Now I’m confused, I thought these were “Chicago-style” politics

Gov. Rick Perry’s big donors fare well in Texas – latimes.com http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0816-perry-donors-20110816,0,7718310.story

Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples, who are likely to form the backbone of his new effort to win the Republican presidential nomination. The tally represented more than a third of the $102 million he had raised as governor through December, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.

Nearly half of those mega-donors received hefty business contracts, tax breaks or appointments under Perry, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

This doesn’t carry much weight, until you read who wrote it…

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich – Newsroom: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=7adfec80-aff6-4938-85f5-55c7802bf7e1

Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion -a staggering $227.4 million on average -but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.

I touched on this before, the main problem is the skewed perception on this

Americans Don’t Realize Just How Badly We’re Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country’s Wealth | Economy | AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/152010/americans_don’t_realize_just_how_badly_we’re_getting_screwed_by_the_top_0.1_percent_hoarding_the_country’s_wealth/

I’ll have to dig up the chart, but essentially the squeeze that many are feeling (which is real) is coming from the top.  However, as the media is largely controlled by the top, they keep screaming that the squeeze is coming from the bottom (very rarely does the source of a problem point to itself and say, “Yea, its me.”.)

We saw this after the last financial meltdown, and many, rather than blaming big money, big banks and Wall Street, instead blamed Big Poverty (you know, because people *over-stated* their income to get sub-prime loans). 

As regular folks interact with the poor a whole lot more often than they do the super-wealthy (and there’s more poor people every year…), this perception gains false traction.

And so we end up doing pretty much the opposite of what we need to do, and keep wondering why the system isn’t  working for more than that same 1%.