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If You Can’t Buy a Law Maker, Buy a Political Party

Corporations obviously expect to have an influence on Mitt Romney’s campaign because they are pumping huge amounts of money into it. Once Mitt Romney gets the official nomination at the GOP convention he will “come into” a really big sum of money (according to the WSJ) only available to an official nominee.
You have to ask yourself why corporations are piling money into the Romney campaign and, of course, there is his enthusiastic espousal of things like cutting corporate tax rates and getting rid of regulations that create barriers for businesses to do as they please. With an administration sensitive to the needs of corporations they could have their way in arenas like those pesky environmental considerations, pay scales, benefits, energy sources, free trade and the whole panoply of items on their wish lists. Wouldn’t you give your money to someone if they promised to give you your heart’s desire? The corporations are barely part of our communities any longer but they still exert the power of their wealth in Washington and since law makers are hopeful that they can bring these corporation back to the U.S. if they can create the perfect set of conditions many lawmakers are ready to pass laws that please big business.  Then they will be heroes for bringing back jobs. We do need jobs, but letting corporations dictate the policies America makes in Washington is not what we ever wanted.
After all, isn’t corporate influence in Washington one of the “biggies” on our list of things that we would like to change about the way our government functions these days? Aren’t they a big part of the “special interest groups” that we say are buying our Congress people? Haven’t we felt that corporations have been calling the shots, playing “Let’s Make A Deal”? I know the Supreme Court says that corporations are people. However, I don’t think our forefathers intended to write “of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations” into the Constitution.
Oddly enough, as I said, in these days when many of our corporations have deserted us for larger profits in Asia and elsewhere, their influence does seem even stronger. Of course we all yearn for the good old affluent days of plentiful jobs. Corporations are in great demand. Everyone wants one. We can’t blame them for trying to have their cake and eat it too. We can blame what has become acceptable behavior in Washington; if you can’t buy an elected law maker (and perhaps you still can), buy a political party. Isn’t this a kind of political blackmail; I’ll pay for your campaign but only if you ditch the federal environmental requirements. Isn’t this the very definition of a quid pro quo that should be guarded against in a democracy?
We would love to have the corporations back in our communities. We miss them. Will we sell out the soul of America and all that we represent to create the conditions they say they require to profit? If we do we will never get the corporations out of our government. Money is powerful, and if government favors can be bought then money becomes all powerful. Then we will truly be an oligarchy instead of a democracy. So if we follow the money that is coming into Romney’s campaign we can’t vote for him because we will be getting exactly what we have been saying we did not want. There will never be a better chance to free our democracy from undue corporate influence and from the practice of putting the will of the people up for sale.

Mitt Romney is a Figurehead

The Mitt Romney we get during the election is not the Mitt Romney we will get if we elect him. The Republicans will let him sound somewhat moderate while he is running for President but once he is elected his squishy nature and the lack of any strong beliefs of his own will feed right into the need the GOP has for a President who is simply a figurehead.
He will look like he is leading the zombie army and sticking to the Republican agenda but the real leaders of the zombie army will be setting the platform. This is the one which gets rid of Obamacare and replaces it (I assume with vouchers), which makes the Bush tax cuts permanent, which changes the tax codes (in unspecified ways), which either gets rid of the safety net (their original message) or reworks the safety net (again in unspecified ways) and makes abortion and birth control illegal. We have heard ad infinitum what the Republicans want. Some of us want these things, some of us don’t. The GOP keeps raising the specter of Greece, but they want to try out some of that European austerity on us. The GOP is more likely to turn us into Greece than Obama and the missing Democrats are. (Where are the Democrats?)
Mitt Romney may look moderate, but he will not get to act like a moderate. He is a figurehead. He will follow the Republican party line as specified by the extreme Conservative base. There will be no independent thinking here. The Republican Party has no room for individual thinking right now. They have joined arms and they have our government surrounded and they do not plan to break ranks until America becomes a GOP state. Even if they were right about what the economy needs and what America needs (which they really aren’t) we cannot afford to allow these inflexible, lockstep policy-dictators to take on the governing of America until they calm down and act like the fallible humans they really are once again. The high-handed refusal of the Republican Party to compromise on any detail of their agenda is unacceptable. They do not have a main line to the truth. They cannot be absolutely sure their way is the only way to the future and just being incredibly obnoxious does not make it so. Let them cool their jets on the sidelines until they muster out of the zombie army and show a willingness to meet somewhere in the large middle area of politics that has not really disappeared, although we certainly haven’t heard from it much lately.