Friday, April 27, 2012

Just follow the money

"You're missing the overall"
Coming up on the 40-year anniversary of the Watergate scandal and one thing that hasn't changed is this: Money still rules.

And, the more money you have, the more you rule.

Money may not buy happiness, but it sure buys political influence.

In the 1990s, the oil and gas industry donated more to Republicans than Democrats by a 4-to-1 ration.

So far in 2012, oil companies, like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, are pumping millions more at Republicans by a 7-to-1 ratio.

Obviously, the oil companies are ticked off that President Obama has urged ending government subsidies for  big oil.

Poor babies. Exxon Mobil's first-quarter profit fell a staggering 11 percent to only $9.45 billion.

But big oil is not the only area where big money rains on Republicans.

Since the Supreme Court ruled money is speech and corporations are people, about 25 "sugar daddies" are dumping mega-millions into Super PACs to fund Republican causes and candidates, notably the Mitt-wit.

In New York Magazine, Frank Rich has a great analysis of rich, old, white guys who are determined, with their huge assets, to take down Obama.

You would think that the teabagging crowd would distrust the very people who destroyed our economy and side with Democrats. But no, teabaggers are the core of the Republican party.

For decades now, the GOP has been brilliant in convincing working-class Americans to vote against their own interests in favor of the interests of the ultra-rich.

This election could be a defining one in the sense that Americans finally wake up and tell those "sugar daddies" that they just wasted their millions on Mitt.

Wouldn't that be sweet?

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