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Business buys itself a new government

  • Corporate donors, newly emboldened by a court ruling, played dirty and won.
  • So that's what a $4 billion campaign looks like!
  • Wall Street's Stranglehold on Our Democracy Must Be Broken

    Nick Coleman, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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    If you're worried about the results of the 2010 Minnesota election, relax! We're getting some of the best representatives that money can buy.

    What's good for General Motors is good for the country, they used to say. Here in Minnesota, we have a different way of saying it: What's good for business is a Legislature whose members know what's good for them. With a Republican takeover of both houses of the Legislature, including a Senate that had been controlled by Democrats since 1973, business should be very good.

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    Wall Street's Stranglehold on Our Democracy Must Be Broken, Zach Carter and Simon JohnsonAlterNet

    • Progressive economist Simon Johnson talks about the fight to reform Wall Street, what Robert Rubin should do with his money, and why Jamie Dimon is the most dangerous man in America.
    • Business buys itself a new government


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    Special Report | 2010 Election Post-Mortem

    • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
    • There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.
    • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution

    David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

    Mike Keefe

    Outrage, Misguided, Noam Chomsky, In These Times

    • People rightly want answers, and they are not getting them except from voices that tell tales that have some internal coherence—if you suspend disbelief.
    • Dead Political Party Walking

    And 2010's Biggest Winner IsDavid Corn, Mother Jones

    • Dark money, shadowy groups, and secret millionaires.
    • Shadowy players in a new class war


    Brutal, Michael Kieschnick, CREDO Action
    There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.

    Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution, David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

    • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
    • The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America

    10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

    • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
    • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution

    Media Misreading Midterms, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
    As usual, press urge a move to the right

    Dead Political Party Walking, The Pen
    The Democratic party has so totally betrayed the people who voted for them, who had faith in them, who believed in them, we must confront the real possibility that nobody will believe a word coming out of the mouth of anyone running as a Democrat ever again.

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    Outrage, Misguided

    • People rightly want answers, and they are not getting them except from voices that tell tales that have some internal coherence—if you suspend disbelief.
    • Dead Political Party Walking

    Noam Chomsky, In These Times

    The U.S. midterm elections register a level of anger, fear and disillusionment in the country like nothing I can recall in my lifetime. Since the Democrats are in power, they bear the brunt of the revulsion over our current socioeconomic and political situation.

    More than half the “mainstream Americans” in a Rasmussen poll last month said they view the Tea Party movement favorably—a reflection of the spirit of disenchantment.

    The grievances are legitimate. For more than 30 years, real incomes for the majority of the population have stagnated or declined while work hours and insecurity have increased, along with debt. Wealth has accumulated, but in very few pockets, leading to unprecedented inequality.

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    Dead Political Party Walking, The Pen
    The Democratic party has so totally betrayed the people who voted for them, who had faith in them, who believed in them, we must confront the real possibility that nobody will believe a word coming out of the mouth of anyone running as a Democrat ever again.

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    Has the American Dream Become Our Nightmare?

    The time is ripe for us to rethink some of our deepest beliefs about the way this country should work, and how we should live our lives.

    Mary Sykes Wylie,  Psychotherapy Networker/AlterNet

    For much of our history, we haven't felt any need to negotiate our national faith in unlimited upward mobility. To the great American middle class, the path forward and upward to economic comfort and security was clear, dependable, beautifully simple: you went to work every day, earned a little more money every year, saved what you could, and didn't radically overspend. In return, you were rewarded with your fair share of the most bountiful and productive society ever to exist on earth. You knew the value of money, you appreciated the value of money, and money thanked you, in its way, by allowing you to graze pretty freely throughout that fruited plain spanning the land from sea to shining sea.

    True, there were always people having financial difficulties, but they were individual deviations from the norm, and most felt they could count on making more money than their parents. The default position in America was an implicit promise of perpetual abundance, as if an unwritten amendment to the Constitution guaranteed the right to several chickens in every pot and an SUV in every garage.

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    Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution

    • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
    • The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America
    • 10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat

    David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

    The Obama referendum came in and he got what he deserved. When you run on change and leave the same criminals in positions of power and don’t hold anyone accountable for obvious crimes, and allow them to continue to commit those crimes, you deserve to lose your power. This is what happens when you put Tim Geithner and Larry Summers in charge of the economy, and support Ben Bernanke for reconfirmation as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. This is what happens when you keep Robert Gates as your Secretary of Defense and General Petraeus in charge of your wars. This is what happens when you lie to protect the interests of BP over the American people. This is what happens when you bailout Wall Street and the health care industry and sell out everyone else. This is what happens when your rhetoric is the opposite of your actions. The past two years have clearly exposed Obama as a spineless corporate puppet and he deserves to be voted out in 2012.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, most of the people who were just voted into office are just as bad, if not worse, as hard as that is to believe. This election marks the third straight time that the American public dramatically voted out the people who were in power. The fact of the matter is that these people are not voting for politicians that they like as much as they are voting against politicians they hate. Hopefully by 2012 the American public will finally understand that they must support Independent candidates and alternative political structures, and cannot vote for Democrats or Republicans, if they ever want to achieve the needed change. Both parties serve the same corporate masters. Yes, there are some differences between the two. The Democrats serve half of the top economic one percent, and the Republicans serve the other half. We have Neo-liberals to the left and Neo-cons to the right, leaving 99% of us without representation.

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    The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America, Amped Status
    It's time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.

    10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

    • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
    • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution

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    Farewell Mon Amour: Prospects on Democracy's Electoral Defeat

    • “Wild West, casino capitalism, unhampered by either ethical considerations or social costs, has reinvented itself and become the politics of choice in this election year. Enthusiasm runs high as billions of dollars flow from hidden coffers into the hands of anti-public politicians, whose only allegiance is to power and the accumulation of capital.”
    • Disaster is just days away

    Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t

    Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

    (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: th.omas, Javier Carcamo)

    In the midst of one of the greatest economic disasters the United States has ever faced, the Gilded Age and its updated "'dreamworlds' of consumption, property and power" have returned from the dead with zombie-like vengeance.(1) Poised now to take over either one or two houses of Congress, the exorbitantly rich along with their conservative ideologues wax nostalgically for a chance to once again emulate that period in 19th century American history when corporations ruled political, economic and social life, and an allegedly rugged entrepreneurial spirit prevailed unchecked by the power of government regulations. Wild West, casino capitalism, unhampered by either ethical considerations or social costs, has reinvented itself and become the politics of choice in this election year. Enthusiasm runs high as billions of dollars flow from hidden coffers into the hands of anti-public politicians, whose only allegiance is to power and the accumulation of capital.

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    Disaster is just days away, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

    • Future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness
    • Divided we fail
    • Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day


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    And 2010's Biggest Winner Is…

    • Dark money, shadowy groups, and secret millionaires.
    • Shadowy players in a new class war


    David Corn, Mother Jones

    Flickr/Tracy O

    One result of the 2010 campaign is clear before any ballots are counted: Democracy is in danger.
    That sounds hyperbolic. But whatever remains of the quaint notion—call it a myth—that in a democracy citizens are more or less equal is in the process of being shredded, due to the rise this year of super PACs and secretive political nonprofits. Thanks to the Supreme Court's notorious Citizens United decision and other rulings, a small number of well-heeled individuals (or corporations or unions) can now amass a tremendous amount of political influence by throwing an unlimited amount of money into efforts to elect their preferred candidates. And certain political nonprofits, such as Crossroads GPS—the outfit set up this year by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie (which with an affiliated group is spending about $50 million)—can pour tens of millions of dollars into the elections without revealing the source of their campaign cash.

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    Shadowy players in a new class war,  E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicate Columnist, Washington Post | DC
    The country doesn't need this class war, and it is irrational in any case. Practically no one, least of all Obama, is questioning the basics of the market system or proposing anything more than somewhat tighter economic regulations -- after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression -- and rather modest tax increases on the wealthy.

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