How I wish Bob Reich was still in government

I really believe that in a mere 15 years money has so taken over our government that it is now impossible for someone like Reich (who posted this great little essay today), who was Clinton’s Labor Secretary, to even be considered for a cabinet post, no matter how good a guy the current president is. The money just won’t allow it to happen. They’ll spend as many hundreds of millions as they need to in order to keep Reich’s truth hidden. I saw a report yesterday that at this point in the 2008 campaign there had been about 1700 ads run by outside groups. This year, at this point, thanks to Citizens United, over 30,000 ads by outside groups (not officially coordinated with campaigns) have been run, and over 90% of them have been negative. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be in a state without a senatorial or gubernatorial election this fall, and a state where the Republicans concede Obama will win, so won’t bother running ads. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to turn on the television between August and November. Most Americans now get most or all of their news from television, and don’t hold your breath for reports on the mainstream TV news about the influence of money in politics. And why would they? Election season has always been a cash cow for them, and this year the SuperPac spending on ads will make television networks and affiliates feel like they’ve won the lottery. They’re not going to report on it. Eventually people do wake up and see through the propaganda. The only question is how bad things have to get before the propaganda stops working.
Hey, at least we have a Republican candidate who is so clueless he tells us what he really believes; we now know from his own lips that Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people. And less you think that his slip on Wednesday was a one time gaff, not so. Last night Stewart or someone ran a montage of very similar quotes from Romney going back at least five years. Since he is now the presumptive nominee, the ever vigilant mainstream media starts to pay attention. (Okay, granted, they shouldn’t pay as much attention when he’s just some dude and not a guy who might be president. But you’d think that by now they’d have done some research and wouldn’t be so surprised when they hear him say something like that.)

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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