George Soros (left) has emerged as one of the primary boogeymen of the Right Wing. Not only do the Warbloggers invoke his name in order to justify their continuing to wear Vast Leftwing Conspiracy tinfoil hats, but so do corporate conservatives, who resent his interference in their feeding at the Republican trough, and the scare he helped put into them during 2004.
But in fact Soros has been quiet since Kerry lost. Very quiet. Too quiet. On the whole he's gone back to doing what he did before, make money arbitraging currencies and commodities. This is a noble profession that dates back to the days of George Peabody. (Maybe you heard of the man Peabody left in charge of his enterprises. Junius Morgan. No? How about Junius' son, the one he named for the preacher, J.P.? Getting warmer?)
Anyway, George may be looking for a good, cheap way to turn America into a new, more profitable direction, and here's one right here. Fund TeleTruth.
I don't just mean write Bruce Kushnick a fat check. I mean build the kind of lobbying effort around TeleTruth's exposes of the Bell companies that Kushnick has always dreamt of.
What if Bruce had, say, Zack Exley on his payroll? Exley built Move-on.org's online effort, and before that was a great pain-in-the-ass to GWbush -- dot org. Great online rabble-rouser, Zack is. Would look good in a suit. Might enjoy eating well, staying at nice hotels, while doing something really important, namely giving Sam Simon something to worry about.
Simon spends millions of dollars of Bell money per year dominating American politics, driving up your telecommunication bills, and keeping the future from your doorstep. Ever hear of New Millenium Research Council, Innovation Alliance, USIIA, Keep USF Fair Coalition, Alliance For Public Technology (APT), the FCC's "consumer advisor council"? Simon has also used Bell money to corrupt some supposedly pro-consumer groups as the Gray Panthers, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Black Leadership Forum, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) turning them into Bell mouthpieces.
Pry these groups away from the dark side (at least on telecomm issues), pushback politically against the Bells on all fronts, and you'll be doing something big for technology. You'll be making innovation legal again. You'll be creating competition again. You'll be building opportunity again.
And the whole budget for that would be chickenfeed for a guy like you, George.
How about it?