I have been both a lobbyist and a banker, and I understand the instincts of the business associations to protect their members, but from a societal perspective, exposing the money behind the politics is just common sense.
Politicians repeat deceptive talking points about broken schools while ignoring the elephant of poverty and racism in the room. So-called educational reform has been an failure and even Estee Lauder herself couldn't make this a pretty picture.
Next time you see one of these CEOs on TV lecturing about belt-tightening, keep in mind who's talking. The stakes in this debate are extremely high for ordinary Americans who work hard every day but still have to worry about their retirement security.
What would happen if everybody did the same -- if everybody found a way to create a legal fig leaf loophole that allowed them to evade contributing to the costs of running the country, or rationalized why they should get payments from the public purse?
The tension between the two wings of the GOP rose to the surface during the recent battle over the debt ceiling, which then exploded into a war of words between former Republican Senator Alan Simpson and Grover Norquist, head of the right-wing outfit, Americans for Tax Reform.