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The right wing fringe and the religious right have always been around, but now have taken over the Republican party.  Continuing the tactics of fear, they bring the “death panel” lies into Congress. With whom are Democrats supposed to negotiate a bipartisan health care deal?


Second, the vast expansion of corporate influence through lobbyists and campaign contributions, makes our government dysfunctional. Our corporate-cash-dominated government’s ability to deal with real problems, like health care, is degraded to such an extent that one wonders whether the country is still governable.


Corporations unleash misleading ads and organize fake grass-roots protests against any legislation that threatens their bottom line.   For example, in 1993 the health insurance industry paid 95 cents on the dollar of premiums to pay claims.  That ratio is down to only 80 cents in 2007.  Premiums have gone from 1.5 percent of G.D.P. in 1970 to 5.5 percent in 2007, so that a once minor player has become a political behemoth, one that is currently spending $1.4 million a day lobbying Congress.


Given the combination of G.O.P. extremism and corporate power, turning this country around is going to take more than one telegenic leader, but ”years of siege warfare against financial interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.” ( Paul Krugman, New York Times, Aug 31 2009) 




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