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  •  Yes, millions of American voters thought that (19+ / 0-)

    Yes, rightly or wrongly, millions of American voters thought that Obama would be a substantial change from the Bush years.  And they voted for Obama for exactly that reason.

    It will be interesting this fall to watch both Romney and Obama struggle to swim upstream against their own records of corporate cronyism while claiming to be the real representative of the American people.

    I expect vast numbers of voters will decide not to vote out of cynicism and frustration.  I expect a very close race with a very low turnout.

    However, regardless of who gets elected, the corporatocracy will win, and the hopes of the American people will fade.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 07:28:53 AM PDT

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    •  from Matt Taibbi's January article (16+ / 0-)

      http://www.rollingstone.com/...
      (emphasis mine)

      Most likely, it’ll be Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama, meaning the voters’ choices in the midst of a massive global economic crisis brought on in large part by corruption in the financial services industry will be a private equity parasite who has been a lifelong champion of the Gordon Gekko Greed-is-Good ethos (Romney), versus a paper progressive who in 2008 took, by himself, more money from Wall Street than any two previous presidential candidates, and in the four years since has showered Wall Street with bailouts while failing to push even one successful corruption prosecution (Obama).

      There are obvious, even significant differences between Obama and someone like Mitt Romney, particularly on social issues, but no matter how Obama markets himself this time around, a choice between these two will not in any way represent a choice between “change” and the status quo. This is a choice between two different versions of the status quo, and everyone knows it.
      The auctioned election process is designed to reduce the field to two candidates who will each receive hundreds of millions of dollars apiece from the same pool of donors. Just take a look at the lists of top donors for Obama and McCain from the last election in 2008.
      Obama’s top 20 list included:
      Goldman Sachs ($1,013,091)
      JPMorgan Chase & Co  ($808,799)
      Citigroup Inc
       ($736,771)
      WilmerHale LLP ($550,668)
      Skadden, Arps et al ($543,539)
      UBS AG ($532,674), and...
      Morgan Stanley ($512,232).
      McCain’s list, meanwhile, included (drum roll please):
      JPMorgan Chase & Co ($343,505)
      Citigroup Inc ($338,202)
      Morgan Stanley ($271,902)
      Goldman Sachs ($240,295)
      UBS AG ($187,493)
      Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher ($160,346)
       Greenberg Traurig LLP ($147,437), and...
      Lehman Brothers ($126,557).

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:29:22 AM PDT

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