"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Friday, October 22, 2010

For Sale: 2010 Midterm Election, cheap!

The GOP are busy this election cycle.  Busy buying the election from us all.  But I guess that's just the FreeMarket(tm) in action.

7 of the top 10 big spenders in politics this cycle are supporting the GOP in one way or another.  And the biggest non-party contributor to the noise?  The US Chamber of Horrors Commerce with a whopping $21.1 million spend so far.  Of that $21.1 million spend, $13.2 million went towards attack ads against Democrats (of a total of $15 million in attack ad spending of which $0 went to attack Rethuglicans).  A mere $2.5 million went to support candidates.

This is where we are kids, and it's only going to get worse.  Just wait until the 2012 Presidential election cycle.  I've already set my phone to block calls from all but 18 trusted phone numbers (we were getting 3 robo-calls every night!), and we live in a non-contested Congressional district (WI-5, home of Senslessbrainer Sensenbrenner).  I can't imagine what 2012 is going to be like.

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