Sunday, June 03, 2012
things go better with koch
Our home-grown aristocrats, ruling class or whatever we choose to call them, have decided they want Romney, and they're going to get him.
To accomplish this they'll spend what's needed to monopolize the television airwaves in key districts where Romney has to win to beat Obama. They've gathered a cool billion dollars for the purpose.
Organizing and coordinating this project is a roster of the usual suspects -- Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
This is the biggest campaign chest ever for a presidential candidate, far surpassing the $370 million spent by McCain in 2008 and the $750 million spent by the Obama campaign, which at the time was the most expensive political campaign ever.
That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections - twice what they had been expected to commit.
Besides bearing down on the presidential race, this diabolical combine is aiming at big changes in Congress as well.
Much of the public focus has been on how these outside groups will tilt the balance of power in fundraising at the presidential level. But POLITICO has learned that Republicans involved with the groups see the combined efforts playing out just as aggressively at the congressional level, in below-the-radar efforts designed to damage Democratic candidates for the House and Senate.
The plan is to overwhelm the voting public with relentless television propaganda, and it usually works. Get ready for the advent of the robotic government, set at full automatic to make the Bush tax giveaway for billionaires permanent, and then lay on another 20 percent tax cut at the top. That's what the plutes, who see their "campaign contributions" as investments. are paying for.
In the long run I believe this is a good thing, because it will move us toward a final resolution of our problems more quickly.