It's not news that corporate lobbyists run DC, but the last two years have shown us just how tight their grasp is.
Lobbyists make up 2% of Washington DC, yet they've been able to run roughshod over our democracy, rigging the rules and fixing the system so that 98% of the country gets little or no say. Big change - a clean energy future, an economy that works for Main Street instead of Wall Street, even getting BP to clean up after themselves in the devastating spill - will be impossible as long as lobbyists rule the roost.
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Paul Krugman wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times that you'll want to see. In it, Krugman lays out exactly who the true enemies of the change we have worked so hard for are - corporate elites.
It's precisely because we have to defeat these interests that we have launched the Other 98% campaign - an effort to make our democracy work for the vast majority of Americans who don't fall into the group that Krugman is talking about.
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So here's how it is: They're as mad as hell, and they're not going to take this anymore. Am I talking about the Tea Partiers? No, I'm talking about the corporations.
Much reporting on opposition to the Obama administration portrays it as a sort of populist uprising. Yet the antics of the socialism-and-death-panels crowd are only part of the story of anti-Obamaism, and arguably the less important part. If you really want to know what's going on, watch the corporations.
So what President Obama and his party now face isn't just, or even mainly, an opposition grounded in right-wing populism. For grass-roots anger is being channeled and exploited by corporate interests, which will be the big winners if the G.O.P. does well in November.
So where does that leave the president and his party? Mr. Obama wanted to transcend partisanship. Instead, however, he finds himself very much in the position Franklin Roosevelt described in a famous 1936 speech, struggling with "the old enemies of peace - business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering."
And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Roosevelt turned corporate opposition into a badge of honor: "I welcome their hatred," he declared. It's time for President Obama to find his inner F.D.R., and do the same.
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