There's more evidence just in that you get what you pay for.

The Washington Post reported this week that the large sums of money spent by a number of large corporations to send a larger Republican majority to Congress and secure the White House for George W. Bush, et al., have paid off as the big-business agenda begins to pass into law.

The big boys - WalMart, MBNA, Exxon-Mobil and their et al. - are finally seeing the benefits from a decade's-worth of political contributions. Those contributions figured into the multiple millions of dollars and went for ads and TV time to convince us to vote for the Republicans.

Perhaps the biggest benefit big corporations (and let's make sure we divorce these mega-businesses from the real people who run small businesses here and all across this country) are about to reap are the long sought-after restrictions on class action lawsuits.

That's right: what little you might have received in compensation should something harmful and, perhaps, premeditated, occur from a poor or faulty product - like Vioxx or leaky breast implants or Pintos or other things that explode - will now be somewhat reduced. So what? $36 instead of $122. But the real kicker is that the penalty to the irresponsible corporations that make the stuff will be significantly reduced. To organizations that make multiple millions of dollars of profit annually, only multi-million dollar lawsuits have any corrective effect.

As the Post also notes, the eight-year war to curtail personal bankruptcy is almost won ... won by the biggest credit card companies (and their 24 percent interest rates) in the nation. We're all for personal financial responsibility, but what about a crisis? Have a terrible accident, and its associated medical bills, but are underinsured like millions of working Americans? You're just plain out of luck. There should be a difference between a table-waiting 22-year-old who jacks up his credit card to the limit and a working class family in crisis; the new bankruptcy rules don't differentiate.

Here's some more from the report, right from the pen of reporter Jim VandeHei, who for months last year ripped John Kerry's connections to big business: "Bush and his congressional allies are looking to pass legal protections for drug companies, doctors, gun manufacturers and asbestos makers, as well as tax breaks for all companies and energy-related assistance sought by the oil and gas industry."

Subsidies for the wealthiest energy outfits? Protection for asbestos makers? It leaves one to wonder. But maybe we shouldn't complain. After all, we bought the ads and the hype paid for by mega-corporations and voted for the majority that makes this all possible. Maybe Pogo was right when he said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

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