Provocative post title isn't it?
Well I came to the realization this morning that it is most likely pretty accurate. Let me explain.
Back in the 1940s just after the war the mob, aka Mafia ran most of the gambling in Cuba. Under the Batista government gambling was a major source of income for the island and Batista took a healthy cut of the profits. In effect the mob controlled some if not all of what the government did in Cuba. They played the long game, slowly gaining more and more influence until they could operate without fear and run casinos and narcotics as they pleased.
Today, corporations have made significant inroads into our government. They write laws under the guise of the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. The GOP has been known to take ALEC documents almost word for word and create laws.
Corporations now have "personhood", a gift bestowed on them by GOP justices on the Supreme Court. A "long game" tactic from the Bush era. The Citizens United ruling allows corporations to slush as much money into political campaigns as they want. Super Pacs are another result of GOP strategy that was set in place by the corporate controlled Supreme Court in 2010.
The GOP once seen as favorable to big business is now completely controlled by big business and is no longer a political party but a policy arm of large corporations. Don't believe me? Can you name a law recently that did not benefit big business directly or indirectly? If you say the Affordable Care Act, you are wrong, it is favorable to insurance companies and in my opinion should have been a federally supervised healthcare insurance program instead.
Meanwhile Mitt Romney, a candidate no GOP pollster wanted is the party's standard bearer. He is a multimillionaire businessman who is not just controlled by big business, he IS big business.
See my point?
I have no problem with corporations, heck I even was on the board of one. But my problem is when these businesses start infiltrating our government to run it for their benefit, not just influence it, but RUN IT!
This has to be stopped, and for now we have the ballot box. You can vote for a corporate takeover of our country or against it. What will you decide?