Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Monied Voices Win Over and Over

The voiceless hoards expand in numbers every day, minimized by the politically powerful super rich.  Even rich and popular professional golfers had no say in a bizarre deal the PGA reached with a Saudi owned rival golf tour.

At Harvard University:

"corporate interests are undermining research and academic freedom to the detriment of the public."

Harvard produced many of the politically powerful super rich   A fired researcher referred to the Facebook documents revealed by whistleblower Frances Haugen:

"I believed, honestly, that these were the most important documents in internet history,” Joan Donovan said in an interview Monday. “Our role as academics is not to play favorites. It’s not to do P.R. It’s to tell the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. And unfortunately, I lost my job for it.”

Anyone who has worked for a private equity underwriter (PEU) knows "death by a thousand cuts."  The researcher claimed Harvard executives:

“made it so that I couldn’t hire and I couldn’t start doing projects,” halting her fundraising, barring her from holding conferences with more than 30 attendees, and preventing her from launching "a podcast because he didn’t want to, quote unquote, raise my public profile.” She said that led her to halt media interviews and publish opinion pieces.

“Our plan was to go at the elections in 2024," Donovan said. "I had raised. $4.5 million at one point so that we could do our work through 2024.”

A Charlotte sports reporter wrote in a column:

that Tepper is a “hedge-fund billionaire with no clue as to how to run a football team.”

For that he was shunned in a press conference 

“I’m very unhappy w/the Panthers for getting frozen out of asking a question at the David Tepper press conference,” Fowler tweeted. “Sat in front row; raised hand high; wasn’t called on; protested to no avail. Felt like it was purposeful.”

Tepper does know how to take public money.

_____ doesn’t want to be challenged. ______ doesn’t want to be tested. Those who are assigned with protecting him probably don’t want to get chewed out after the fact for giving (as _______ might say) “that asshole small person” a chance to try to embarrass ______ publicly.

The pattern is a few people with obscene amounts of money are going to determine things.  The rest of us are on a ride and it could very well throw us off.

Update 12-31-23:  David Tepper threw a drink on a Jaguars football fan.  The NFL is aware of the video.  Tepper is "completely untouchable as a person of his financial and social stature."

A story went on to say, "When you’re this wealthy in America, this is, sadly, one of the perks afforded to you."  The PEU boys have been pissing on little people for decades. 

Update 1-4-24:  The ultra wealthy hold assets that produce very little in tax revenue.  They also seem quite skilled in getting public funds to subsidize their enterprises.