The president trying to get a chance to carry out his various plans to save the nation from the ravages of abusive capitalism, as presently performed by the corporate powers whose very existence is threatened by those very same reforms. The muster of President Obama’s enemies grows weekly in secret meetings of the especially special among the billionaire class and corporate entities. The bankers and finance industry survivors know already what Obama and his new consumer protection agency will do to their collective malpractices, from credit card fee fraud to loan sharking and mortgage crimes. Elisabeth Warren is waiting like a shark in the water while the GOP stalls the appointment of enforcer for the agency.
Likewise for environmental activists waiting to go to work on the new regulations on offshore drilling, the GOP is stalling the budget and keeping any controls from being enforced. Which brings us to the really big players: Big Oil and the associated energy monopolies of gas, coal and new nukes. These guys play for keeps around the globe, burning out indigenous villages for oil and gas fields, staging minor coups to gain water rights, power plants and offshore drilling rights. They make hundreds of billions, pay millions in bonuses to their executives and contribute in the six figures to political campaigns of key legislators at every level of government.
This election is also the first to be held under the new rules laid out by the conservative majority Supreme Court, which decided that money is free speech and corporations are citizens, whose political contributions are private and anonymous. That opened the gates for the creation of Super Political Acton Committees to launder the money put up to beat Obama, no matter what the cost. If money can buy political power, the future belongs to the same profiteer as our recent past, and we all know how well that worked out.
Big Oil not only spends excess profits on the elections, it rigs events to win. You might have noticed that the price of gas is peaking and expected to top out above $5 a gallon within three months, creating popular discontent just in time to spend $75 to fill up on your way to vote.
The GOP is already blaming Obama for the price rise, blaming his Iran policy for the threatened closure of the Persian Gulf and his new controls on drilling in the gulf and Alaska. Watch for ads pitching that theme and nuclear options, paid for by Energy-Free America or some such.
Political pundits and reformist progressives are predicting that after this election either Congress or the court will reign in the worst elements of cash-and-carry politics. Unfortunately, they fail to address the hard fact that this one is all the Rat Bastards need to derail Obama and any prospect for saving what’s left of our nation.
“Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the people!”
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.