Stop arguing about the true meaning of Avatar, Christmas and the Tooth Fairy for a minute and look around you. Thanks to an incredibly generous Supreme Corporate, er ... Court, the "nothing personal" corporations no longer have to beat around the bush, George or otherwise. Private enterprise now can go on an unprecedented shopping spree in "our" public sector. The faceless corporates just got the OK to direct-buy elections above the monopoly board without having to create political action committees -- those dirty little business partner middlemen ("Court Lets More Corporate Cash in Politics," Jan. 22).
Don't be surprised if, very soon, like with our skyscrapers, stadiums, arenas and bowl games, we see election naming rights in our future. As in the UPMC Fall Election Classic, the Google Gubernatorial Primary or Viagra Gay Marriage Referendum! (If your election lasts more than four hours, you get a free pass to the MASH Unit that used to be Braddock Hospital.)
If President Barack Obama or any other drooling socialists out there balk at this final victory of commercialization over real life, our modern day, greed-creed god -- Wall Street -- will simply let out a terrifying whine, causing at least three straight days of sagging stocks, which will cease only with a stimulus package throwing around bailout numbers that only the Fed and Pentagon could possibly comprehend.
The business of America is on a roid rage roll, and it is deep in our red zone and right in our faces mouthing its machines-over-men mantra of "what's mine is mine and what's yours is up for grabs." What would you expect from a nonperson programmed to terminate jobs, homes, medical care? Mercy?