In case it has escaped anyone’s notice, we’ve been a corporate-dominated society for years. Now between disgruntled Democrats and rabid Republicans the chances of being totally swamped by big business entities looms large in the coming election cycle. The angry left seems to have conceded the battle to the right as if it makes absolutely no difference who gets elected. The incredible naiveté of voters who expected a total renovation of the political system when President Obama took office is stunning.

Passing legislation with a majority in both houses of Congress has been hard enough; it will be harder still if the majority swings in the other direction. It is astonishing to think the American people will return to power a party that passed a prescription-drug plan, and tax cuts and embarked on two wars with no domestic funding. Irresponsible policies, deficits and deregulation created the perfect storm we are now weathering.