The new Republican leaders in the House have received millions of dollars in contributions from banks, health insurers and other major business interests, which are pressing for broad reversals of Democratic policies that affect corporations, according to disclosure records and interviews.
Much of that money flowed to the GOP chairmen overseeing banking, energy and other key committees - leaders who will play a central role in setting the House agenda over the next two years.
The impetus behind such largess is simple: Many companies and industry groups hope House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other Republicans will succeed in rolling back Democratic policies they find objectionable, including environmental and Wall Street regulations.
I would hope that Boehner sends thank you cards to the Supreme Court justices, their ruling last year giving corporations carte blanche to spend whatever they want on campaigns likely helped put him in power. Now those same corporations are reaping the rewards of that spending in the form of self serving legislation submitted by the grateful recipients of those nice donations.
Tea party rhetoric and misspelled signs aside, it is still business as usual (if dems had control it would be no different) and now even the polar bears are no longer safe...