Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oligarchy

Or just plain old fascism?  From the New York Times:

"Just 158 families have provided nearly half of the early money for efforts to capture the White House. 

They are overwhelmingly white, rich, older and male, in a nation that is being remade by the young, by women, and by black and brown voters. Across a sprawling country, they reside in an archipelago of wealth, exclusive neighborhoods dotting a handful of cities and towns. And in an economy that has minted billionaires in a dizzying array of industries, most made their fortunes in just two: finance and energy. 

Now they are deploying their vast wealth in the political arena, providing almost half of all the seed money raised to support Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Just 158 families, along with companies they own or control, contributed $176 million in the first phase of the campaign, a New York Times investigation found."

And note that 87% of this money goes to Republicans.

This may be self-congratulatory, but I want to say that, for the entire 8 year history of this blog, through all of the Occupy talk about the 99%, and the rest of it, I have insisted that the danger in this country is not that we are headed toward the ruling of our country by the rich, but by nothing but a couple hundred hyper-rich psychopaths, and their families.

Well, here it is.  Hope you enjoy it, all you "both-siders," and all of you lovers of the free market, and all of you who thought that it is just fine to have the majority of the Supreme Court be corrupt, bought and purchased right wing servants of the rich.

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