the richer made us poorer

St. Petersburg Times:

The tragedy of how the richer made us poorer:

Why do you think John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are so intent on renewing the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans when they know it will bust another $700 billion hole in our national treasury over 10 years and prove their hypocrisy on fiscal responsibility?

It’s because cutting taxes for the richest Americans is the GOP’s No. 1 job. Nothing else comes close to being that important, despite the campaign rhetoric of these leading Republicans.

Not reducing the deficit, not supporting the troops, not cutting taxes for the middle class, not outlawing abortion, not even, dare I say it, protecting gun rights.

Boehner and McConnell are the four-star mercenary generals in a war launched by America’s corporate interests and superrich. This is what they were hired to do.

The disconnect between American politics and reality grows larger every day. Politicians are hearing from just one group: highly organized and monied interests bankrolling their campaigns.

The go-to party for America’s plutocrats is the Republican Party.

Winner-Take-All Politics, How Washington Made the Rich Richer the operational battle plan that the superrich have been implementing for the last 30 years.

With piles of cash, they’ve built an army of beholden politicians, Republicans as well as Democrats, and an array of conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute to seed ideas and feed the public their arguments.