It was a quiet week for Democrats. There was plenty of criticism in print for members of Congress, with the word “spineless” coming up rather frequently, but the only big decision at the Capitol was a showy piece of legislation meant to subsidize commercial health insurance for families of modest means. If the Dems can generate enough support among the minority party to override the veto (which was ordained in advance), this initiative should make some money for Dems’ patrons in the insurance industry. It’s not a reform of any kind, and it does nothing to confront the systemic health care issues that concern a majority of the general public.
The candidates for president published their take for the quarter just ended: tens of millions of dollars for the Dems’ first-tier prospects. The embedded mass media reported at length about the number of contributors and the amounts raised–much of which will flow to these same media companies–but they said almost nothing about who actually put up the money. If this election’s like the last few, the candidates are all receiving money from the same sources, and they’re not military families or working folk or the uninsured. Mostly, they are people with money to spare, which they use judiciously to buy friendly government and thus increase their holdings. If America again elects one of the big money-raisers of either party, it will elect a marionette whose strings will be pulled by the richest donors.
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