Corporate Influence in Politics:
Marry that to party leaders on both sides who have little compunction about giving loads of our money to loyal corporate donors in the form of tax breaks and outright welfare and what we have is a match made somewhere far south of heaven. Our elected Federal officials are mostly corporate whores, routinely trading donations for special legislative consideration, access to the White House, or the power to write and push industry-friendly tax or de-regulatory bills. We still don 't know what shills, hacks, and flaks helped VP Dick Cheney determine America 's pathetic conservation-ignoring, consumption-encouraging, drill-happy gift-to-the-oil-barons energy policy (you know, the one that has us paying $2.00 a gallon for gas while the industry itself posts its biggest profits ever).
BushCo and its sycophants predictably bleat out the standard line of Reagan-ized crap on this one that if more money is given to the corporations who supposedly create the jobs for the rest of us, the entire economy will ultimately benefit with higher employment while the ensuing consumer spending would keep everything humming along very nicely, thank you. What these greedy bastards actually do with BushCo 's largesse (read: our money) instead is increase executive pay while closing plants, laying off workers, cutting benefits, and providing golden parachutes for the execs that can 't be kept on. Then the executives give the money back in the form of political bribes and the cycle begins again (I was shocked ...shocked to hear that, too). It 's been called voodoo economics, but that 's only if you 're looking at the fuzzy end of that lollipop. If you 're a corporate-loving free market sadist with cozy ties to the regressive regime in DC, you 're sitting pretty.
For this to happen, BushCo needs a little help from its friends in the government, but as we just saw, since BushCo the corporation is identical to BushCo the political entity, they already have all the friends they need and in just the right places, too.
Control of the Media:
So its really only us, American citizens, or more specifically American voters, that need to be controlled and the regressives practically have that down to an art form. The collective mainstream media pay infinitely more attention to missing white female teens, upturned boats, and the latest hurricane wannabe than they do anything that really matters. Throw in the tired old shibboleth that the media 's liberal to the point of Communism, have your buddies at FNC (that 's the Fascist News Channel) set the new standard far to the right of both facts and truth and you 've got a recipe for Mass Sheep Herding Lemming Version. That most of BushCo 's good little followers have already had their critical brains turned off or completely removed by religion only helps BushCo 's cause.
The Military State:
There 's only one feasible explanation for BushCo 's recent hard-on to use the military for everything from disaster clean-up to avian flu quarantine. It 's to get us saps used to seeing armed regular military troops in the streets so that when their next manufactured 'attack ' happens, we won 't think twice about letting BushCo do what it wants in the name of 'national security ' and 'public safety '. How they 're gonna do that when they 're fightin ' the war on terrah in the scapegoat country du jour is beyond me, but these guys definitely aren 't known for their planning.
Feudal Fascism (or is that Fascist Feudalism?):
So what do you do? Why, you cut spending on social programs, of course. You know, the ones that help the poor, the elderly, and the sick - the ones that none of the tax cut recipients needs 'cause they 're already so damned rich. Then you call government incompetent, turn the whole shebang over to the private sector who proceeds to bleed us all dry, and prepare for the total elimination of the American Middle Class.
Well, there you have it. Soon America will be the ultimate service economy with most people struggling at dead-end jobs to earn just enough to send off to the super small, super rich gated and barbed-wire-protected enclaves in the hopes they 'll have enough mercy on us poor wretches to throw a few crumbs our way. You know, let them eat sh*t, so to speak.