Monday, March 28, 2005

Tammany, Tweed, 1870 = White House, Tweedledum, 2005

The Washington Post reports that "Fortune 500 companies that invested millions of dollars in electing Republicans are emerging as the earliest beneficiaries of a government controlled by President Bush and the largest GOP House and Senate majority in a half century."

After all, as the party of Lincoln, the Republicans believe in a government by the people, for the people and of the people...who have the most money.

In addition to the bankruptcy bill and the recent Senate vote on ANWR, the report claims, "Bush and his congressional allies are looking to pass legal protections for drug companies, doctors, gun manufacturers and asbestos makers, as well as tax breaks for all companies and energy-related assistance sought by the oil and gas industry."

That's quite a list of do-gooders--too bad they somehow forgot passing legal protections for bankers who foreclose on grandparents and for villains with moustaches who tie damsels in distress to railroad tracks.

"With 232 House seats, Republicans have their largest majority since 1949. This is the first time since the Calvin Coolidge administration in 1929 that the GOP has simultaneously held 55 or more Senate seats and the presidency."

Ah, memories of the Calvin Coolidge administration. I'm sure it's purely coincidence that “the gap between haves and have-nots [in the U.S.] is greater at the start of the 21st century than at any time since 1929.”


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