Given the recession, the amount of money spent on the recent election was particularly obscene. Colorado was a magnet for single-issue outside groups with undisclosed donors. One House race fetched $3.5 million! The total projected cost of this election is more than $4 billion, $3 billion of which was spent at radio and TV stations. Republicans outspent Democrats 7 to 1.
The very rich are buying influence while the rest of us numb ourselves with screen time. Recently I looked in on Ralph Nader — on my computer screen, of course.