The Republican political machine spent over 30 years rigging both our economy and government in favor of corporations and the Super Rich. The result has been a badly broken economy with constantly dropping standards of living for the formerly large middle classes and a democracy severely undermined by corporate money.
After the 2010 Republican tide, corporatism hiding behind a fake "Tea Party populist image" runs everything. Expect things for working Americans to get much worse real fast.
The Republican Party blamed the economic collapse under Bush on Obama. The republicans drove the car (economy) in the ditch. Using their filibuster power in the Senate (along with "Democrat in Name Only" Ben Nelson), they stopped the Obama White House and the Democratic majorities in Congress from making all the fundamental changes needed to fix our economy.
While the Democrats were trying to fix our economy (pull the car out of the ditch and get it going), Republicans were busy cutting the tires on the tow truck and sugaring the gas tank so the engine would not run. Their goal was not to make things better for the vast majority of Americans. It was to regain power to protect corporations and the Super Rich.
It worked. The Republicans played the American public for suckers!
It took another crazy ruling from their Right Wing Extremist Majority on the Supreme Court to make it happen. Secret but legal corporate money flooded the airwaves and mailboxes of millions of angry, confused American voters with corporate, pro-Republican spin blaming government for the problems created by corporations and their lackeys in government (overwhelmingly Republicans) while corporate political media machines like Fox News abandoned all reasonable claims to fair coverage.
It looks like Fox News is trying to hire every Republican candidate for President as a "news commentator" to me. It should be required to register as a Republican political action committee. Nobody who wants an honest debate on real issues or a real understanding of our economy and government should watch it. All Americans should boycott their advertisers because of their extreme bias. No other news organization including MSNBC is so blatantly biased and political in news coverage, hiring of on-air personalities and making campaign donations with corporate money.
The Tea Party Republicans have already vowed to block any attempts to curb corporate spending on politics or to require that the spending be publicly revealed. They have vowed to keep shareholders from having to approve the political spending. Basically, they are on record favoring the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics.