Struggle for the Republican Soul
The Daily Bell – by Staff Report
Forget Tea Party rhetoric – pork barrel politics is back … When the good people of South Dakota voted last month to send Republican Kristi Noem to Congress, they probably believed that she would give no quarter to the lobbyists and special interest groups who enjoyed, as she put it, “throwing money at the feet of a member of Congress.” But since she defeated Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (in part by making an issue of Herseth Sandlin’s marriage to a lobbyist), Noem has hired her new chief of staff from . . . a lobbying firm! And on Tuesday afternoon, she was the guest of honor at a “Meet & Greet” with Washington high-rollers at the powerhouse lobbying firm Barbour Griffiths Rogers … It was probably inevitable that the Tea Party activists would be betrayed, but the speed with which congressional Republicans have reverted to business-as-usual has been impressive. – Slate
Dominant Social Theme: Republicans are ineffably corrupt.
Free-Market Analysis: Change may come to America – and even Europe – via the ballot box, but it’s not going to be easy and it may even be fairly messy. Here’s a question: With the American electorate absolutely punishing the Democrats and their big-spending ways, why was Congress last night on the verge of passing yet ANOTHER trillion-dollar plus spending package? The Democrats lost 60 seats in the House to the Republicans, and you would think both parties would have gotten the message …