Nader - Corporate Profiteering During Crisis

Hugh Esco gpga-news@greens.org
Tue, 06 Nov 2001 00:17:33 -0500


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Civic Leaders Call for End of Wartime Opportunism Since September 11; 
Advocates Demand End To Corporate Profiteering During Crisis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Citizen advocates converged today in 
Washington, D.C. to call on President Bush and Congress to end the outburst 
of wartime opportunism since the September 11 tragedy.

"Since September 11 members of Congress have served up a nonstop buffet of 
corporate pork legislation. Under the guise of 'national security' our 
federal treasury is being raided and democratic rights are being taken away 
while Congress feeds sympathetic campaign contributors at taxpayer expense, 
sends working people to fight, and leaves the unemployed, disenfranchised, 
and American families to suffer," said Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and 
Citizen Works founder.

Organizations in the environmental, labor, consumer, civil liberties, civil 
rights and pro-democracy communities have had to defend citizens against a 
new onslaught of opportunism in areas ranging from multi-billion dollar 
corporate tax cuts to expansion of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife 
Refuge.

"For corporations to loot the U.S. Treasury and prey on the environment 
while wrapping themselves in the flag is an act of sheer treachery, one 
Americans will not soon forget," said John Passacantando, executive 
director of Greenpeace USA.

Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of the Earth stated that, "The 
Administration and many in Congress are pushing energy legislation that 
will actually weaken national security."

Mildred Brown, past national president of ACORN said, "The nation 
recognizes that the heroes of this tragedy are our nation's working people, 
but all Congress and the President want to do is give more tax breaks to 
big business and the nation's wealthiest people."

Citizen Works, a pro-democracy citizen organization, laid out nine areas of 
corporate opportunism in a call to action released today:

1. A so-called "Economic Stimulus" Plan that benefits corporate treasuries 
and neglects workers

2. Pharmaceutical Gouging

3. "Bailouts for Billionaires" not workers

4. The Re-emergence of autocratic "Fast Track"

5. Handouts for the Insurance Industry

6. More Phony "Defense" and the Reintroduction of Biological Weapons

7. Endangering the Environment and Energy

8. The oxymoronic "USA PATRIOT Act"

9. Restrictions on Information/Invasions of Privacy

"From Fast Track to pharmaceuticals, wartime opportunists are shamefully 
using the September 11 tragedy to advance narrow corporate interests at the 
expense of public health and safety," said Robert Weissman, co-director of 
Essential Action.

Contact: Jacob Harold of Citizen Works, 202-265-6164


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<font face="arial" size=5><b>Civic Leaders Call for End of Wartime
Opportunism Since September 11; Advocates Demand End To Corporate
Profiteering During Crisis <br><br>
</b></font><font face="arial">WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ --
Citizen advocates converged today in Washington, D.C. to call on
President Bush and Congress to end the outburst of wartime opportunism
since the September 11 tragedy. <br><br>
&quot;Since September 11 members of Congress have served up a nonstop
buffet of corporate pork legislation. Under the guise of 'national
security' our federal treasury is being raided and democratic rights are
being taken away while Congress feeds sympathetic campaign contributors
at taxpayer expense, sends working people to fight, and leaves the
unemployed, disenfranchised, and American families to suffer,&quot; said
Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and Citizen Works founder. <br><br>
Organizations in the environmental, labor, consumer, civil liberties,
civil rights and pro-democracy communities have had to defend citizens
against a new onslaught of opportunism in areas ranging from
multi-billion dollar corporate tax cuts to expansion of drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. <br><br>
&quot;For corporations to loot the U.S. Treasury and prey on the
environment while wrapping themselves in the flag is an act of sheer
treachery, one Americans will not soon forget,&quot; said John
Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA. <br><br>
Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of the Earth stated that,
&quot;The Administration and many in Congress are pushing energy
legislation that will actually weaken national security.&quot; <br><br>
Mildred Brown, past national president of ACORN said, &quot;The nation
recognizes that the heroes of this tragedy are our nation's working
people, but all Congress and the President want to do is give more tax
breaks to big business and the nation's wealthiest people.&quot;
<br><br>
Citizen Works, a pro-democracy citizen organization, laid out nine areas
of corporate opportunism in a call to action released today: <br><br>
1. A so-called &quot;Economic Stimulus&quot; Plan that benefits corporate
treasuries and neglects workers <br><br>
2. Pharmaceutical Gouging <br><br>
3. &quot;Bailouts for Billionaires&quot; not workers <br><br>
4. The Re-emergence of autocratic &quot;Fast Track&quot; <br><br>
5. Handouts for the Insurance Industry <br><br>
6. More Phony &quot;Defense&quot; and the Reintroduction of Biological
Weapons <br><br>
7. Endangering the Environment and Energy <br><br>
8. The oxymoronic &quot;USA PATRIOT Act&quot; <br><br>
9. Restrictions on Information/Invasions of Privacy <br><br>
&quot;From Fast Track to pharmaceuticals, wartime opportunists are
shamefully using the September 11 tragedy to advance narrow corporate
interests at the expense of public health and safety,&quot; said Robert
Weissman, co-director of Essential Action. <br><br>
Contact: Jacob Harold of Citizen Works, 202-265-6164 <br><br>
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