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Obama, the Democrats and their crony capitalist friends

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President Obama has been spending a lot of time with the 1 percent lately, trying to get them to pony up to keep Democrats from losing control of Congress in November.

In the process, he's shown just how much the Democrats have become the party of crony capitalists and paternalistic rich liberals who would rather throw coins to the poor and middle class than give them real opportunities.

On Wednesday, Obama was in Cambridge, Mass., for a "roundtable discussion" with about 25 supporters who paid $32,400 each for the opportunity, followed by a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston where the tickets started at $5,000 a pop.

On Tuesday, Obama attended a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser at the home of former Sen. Chuck Robb in McLean, Va. -- one of many inside-the-Beltway havens for people who have gotten rich off federal government cronyism funded by U.S. taxpayers. Price of a ticket: $10,000 to $32,400.

How many of the middle-class Americans who pay taxes to make these people rich could afford that?

The Democrats like to complain about the "evil" Koch brothers, one of whom, David, recently donated $35 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History to build a new hall for its collection of dinosaurs. That's the largest single donation ever to the publicly-administered museum and nearly twice the $18 million both brothers have spent on federal elections since 1989.

On the list of top political donors compiled by OpenSecrets.org, the Koch brothers rank only 59th. Meanwhile, the top 10 list is dominated by unions and corporations which benefit from handouts and special favors from government (which really means you, the taxpayer) and give overwhelmingly to the party that keeps them coming, the Democrats.

"The heart of who we are as Americans but also who we are as Democrats, as the party of Jefferson and FDR and JFK, is the simple premise that everybody in this country, if they work hard, can get ahead; that everybody has a chance to live out their dreams; that opportunity is there for the taking if you work hard, if you are responsible," Obama told the rich donors in Boston.

Really? The Democrats' actions speak louder than their words.

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