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    •  It's the reality, but it didn't just happen. (4+ / 0-)

      The oldest saying among veteran politicos: "Your best friends in government are the ones you paid for".

      The biggest difference between the parties is that you can usually scrape together enough Dems with a social conscious and/or guilt to actually do something for us commoners. But they all face the other reality of paying for their election/re-election campaigns.

      Yeah, it sucks. But it is. And it's going to get worse in very many cases, thanks to our Bush certified "non-activist" SCOTUS majority.

      IGTNT...Honor the Fallen...Grace Their Loved Ones.

      by geez53 on Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 12:49:21 PM PST

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      •  that difference is pretty recent, actually (6+ / 0-)

        As recently as the 60's, for instance, it was the Democratic Party that was the main bulwark of opposition to civil rights legislation--and after it passed anyway, all the Dixiecrats left and joined the Repugs.

        In fact, the Dem party itself didn't become the "progressive" party until the Populist Movement of the 1910's---up until then, it was the Republicans who, from the Civil War on, backed all the progressive actions, and the Dems who opposed them. It wasn't until Teddy Roosevelt left the Republicans and split them by forming the progressive Bull Moose party that the Dems jumped on the progressive agenda and won election by it, replacing (everywhere but in the South) their standard racist pro-business conservatives with progressives like Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan.

        The corporados have never of course owned all the Dems; neither have they owned all the Repugs (the current unanimity in the Repug bloc is due to party politics and the fact that the party has been taken over by the nutters, not because of corporate action). But then, the corporados don't NEED to own everybody--they only need to own enough key people (congressional committee leadership, mostly) to tip the balance in their favor.  Owning everybody, would just be an unnecessary waste of money.

        And I note in passing that the Dems have not passed any major piece of progressive legislation since the 1960's and early 70's (when corporate power was at its lowest ebb since the Great Depression). They HAVE, of course, passed some very generous giveaways and bailouts for the corporados, both under Clinton and under Obama. So offhand, I'd say the corporados have been getting a very good return on their investment.

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        by Lenny Flank on Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 01:09:41 PM PST

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