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Romney At The Ritz In Pentagon City

There are many problems Americans are facing as we near the 2012 presidential election, but if we had to boil those problems down to the fundamental issues, I think that we would arrive at two core problems:

1. The USA has become habitually militaristic, spending far too much on outlandish military projects and fighting war too often and for too long.
2. The political system in the USA is controlled by a financial elite that has been so successful in creating a gap between itself and the working people of the country who create wealth that it has become out of touch with the difficult economic realities that the majority must deal with.

These two political problems will converge at 5:00 PM today, and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to stand at the epicenter of their meeting. The Sunlight Foundation has come across an invitation for a Romney for President campaign fundraiser tonight — taking place at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.

pentagon city fundraiser

For Mitt Romney to choose a hotel designed exclusively for wealthy visitors is hosting a campaign fundraiser right in the middle of the community that shamelessly serves as home base for corporate war profiteers exhibits a fearless embrace of the power of big money. Romney doesn’t seem at all bashful to be seen taking piles of cash from influence brokers. Instead, he seems to be advertising the fact, making it plain to all the powerful insiders that he’s the candidate who can be trusted to serve as their Corporate Consultant In Chief.

The invitation goes on to explain that no one will be allowed to participate in tonight’s “policy roundtable” without giving a minimum of $10,000 to the Romney presidential campaign. Those of us who can’t afford to make the ten-thousand-dollar bet that Mitt Romney can only sit on the outside, wondering what kind of deals are being made by the elites inside the pay-for-play pavilion.

5 thoughts on “Romney At The Ritz In Pentagon City”

  1. Dove says:

    I like how the most prominent word on there is Governor, while Romney has been running away from the moderate tendencies of his governating (I nominate this word as replacement for gubernatorial) history. What is the etiquette on using the word “former” when promoting yourself with titles of authority you no longer have, anyway?
    He’s just being pragmatic about the price. Obviously there’s a huge demand for different policies and only a few people who might be president to supply those policies, so if you don’t have a spare $10k to help a billionaire out, the market is telling you not to worry, your problems aren’t so big after all.

  2. Tom says:

    Yes, Dove – it’s right out there for all to see how American bastardized “democrazy” works: pay to play, “access,” and “privilege” over doing what’s right for the country, the majority and the environment. Step right up!

    We have the Orwellian named Americans Elect (as if. . .) selling access, the Supreme(ly stupid example of a kangaroo) Court allowing deep-pocketed corporations to sway elections and to be treated as (unaccountable) people, and lobbyists to actually write legislation, so it’s no surprise. What does surprise me is that anyone even wants to participate in this pagent of rich assholes who ruin the quality of the lives of the people who vote for them!

  3. Tom says:

    These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy
    (nice graphic)
    (from the short intro)
    It’s called “The Illusion of Choice.”

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Most of those brands weren’t “ethical” to begin with, unless you consider low-sugar or no preservatives to be “ethical.”

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