On April 2nd, two news reports at OpEdNews were coincidentally documenting both the cause and the effect of the aristocracy's growing control over the United States government.
One story, "First-Ever Political Study of Top 1% Has Found Extreme Conservatism, Intense Political Involvement," summarized the findings in a landmark research-report, which found that America's top 1% voted almost at a 100% rate (99%), and that their policy-preferences on key issues of social policy, such as taxes and wealth-inequality, were enormously more conservative and pro-Republican than were the American public's; and also that the top 1% were themselves overwhelmingly Republicans and were big-money Party-donors.
The other story, "Supreme Court Traitors Sell Out America Again With McCutcheon Decision," described the result of this intense monetary support from the aristocracy for the Republican Party: a 5-to-4 Republican decision (all Democrats were in the 4-vote minority against it) pulling the last stopper off of the ability of the top 1% to buy the U.S. government. All 5 of the Court's Republicans voted to tear down just about the last remaining barrier to effectively total control of the U.S. government by the rich and the super-rich.
Taken together, those two articles -- one describing the cause, the other describing the effect -- show where this country is going, and how and why it's going there.
To blame "Big Government" for America's ills is foolish and is exactly what those aristocrats have paid their propagandists to promote as being the source of this country's malaise, and the controlling aristocrats know that the problem is instead who controls the government, and how corrupt they are and are causing the U.S. government to become.
The result is psychopathic aristocrats buying the government, and this causes the government to lock in those plutocrats' control (power) even more. But this in turn causes these same psychopathic aristocrats to buy even more political office-holders, which causes the government to lock in their control even more. In other words: It's a vicious circle spiraling the entire country downward toward mass-poverty and "third-world" status -- unless this vicious circle is somehow broken -- and fast. But how?
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.