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The Special Interests Won Again

•, by Paul Craig Roberts
 In my opinion, Obama won for two reasons: (1) Obama is non-threatening and inclusive, whereas Romney exuded an "us vs. them" impression that many found threatening, and (2) the election was not close enough for the electronic voting machines to steal.

As readers know, I don't think that either candidate is a good choice or that either offers a choice. Washington is controlled by powerful interest groups, not by elections. What the two parties fight over is not alternative political visions and different legislative agendas but which party gets to be the whore for Wall Street, the military-security complex, Israel Lobby, agribusiness and energy, mining and timber interests.

Being the whore is important because whores are rewarded for the services that they render. To win the White House or a presidential appointment is a career-making event, as it makes a person sought after by rich and powerful interest groups. In Congress the majority party can provide more services and is thus more valuable than the minority party. One of our recent presidents who was not rich ended up with $36 million shortly after leaving office, as did former UK prime minister Tony Blair, who served Washington far better than he served his own country.

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