It should be no secret about exactly who chosen Republican establishment candidate Jeb Bush will really represent if he wins the White House in 2016. It has been reported that Bush appeared at a swanky Park Avenue event to raise money with the cost being a whopping $100,000 to even walk through the door. This is what living in a “democratic” system means these days in the U.S.A., the best democracy that money can buy. With the 2016 iteration of the permanent campaign likely to be the most costly in the history of the planet it is apparent that the big names are already getting a leg up in the financial arms race.
According to the website Politico in a piece entitled “Jeb Bush’s eye-popping event: $100K per ticket”:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will raise money on Wall Street on Wednesday at an eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife.
The price of admission to the event, which will raise funds for Bush’s “Right to Rise” super PAC, surprised even Wall Street veterans used to high-dollar fundraisers.
The event comes as Bush continues a shock and awe approach to early 2016 fundraising that people close to the campaign say could eventually see the former governor reach a total of between $50 million and $100 million between the super PAC, a traditional political action committee and an eventual presidential campaign.
Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell declined to comment on the price of the Kravis fundraiser, the second event the private equity titan has held for Bush.
The big money can count on Jeb to deliver by maintaining the status quo and continuing down the ruinous path of offshoring jobs and importing illegal aliens in order to juice profits. It’s not like it is only Bush though and Hillary Clinton will also be pandering to the big checkbook people who will benefit hugely by backing a proven brand name. Barack Obama has been a fundraising machine, splitting his time between the White House, country clubs and mega-expensive private eateries like Honolulu’s posh Vintage Cave and is more of a bagman than a president. The entire system is awash in money and completely stifles the voice of the average American who must be content to fight for whatever crumbs may fall off of the table.
The ability of the really big donors to engineer the selection process of the two major party candidates that best represent a win-win scenario for their own interests is obscene. Such practices are on the verge of transforming what was once a democracy that was the envy of the world into an oligarchy. The only way to stop it – if that is still possible – is for all Americans to do their damned level best to prevent a Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton race.