite. Like the climate situation, the disasters that have been forecasted have not materialized, In many, if not most, they are opposite.
So what are we to conclude ?Well first of all, no one really knows the future so perhaps there will come a time where all the climate forecasts come true, and all the warnings those same people are pushing on the president come true, I don’t believe it, but I know that tomorrow is never assured to any person, But secondly, there have to be questions raised here if one is objective, Is the US better off than it was before the President took over? Is life on planet earth better than it was 20,40, 60, 100 etc years ago?
If you need a collapse of those things, to enact your agenda, what does that mean about your motivation in these matters?
That is not for me to answer, I am just raising questions based on the parallels I see here, Dire warnings about the climate and the collapse of the US under President Trump have not come true. And in fact, if you are objective you will be forced to say many things are better than they were. But then again it seems like objectivity has been thrown out the window in both matters.
Finally, its no secret that the people pushing the New Green Deal are the people that so desperately want to get this president out of office, I think that is much more than a coincidence.
The best breakdown of the Ukraine-Hoax so far on the net that i’ve seen.
Steve Says: Breaking Down Whistleblower Complaint, Impeachment Process
Video: Fox News
Are Democrats planning to use impeachment as a tool to defeat President Trump?
At the end of the video Steve Hilton addresses who’s doing the real collusion through special interest groups and foreign interference, including lobbyists and bribes from foreign government officials.
That comes in addition to the domestic lobbying ..
From May 2019
How much does your ISP spend on lobbying?
By Paul Bischoff – Comparitech
Internet service providers in the United States have spent more than $1.2 billion on lobbying since 1998, and 2018 was the biggest year so far with a total spend of more than $80 million.
Comparitech researchers compiled and analyzed 51 ISPs’ lobbying expenses from the US Senate’s Lobbying Disclosure Act database, which dates back to 1998.
Here are the highlights of our analysis:
- 2018 was the biggest year yet for ISP lobbying at $80 million.
- Top spenders include AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, which have amassed lobbying expenses of $341 million, $265 million, and $200 million, respectively since 1998.
- Since 2011, yearly spending on lobbying across all ISPs hasn’t strayed below $72 million.
- The largest amount spent by any provider in any year was AT&T in 1999, at almost $23 million. AT&T’s acquisition of Ameritech Corp accounted for much of this, and the merger eventually led to the creation of America’s largest telecom company.
- Total spend from 2016 to 2019 is set to exceed lobbying expenses between 2012 and 2015, which totaled $295 million.
- Lobbying in favor of mergers and acquisitions accounted for many of the biggest expenses for individual ISPs in a single year.
- $1.2 billion has been spent by ISPs on lobbying since 1998.
Top 25 ISP Lobbying Spenders in 2018
|ISP||2018 Lobbying Expenses|
|Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA – 2007)||$8,105,000.00|
|Puerto Rico Telephone Company||$360,000.00|
|General Communication, Inc (GCI)||$320,000.00|
|Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico||$200,000.00|
|Telephone and Data Systems, Inc (TDS)||$110,477.00|
|Level 3 Communications (Now CenturyLink)||$85,000.00|
What is ISP lobbying?
Lobbying expenses include any money used to influence local, state, or federal legislators and regulators. According to the IRS, that includes expenses incurred to participate or intervene in any political campaign for or against a candidate for public office. Attempts to influence the public about elections, legislative matters, and referendums also count as lobbying.
Much ado has been made about big telecom’s influence on politics, particularly when it comes to prominent issues like broadband privacy and net neutrality. Many politicians and their organizations receive campaign donations from telecoms. A separate study of contributions made in the last election cycle shows that despite big telecom giving to both sides of the aisle in the past, those contributions now almost always go to Republican candidates.
In exchange, telecoms have the ear of lawmakers and regulators at the local, state, and national levels. They lobby against smaller competitors. They lobby against online privacy laws in towns and states. They lobby the FCC for less industry regulation. They lobby financial regulators to push through mega mergers. And lobby groups even go to court for ISPs, in some cases suing states that try to enforce their own net neutrality rules.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Telecom Services spent $1.6 billion on lobbying since 1998. That includes companies other than the 51 in our list, hence the larger number. It’s the 12th biggest industry in America when it comes to lobbying expenses.
Top 5 ISP Lobbying Spenders
The ISPs that spent the most on lobbying since 1998 are all household names:
- AT&T = $341,167,168
- Verizon = $264,973,043
- Comcast = $200,199,323
- Sprint Corporation = $80,759,621
- Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA since 2007) = $69,617,598
Top 5 ISP Lobbying Spenders in 2018
These ISPs spent the most on lobbying last year:
- AT&T = $15.8 million
- Comcast = $15.1 million
- Verizon = $10.5 million
- Charter Communications = $9.4 million
- Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA) = $8.1 million
Top 5 ISP Lobbying Expenses in One Year
ISPs lobby the government for multiple reasons, but the big ticket items usually involve mergers and acquisitions.
- AT&T in 1999 = $22,960,000 (acquisition of Ameritech Corp)
- AT&T in 2006 = $22,405,497 (acquisition of BellSouth)
- Verizon in 1998 = $21,260,000 (trying to get approval from the FCC to offer long-distance services)
- AT&T in 2011 = $20,230,000 (attempted merger with T-Mobile)
- Comcast in 2011 = $19,260,000 (acquisition of NBC Universal)
Notes and limitations
Cable One, Rise Broadband, and Stealth Communications haven’t been included as no lobbying expenses were found.
Smaller organizations that submitted lobbying expenses, but were below the threshold, haven’t been included as the specific figures are not available.
Any reports submitted that are below the threshold and don’t have specific figures have been omitted. These are denoted in our data by “$0.00” to indicate the fact that there were lobbying expenses in this year by the company but we don’t have the exact figures.
And the Democrats are worried about “meddling” by foreigners!?
What is Corruption??