Long-time MarketWatch writer Paul Farrell explains in a new essay that the big money boys call the shots, and that one of their basic strategies for maintaining control is to use the president as a “figurehead” and politicians as “mere pawns”:
Always elect a figurehead president.
Putin skirted term limits by getting Medvedev elected president. Then Putin was appointed party leader and prime minister, the real power behind the throne. That’s one way power stays in power playing the game. Wall Street is a master at playing this game, as the single largest money donor to political campaigns. Donations assure continued control behind an illusion of democracy, where all politicians are mere pawns.