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Disillusioned GOP staffer retires early, says goodbye to "cult".

By TinSoldier - Posted on 13 September 2011

A very long opinion piece, but well worth reading, IMO.


Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats' health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats' rank capitulation to corporate interests - no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.

But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.

Much more at the link.

It sounds simplistic, but the insane amounts of money in politics does make everything else much harder to fix. Aside from the economy, priority #1 for the President after the election should be to push for significant change in how we finance federal elections. Won't be easy at all-- especially considering how much the President has cozied up to monied interests-- but he'd be a true American hero if he were to come out and pivot 180 degrees and speak honestly and openly about it, and challenge everyone from both parties who have benefitted from the way things are. 

Despite the economy, Washington has been a boom town over the last few years as the lobbying and political consulting industries have exploaded. Millions of people are getting insanely wealthy pillaging government, as the rest of us can only sit back and watch them take our money at the expense of the common good.

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