It's starting. The corporate coffers are opening wide to spend unheard of amounts so Republican candidates can defeat their Democratic counterparts in this fall's midterm elections. This is just a preview of what's going to be spent in 2012, assuming the economy hasn't collapsed by then and we're still a "republic". (Had to throw a little humor in, for those who've already concluded our democratic republic died a long time ago.)
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm by no means a supporter or advocate for the current ruling party, but it's apparent to me we're just going to go from bad-to-worse if the Republican candidates make inroads in our Congress and Senate this fall. Although, as I've already alluded, there are few members of our legislative branch who are not bought-and-sold by "special interests" (i.e., corporate interests), at least the Democratic Party isn't so in-your-face about it. At least with the Dems there's still a little foreplay involved. With the G.O.P., you get a real screwing without the niceties of touchy-feely and faux caring. Please understand, both parties are going to take from you -- but the Republicans will be more pronounced; Democrats will be more subtle, more wooing.
Like it or not, believe it or deny it, corporatism rules the majority of our governments -- federal, state, or local. It has encroached upon our very way of life, without hardly a whimper or objection. It's become so ingrained in our way of thinking, the way we view and interpret our world, that we look upon it as normal or expected. Watch what happens in the coming months, and extrapolate those corporate dollars, let's say, one hundred-fold (too low?) for the 2012 election cycle. Needless to say, our measly little contributions will be out-shouted by the millions spend by "artificial persons". Don't believe me? Read this.