In a recent editorial by the New York Times the editors endorsed Cory Booker for senate, defending Booker from “denigration” by his opponents by lifting up Booker’s “assets” including “his fame, his ability to work with Republicans, [and] his coziness with the moneyed class.” So essentially, The Times just endorsed a candidate for being a crony for Wall Street and corporate interests, declaring it an ‘asset’ that voters should look for in their next senator.
Let’s examine the “assets” of Cory Booker’s relationships with the “moneyed class,” first.
Booker is a known lap-dog for corporate interests, always has been, in fact if he hadn’t taken over half a million dollars from Wall Street, he wouldn’t have become mayor in the first place in 2002. So it’s no surprise that during the 2012 election, Booker called President Obama’s criticism of Mitt Romney for his involvement in Bain Capitol “nauseating,” then droned on about how the American people find it nauseating right along with him. Booker’s coziness with Wall Street and corporate interests has given him a distorted view of what the American people actually care about, because clearly Obama’s messaging on Bain Capitol worked.
Booker is only an asset to the plutocrats who have financed him and always have financed him, as the investors of Wall Street fund Newark’s transformation from public to private charter schooling. Hedge fund manager and charter school investor Paul Singer has given the maximum $26,000 to Booker’s campaign committee.
Except for the fact that, through the foundation, the state ran an inconclusive survey that provided no useful information in its original form, established several charter schools in Newark, and $10 million alone went to consultants. Over a dozen schools were determined to be “failing” before being closed and charter schools with non-union teachers were established. $500,000 was given to Teach for America, to give teachers placement at the schools. Teach for America is an organization known for allying itself with charter schools, and whose backers include the Walton’s, who have a direct interest in fighting unions. (Christy Walton also gave the maximum $26,000 to Booker.) And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, part of the money donated by Zuckerberg was used to buy out union teachers by having them dissolve their contracts.
Considering the fact that 83 percent of the time the candidate with more money in a senate race is the one who wins, the Times examined the candidates in front of them and decided that not only is it not a problem that American government is controlled by Wall Street and corporate interests, it’s an “asset.” We are living under an outright plutocracy!
Meanwhile, the American people are so disgusted with Congress that they gave them a 10 percent approval rating. To put that into historical perspective, roughly 20 percent of white males during the American Revolution were loyalists. Congress is less popular than the king we revolted against and it’s because the American people know how corrupt they are. The Times doesn’t believe this is a problem. The Times thinks it’s an “asset” when a candidate and senators are so connected to the moneyed class.
But they couldn’t be more wrong. Booker’s connection with Wall Street and the charter school industry is nothing but a liability to New Jersey, to teachers, and to students and the youth of this country. As Booker advances his political career, one that has been built upon cronyism and the careful investments of the wealthy, he is selling off our future by further dismantling America’s public education system in pursuit of profit for his closest friends, the moneyed class. Instead of endorsing a candidate who knows the reform that actually works, the Times endorsed Booker who, instead, turns to Wall Street and the plutocracy for answers. Booker carries out their classist plans for Americans most struggling schools.
To the Times, when a politician makes a career out of selling off the public interest, it should be seen as an “asset” in the eyes of the people. Never mind the damage that the plutocracy has inflicted upon America through their reckless disregard of the public interest in pursuit of profit — turning students into a commodity — and their outright corruption of our entire political system. Public be damned, because this is no country for the masses.
In their declaration, the Times has essentially asserted that this is the future of America; it’s politics as usual. Politicians make deals with plutocrats and corporate lobbyists. Don’t get in the way by voting for better candidates. This is the future that most of the Times‘ board will not live to see. But for those of us who exist under this new “education system” created by our corporate overlords, it’s a grim future we are forced to face.
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Reposted from Addicting Info with permission.