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Follow The Money

"Follow the money" is a time-honored adage that is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. That's because it not only tends to reveal obscure truths, but those truths are more transparent and easily discerned in today's politics than they have been in a very long time. Take a moment to look at this chart from a recent story by the politically-neutral* folks at CNET:

Chart comparing contributors for Romney & Obama

For another more detailed and nuanced take on the corrupting influence and sources of big money in GOP politics, read this story by Richard (RJ) Eskow.

The chart above should be hugely revealing to all but the intellectually challenged. Obama's supporters include some of the most repected educational institutions in the country, and some of the most successful modern businesses and job creators in the world. Romney's backers, on the other hand, include those same Wall Street mega-corporations that were responsible for the financial meltdown, and vulture corporataions like BofA who have been greedily plundering millions of American homeowners with their aggressive and deceptive foreclosure policies.

GOP rhetoric over the last few years has focused on disseminating endless lies about the Obama administration's policies. For example, we hear constant claims from Republican spokesmen about how the economic stimulus failed (get the true facts on this topic here) and how Obama is trying to destroy the American capitalist system (Is that why he has such great support from some of the most successful businesses in the country?).

The examples of such malicious lies are numerous and ubiquitous. Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States seem to revel in assisting their propagation, often citing their desire to "fairly examine" both sides of the controversies while abandoning their professional obligation to do even rudimentary fact-checking. Without the counter-balancing effect of objective and responsible journalism, Joseph Goebbles' philosophy will be vindicated:

Peoples do never govern themselves. That lunacy was concocted by liberalism. Behind its "people's sovereignty" the slyest cheaters are hiding, who don't want to be recognized.

Karl Rove and his SuperPAC creators couldn't have said it better. Limitless money, lies repeated until they seem to be truth, and an ignorant citizenry, are the potent ingredients of a political witch's brew.

 * At least politically-neutral in the usual sense. On the other hand, I tend to think their editorial biases on technology products lean ratherly strongly in the direction of favoring the cult of Apple.