Living in the New Gilded Age

Charlie Pierce calls out the Sunday morning talk shows for ignoring this story:

Just 158 families, along with companies they own or control, contributed $176 million in the first phase of the campaign, a New York Times investigation found. Not since before Watergate have so few people and businesses provided so much early money in a campaign, most of it through channels legalized by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision five years ago.

Pierce rightly demolishes the fools who are ignoring this story in the New York Times. The connection between the failure of our politics and the rise of Bernie Sanders as a legitimate voice for change is impossible to ignore. Sanders is drawing people everywhere, shocking the elites and making people like me look like jackasses. I never thought Sanders stood a chance. Now, he stands more than a chance. He stands for what's right and against what's wrong, and he has a message everyone needs to hear.

This is the new Gilded Age, and we're getting played for suckers. We're being told that it's perfectly okay to cut taxes on the wealthy and do away with child labor laws because shut up, that's why. Someone needs to do something before we're all standing in bread lines. Again.