Mitt Romney's White House: Bought, Sealed, Almost Delivered

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Senator Reid: “Seventeen angry old white men will wake up and realize they’ve just bought the country. That’s a sad commentary. These donors have something in common with their nominee. Like Mitt Romney, they believe they play by their own set of rules.”

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Some say the 2012 U.S. presidential election was won over two weeks ago with the defeat of the Disclosure Act by Congress with a GOP vote of 53-45.

The media really didn’t spell out the importance of this Democratic legislation to curb the winner-take-all concept to buy the election approved by the handpicked Bush U.S. Supreme Court. It  provided one last measure to stop the wanton big money contributions of the deep-pocketed conservatives.

Back in 2000, Republican lawmakers supported a similar version of the legislation, but when they gathered in secret meetings after the defeat of Senator John McCain, they decided only money, large sums, would be needed to beat President Barack Obama.

Concerned about the vast secret contributions of the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Abelson, and other fat cats, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehead (D-R.I.) sounded the alarm with the introduction of a bill that required the monitoring of non-profits and corporate interest groups spending $10,000 or more during an election cycle.

With the White House race a dead heat and the Obama fundraising efforts stalling, the GOP sense a golden opportunity with the mounting bad monthly job figures. There are 657 Super PACs pouring in money on both sides with the lion’s share going to Mr. Romney. The rich are afraid of the president, so they are bankrolling the Republican candidate, with such PACs as “Special Operations For America,” “Restore Our Future,” “America Is Great,” and the “Republication Truth Squad.”

Political corruption is the big fear. What will Mr. Romney do after the election when he owes so much to so many? What favors will the fat cats demand?

On the Congressional floor, Sen. Whitehead railed against Sen. Mitch McConnell’s claim that the legislation which ensures “transparency and accountability” was not only wrong but un-American. “When somebody is spending the kind of money that is being spent, a single donor making, for instance, a $4 million anonymous contribution – they’re not doing that out of the goodness of their heart,” Whitehead said.

The money is being spent in the swing states in the job-strapped Midwest. With less than 100 days to the election, every dollar counts as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cautioned what the targeted spending can do in tilting the election.

In the vigorous debate before the defeat, Reid warned American voters to wake up. “If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they’ve just bought the country. That’s a sad commentary. These donors have something in common with their nominee. Like Mitt Romney, they believe they play by their own set of rules.”

With a Romney election, the Republican economic agenda of steep tax cuts with no revenue to pay for them and a sudden repeal of regulations of Wall Street would end the sluggish recovery. The looting and greed would begin again.

Big money ensures that there will be more reason to vote for the rich white guy over the black guy crippled with a do-nothing Congress full of wing-nuts, Tea Party loyalists, and GOP members walking in lockstep. It looks grim for the president at this point.



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