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Saturday, August 09, 2008

"We've gone from being screwed to being fucked. [...] Both would-be presidents have already sold us out."

matt taibbi in rolling stone via alternet...
The truth is that the campaigns of both Barack Obama and John McCain are being inundated with cash from more or less exactly the same gorgons of the corporate scene. From Wall Street to the Big Oil powerhouses to the military-industrial complex, America's fat-cat business leaders know that the Animal House-style party of the last eight years that made almost all of them rich with bonuses, government contracts and bubble profits is about to come to an end, and someone is going to have to pay to clean up the mess. They want that someone to be you, not them, and they've spared no expense to make sure both presidential candidates will be there to bail them out next year.

They're succeeding. Both would-be presidents have already sold us out. They've taken the money and run -- completing the cyclical transformation of the American political narrative from one of monopolistic Republican iniquity to an even more depressing tale about the overweening power of corporate money and the essentially fictitious nature of our two-party system.

In layman's terms, we've gone from being screwed to being fucked. Who knows -- maybe Barack Obama will surprise us if he wins the election. But if you look at the money, it doesn't look good.

brother tim and i have been discussing our rapidly declining confidence in obama for several weeks now on our blogtalk radio show... i've heard a lot of people say that he's only doing what he has to do in order to be elected and that, once he's in office, he'll do what so desperately needs to be done because, after all, how could ANYONE in this day and age hope to be elected to the presidency by speaking and acting the truth...? lord help us, i would LOVE to believe that and, maybe, just maybe, it's true, but there's absolutely NOTHING in the last 50 years of american leadership that gives me any reason to be optimistic...

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