Party of the ‘99 percent’ undone by limousine liberals
by Joseph Cotto, November 11, 2014 (excerpt)
...Back in 2008, it seemed Democrats were on the cusp of a multi-generational power trip from San Diego to Boston and back again. Now, they’ve been reduced to celebrating victories in reliable locales such as Hawaii. While the Republicans certainly have their flaws — too many for mention here — millions upon millions have decided that they stand for something worthwhile.
It seems that part of the Democratic problem is reliance on funding from billionaires and less wealthy, yet highly influential “limousine liberals.” Despite claiming to be in favor of average-to-downtrodden folks, most Democratic politicians go out of their way to forge alliances with individuals whose interests they publicly revile. The hypocrisy of this is plain to see. Understanding how and why such a setup works, though, is complicated.
The oft-derided 1 percent consists of capitalists who have such tremendous net worths that their respective spheres of influence extend far beyond the private sector. Indeed, these billionaires have the money to buy entire legislatures, let alone the key committees that amend any given bill before it reaches a floor vote.
Quite often, it is not beneficial to support the system which afforded them prosperity. As free enterprise requires constant change, after a period of time, each member of the one percent will almost definitely fall back into the remaining 99. This is generally a result of new entrepreneurs participating, and by far most threateningly, succeeding in the market.
The only way for the status quo to remain entails restricting the market from within.
So, the extremely wealthy establish various special interest groups dedicated to crafting draconian regulations in the name of the public good, tackling hot-button social issues, and riling the hopes of easily led ideologues. These groups then contribute heavily to the coffers of receptive politicians. As word gets out that the aforementioned groups pay well, the number of public officeholders willing to listen grows.
Sometimes no groups are formed at all. Rather, teams of formidable lobbyists are hired to engage law-makers directly. In any case, the ultra-wealthy secure a lofty perch by decimating the ladder that leads to it. Thus it becomes clear why a startling number of anti-business organizations receive what can only be described as executive level funding.
The decidedly none-too-affluent street activists in socialist/anarchist/radical green/whatever movements do not see what is really going on. The same goes for reactionaries on the right who consume themselves with such poignant issues as overturning a Supreme Court decision written over 40 years ago: Roe v. Wade.
As extremists busy themselves building sandcastles, those select few at the top of the pyramid are quietly cashing in. Quashing competition is smart business, and what better way to go about this than through readily accessible and totally legal means?
The Democratic Party is merely a convenient vehicle for tycoons who want total domination. Perhaps the progressives who stayed home caught on to this....
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