"Welcome to Zombieland...
The defining characteristic of a zombified system is the way it hands out its rewards. In an honest economy people do their best. They work hard. They take their chances. Some prevail because they are productive. Others are just lucky. The chips fall where they may.
But as zombies take over the system, the chips fall where they are told to fall. Rather than to honest and efficient producers, the rewards go to those who curry favors.
Elizabeth Fowler knows how it works. She labored at the left hand of senator Max Baucus, drafting the collection of crimes and punishments that came to be known as Obamacare.
Senator Baucus admitted he had better things to do than read it. But then, he didnt have to. His chief health policy counsel, the aforementioned Ms. Fowler, knew what was in it. As a former top lobbyist for Wellpoint, Americas largest health insurance provider, she made sure the chips fell where she wanted them to.
If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, wrote Politico.com at the time,Fowler would be chief operating officer.
Fowler had already been through the revolving door more than once. She worked for Baucus before joining Wellpoint....and then again after. When she came back to Baucus she replaced Michelle Easton, another Wellpoint lobbyist, who helped guide the senator on health policy while Ms. Fowler cleaned up on the Wellpoint payroll.
After the legislation was passed, the White House turned to the clever lobbyist to implement it. After all, the sweet spot in the legislation was the provision requiring people to buy products from companies such as Wellpoint, whether they wanted to or not.
As Americas new Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council, Fowlers real job was to make sure Wellpoint got a good return on its investment.
And then in December 2012, mission accomplished.... Whoosh, she went back out through the revolving door. The architect of Obamacare, left the White House to return to the honeypot with Johnson & Johnson.
What will she do there? Will she test the adult diapers? Will she take out the trash or write advertising jingles? No, she is up to her old tricks in a senior position at their government affairs and policy group.
You go girl!"
At least Black Sabbath sold their soul for rock 'n roll. What did the party of the "little guy" get for selling out?
At least we know the lobbyists are furthering capitalism...eh?