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What? You disagree? Well, that’s what came up on last night’s Colbert Report. In an interview with the Times of London, the CEO of Goldman Sachs — a colossal Wall St. firm that, along with others, took our economy to the brink last year — claimed the firm is “doing God’s work.” The CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, is also the mostly highly paid Wall St. CEO, raking in $68 million annually. Meanwhile, millions are coping with unemployment and have lost their homes. Great work, pal.

Clearly, Blankfein and the rest on Wall St. have no idea what it’s like here in the real economy. Time get in their face to show them. Come to D.C. this Monday, Nov. 16 for a protest and rally with Public Citizen’s president, Robert Weissman, in front of the Goldman Sachs Washington headquarters on Capitol Hill. 

What: Protest the banksters in front of Goldman Sachs and rally at the Capitol.

Where: Goldman Sachs, 101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (close to Union Station).

When: Monday, Nov. 16 at High Noon.

See you there! Let us know you’re coming here.

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Leave it to Stephen Colbert to sum up the plight of corporations and their fight for the right to be considered fellow humans perfectly: “They do everything people do except, breath, die and go to jail for dumping 1.3 million pounds of PCBs in the Hudson River.”

For those of you who have followed along in this blog about the Citizens United v FEC case before the Supreme Court, you already know how scary it is to think what might happen if the justices decide to overturn 100 years of campaign finance protections and allow corporations to pump unlimited cash into our elections. On last night’s show, Colbert broke  down the absurdities of the case: “Corporations have free speech but they can’t speak like you and me. They don’t have mouths or hands. Instead, they must speak with the only way they can — through billions and billions of dollars.”

Later, he and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discussed how a casual “off the record” comment by the chief justice in 1886 was mistakenly recorded by the court reporter and turned into the legal precedent that corporations have the rights of people.

Learn more about this case and what you can do to make your voice heard at Dontgetrolled.org.

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That’s right. Our own Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, will once again go toe to toe with Mister ‘Truthiness’ himself (click here to see his appearance on the Colbert Report on May 16, 2006). Apparently, Stephen just couldn’t resist doing a show about the sex, drugs, and oil scandal at Department of the Interior, and he asked Public Citizen to help make sense of this nonsense. See the show on Tuesday night at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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