Published on Feb 20, 2017http://democracynow.org – There has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government. That’s the conclusion of a new report coming out today by the watchdog group Public Citizen. The report looks at how corporate America has benefited from Trump’s first month in office. Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, is now secretary of state. Goldman Sachs alum now serve several top posts: Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist and Gary Cohn as director of the United States National Economic Council. Trump has also signed executive orders to help undo the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and repeal rules requiring financial advisers to give advice based on their customers’ best interests. We speak to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
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Don’t need a report to know that there’s a corporate takeover of the USA but there are still individuals, all of us, who can walk away from all this. It can and should be done. We have a choice, we make choices daily, we just have to be fearless and committed and willing to give up our super cush lifestyles. As long as we’re not willing to do that, we can’t and shouldn’t complain.